Communique by Dire Straits
Follow-Up to Their Self-Titled Debut, Communique is One of The Most Under-Rated, Over-Looked Albums of All-Time!
Mastered from the Original Analog Tapes for Supreme Fidelity!
Warner Bros. Does LP Reissues Right: Best-Sounding Version of This Album You'll Ever Hear!
On their 1979 sophomore release Communique, Dire Straits continues to refine its pub-rock aesthetic with an unpretentious set of melancholy rock tunes. Mark Knopfler's penchant for cynical characters is further developed on tracks like Where Do You Think You're Going and News, while the presence of Jerry Wexler at the production helm ensures that the rest of the band keeps the rhythms extra tight.
Part of the reason for the bands uniqueness owes to its clean, vibrant sound. Just as Knopflers narratives reflect poetic and surrealist texts, the groups 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. Its 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.
And now, thanks to the meticulous efforts of Warner Bros., Dire Straits 1979 masterwork can be experienced like never before. Remastered and cut from the original analog tapes and pressed on high-quality 180g vinyl, Communique is simply out-of-this-world good. Knopflers mesmerizing guitar textures and cool vocals appear as if theyre right in front of you. Details, imaging, and presence are on a level associated with the finest audiophile recordings.
As its proven for the last few years, Warner Bros. treats vinyl with the ultimate respect, and this must-have Dire Straits record is no exception. Listeners with original copies of the LP, or Simply Vinyls pressing, will be absolutely stunned upon hearing the improvements. And the rest of us can simply rejoice in knowing that Knoplfer's trademark tones, picking, and leads resonate with an airiness, openness, and palpability theyve never claimed prior. A five-star pressing!
1. Once Upon A Time In The West
3. Where Do You Think You're Going?
5. Lady Writer
6. Angel Of Mercy
7. Portobello Belle
8. Single-Handed Sailor
9. Follow Me Home
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