Expresso Love

Album: Making Movies (1980)
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  • This song was written by Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler, as were all except one of the songs from the Making Movies album. Songs on the album run as long as just over eight minutes. At just over 5 minutes, this song is also a good example of the more ambitious style the band was shooting for. Recall their earlier hits such as "Sultans Of Swing;" they began with a much simpler style. This album introduced more of a progressive rock style, which they have stuck to ever since.
  • The lineup at this point in Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler on guitar and vocals, John Illsley on bass and vocals, Pick Withers on drums and vocals. Roy Bittan, a member of Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band, helped out on keyboards as a session player.

    It wasn't until after Making Movies was recorded that keyboardist Alan Clark and guitarist Hal Lindes joined the band as full-time members. The album had its best performance on charts in Norway and Italy, where it scored #1. It hit #4 in their native UK and in Sweden, and lower in other countries.
  • Notice Mark Knopfler's opening guitar here, because it's a good example of his style. He's at his best doing solid bridge or middle-pickup work. He understands dynamics on a Stratocaster; that is, he knows not to rush it or push it, else he risks distortion. It's the kind of thing you miss in regular listening, but guitarists describe Knopfler's sound as "tasty." Most guitarists wouldn't bother with being so fussy, but Dire Straits has always had a polite demeanor and almost self-deprecating humility.

Comments: 2

  • Ken from Philadelphia, PaOne of the truly great albums of the rock era. Start to finish there is not a throwaway song in the bunch (well, there is one throw away), but that one throwaway is offset by the fact that every other song is a home run... a grand slam really... a walk off grand slam that leaves the stadium and bounces down Waveland Avenue and doesn't come to a stop until it bounces into the front door of the house at the far end of the block. Seriously, if you were not previously a Dire Straits fan, add this to your iTunes account today and listen straight through.

    You can listen over and over and over and it never gets tiresome. I can't quite comprehend how this didn't sell like the heavyweights.
  • Jerry Haskins from Hickory. N.c.This one L.P. gave me hope for music during the dark "Disco" years. It like a Mark knopler Ended Disco and Brought back true artistry to music. What a lovely way to end the 70's.
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