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Dire Straits - Dire Straits [2LP/ 180G/ 45RPM/ Numbered Ltd Ed] (MoFi)

Dire Straits - Dire Straits [2LP/ 180G/ 45RPM/ Numbered Ltd Ed] (MoFi)

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Dire Straits' self-titled 1978 debut, mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP version of Dire Straits features natural tonalities, superb balances, you-are-there imaging, deep-black backgrounds, and pristine clarity. Even if you've heard this album hundreds of times before, you've never experienced it with such lifelike sonics and premium richness. This numbered, limited-edition collector's set immerses you within the smoky, laidback atmospherics of every song. This is how all vinyl should sound. Crucial to every arrangement, Mark Knopfler's winding guitar lines emerge with supreme transparency and multi-hued textural detail. His intricate playing comes across as if it's being transmitted via his 60s-era Fender Vibrolux amplifier placed right before you. The cleanliness, dimensions, and live feel are that good. His bandmates, too, benefit from the extra groove space afforded by this 45RPM edition. Rhythms skate and swirl; percussive effects resonate with crispness and attack; the leading edges of notes naturally decay. Through it all, Dire Straits performs with a subtle cool and clever poise that no band ever matched. Just how good is the chemistry? Bob Dylan heard the quartet and invited Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on Slow Train Coming. But even Dylan himself didn't hear Dire Straits sound this magnetic back in it's original heyday. Now, everyone can.

  • 1 Down to the Waterline
  • 2 Water of Love
  • 3 Setting Me Up
  • 4 Six Blade Knife
  • 5 Southbound Again
  • 6 Sultans of Swing
  • 7 In the Gallery
  • 8 Wild West End
  • 9 Lions