Dire Straits: Communiqué

Artikkelnr.: UDSACD 2185

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Smooth, Effortless, Relaxed, Tuneful, and Deceivingly Simple: Dire Straits´ Communique Teems With Technical Perfectionism, Southern-Styled Grooves, and Low-Key Blues 

Reference-Level Detail, Depth, Soundstaging, Balance, and Presence: Communique Has Never Sounded Better Than on Mobile Fidelity´s Hybrid SACD

Mark Knopfler´s Mesmerizing Textures, Intricate Lines, and Crisp Tones Pair With Engaging Storytelling and Tight Rhythms: Every Song an Example of Understated Virtuosity


The performances on Dire Straits´ Communique are so smooth and effortless, they were originally criticized for replicating the blueprints of the band´s breakout debut. Time, however, has a way of changing perspectives and exposing the truth. More than 35 years after its original release in June 1979, Communique rightfully takes its place as the group´s most underrated record – a nine-track set spiked with engaging storytelling, relaxed vibes, and deceiving simplicity.

Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity´s numbered-edition hybrid SACD of Communique elevates Dire Straits´ sophomore album to an even higher plane. Recorded in the Bahamas by Muscle Shoals veterans Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler, the songs benefit from a laidback approach that makes guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler and company´s stellar playing seem even more fluent – particularly when experienced on this collector´s version.

Knopfler´s mesmerizing guitar textures and composed vocals appear as if they´re right in front of you, holding court amidst expansive soundstages and deep-black backgrounds. Details, imaging, and presence are on a level associated with the finest audiophile recordings. You´ll be hard-pressed to find another SACD with cleaner, pinpoint-accurate tones. Mobile Fidelity´s SACD also brings into transparent view Knopfler´s seemingly perfect intricate lines as well as the simpatico accompaniment from his band mates. Whole, lively, and balanced, the bass and drums arrive with a solidity rarely heard on albums of this era. Communique has truly never sounded better.

Of course, the audiophile sonics mean little if the artistic content is lacking. Needless to say, Dire Straits´ technical perfectionism and creative elan prevail throughout. Knopfler´s penchant for sketching cynical characters is further developed on moody tracks like "Where Do You Think You´re Going" and "News," while Wexler´s presence at the boards ensures the band keeps the rhythms extra tight. The quartet´s low-key blues and swampy, Southern-styled grooves turn every song into an exercise in understated virtuosity.

Refusing to give into excess, magnetic tunes such as "Lady Writer" and "Angel of Mercy" split a fine line between insinuating and insisting. The group shows off a combination of control, virtuosity, and tunefulness that harkens back to a rock n´ roll´s classic period while also pointing the way ahead. Need indisputable evidence of Dire Straits´ compositional strengths? Cue up the closing "Follow Me Home" on this pressing and get lost amidst the peacefulness of the gentle surf and chirping crickets that frame the song. Heavenly.

The sequence serves as additional proof that Communique remains one of the best-sounding rock records ever made. Secure your numbered copy today!


Artist Dire Straits
Tittel Communiqué
Sjanger Pop / Rock 
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Format CD / SACD  (Hybrid SACD )
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Lydkvalitet Audiofil
Plateselskap Mobile Fidelity 
Utgivelsesdato 1979 / 2019
Platenummer UDSACD 2185
Diverse Nummerert!
Nr          TITTEL      
01 Once Upon A Time In The West
02 News
03 Where Do You Think You're Going?
04 Communiqué
05 Lady Writer
06 Angel Of Mercy
07 Portobello Belle
08 Single-Handed Sailor
09 Follow Me Home