Making Moviesby Dire Straits
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.
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- Warner Bros / Wea
Performance CreditsDire Straits Primary Artist
John Illsley Bass,Vocals
Roy Bittan Keyboards
Mark Knopfler Guitar,Vocals
Sid McGinnis Guitar
Pick Withers Drums,Vocals
Technical CreditsJimmy Iovine Producer
Mark Knopfler Composer,Producer
Shelly Yakus Engineer
John Collis Liner Notes
Neil Terk Artwork
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There was a man who lived on a ship and his name was Jacksparro but one day a girl came along and was a member of the crew and one day there was a a fight but the other team some died on Jack,s team no one got killed and Jack and MS.Swan got knocked out of the ship and they were stuck on a beach and had FUN!
Making Movies is classic rock album, and perhaps the architypical Dire Straits album. Conceived during the cacophonic era that was/is punk rock, Dire Strait's finely honed road skills are enhanced by Mark Knopfler's more orchestral approach to song writing. Vivid references to fast (Expresso Love), rollercoasting and ultimately broken romances set in a background of fairgrounds and life on the rock circuit (spanish city) are complemented by Knopfler's flawless riffs. Though the band now more than ever sound like one person, the growing use of keyboards (Alan Clark joins the band for the tour) provides the atmosphere that carries the listener effortlessly from one track to the next. The quirky but lovely 'Skateaway' sees Mark admiring the fragility and feminine mystique of a carefree girl on rollerskates, while 'Hand in Hand' ( a song he refused to play live) explores a lost love that ultimately is rationalized in 'Solid Rock' where his chosen rock and roll trade presides over the broken hearts that he once relied upon. The album gently recedes with a sarcastic portrait of a risque same sex sojourn set in a disco bar in Munich. It is more so the final (fictional) scene in a tapestry of movie clips rather than a serious jibe and features some excellently conceived folky guitar riffs that complement the otherwise rock and roll slant of Making Movies.
This is classic Dire Straits - a very good one at that.
Dire Straits show great talent once again on their third LP ''Making Movies'' that shows these guys know their buisness. Starting with one of their best songs ''Tunnel of Love'' the perfect Rock song that, I think, makes the listener's mood rise tremendously up, and combined with the next three tracks makes you forget all the nonesense of the last track ''Les Boys'' that I still don't understand whatever crossed their mind when they put it there. The beauty of the first six songs is the huge ammount of detail put together with marvelous skill and precision, great rhythm and flawless performance. That give you not only a way out of main stream heavy Rock N' Roll that mostly gives you a head ache after some time, that album gives you, the listener, relaxation and joy and most of all gives a bunch of much better tunes to hum happily all week long. The way they've arranged the songs is also a great idea; from the best to the not-so-good. However, ''Romeo and Juliet'', the second track and one of the best Rock-Ballads ever, shows, just like in the first track, that there's no interuption between Mark's mind and whatever comes out of his guitar. I've played this album on my machine for months, and from experience the best way to capture Dire Straits' genius on any record is simply to get the best rock-loving-stereo-machine and listen to this masterpiece. There's not one reason to take off any points from that beautiful artwork.
This is a really lovely CD. I really enjoy this. I just want more and more and more of these songs Tunnel Of Love, & Expresso Love. I still recommend anyone to buy it because it is worth love and it will change your life forever. Buy it now.
This is a fantastic record. Although no song became a radio staple, there are some fine tunes here, particularly "Skateaway", "Solid Rock" and of course, "Romeo And Juliet". Thankfully, as only a seven track record there is no filler. If Knopfler's plan was to make songs that felt like movies, he certainly succeeded.