Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1978) [MFSL 2019]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:55 minutes | Scans included | 1,78 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 1,04 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2184
“Dire Straits” is the debut studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on 7 October 1978 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the hit single “Sultans of Swing”, which reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached #1 on album charts in Germany, Australia and France, #2 in the United States and #5 in the United Kingdom. “Dire Straits” was later certified double-platinum in both the United States and the United Kingdom.
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. While a few of the songs fall flat, the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career.
01. Down To The Waterline
02. Water Of Love
03. Setting Me Up
04. Six Blade Knife
05. Southbound Again
06. Sultans Of Swing
07. In The Gallery
08. Wild West End
Mastered by Shawn R. Britton at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sebastopol, CA.