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  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00004Y6NW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (236 customer reviews)
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Many of us had our first exposure to Dire Straits when MTV did nothing but air "Money for Nothing" from the "Brothers In Arms" album. It is unfortunate that that album became their defining moment because every album that proceeded it was exceptional. Of those exceptional albums, the album that was the greatest is their self-titled debut album. A mixture of blues, rock, Country and Mark Knopfler's unique guitar method fill the nine tracks of this album.
There is not a track on this album that you will want to skip. The opening track, "Down to the Waterline" sets the tone for the album. As the tune opens, you can almost picture yourself walking down the docks at night through a fog, and then a few well-placed notes on the guitar lead us into this upbeat song. The solo is killer as is all the guitar work throughout this song. "Water of Love" continues the magic with Pick Withers laying down a great rhythm track, and Knopfler playing slide on his Dobro. One of the best songs on the album is "Six Blade Knife", a very strong blues piece. This sound has been imitated many times, which is understandable because it is a great song. Knopfler's solos are slow and meaningful. He doesn't have to use a lot of notes to get his point across. Probably, the most popular song to come off this album is "Sultans of Swing", and it is easy to see why. The rhythm is catchy, the riffs between verses are powerful, and the solo is amazing.
There are not many powerful albums out there that can match this debut effort. If I had to keep but ten albums in my collection, this would definitely be one of them. If you're looking to get some Dire Straits, this album and the live "Alchemy" are the only ones you truly need. The others are quite good, but this one is simply the best.
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Electric guitar music touches a membrane deep inside me that seems to exist for the purpose of resonating this sound alone (the only thing that touches it even more strongly is if the guitar chords are paired with a truly unusual voice). I'm sure every lover of great guitar music knows what I am talking about. Ever since I discovered that membrane years ago, I have been on the look for that special sound; be it straightforward rock, blues or folk music. However, growing up in a time when the radio airwaves were flooded with either disco or punk, depending on what station you were listening to, it wasn't always easy to find. Then one day I heard "Sultans of Swing," and my membrane resonated - all the more because this was not only a great guitarist playing but also one of the most unique voices I'd heard in a while, and the musical style seemed to defy classification, too ... it was somewhere between rock and blues, but I wasn't sure what exactly to call it.

However you define their sound, though, listening to Dire Straits' self-titled debut album almost 25 years after its publication, it is still amazing how rounded and accomplished their style was even then.
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Dire Straits' self titled first album is one of that rarest of rock 'n' roll treasures: the flawless album. In each of Dire Strait's subsequent efforts - most of them still outstanding -Knopfler has let himself down: 'Communique' is too obviously an attempt to replicate this album; in 'Making Movies' he knackers great songs by not finishing them quickly enough (as he does in 'Love Over Gold', which is half an album of genius diluted over a whole record); and 'Brothers in Arms' and, to a greater extent, 'On Every Street' suffer from a degree of over-production which renders most of the material (though by no means all of it) pretty sterile. This first album suffers none of this malaise. The songs are focussed, pacey, and knopfler's custom strat growls and sings because it is played by a gifted man with something to prove. His love for the roots of blues and rock (hardly hip, in the middle of the punk explosion) is transparent - witness the swampy National guitar slide in 'Water of Love' - and elsewhere his unique fingerstyle pops, spits and sizzles like a wet finger on a hot iron. This album predate's Knopfler's discovery the Les Paul, or anything past number 6 on 'gain' knob on his amplifier, but his gently compressed guitar sound is all you'll want to hear. At times it's just staggering. On the other hand, this is no essay in fretboard exhibitionism. Knopfler's obvious influences are, in terms of vocal style Dylan (or if you're unkind, Oscar the Grouch) and in composition, J J Cale, and the instrumentation doesn't derogate from that.Read more ›
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