Ok there were some comments made about Knopfler and co (Stannah chairlifts etc) on another thread. So in the interests of fair play come out :fight:and no low blows.
If you thought that was bad Testy - we had to suffer at least 6 runs of "Calling Elvis" with treated discs etc at the Cornwall Bake-offI think the triple back to back of Private Investigations at theJanuary backoff didn't helpTesty
ouch that can't be good
Well I quite like them but admittedly I don't play their material regularly these days aside from the album 'Dire Straits' which I think still sounds great, very lively and some great geetar. I have all the albums - and the remastered ones too !Ok there were some comments made about Knopfler and co (Stannah chairlifts etc) on another thread. So in the interests of fair play come out :fight:and no low blows.
Not your classic bar code shirt and tattoos Geordie though is he.
I have similar feelings to MIB on this. When I was in the 6th form the middle class kids loved Dire Straits and we had it streamed endlessly in the common room, it put me off for life I think.I was 17 when Dire Straits burst onto the scene - and even then it was the music you bought for your dad while you were listening to Joy Division!Age has not withered it - there was no need! Age hasn't improved it either, mind.
I quite like the Knopfler/Harris collaboration - but I'm a lot older now. One day I'll be old enough to enjoy regular listens to DS, maybe as an accompaniment to having my colostomy bag emptied.
I agree Dire Straits are generally V. Good, but lets not get too carried away. This is the band that brought us "Les Boys"Don't look at how "good" Dire Straits are, but how "shite" the rest is. How many albums have you got that you can honestlylisten to end to end without wincing or skipping tracks, or can manage 4 poorly executed chords at best? Not many I'll bet.Dire Straits when they first appeared on the scene all those years ago were ground breaking at the time with their unique style. I first heard them round a mate's house who was also well into hi-fi and from that very first album he confidently forecast they were to become very successful - and he was right.
To this day they are the one and only group whose albums I can pull out of the rack and slap it on the turntable or shove in a CD and actually enjoy listening to every bit as much as I did the first time.
It's by no coincidence that "Calling Elvis" has become my reference test track because there is so much going on inside the mix that few systems can play faithfully and accurately. So I suggest you don't listen "at" it in a cursory manner, but listen "into" it and pay attention to all the various intricate layers within. If the snare drum isn't coming out as a tight crisp 'thwack' that makes your hair stand on end, orif youfail to noticethe change from sticks to brushes by the drummer two thirds of the way through, then you either need your system looking at or you aren't listening in the same way I do. When that subterranean bass line gets objects rattling in your room yet you barely hear it your speakers are doing their job, conversely if it arrives as an overwhelming boom, you have a problem that needs sorting.