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The third Dire Straits album, and the one where Mark Knopfler really starts to get ambitious with the band's sound and style - produced by Knopfler and Jimmy Iovine, side one (we're talking vinyl here!) consists of three of the finest songs of his career - 'Tunnel of Love', 'Romeo and Juliet', and 'Skatewaay'. 'Tunnel of Love' is a fantastic song, a brilliant example of Knopfler blending his very parochial lyrical approach - references to 'Cullercoats to Whitley Bay', and the now long-gone Spanish City amusement park of Whitley Bay, obviously favoured haunts of his North East of England upbringing - with a very widescreen, lavish, and very American production sound. Roy Bittan, keyboard player with Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, adds some lyrical piano to the song, and it's also a great example of the band's dynamics, dipping from clanging guitar chords to lyrical, hushed moments.
'Romeo and Juliet' is one of Knopfler's finest, most heartfelt and moving ballads, with a feel reminiscent of the early 60s 'Spanish Harlem' type record productions. Doesn't matter how many times you hear it, it still sounds fresh and emotive.
'Skateaway' is less focused as a song, but its still a dynamic and finely constructed piece, greatly absorbing and . Side 2 ain't bad, either - if you don't already have this album, I suggest you get it. I like the later Dire Straits albums less rousing- but their first three albums are a trio of at times casually brilliant rock and roll, and they don't sound dated at all.
If you like Dire Straits you have taste. Buy this cd and Alchemy.
Best early Dire Straits album ever. One of the first.
Takes me back to my 20’s. I’m now 56. Kids today should listen to music like this instead of rap crap. These bands used to pack stadiums, and every juke box had their music playing when we shot pool and played darts.
Went clubbing. It was all great days. Tunnel of Love is especially memorable.
I already have the album on 44.1KHz 16bit, but having acquired a few Dire Straits sacds and ripped them to dsf I wanted to complete the line up. Its a beautifully packaged disc, although cardboard sleeves are a bit naff, but as its now on my hard drive I doubt I will be using the original disc anytime soon. Tope notch mastering and although expensive comapared to what they were knocking out sacd disc for ten years ago its worth the extra.
Their third album delivers on the promise of the first two. The opening track 'Tunnel of love' is sheer quality. The only reason I gave this album four instead of five stars is there is one track I'm not keen on. But that's only my taste.
Be Careful: The copy currently being sold isn't the REMASTERED version from 1996 but the earlier version presented in the new packaging! This not the fault of Amazon but of the Manufacturer/Distributor. Amazon have changed the disc for a new one and although shrink wrapped it is still NOT the right disc. This problem may also affect Love Over Gold also by Dire Straits. A great album but not as described :-(
I bought this for my husband who is a big fan of Dire Straits and said "this is their Best Album Ever". He loves it. I would recommend this seller as it arrived quickly with no problems so would order from them again.
If I had to name one album as my all-time favourite, it would be this one. It was the very first album I was ever given and was the only thing I had to listen to in my first walkman as a kid. How lucky I was that it's a classic.
I love Dire Straits plus of course Knopfler solo and when eg worked on a Dylan album, and did All The Road Running with Emmy Lou, and find the Local Hero soundtrack.
But this is from the era of the young muso lads leaving an audio tape on George Melly 's doorstep, placed neatly alongside his morning bottle of milk, and Melly listened to it and played it and we know the rest of the story.