Dire Straits – Dire Straits (2x45 RPM) (MOFI)

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A JAZZ-INFLECTED MIX OF FOLK, BLUES, COUNTRY, AND ROCK: MARK KNOPFLER DISPLAYS UNCANNY PRECISION, INTRICACY, AND TEXTURE

Dire Straits' arresting self-titled debut arrived in the midst of punk's reign but couldn't have been further removed from the era's slash-and-burn style. Recorded in West London in February 1978, the band's tasteful, jazz-inflected set embraces folk, blues, and pub rock while also tracing a direct line back to the beat-oriented sound of early rock n' roll. Country and roots accents further distinguish the British quartet's stripped-down music from any 1970s peers, as does the transparent production, which has remained revered among audiophiles the world over – and which has never been better than on this meticulous analog pressing.