Dire Straits - Making Movies

180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl Remaster + Digital Download

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Making Movies is the third studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, originally released in October 1980 by Vertigo Records.

After the disappointing response to CommuniquéDire Straits quickly regrouped, releasing Making Movies a year later which, along with Brothers In Arms, is widely considered to be among their best.

Making Movies was a fitting title. On their first two albums, Knopfler’s best lyrics were already very small films, packed with the right combination of evocative detail and space that give the listener a chance to picture a scene. “Once Upon A Time In The West” even felt a bit like a spaghetti western, albeit with a white reggae groove. But here they went for a broader scope in the music, which was largely a result of their producer.

Knopfler asked the hip and cool producer of the day, Jimmy Iovine, to spearhead the record. Iovine brought in Roy Bittan of the E Street Band for the sessions, and it worked to great effect here.

His impact, and the cinematic intent, is felt from the first notes of the opener, “Tunnel Of Love”, which begins with a few bars of “The Carousel Waltz” (from the Rodgers & Hammerstein musical Carousel) before a descending piano arpeggio ushers in the song proper. You can also immediately hear how Iovine helped shape the band’s sound. Where the first two records worked off a template of laid-back minimalist blues-rock, Iovine gave a more muscular edge to Pick Withers’ drums, particularly in the call-and-response with Knopfler’s guitar in the middle.

There’s also a change in Knopfler’s approach to his guitar playing. He became more interested in playing to the song, his riffs and fills on “Skateaway” and “Expresso Love” provide just the right amount of colour, than showing off his technique. That said, his two-minute outro solo on “Tunnel Of Love” is a master class in how to build a solo from just a few notes into an emotional cascade of notes.

But it’s the ballads where Knopfler showed tremendous growth. While “Hand In Hand” is a lovely song that got buried as the second-to-last track on the album, “Romeo And Juliet” is the album’s standout. It’s been covered by many other artists and is one of the few Dire Straits songs he still plays regularly in his concerts.

Commercially, Making Movies didn’t scale the heights, peaking at No. 19, although it eventually went platinum. Dire Straits would continue with this cinematic approach on their next effort, Love Over Gold before redefining themselves again in 1985 with the blockbuster Brothers in Arms.

Check out the tracks: “Romeo & Juliet”; “Expresso Love”; “Skateaway”; “Tunnel Of Love” and “Solid Rock”.

This LP Record is a "Back to Black" Dire Straits Albums series reissue on 180 gram audiophile quality vinyl featuring remastered audio with reproduced artwork and digital download, pressed in Europe.

(602537529056)

Tracklisting:

 

No.

Title

Time

A1

Tunnel Of Love

8:11

A2

Romeo And Juliet

6:00

A3

Skateaway

6:40

B1

Expresso Love

5:12

B2

Hand In Hand

4:48

B3

Solid Rock

3:19

B4

Les Boys

4:07

SKU 602537529056
Record Label Vertigo Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number 3752905
Country EU - Europe
Release Date (Year) 13 June 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 17 October 1980
Barcode # 602537529056
Shipping Weight 0.3000kg
Shipping Width 0.010m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000985960m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, 180 Gram Audiophile Quality Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Remastered Audio, Digital Download, Reissue, "Back to Black" Series, The Dire Straits Albums 1978 - 1991 Series Reissue
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock & Popular
Format VINYL LP

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