Dire Straits ‎- Communique (1979) [Original UK Pressing] {Vinyl Rip 24Bit/96khz}

Dire Straits ‎– Communiqué (1979)
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Vertigo ‎– 9102 031 (Original UK, 1979) | Rock

Rushed out less than nine months after the surprise success of Dire Straits’ self-titled debut album, the group’s sophomore effort, Communiqué, seemed little more than a carbon copy of its predecessor with less compelling material. Mark Knopfler and co. had established a sound (derived largely from J.J. Cale) of laid-back shuffles and intricate, bluesy guitar playing, and Communiqué provided more examples of it. But there was no track as focused as “Sultans of Swing,” even if “Lady Writer” (a lesser singles chart entry on both sides of the Atlantic) nearly duplicated its sound. As a result, Communiqué sold immediately to Dire Straits’ established audience, but no more, and it did not fare as well critically as its predecessor or its follow-up.

Review by William Ruhlmann, allmusic.com

A1 Once Upon A Time In The West
A2 News
A3 Where Do You Think You’re Going?
A4 Communiqué
B1 Ladywriter
B2 Angel Of Mercy
B3 Portobello Belle
B4 Single-Handed Sailor
B5 Follow Me Home.

Bass, Vocals – John Illsley
Drums – Pick Withers
Guitar [Lead, Rhythm], Vocals, Written-By – Mark Knopfler
Guitar [Rhythm], Vocals – David Knopfler
Keyboards – B. Bear

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