Dire Straits, Making Movies (1980)
Well, it’d be worth owning for Tunnel of Love alone, which is like an 8-minute movie-in-song. This, the third Dire Straits album is one of their best, one of the few DS albums that is allowed in any collection without any hint of guilty-pleasure attachment (and hey, I’m saying that when in fact I own all of them…and…no shame…) The first three Dire Straits album are near perfect, with a lovely dryness in the sound – here you still have Pick Withers with those explosive fills that find their way into the tunes from deep within his subtle time-keeping; the inclusion of Roy Bittan certainly helped, on that opening “movie” and also in several key places, as juxtaposition to the raw riff of Expresso Love for example. A taut album, just seven songs – Mark Knopfler’s songwriting superb here, and he branches out in all directions, great ballads and rockers and he’s just not aping country and America and the folk/skiffle influences of his upbringing. Here he’s making moves towards being his own songwriter. I had a scruffy copy of this, still do somewhere, but treated myself to the new version – should update all of the first three or four DS albums I guess. And maybe one day I will. I’m loving hearing this again in much better quality.
Sample Track: Skateaway
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