Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (Remastered 2022) (1988/2022) [Official Digital Download 24bit/192kHz]

Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (Remastered 2022) (1988/2022)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/192 kHz | Time – 01:07:59 minutes | 2,53 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download | Front Cover | © UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)

On June 17, the UMC/EMI label will reissue Money For Nothing, the first Dire Straits greatest hits collection (featuring songs from the band’s first five albums), which was originally released in October 1988. Newly remastered by Bob Ludwig, Money For Nothing will be made available in digital and double vinyl formats across the UK & the rest of the world on the June 17, 2022 & early 2023 in the USA.

Dire Straits straddled the globe with their sophisticated rootsy guitar rock wedded to literate story-telling lyrics. Emerging from the club and pub circuit in 1977, Dire Straits were led by charismatic Geordie singer-songwriter, record producer and composer Mark Knopfler.

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Dire Straits – Communique (1979) [MFSL 2019] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Communiqué (1979) [MFSL 2019]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:35 minutes | Scans included | 1,77 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 0,98 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2185

Communiqué is the second studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on 15 June 1979 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the single “Lady Writer”, which reached #45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and #51 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached #1 on album charts in Germany, New Zealand, and Sweden, #11 in the United States and #5 in the United Kingdom. Communiqué was later certified gold in the United States, platinum in the United Kingdom and double-platinum in France.

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Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2014] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985) [Japanese SHM-SACD 2014]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 47:23 minutes | Scans included | 1,92 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Full Scans included | 891 MB

Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for “Money for Nothing,” a sardonic attack on MTV. But what kept the record selling was Mark Knopfler’s increased sense of pop songcraft — “Money for Nothing” had an indelible guitar riff, “Walk of Life” is a catchy up-tempo boogie variation on “Sultans of Swing,” and the melodies of the bluesy “So Far Away” and the down-tempo, Everly Brothers-style “Why Worry” were wistful and lovely. Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them. Though they couldn’t maintain that consistency through the rest of the album — only the jazzy “Your Latest Trick” and the flinty “Ride Across the River” make an impact — Brothers in Arms remains one of their most focused and accomplished albums, and in its succinct pop sense, it’s distinctive within their catalog. (more…)

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Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985/2005) [20th Anniversary Edition] {2.0 & 5.1} PS3 ISO + FLAC

Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985/2005) [20th Anniversary Edition] {2.0 & 5.1}
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DST64 2.0 & 5.1 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:12 minutes | Scans included | 3,16 GB
or FLAC 2.0 Stereo (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,06 GB
Features 2.0 Stereo and 5.1 multichannel surround sound

Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for “Money for Nothing,” a sardonic attack on MTV. But what kept the record selling was Mark Knopfler’s increased sense of pop songcraft — “Money for Nothing” had an indelible guitar riff, “Walk of Life” is a catchy up-tempo boogie variation on “Sultans of Swing,” and the melodies of the bluesy “So Far Away” and the down-tempo, Everly Brothers-style “Why Worry” were wistful and lovely. Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them. Though they couldn’t maintain that consistency through the rest of the album — only the jazzy “Your Latest Trick” and the flinty “Ride Across the River” make an impact — Brothers in Arms remains one of their most focused and accomplished albums, and in its succinct pop sense, it’s distinctive within their catalog. [In 2005 Mercury released a 20th anniversary limited edition version of Brothers in Arms in the Hybrid/SACD format. (more…)

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Dire Straits – Making Movies (1980) [MFSL 2019] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Making Movies (1980) [MFSL 2019]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:33 minutes | Scans included | 1,66 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 955 MB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2186

Making Movies is the third studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on 17 October 1980 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the single “Romeo and Juliet”, which reached #8 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached #1 on album charts in Italy and Norway, #19 in the United States and #4 in the United Kingdom. Making Movies was later certified platinum in the United States and double-platinum in the United Kingdom.

