Love Over Gold
(Click on album cover for
- Telegraph Road
- Private Investigations
- Industrial Disease
- Love Over Gold
- It Never Rains
Produced By: Mark Knopfler.
Record Label: Vertigo.
Why This Album Is So Great:
"Private Investigations" is one of the best songs recorded by Dire
Straits. Just as "Love Over Gold" is their best album. The album topped a golden
period for Dire Straits with the greatly successful "Brothers In Arms" to
follow. These two albums are probably the keystone in Dire Straits' career. Most of their
albums are good, but these two have something special. In the case of "Love Over
Gold", it's the way the band have given every one of the five songs space and time to
develop its own personality. In fact, at least four of the five songs are Dire Straits
classics by now. And the fifth, "It Never Rains" is also really a classic in its
own way. But listen to the instrumental side of songs like "Private
Investigations", "Telegraph Road" and "Love Over Gold" and you'll
understand why this album is the best by Dire Straits. It's from before they got the
commercial success they deserved and contains elements you do not find on the albums that
followed. The length of the songs is one of them. Another one is not feeling an obligation
to be a hit. There's no "Money For Nothing" or "Sultans Of Swing" but
instead you get songs that work best when you sit down and listen closely.
Overall Rating (on a scale from 1 to 10):9
If You Like This Artist, Check Out:
Mark Knopfler, Notting Hillbillies, The Alan Parsons Project.
Links To Artist:
About Dire Straits
All-Music Guide (loads of information)
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