Communique - 180 Gram 45RPM - Sealed

DIRE STRAITS Communique (2019 limited edition Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 5-track 2-LP, mastered by Krieg Wunderlich at MFSL on the Gain 2 Ultra Analog System, specially plated and pressed on 180g High-Definition Vinyl at 45RPM. Heavyweight gatefold picture sleeve with original album art, individually numbered in gold on the back and sealed inside its perforated loose bag. The ultimate analogue reference of their 1979 second album!)

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Price Info
$108.79, £79.99  
Product Availability Last 2 copies in stock. Order now for shipping on Friday 21st January
Release Date 13th Nov 2019
Release Year 2019 - 3 years ago
Condition Unless stated otherwise in the description above, all items are in at least excellent condition - so please read our descriptions carefully. We try to sell items as close to Mint condition as possible, and many will indeed be close to brand new and/or unplayed. Others may be 'used' - and all will meet our strict grading and are 100% guaranteed.
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Format 2-LP vinyl record set (Double Album)
Record Label Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
Complete Stock List Go to Dire Straits or visit our Dire Straits collectors store
Product Catalogue No MFSL2-467
Music Genre Rock
Country Comes from USA Comes from 'USA'
 
Tracklisting & More Information

180-gram 45 RPM double LP set pressed at RTI!

Communiqué reissue elevates Dire Straits' sophomore album to a higher plane!

Collector's 45 RPM version wider grooves allow for greater detail, musical insight

The performances on Dire Straits' Communiqué are so smooth and effortless, they were originally criticized for replicating the blueprints of the band's breakout debut. Time, however, has a way of changing perspectives and exposing the truth. More than 35 years after its original release in June 1979, Communiqué rightfully takes its place as the group's most underrated record — a nine-track set spiked with engaging storytelling, relaxed vibes, and deceiving simplicity.

Mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180-gram 45 RPM 2LP set of Communiqué elevates Dire Straits' sophomore album to an even higher plane. Recorded in the Bahamas by Muscle Shoals veterans Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler, the songs benefit from a laidback approach that makes guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler and company's stellar playing seem even more fluent — particularly when experienced on this collector's 45 RPM version, on which the wider grooves allow for more detail retrieval and deeper musical insight.

Knopfler's mesmerizing guitar textures and composed vocals appear as if they're right in front of you, holding court amidst expansive soundstages and deep-black backgrounds. Details, imaging, and presence are on a level associated with the finest audiophile recordings. You'll be hard-pressed to find another LP with cleaner, pinpoint-accurate tones. Mobile Fidelity's LP also brings into transparent view Knopfler's seemingly perfect intricate lines as well as the simpatico accompaniment from his band mates. Whole, lively, and balanced, the bass and drums arrive with a solidity rarely heard on albums of this era. Communiqué has truly never sounded better.

Of course, the audiophile sonics mean little if the artistic content is lacking. Needless to say, Dire Straits' technical perfectionism and creative elan prevail throughout. Knopfler's penchant for sketching cynical characters is further developed on moody tracks like "Where Do You Think You're Going" and "News," while Wexler's presence at the boards ensures the band keeps the rhythms extra tight. The quartet's low-key blues and swampy, Southern-styled grooves turn every song into an exercise in understated virtuosity.

Refusing to give into excess, magnetic tunes such as "Lady Writer" and "Angel of Mercy" split a fine line between insinuating and insisting. The group shows off a combination of control, virtuosity, and tunefulness that harkens back to a rock n' roll's classic period while also pointing the way ahead. Need indisputable evidence of Dire Straits' compositional strengths? Cue up the closing "Follow Me Home" on this pressing and get lost amid the peacefulness of the gentle surf and chirping crickets that frame the song. Heavenly.

Side 1
1. Once Upon a Time in the West
2. News

Side 2
3. Where Do You Think You're Going?
4. Communique

Side 3
5. Lady Writer
6. Angel of Mercy
7. Portobello Belle

Side 4
8. Single-Handed Sailor
9. Follow Me Home


DOUBLE LP  
Recording Artist Dire Straits
Product Title Communique - 180 Gram 45RPM - Sealed
Product Information Dire Straits Communique - 180 Gram 45RPM - Sealed USA 2-LP vinyl record set (Double Album).
Language All tracks are sung in English, unless otherwise stated in our description.
Additional info
Artists Related To Brewers Droop, Chris White, David Knopfler, John Illsley, Mark Knopfler, The Notting Hillbillies
Product Barcode 821797246712
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