Dire Straits, Love Over Gold (1982)
The first two Dire Straits records are great (see previous entries way back in the Vinyl Countdown). At a push the third album is good/great also. And if I’m feeling very generous I’ll include Love Over Gold in the list too (the band’s fourth). But that’s because I hardly ever play it. My vinyl copy is a bargain-bin chuck-out item; the record super-thin and worn and the cover is thin, wearing through in places and smells of smoke. I don’t even know how long I’ve had it but I used to have the tape because I used to be a huge Dire Straits fan. And, ultimately, I still am. There’s something great on every Dire Straits album – even if, pretty much each album that arrived was weaker than the one before it. Not the right way to run a band…A couple of years back I DJ’d a set of songs from the 1980s that I liked that were not the obvious “1980s DJ-type” songs. So I was playing all sorts of weird and wonderful tunes. It was fun. And people seemed to dig it. I closed the set with Telegraph Road. Well, it gave me a chance to walk my record crates to the car. And security was not an issue. When I returned for the final crate the bar was empty.
Sample Track: It Never Rains
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