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Dire Straits-Love Over Gold 35th Anniversary-Mark Knopfler

With Dire Straits visionary Mark Knopfler celebrating his birthday Saturday ( 8/12 ) we thought we would “mark” the occasion along with the upcoming thirty-fifth anniversary of Dire Straits’ Love Over Gold  . Like David Bowie did five years before and Sting would repeat five years later, Dire Straits‘ October 1980 third release Making Movies is Mark Knopfler‘s unabashedly “Big Apple” album through the eyes of an Englishman in New York who had grown up an ocean away on Hemingway, Kerouac, Ginsberg, and Bob Dylan. Making Movies contains cinematic epic-length songs” Tunnel of Love”,”Romeo and Juliet“, and “Skateaway“, reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen‘s Born to Run mini-movies, and borrowing E Street pianist Roy Bittan and engineer/ producer Jimmy Iovine helped to capture that atmosphere, while rockers “Espresso Love” and “Solid Rock” still pack a punch.

Later Mark Knopfler himself would fault some of his unrestrained guitar pyrotechnics which extended into the next Dire Straits album, Love Over Gold  in September 1982, in favor of a more economical approach with spectacular results on Brothers in Arms, but Making Movies and Love Over Gold  with its epic “Telegraph Road” and “Industrial Disease” were the points where Dire Straits solidified an ardent worldwide following as the top-selling band in the emerging compact disc era by the end of that decade. -Redbeard