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Audio CD, Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered, September 8, 2000
Audio, Cassette, October 14, 1985
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Dire Straits ~ Making Movies
On Making Movies, the cinematic quality of these sometimes silly but generally engaging story songs is consistently overwhelmed by its own score, a soundtrack of thundering drums, cascading piano, perpetual-motion grooves, and the clipped lead guitar lines of frontman Mark Knopfler. On "Skateaway," that sound is so engaging and catchy that it makes up for the song's slight lyric (about a girl who roller-skates in traffic), but when Knopfler provides tales that are up to the fanfare, this album is a thing of real beauty. "Romeo and Juliet" is especially strong, since it combines all the pomp with a sweet declaration of love that's downright humble. --David Cantwell
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I guess this album is my personal favorite of their work because it was popular about the time I started listening to serious music and it was also the beginning of the MTV era. I remember the video for "Skateaway" very fondly and I was hooked by that song alone.
This version includes a limited edition picture of the center of the LP that is numbered. It also has a booklet with mostly Japanese writing and the words to the songs listed alongside its Japanese lyrics in English. It also has a mini inner printed sleeve as well and the round bottom static protective sleeve that all Japanese Vinyl Lps come with.
The songs include the following:
1. Tunnel Of Love
2. Romeo And Juliet
4. Expresso Love
5. Hand And Hand
6. Solid Rock
7. Les Boys
This Japanese SHM version sounds incredible compaired to my other copies of this album, except the Japanese SACD I recently ordered. It's a grea sounding disc as well. A lot of people think that SHM is a gimmick, but it is not a all. I purchased a Marantz High Resolution CD player not long ago and I compared my Remastered UK version to this version and it was like night and day. This copy has so much depth and detail I could not even here on the standard release. It's worth every cent I spent on this disc and it will continue to increase in value over time. I can't find two of the others in this series, at least for a reasonable price.
I have all the vinyl records as well and this is great in both formats. Not a whole lot to say other than Dire Straits is one of my favorite bands of all time.
Kofmans guitar is stellar to say the least. This is their 3rd recording if I recall correctly and you can tell the band is just getting started with their artistic bluessy music with a tad bit of country mixed.
If you like Dire Straits you should get all 6 of their remastered recordings.
'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. To take him out of this recording, it would sound hollow and incomplete.
The only downer on this album is the final track 'Les Boys.' I am sure Knophler wishes he could have replaced this one with anything else. It completely does not fit with the perfection of the other 6 songs. Who knows what he was thinking with this song.
This album, while not initially a commercial success, has aged so well that it continues to be as fresh now as it was 20+ years ago.
Making movies is an album with great lyrics that has always something new for you to notice, jet unobtrusive in a way that you can have it on repeat all day and not get tired of it.