Dire Straits-Making Movies-Mark Knopfler

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.

dire_straits_-_love_over_goldLater Mark Knopfler himself would fault some of his unrestrained guitar pyrotechnics extended into the next Dire Straits album, Love Over Gold, in favor of a more economical approach, but Making Movies was the point 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