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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, September 19, 2000
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Yes, the album owes a heavy debt of gratitude to Springsteen, with many cuts building on the Boss's signature guitar/organ/piano framework. But, Knopfler's vocal delivery and deft guitar work, plus the band's sparser and cleaner arrangements, never allow you to forget that you're listening to Dire Straits. Only "Tunnel Of Love", which sounds like a cross between "Thunder Road" and "Sandy" strays a little too far into Bruce's territory but for that the boys can be forgiven.
One tip: this album must be heard in its entirety to be fully appreciated. It will take you on a rollercoaster ride of emotion, something that no greatest hits album can ever duplicate.
'Tunnel of Love' takes you to a familiar place with tasteful and riveting guitar interwoven with the message of love and passion. As if that is not enough, 'Romeo and Juliet' played entirely over a classical guitar melody brings to life the tale of two lovers vexed by time and circumstance. I can only think of Westside Story when I hear this again and again. There is no tiring of this song. 'Skateaway' and 'Expresso Love' continue this familiar lyrical theme with seductive harmonies and guitar licks at every turn. When I hear 'Solid Rock', you wonder if it really is Bob Dylan Singing!
The first 5 tracks on the LP/CD are arguably the most passionately executed love songs put to vinyl (or whatever) that I can ever remember. Maybe only Van Morrison rivals Knopler's ability to pen and play remarkable love ballads. If you are in love, this CD will move you to tears. If you are not, it will make you wish you were.
One often-forgotten notable on this LP/CD is Roy Bittan. His extraordinary piano accompaniment on each of these tracks is as integral as Knophler's guitar. If ever a session musician had a fundamental impact on the sound of a recording, it is here with Roy Bittan. Familiar to Springsteen fans, his piano accompaniment adds so much color to each track and compliments Knophler in a natural, beautiful way.Read more ›
Starting with the first cut, "Tunnel Of Love", an epic guitar rendition owing much to a Springsteen-like treatment of the material, Knopfler's distinctive twanging guitar sound echoed in my flat to all hours of the morning, along with "Romeo And Juliet", "Solid Rock", and a very hot and steamy "Expresso Love", and from such nice English boys! 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.Read more ›
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Love Dire Straits - all time favorite Band! Good quality a fair price!Published 2 months ago by Ron Morey
An incredibly fair price for a classic CD. Worth the price for "Romeo and Juliet" alone.Published 3 months ago by William Bolick
this is the album that got me hooked on Mark & Dire Straits - excellent - I enjoy every song on this album.Published 3 months ago by Robert Geiger
Dire Straights, Mark Knopfler. Four of the most powerful words ever to enter the annals of music. History will note their impact on music and the time and culture it came from and... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Wanda Lea Brayton
Brought to tears by Romeo and Juliet in a concert in Paris a few months ago. One of the greatest songs ever written.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
The first notes you hear are a few bars of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Carousel Waltz (from the musical Carousel of course), and as the organ refrains and refrains, suddenly something... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Beatlenik