Studio Albums 1978-1991 (6Cd/Remastered)
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Audio CD, Import, 9 October 2020
- Product Dimensions : 13.89 x 13.59 x 2.59 cm; 244.09 Grams
- Manufacturer : RHINO/WARNER BROS.
- Original Release Date : 2020
- Label : RHINO/WARNER BROS.
- ASIN : B079P95KJY
- Number of discs : 6
- Best Sellers Rank: 5,988 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will induct Dire Straits in April, honoring the legendary band's incredible musical legacy Rhino will kick off the celebration early with a career spanning boxed set "The Studio Albums 1978-1991."-Formed in 1977, Dire Straits, led by Mark Knopfler, were one of the iconic groups of the late 20th Century. THE STUDIO ALBUMS 1978 – 1991 brings together all six of the band's studio albums. - DIRE STRAITS (1978)- COMMUNIQUE (1979)- MAKING MOVIES (1980)- LOVE OVER GOLD (1982)- BROTHERS IN ARMS (1985)- ON EVERY STREET (1991) -All albums have been re-mastered, with all original artwork restored, the six albums are packed in a handsome box set slipcase.
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For people who already own a copy of one or two Dire Straits albums, and would like to follow up with (nearly) the balance of their catalog, this package would be an economical way to do that. For all other fans who already own all of the studio albums, the net gain with this compact reissue is a few inches of shelf storage space. All recordings here are the same remasters from the 2000 Warner Brothers reissue series, despite some early buzz implying more recent remastering. Even though the 2000 editions still sound really clean, it would have been interesting to hear what 20 years of technology improvements, in the right hands, could have done with the original material (such well-crafted songs, immaculately produced!).
Absent that, about the only other thing we slobbering fans wanted to see in this package (assuming no vault material exists) would have been the never-reissued1982 "Dance" EP (Twisting By the Pool, Two Young Lovers, If I had You, Badges Posters Stickers and T-Shirts), as well as possibly the 1983 Alchemy Live recordings.
A higher price tag would have gone mostly unnoticed too if we had been treated to updated mastering and some additional material.
I already owned the original CD releases (circa 1980s) of Brothers in Arms, Making Movies, and the first album.
I bought this to complete the catalog.
Unfortunately, the remastering muddied up the midbass, narrowed the dynamic range (a by-product of brickwall limiting to increase recorded volume level e.g. LUFS), and subtly coarsened the treble peaks.
I prefer the orignal masters, but then again I usually do.
Like most remaster jobs with modern hallmarks, it might sound subjectively better to average ears on average equipment, but not to critical ears on better gear.