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Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (1982) [MFSL 2019] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (1982) [MFSL 2019]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:28 minutes | Scans included | 1,74 GB
or FLAC (converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/96 kHz | Full Scans included | 0,97 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2187

Love over Gold is the fourth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 20 September 1982 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album featured two singles: “Private Investigations”, which reached No. 2 on the UK Singles Chart, and “Industrial Disease”, which reached No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in the United States. Its main highlight, however, was the 14-minute-long opus “Telegraph Road”, which became a staple of the band’s setlists and Mark Knopfler’s once he became a solo artist, as well as becoming an FM radio staple around the world. The album reached Number One on album charts in Australia, Austria, Italy, New Zealand, Norway and the United Kingdom, and No. 19 in the United States. Love over Gold was later certified gold in the United States, platinum in France and Germany and double-platinum in Canada and the United Kingdom.

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Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1978) [MFSL 2019] {SACD ISO + FLAC}

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.

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Dire Straits – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9523] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9523]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 89:13 minutes | Scans included | 3,58 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,71 GB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

There is an interesting contrast on this 94-minute double-disc live album (recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983) between the music, much of which is slow and moody, with Mark Knopfler’s muttered vocals and large helpings of his fingerpicking on what sounds like an amplified Spanish guitar, and the audience response. The arena-size crowd cheers wildly, and claps and sings along when given half a chance, as though each song were an up-tempo rocker. When they do have a song of even medium speed, such as “Sultans of Swing” or “Solid Rock,” they are in ecstasy. That Dire Straits’ introspective music loses much of its detail in a live setting matters less than that it gains presence and a sense of anticipation. Alan Clark’s keyboards help to fill out the sound and give Knopfler’s spare melodies a certain majesty, but Dire Straits remains an overgrown bar band with a Bob Dylan fixation, and that’s exactly how the crowd likes it.

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Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985) [MFSL 2013] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985) [MFSL 2013]
PS3 Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 55:16 minutes | Scans included | 2,29 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,02 GB
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab # UDSACD 2099

Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for “Money for Nothing,” a sardonic attack on MTV. But what kept the record selling was Mark Knopfler’s increased sense of pop songcraft — “Money for Nothing” had an indelible guitar riff, “Walk of Life” is a catchy up-tempo boogie variation on “Sultans of Swing,” and the melodies of the bluesy “So Far Away” and the down-tempo, Everly Brothers-style “Why Worry” were wistful and lovely. Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them. Though they couldn’t maintain that consistency through the rest of the album — only the jazzy “Your Latest Trick” and the flinty “Ride Across the River” make an impact — Brothers in Arms remains one of their most focused and accomplished albums, and in its succinct pop sense, it’s distinctive within their catalog.

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Dire Straits – Alchemy (Live) (2010) [DVD-Audio ISO]

Dire Straits – Alchemy (Live)
Artist: Dire Straits | Album: Alchemy (Live) | Style: Roots Rock, Blues Rock, Progressive Rock | Year: 2010 | Quality: DVD-Audio (MLP 5.1 96kHz/24Bit, MLP 2.0 96kHz/24Bit) | Bitrate: lossless | Tracks: 11 | Size: ~6.84 Gb | Recovery: 5% | Covers: only front | Release: rip of Blu-Ray and authoring in DVD-Audio | Note: Not Watermarked

There is an interesting contrast on this 94-minute double-disc live album (recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983) between the music, much of which is slow and moody, with Mark Knopfler’s muttered vocals and large helpings of his fingerpicking on what sounds like an amplified Spanish guitar, and the audience response. The arena-size crowd cheers wildly, and claps and sings along when given half a chance, as though each song were an up-tempo rocker. When they do have a song of even medium speed, such as “Sultans of Swing” or “Solid Rock,” they are in ecstasy. That Dire Straits’ introspective music loses much of its detail in a live setting matters less than that it gains presence and a sense of anticipation. Alan Clark’s keyboards help to fill out the sound and give Knopfler’s spare melodies a certain majesty, but Dire Straits remains an overgrown bar band with a Bob Dylan fixation, and that’s exactly how the crowd likes it. [The CD version of the album contains one extra track, “Love Over Gold,” which adds a needed change of pace to the otherwise slow-moving first disc.] (more…)

