Archive for May, 2012

Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler

May 31, 2012

It is very nice to remember good old days.

I used to listen Dire Straits a lot. It was already my favorite band, during my 14 years old. Lover Over Gold and Making Movies were the works I liked the most. Extended duration tracks with several pace variations attracted me. These two specific albums weren’t (and aren’t) the mainstream Dire Straits. The band was always a kind of Sultans of Swing and Brother in Arms synonym.
20 years ago, while still living with my parents, I met this new CD release in a TV commercial. I went to a CD/Vinyl store and bought it. This is something I still love to do, despite the fact I’m ordering more frequently from internet.
On Every Street is not the most known Dire Straits album as well. It was the last studio recording from the band and did not reach expressive sales. Only those who know the Mark Knopler’s style will be able to enjoy this work on its fullness.

This album followed me during many years, so, I don’t feel comfortable with critics. I used to make duets with my brother (guitar + keyboard) and we played some riffs from this work.
A point that attracted my attention in that time was the steel guitar. A kind of laid electric guitar played with a slide in the finger’s musician, adding a country dressing to the compositions.
Years ago, while living alone, with more audio equipments, I took this CD off the shelf and realized the strong orange art of the disc, memories from the past came to my mind and I put it put play again.
When I inserted it to my Rega CD Player, connected to my cute tube amplifier, I found again a very good quality recording hidden within it. It was a nice surprise which was waiting for in this specific moment, for this near future, to make the record unforgettable by me.

Few more years later, already married, already father, even more equipped, walking around a CD store, I found this solo work by Mark Knopfler. Not only by him, but also by other friends from the last phase.
When I heard this work I became very happy. It is a recent recording, from a musician that was part of many past moments of my life. All Mark Knopfler’s marks and On Every Street legacy are still there. If in the past it had steel guitar, now there is a violin, adding folk features to the album.

And here the history goes again…

How is good to remember old times, and how is even better to live nice and renewed days.

Thank you for reading.
Leonardo