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Dire Straits' Self-Titled 1978 Debut Distinguished By Jazz-Inflected Mix Of Folk, Blues, Country, And Rock: Guitarist Mark Knopfler Displays Uncanny Precision, Intricacy, And Texture
Mastered From The Original Master Tapes And Pressed At RTI For Optimal Sound: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Set Engages With Natural Tones, Superb Balances, Reference Imaging, Sterling Clarity
Breakout Dire Straits Album Includes Sultans Of Swing And Down To The Waterline: Band's Shuffles, Boogies, And Ballads Spark With Crispness, Soulfulness, Coolness
Dire Straits' arresting self-titled debut arrived in the midst of punk's reign but couldn't have been further removed from the era's slash-and-burn style. Recorded in West London in February 1978, the band's tasteful, jazz-inflected set embraces folk, blues, and pub rock while also tracing a direct line back to the beat-oriented sound of early rock n' roll. Country and roots accents further distinguish the British quartet's stripped-down music from any 1970s peers, as does the transparent production, which has remained revered among audiophiles the world over - and which has never been better than on this meticulous analog pressing.
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.
Dire Straits' strong, well-edited batch of original material further enhances the overall enjoyment and makes the record one whose pleasures go far beyond the organic sonics. Just as Knopfler's narratives pour forth with poetic and surrealist texts, the musical settings - an intoxicating combination of easygoing shuffles, back-hall boogies, and pop-honed ballads - mirror the old-fashioned soulfulness inherent in the classic recordings of the late 50s and early 60s. The lyrics are equally captivating.
Drawing from his time as a youth in Newcastle, Leeds, and London, Knopfler invests tunes with an autobiographical slant and emotional connectivity that become obvious the moment he opens his mouth to sing. Down to the Waterline, Wild West End, and Lions all feature colloquial touches that add to their reach. By extension, In the Gallery functions as a tribute to Leeds sculptor Harry Phillips (father of future Knoplfer collaborator, Steve Phillips) while the record's breakout smash, Sultans of Swing, pays homage to struggling bar bands.
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 its original heyday. Now, everyone can.
This title is not eligible for further discount.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$49.99 $44.99 Save $5.00 (10%)180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP 45RPM - 2 LPs Sealed PRE-ORDER Buy Now
A Dotted LineThe Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling trio Nickel Creek-Chris Thile (mandolin/vocals), Sara Watkins (fiddle/vocals), and Sean Watkins (guitar/vocals)-officially reunites for the first time since its 2007 self-described indefinite hiatus with a new album, A Dotted Line, in 2014. The band then tours the US in support of the Eric Valentine-produced album this spring and summer, with shows in New York, Boston, Washington, Chicago, Nashville, and Los Angeles, as well as at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival and Newport Folk Festival.
As Nickel Creek's 25th anniversary approached, the band members decided they ought to mark it in some way, so they got together to write music in Chris Thile's apartment last year. They ended up with six new co-written songs, which they eventually took to a Los Angeles studio, along with one tune by Thile, one by Sean Watkins, and two covers: Sam Phillips' Where Is Love Now and Mother Mother's Hayloft. There they worked with Valentine (Queens of the Stone Age, Smash Mouth), who had produced Nickel Creek's previous album, Why Should the Fire Die?.
We were excited every day to be there, Sara Watkins says. Having grown up singing together, there is something natural about our voices and it's really fun to harmonize. Our voices have come to match each other's really well. Sean and I are siblings, and Chris is about as close to a sibling as you could get. Sean Watkins continues: It feels more natural and easy than it ever did, by far. Getting to spend time alone with our own musical personalities has helped us mature. There's a joyful aspect to Nickel Creek no matter what we're doing. Things just steer themselves into that sort of place, concurs Thile. We will go poke around in the dark corners but always with a heavy dose of optimism.1. Rest of My Life
4. Christmas Eve
6. 21st of May
7. Love of Mine
8. Elephant in the Corn
9. You Don't Know What's Going On
10. Where is Love Now$22.99Vinyl LP + CD - Sealed Buy Now
Harbingers Of SoulThe LP is pressed on 180gm vinyl and has been lovingly designed and printed 1960s UK style with spot gloss and glued flaps in a limited edition of 500. Arguably the most enduring and influential of all the 1950s R & B groups - the "5" Royales The Harbingers Of Soul LP features the best and most effective tracks from their stays at King and Home Of The Blues. In a very crowded market, their success was remarkable.. The Harbingers Of Soul is a mouth-watering overview featuring the best of the King era and the most soulful sides from their stay at Home Of The Blues. Home Of The Blues closed its doors in 1962, and although the Royales went on to record for Todd, and had the odd 45 on Smash and White Cliffs, their best days were behind them. But when interest in R & B began to rise again at the end of the 80s, surviving members of the group made a few curtain calls as they were "rediscovered" by a new generation. But these were just the last whispers from a group who were deafeningly loud for so many years. The elite of their Golden Age recordings can all be found on this LP, when they were bridging the gaps between gospel, R & B and the emerging soul style.1. Think
2. Messin' Up
3. Dedicated To The One I Love
4. Tell The Truth
5. It Hurts Inside
6. When I Get Like This
7. Good Lookin' Woman
8. Say It
9. Don't Let It Be In Vain
10. I'm With You
11. Show Me
12. I Got To Know
13. Much In Need
14. Catch That Teardrop
15. What's In The Heart
16. Get Something Out Of It$34.99180 Gram Audiophile Virgin Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now