Dire Straits - Love Over Gold

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Remaster + Digital Download

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Love Over Gold is the fourth studio album released by British rock band Dire Straits, originally released in September 1982 via Vertigo Records.

Love Over Gold is not just the album title, it was also statement of purpose. In defiance of commercial good sense, Mark Knopfler chose to follow his muse, fashioning a collection of radically expanded epics and evocative tone poems that demand the listener's undivided attention. Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences.

Two drastically different moods dominate the new album. One is sharp and fiery (like the bolt of lightning on the cover); the other is soft and seductive. That dichotomy is particularly explicit in "Private Investigations", a long, unorthodox ballad in which Knopfler plays a private detective hardened by a life of combing through other people's dirty laundry.

This wracking schizophrenia between the heart and the heartless, the loving and the pain, has always informed Knopfler's songs and arrangements. Love Over Gold, however, finds Knopfler casting further than ever for ways to articulate the frustrations that colour his romantic streak.

At nearly fifteen minutes, the album's opener, "Telegraph Road", is certainly a challenge to the average pop fan's attention span. But the song's historic sweep and intimate tension - the building of America and the dashing of one man's dreams in the wake of its accelerating crumble - enable him to deploy a variety of surprising instrumental voices, from the synthesized sunrise whistle at the beginning to the baroque piano motif in the middle. "Love Over Gold" is a whispery ballad that plays the jazzy tingle of vibes against an almost classical piano air and the violinlike pluck of a synthesizer to heighten its images of a casual, even cavalier, sex life. On the other hand, "Industrial Disease" - at five minutes, the shortest of the LP's five songs and its most conventional rocker - crackles with a cynicism underlined by its cheesy "Wooly Bully" organ and coughing guitar effect.

At times, Knopfler seems to try too hard, and nearly all the songs end in guitar solos, as if he had too many ideas and was unsure how to reconcile them. But in a period when most pop music was conceived purely as product, Love Over Gold dares to put art before airplay.

The album topped the album charts in the UK and Australia and reached #19 on the US Billboard 200.

This is one of "The Captain's" favourite Dire Straits albums, especially Side A - it's a wonderful duo of songs to really listen to and enjoy as they run through different emotional stages, build you up and then let you down gently. Definintely one record to spin on that old turntable again!

Check out the tracks: “Private Investigations”; “Industrial Disease” and “Telegraph Road”.

This LP is remastered from the original analogue masters by Bernie Grundman and Bob Ludwig, pressed in Europe on 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl, includes a digital download code for the album.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Telegraph Road

14:17

A2

Private Investigations

6:47

B1

Industrial Disease

5:50

B2

Love Over Gold

6:18

B3

It Never Rains

8:00

SKU 602537529063
Record Label Vertigo Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 3752906
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 13 June 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 20 September 1982
Barcode # 602537529063
Shipping Weight 0.3150kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Reissue, Remastered Audio, Back to Black Series
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Classic Rock
Format VINYL LP

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