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Dire Straits: The Complete Studio Albums 1978-1991 (2013) [Vinyl Rip 24Bit/192khz]

Genre: Rock
Year: 2013
Label: Phonogram Ltd. Vertigo Records
Country-manufacturer: pressed at Pallas, Germany
Audio codec: FLAC
Rip type: image + .cue
Recording Format: 32/192
Format of distribution: 24/192
Mastered by Bob Ludwig
Size: 19.56 GB

THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1978 – 1991 brings together all six of Dire Straits’ studio albums – Dire Straits, Communique, Making Movies, Love Over Gold, Brothers In Arms and On Every Street. All are pressed on beautiful 180gm vinyl. The CD running order with full length versions of the tracks have been reinstated to Brothers In Arms, now presented as a 2xLP set, as well as a double vinyl of On Every Street. With all original artwork restored, the six albums are packed in a handsome box set slipcase. All come complete with download cards and are available as a strictly limited edition.

1978 Dire Straits
1979 Communique
1980 Making Movies
1982 Love Over Gold
1985 Brothers In Arms Full Version 2LP
1991 On Every Street 2LP (more…)

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Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1978) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9032] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Dire Straits (1978) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2010 # UIGY-9032]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:49 minutes | Scans included | 1,68 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 833 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players) and the latest DSD mastering in 2010 based on Japanese original analog tape. DSD Transferred by Hitoshi Takiguchi.

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. (more…)

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Dire Straits – Communiqué (1979) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9519] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Communiqué (1979) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9519]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:35 minutes | Scans included | 1,71 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 840 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

Rushed out less than nine months after the surprise success of Dire Straits’ self-titled debut album, the group’s sophomore effort, Communiqué, seemed little more than a carbon copy of its predecessor with less compelling material. Mark Knopfler and co. had established a sound (derived largely from J.J. Cale) of laid-back shuffles and intricate, bluesy guitar playing, and Communiqué provided more examples of it. But there was no track as focused as “Sultans of Swing,” even if “Lady Writer” (a lesser singles chart entry on both sides of the Atlantic) nearly duplicated its sound. As a result, Communiqué sold immediately to Dire Straits’ established audience, but no more, and it did not fare as well critically as its predecessor or its follow-up. (more…)

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Dire Straits – Making Movies (1980) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9520] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Making Movies (1980) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9520]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 38:25 minutes | Scans included | 1,55 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 771 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

Without second guitarist David Knopfler, Dire Straits began to move away from its roots rock origins into a jazzier variation of country-rock and singer/songwriter folk-rock. Naturally, this means that Mark Knopfler’s ambitions as a songwriter are growing, as the storytelling pretensions of Making Movies indicate. Fortunately, his skills are increasing, as the lovely “Romeo and Juliet,” “Tunnel of Love,” and “Skateaway” indicate. And Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler’s jazzy inclinations take hold. The record runs out of steam toward the end, closing with the borderline offensive “Les Boys,” but the remainder of Making Movies ranks among the band’s finest work. (more…)

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Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (1982) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9505] {PS3 ISO + FLAC}

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold (1982) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2011 # UIGY-9505]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 41:20 minutes | Scans included | 1,67 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 792 MB

Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.

Adding a new rhythm guitarist, Dire Straits expands its sounds and ambitions on the sprawling Love Over Gold. In a sense, the album is their prog rock effort, containing only five songs, including the 14-minute opener “Telegraph Road.” Since Mark Knopfler is a skilled, tasteful guitarist, he can sustain interest even throughout the languid stretches, but the long, atmospheric, instrumental passages aren’t as effective as the group’s tight blues-rock, leaving Love Over Gold only a fitfully engaging listen. (more…)

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