'Making Movies' by Dire Straits - Wed, May. 24, 9pm EDT

Making Movies is Dire Straits’ third album; the follow up to their supposed sophomoric slump, Communique.  Dire Straits quickly gives you an indication that they’ve moved on to bigger and better things with the 8 minute opener “Tunnel of Love”.  Follow that up with “Romeo and Juliet” and you have a dynamite daily double to get things rolling.  Mark Knopfler’s writing and guitar playing continue to shine throughout the album, and the new influx of co-producer Jimmy Iovine and E Street Band keyboardist Roy Bittan round out a fantastic team.  Many whine about the lack of quality of the closing track “Les Boys” (one reviewer even calls it “borderline offensive”) and although it’s not up to snuff with many of the other cuts on the album it at least succeeds in offering a change of pace from its predecessors.  

This October 17, 1980 release is generally considered some of the band’s finest work.  But we can judge for ourselves! I invite you to join “Album Night” on Wednesday, May 24 for a closer look at Making Movies.

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'Making Movies' by Dire Straits

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