Great Rock Albums of 1981: Dire Straits- Making Movies

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In spite of the fact that I loved both of Dire Straits’ previous two albums, “Making Movies” kind of passed me by in 1981. What is even stranger is that I know the first three tracks on the album very well. Track three, “Skateaway” is my second favourite Dire Straits song of all time. I still haven’t forgiven them for not playing it when I saw them live in 1985. They did play the other two songs and my number on favourite, “Sultans of Swing”  but that’s little consolation.

Thinking back to that night I saw them live, “Tunnel of Love” was the concert closer and for some reason, I remember it being played slower than what appears on the album. My theory was that they may have been trying to sound more mid 80s. The version on album has all the trademarks of the great music this band was making at the time. Mark Knopfler plays his classic licks throughout and he does the same with the second track, “Romeo and Juliet.” Those two songs build up perfectly to the song whose praises I can’t sing enough, great song but I know I’m biased here. However, three tracks don’t an album make and the great music that is on “Making Movies” continues to go on long after. In fact, it goes on immediately into the next track “Expresso Love.” The opening riffs to the song are rocking and I can’t take anything away from the final three tracks on the album. The first of those three, “Hand in Hand” might be a little slower than the rest but it doesn’t detract from the quality of this album because the last two songs bring it all home very nicely. So, this is yet another album that makes me want to travel back in time and force the me back then to listen to it.

Track Listing:

1. Tunnel of Love

2. Romeo and Juliet

3. Skateaway

4. Expresso Love

5. Hand in Hand

6. Solid Rock

7. Les Boys

Dire Straits

Dire Straits

Mark Knopfler- guitar, lead vocals

John Illsley- bass, vocals

Pick Withers- drums, vocals

Additional musicians

Roy Bittan- keyboards

Sid McGuiness- guitar

One historical part in “Making Movies” was that David Knopfler left the band during the recording of the album in 1980. I don’t know the reasons behind this but am always open to enlightenment. “Making Movies” is a fantastic album and hearing it makes me slightly sick that I let it go by me for all these years. Still, I’m not yet ready to forgive Dire Straits for not playing “Skateaway.” It could be a reason why I don’t give an account of the concert on “Rock And Roll Children,” just merely a mention.

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15 Responses to “Great Rock Albums of 1981: Dire Straits- Making Movies”

  1. Yeah! I don’t own this, I have a really good 2 CD Dire Straits hits set. But I get the feeling from your review that Dire Straits is an “album band”.

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  2. I lived this LP for years and years as a kid, it’s brilliant. Singing Romeo & Juliet played a crucial part in Mrs 1537 and my courtship …

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  3. My favourite thing about DS was always Knopfler’s voice I think, even more than his guitar. Really good and expressive.

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  4. This is one of my favorite albums, and Skateaway one of my favorite songs. I think Tunnel of Love is one of Knopfler’s masterpieces.

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  5. Better late than never as I cruise around blogland – Anyway— I always liked this record – Romeo and Juliet is my favorite Dire Straits tune — I know it is over the top and I know is is over-sweet, but damn it – the music heart in me wants what it wants. 🙂

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  6. […] took a little stroll around the WP neighborhood and hit a post about Dire Straits Making Movies – https://80smetalman.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/great-rock-albums-of-1981-dire-straits-making-movies/ – It caught my attention for a couple reasons: I like this entire record and it hides my […]

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