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Dire Straits

Dire Straits

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Dire Straits' minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler's spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. And while the bar band mentality of pub rock is at the core of Dire Straits -- even the group's breakthrough single, "Sultans of Swing," offered a lament for a neglected pub rock band -- their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country. Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album. The album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Down to the Waterline
00:04:02

Muff Winwood, Producer - Rhett Davies, Engineer - Mark Knopfler, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Pick Withers, Drums - David Knopfler, Rhythm Guitar - Ralph Copeman, AssistantEngineer

© 1978, 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1978 Warner Records Inc.

2
Water of Love
00:05:26

Muff Winwood, Producer - Rhett Davies, Engineer - Mark Knopfler, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Pick Withers, Drums - David Knopfler, Rhythm Guitar - Ralph Copeman, AssistantEngineer

© 1978, 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1978 Warner Records Inc.

3
Setting Me Up
00:03:19

Muff Winwood, Producer - Rhett Davies, Engineer - Mark Knopfler, Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Pick Withers, Drums - David Knopfler, Rhythm Guitar - Ralph Copeman, AssistantEngineer

© 1978, 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2000 v2 Conversion P Credit

4
Six Blade Knife
00:04:13

Muff Winwood, Producer - Rhett Davies, Engineer - Mark Knopfler, Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Pick Withers, Drums - David Knopfler, Rhythm Guitar - Ralph Copeman, AssistantEngineer

© 1978, 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1978 Warner Records Inc.

5
Southbound Again
00:02:59

Muff Winwood, Producer - Rhett Davies, Engineer - Mark Knopfler, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Pick Withers, Drums - David Knopfler, Rhythm Guitar - Ralph Copeman, AssistantEngineer

© 1978, 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2000 v2 Conversion P Credit

6
Sultans of Swing
00:05:48

Muff Winwood, Producer - Rhett Davies, Engineer - Mark Knopfler, Lead Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Pick Withers, Drums - David Knopfler, Rhythm Guitar - Ralph Copeman, AssistantEngineer

© 1978, 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1978 Warner Records Inc.

7
In the Gallery
00:06:16

Muff Winwood, Producer - Rhett Davies, Engineer - Mark Knopfler, Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Pick Withers, Drums - David Knopfler, Rhythm Guitar - Ralph Copeman, AssistantEngineer

© 1978, 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 2000 v2 Conversion P Credit

8
Wild West End
00:04:41

Muff Winwood, Producer - Rhett Davies, Engineer - Mark Knopfler, Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Pick Withers, Drums - David Knopfler, Rhythm Guitar - Ralph Copeman, AssistantEngineer

© 1978, 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1978 Warner Records Inc.

9
Lions
00:05:03

Muff Winwood, Producer - Rhett Davies, Engineer - Mark Knopfler, Vocals, Writer, Lead Guitar, Rhythm Guitar - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Pick Withers, Drums - David Knopfler, Rhythm Guitar - Ralph Copeman, AssistantEngineer

© 1978, 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1978 Warner Records Inc.

Album review

Dire Straits' minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler's spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. And while the bar band mentality of pub rock is at the core of Dire Straits -- even the group's breakthrough single, "Sultans of Swing," offered a lament for a neglected pub rock band -- their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country. Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album. The album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career.

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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