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DIRE STRAITS Dire Straits (Limited Edition 2019 US Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 9-track double LP, the 1978 debut album fully remastered by Krieg Wunderlich at MFSL on the Gain 2 Ultra Analog System, specially plated & pressed on 180gram High-Definition Vinyl across two discs at 45rpm for maximum sound clarity. Comes housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve with original album art, individually numbered in gold on the back. The sleeve & vinyl are Near Mint. The ultimate analoguereference of their 1978 debut album! MFSL2-466).

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Dire Straits Dire Straits - 180gm US 2-LP vinyl record set (Double LP Album)
Tracklisting / Additional Info: 180-gram 45 RPM double LP set pressed at RTI

Mofi reissue sports natural tones, superb balances, reference imaging and sterling clarity.

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 180-gram 45 RPM 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-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 45 RPM 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.

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
Condition : This item is in Excellent condition or better (unless it says otherwise in the above description). We buy items as close to Mint condition as possible and many will be unplayed and as close to new as you could hope to find. Irrespective of the source, all of our collectables meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed. Click here for more info.
Availability: Sold Out - 'Request Next' to get an email if it comes back into stock.
Year of Release: 2019
Artist: Dire Straits (click here for complete listing)
Title: Dire Straits - 180gm (click here for more of the same title)
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Format: 2-LP vinyl record set (Double LP Album)
Record Label: Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Catalogue No: MFSL2-466
Country of Origin: USA  
Language: Regardless of country of origin all tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
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Barcode : 821797246613
Genres: Rock
Related Artists: Brendan Croker, Brewers Droop, Chris White, David Knopfler, John Illsley, Mark Knopfler, The Notting Hillbillies
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