Formed in 1977, British rockers Dire Straits - led by Mark Knopfler's lush guitar work and laconic vocals - were one of the finest groups of the late 20th century. Knopfler and his band were full of rock 'n' roll romance and couldn't help but become superstars and mainstays of MTV with elegant and understated songs like "Sultans of Swing," "Romeo & Juliet," "Skateaway," "Money For Nothing," "So Far Away," "Walk of Life," and "Brothers in Arms."
Part of the reason for the band's uniqueness owes to its clean, vibrant sound. Just as Knopfler's narratives reflect poetic and surrealist texts, the group's arrangements - an intoxicating combination of easygoing shuffles, bluesy boogies, and pop-honed ballads - mirror the old-fashioned soulfulness and spaciousness inherent in the classic recordings of the late 50s and early 60s. It's no wonder why Dire Straits has long been a favorite of audiophiles the world over. When it comes to sonic purity, transparent soundstages, and rich tonalities, few, if any bands sound better.
The Complete Studio Albums 1978-1991 brings together all six of Dire Straits' distinguished studio albums, starting off with the band's breakout debut Dire Straits (1978) through to Communique (1979), Making Movies (1980), Love Over Gold (1982) and commercial apex Brothers In Arms (1985), and closing out with On Every Street (1991) which was the band's last before they disbanded and Knopfler departed for a successful solo career.
Bernie Grundman mastered the first four titles from analogue masters, with lacquers cut by Grundman and Chris Bellman; Brothers in Arms and On Every Street were mastered by Bob Ludwig from digital masters, and cut by Chris Bellman. All are pressed on beautiful 180-gram vinyl. The CD running order with full length versions of the tracks have been restored to Brothers In Arms and On Every Street, now presented as a 2LP sets.
• 180g 8LP Box Set
• All 6 of Dire Straits' studio albums
• First 4 titles mastered from analogue masters by Bernie Grundman with lacquers cut by Grundman and Chris Bellman
• Brothers in Arms and On Every Street mastered by Bob Ludwig from digital masters and cut by Chris Bellman
• CD running order with full length versions of the tracks restored to Brothers In Arms and On Every Street, now presented as a 2LP sets