Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler
Making Movies (Numbered 180g 45RPM Vinyl 2LP)
2 x LP
Plated and pressed at Pallas-Germany Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue tapes
( 1978 ) - 2019 US exclusive Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set Includes "Romeo and Juliet," "Tunnel of Love," "Solid Rock". Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI,
Release date:29-04-2010 (originally released in 1978)
2010 US exclusive Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set Includes "Romeo and Juliet," "Tunnel of Love," "Solid Rock". Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI,
Dire Straits Expand Musical Framework and Come Into Own on Making Movies: Co-Produced by Jimmy Iovine, Thematic Album Soars With Personal Songwriting and Epic Arrangements
Cinematic Landscapes and Intricate Passages Sound Sublime: Mobile Fidelity 45RPM 2LP Pressing of Making Movies Mastered from Original Master Tapes, Features Audiophile Dynamics
Bruce Springsteen Pianist Roy Bittan, Mark Knopfler's Guitar Playing, and Passionate Performances Turn Making Movies Into a Classic:
Dire Straits' third release, 1980's Making Movies, features several epic cuts that stand among Mark Knopfler's finest work. "Tunnel of Love," "Romeo and Juliet" and "Solid Rock" all feature the same distinctive jazz-based rhythm underneath Knopfler's fine country-blues staccato guitar flourishes. The addition of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan also greatly benefits the overall tone here.
A Tunnel Of Love
B1 Romeo And Juliet
C1 Expresso Love
C2 Hand In Hand
D1 Solid Rock
D2 Les Boys
"Listening to these classic albums in an entirely new way is an experience that I won't forget too soon. Having heard these songs in various different formats over the years – including hi-res digital – I have to say that on my system at least, nothing comes close to vinyl done this way."
– David Price, Stereonet, Applause Award
Making Movies breathes with reference-caliber airiness, spaciousness, dynamics, and separation. Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Knopfler, the record – which contains many Springsteen-esque elements – features the cleanliness and clarity that have long been Dire Straits trademarks. The extra-wide 45RPM grooves on this edition provide previously unattainable detail, information, and soundstaging. This is what audiophile recordings are all about.
You know you're in the presence of sonic greatness as soon as the first few seconds of the opening "Tunnel of Love" pass, as the introductory passage built on organ and piano – new additions to Dire Straits' palette – intertwine with the unmistakable coil-spring twang of Knopfler's guitar. The three-dimensional, full-bodied presentation of the latter instrument on this Mobile Fidelity LP is alone worth the price of admission. Crisp, rich, and balanced, the analog sound brings Knopfler's Fender Vibrolux and Music Man HD130 amplifiers into your room. The romanticism of Bittan's piano, precision timekeeping of drummer Pick Withers, and steady roll of bassist John Illsley come across with similar potency, scale, and verve.
Always more about the whole than the sum of their individual parts, Dire Straits demonstrate that while Knopfler is the lynchpin, this record is a true band effort. Bittan's role cannot be overstated. His melodicism poetically complements Knopfler's subtle staccato rhythms and more than makes up for the exit of David Knopfler. Expansive and cinematic, the aptly titled Making Movies puts a premium on interrelated subjects (love, relationships, heartbreak) and deep-seated emotions that play out in heartfelt lyrics, intense singing, and epic frameworks. Everything clicks.
The album's power isn't lost on Iovine, who later told Rolling Stone: "The right people were in the room together. It really was making a record in the pure sense of the term. The whole thing sounds like one song. But you what that is? That's the writing, the guy who wrote it. He wrote the album like that; he wanted to make the album like that."
Indeed, the first five tracks – "Tunnel of Love," "Romeo and Juliet," "Skateaway," "Expresso Love," "Hand in Hand" – comprise a mini-suite united by theme, harmony, and spirit. Every member of the newly configured Dire Straits has a say in the shaping of the material. There's not a note out of place. Iovine and Knopfler's standout production puts it over the top.
Extra info: Plated and pressed at Pallas-Germany Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue tapes
Originally released: 1980
This release: 2019