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Indeed, the first five tracks – "Tunnel of Love," "Romeo and Juliet," "Skateaway," "Expresso Love," "Hand in Hand" – comprise a mini-suite united by theme, harmony, and spirit. The song “Skateaway” has an interesting backing rhythm and actually contains the title words of the album ‘Making movies’. Making Movies is the third studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 17 October 1980 by Vertigo Records internationally, Warner Bros. Iovine had also worked on Springsteen's Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town albums, and he was instrumental in recruiting E-Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan for the Making Movies sessions. I've compared all of these vinyl releases with clean copies and I can definitely say the Mofi beats them all.

It's no surprise that it was one of the 3 Dire Straits songs included in the setlist of his tour with Emmylou Harris in 2006. The second single release was " Skateaway," and the third and final single from the album was the lengthy opening track, " Tunnel of Love," with its intro "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, which only reached the number 54 position in the UK. Tunnel of Love was a little closer for me comparing the two but still have the give the nod to this release. Ask critics what their favorite Dire straits album is, they'll always tell you it's their titleless debut. Four songs were recorded during the sessions but not released on the album: "Making Movies," "Suicide Towers," " Twisting by the Pool" and "Sucker for Punishment.

The mofi version of this album makes you LOVE to just listen to the music, whereas the orig UKs are better to let it spin and rock out to because the detailed instrument separation isn't as accessible to listen to. And the songs are big and dramatic, with crescendos and huge hopeful choruses, and lines like "it's just the danger when you're riding at your own risk/she said 'you are the perfect stranger' she said 'baby let's keep it like this'". Their music was becoming more complex and so was Mark Knopfler's songwriting: 4 of the album's 7 tracks are running over 5 minutes. A strong cinematic feel soaks the album from the opening "Tunnel Of Love" (featuring a fitting extract form Rodgers and Hammerstein's "Carousel Waltz") which depicts a carnivalesque tale of romance and possible loss through "Romeo and Juliet" and the amusingly playful "Skateaway".

It’s not a Mofi 45 or UHQR but it’s as good or better than the 33 ⅓ versions that come from those efforts.The three awesome songs are all on side one, the best of which is "Romeo and Juliet" (one of the rare songs that I used to listen to and get watery-eyed after the first chorus) although "Tunnel of Love" is pretty perfect too.

Dire Straits also benefits from crucial contributions from Bruce Springsteen pianist Roy Bittan and the departure of rhythm guitarist David Knopfler. David appears on video playing "Solid Rock" and "Les Boys" live in concert, but these performances preceded the recording. The title of the album is taken from a line in the song " Skateaway" and from the outtake "Making Movies. He contacted Jimmy Iovine after hearing Iovine's production on the song " Because the Night" by Patti Smith—a song co-written by Smith and Bruce Springsteen.Making Movies Is A Rock Masterpiece After Dire Straits second album was criticized as more of the same, Mark Knopfler responded with a rock masterpiece titled Making Movies.

Crisp, rich, and balanced, the sound brings Knopfler's Fender Vibrolux and Music Man HD130 amplifiers into your room. Thankfully even though they’re too long the songs on here are much more memorable than Brothers In Arms, still kinda boring though at the beginning. After owning several early Canadian copies and one UK copy, this one has more dynamic and energy, with perfect tonal balance and extension on both end. A slightly noisy sound floor on the lead in on side one is the only production issue I noticed, not enough to complain about and hardly noticeable in the songs.

Mastered from analog tapes and pressed at RTI, Mobile Fidelity's 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Making Movies breathes with reference-caliber airiness, spaciousness, dynamics, and separation.

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