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Dire Straits [CD]

Dire StraitsAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)

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Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the ... Read more in Amazon's Dire Straits Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 19, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1977
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00004Y6NW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,621 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The best-selling albums from the greaatest artists on Warner Bros. have never sounded better than on their new Warner Remasters editions. State-of-the-art digitally remastered, each album sounds dramatically superior to its original CD release. In addition, the packaging returns each album to its original artwork and graphics. Certified at 2 million units by the RIAA. (2/01)

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49 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hands Down Their Best December 3, 2002
Format:Audio CD
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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68 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and genre-defying. July 25, 2001
Format:Audio CD
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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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This man's music needs no support. I just wish I was wealthy enough to see him live.
Published 3 days ago by Sue Dough
5.0 out of 5 stars How can this be overrated? Most people just know ...
How can this be overrated? Most people just know dire straits for "money for nothing", and people are supposed to review the physical item, was it scratched? broken? Read more
Published 19 days ago by Francisco Ceja
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
classic
Published 20 days ago by Craig Trexler
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Debut
What a great debut! "Sultans of Swing" was the big hit from it, and is a great song, but my favorite is "Water of Love," a really great blues tune. Read more
Published 24 days ago by Stephen Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars The album that started it all. Sultans of Swing ...
The album that started it all. Sultans of Swing. A classic always played on the radio and I'm sure in the elevator. If not part of your collection, a must have.
Published 29 days ago by Richard Jascha
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It'd be tough to find a better road trip CD than this.
Published 1 month ago by Random
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of their best!
Published 1 month ago by James David Underwood
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent sonics although with quite a lot of hiss
Excellent sonics although with quite a lot of hiss, which is only really audible during the first quiet part of the first track on the album. Read more
Published 1 month ago by HumbleBy(DK)
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have for Classic Rock collectors
Every song on this album is superb. I've always been a fan of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler. Had Brothers in Arms and Making Movies on vinyl way back when they came out. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Crazybasenji
5.0 out of 5 stars No collection should be without this CD.
This a must-have, classic cd. Great subtle yet emotional expressive guitar and lyrics, from a master.
Published 2 months ago by Douglas Kelban
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