Friday, January 25, 2013

Dire Straits Making Movies

Dire Straits Making Movies


Making Movies is the third album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 17 October 1980 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the single "Romeo and Juliet", which reached the number 8 position on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached the number one position on album charts in Italy and Norway, the number 19 position in the United States, and the number four position in the United Kingdom. Making Movies was certified platinum in the United States, and double-platinum in the United Kingdom. After the Communiqué Tour ended on 21 December 1979 in London, Mark Knopfler spent the first half of 1980 writing the songs for Dire Straits' next album. He contacted Jimmy Iovine after hearing Iovine's production on the song "Because the Night" by Patti Smith—a song she had co-written with Bruce Springsteen. Iovine, who had also worked on Springsteen's Born to Run and Darkness on the Edge of Town albums, was instrumental in recruiting E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan for the Making Movies sessions. Without Bittan, the album's "cinematic power and evocative landscapes might have been impossible to achieve." Making Movies was recorded at the Power Station in New York from 20 June to 25 August 1980. Jimmy Iovine and Mark Knopfler produced the album.
David Knopfler left Dire Straits in August 1980 during the recording of the album. His guitar tracks were almost complete for the album, but were re-recorded by his brother. David appears on video playing "Solid Rock" and "Les Boys" live in concert, but these performances preceded the recording.
Four outtakes were recorded but not released on the album: "Making Movies", "Suicide Towers", "Twisting by the Pool", and "Sucker for Punishment". "Making Movies" and "Suicide Towers" appear on bootlegs. "Twisting by the Pool" was released on the ExtendedancEPlay EP on 10 January 1983. The title of the album is taken from a line in the song "Skateaway" and from the outtake "Making Movies".

1. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rogers and Oscar Hammerstein II) 8:11
2. "Romeo and Juliet"   6:00
3. "Skateaway"   6:40
4. "Expresso Love"   5:12
5. "Hand in Hand"   4:48
6. "Solid Rock"   3:19
7. "Les Boys"   4:07

Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler – vocals, guitar
John Illsley – bass, vocals
Pick Withers – drums, vocals
Additional musicians
Roy Bittan – keyboards
Sid McGinnis – guitar (uncredited)
Production
Jimmy Iovine – producer
Mark Knopfler – producer
Shelly Yakus – engineer
Jeff Hendrickson – assistant engineer
Jon Mathias – assistant engineer
Greg Calbi – mastering
Neil Terk – original design and artwork
Brian Griffin – photography
Bob Ludwig – remastering

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