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  • Vinyl (June 1, 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B003G7164S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
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Mark Knopfler obviously loves to write passacaglias - pieces of music that start with a very basic theme, played by only one or very few instruments and, often over repeated crescendos and slow-downs, increasing in volume and instrumentation to a rousing finale, performed by either all instruments or the instrumental lead "voice;" in Knopfler's case of course his trademark Fender Strat. "Brothers in Arms" has elements of a passacaglia, and so does "Speedway to Nazareth" on his latest solo release, "Sailing to Philadelphia." His greatest achievement though, not only in this regard, has to be "Telegraph Road," the opening track of "Love Over Gold." In a little over 14 minutes, the song rises from a simple opening melody, evoking the loneliness of that man walking along a deserted track at the beginning of the song's story, to a final guitar solo which is among the most ambitious and evocative pieces of music written by anyone in recent decades, anywhere and in any musical category. In between, there are no less than two other guitar solos, each of them over a minute long; dramatic centerpieces in their own right in any song but this one. And like the song's instrumentation, its lyrics trace the story of civilization from that one man walking along a track to a modern city, with six lines of traffic (three lines moving slow), unemployment, desolation and anger; so apparent in Knopfler's coarse vocals in the final verse and echoed with even greater force in the instrumental finale.Read more ›
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Don't let the fact that there are only five tracks on this album deter you. This is a masterful piece of work by Mark Knopfler and the boys.
Interestingly enough, the Dire Straits album that preceded this one was titled "Making Movies." In many ways, it seems as though Knopfler has done exactly that here. "Telegraph Road," the opening track, is a musical portrait of epic proportions, a tale of promise, progress, and desolation wrapped around an incredibly powerful arrangement. Knopfler's biting lyrics give this opus extra kick - "Then came the churches, then came the schools, then came the lawyers, then came the rules." His voice was made to sing this song - the sad, smoky, whisper "Now you act a little colder, like you don't seem to care," is positively chilling. Even if this were the only song on the disc, it would be worth having.
"Private Investigations" finds Knopfler narrating as the weary private eye, disillusioned and disgusted by the lives and the lies of the people he is paid to watch. "What have you got at the end of the day? What have you got to take away? A bottle of whiskey, and a new set of lies, blinds on the windows and pain behind the eyes." This cut is another example of Knopfler's ability to evoke a powerful image, using his words economically, yet masterfully, and allowing the sound to fill in the blanks. "Scarred for life. No compensation. Private investigations."
Knopfler's hilarious take on modern technology, "Industrial Disease" is a raucous romp placed right in the middle of the song cycle, giving the listener a few minutes to breathe and laugh. If you listen hard enough, you can hear the singer laughing along with you.
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I was lucky enough to be living in England just outside London in a little town called West Ruislip just down the cobbled streets from the "T" station near the famous "Orchards" pub when this album was released in 1982, and the young English couple living in the flat upstairs played this over and over, introducing me both to their good taste in music and the terrific group called "Dire Straits" in the process. Of course, as I think back upon it, I was familiar with their hit "Sultans Of Swing", but never really paid much attention until hearing this terrific album and Mark Knopfler's unbelievably stirring, crisp and innovative guitar solos. Here they introduce both their unique and unforgettable sound and also their very introspective lyrics. Both "Telegraph Road" and "Industrial Disease" provide running commentaries both on the contemporary employment problems in Britain of the early eighties, and a number of more personal matters as well.
In the short two years I lived in Britain, Knopfler became a kind of institutionalized artistic force everywhere one looked, writing soundtrack music for (among other films) "Local Hero" and "Cal", performing both alone and with Dire Straits, and collaborating with other artists, as well. The music here is very and innovative progressive rock, and the electric guitar work literally sings by itself. When I listen to the album now, it is a source of continuing amazement to me that Knopfler could make the sounds that emanated out of that instrument so uniquely animated as it is. The whole band is terrific, and it is sad that they made so few albums before internal frictions broke them apart. Enjoy this and their other wonderful albums. Here in "Love Over Gold" they make an indelible stamp on modern rock that I am sure you will find entertaining and entrancing. Enjoy!
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