Mobile Fidelity - UDSACD 2186 - SACD Hybrid Stereo
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Mastered on the Mobile Fidelity GAIN 2™ Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD
I hope for your sake that you love Dire Straits, as MoFi is reissuing their first cluster of LPs on vinyl and SACD, and I'm spreading them over the next few issues. This was the first of the SACDs to land chez Kessler their third release, from 1980, showed a leap in stylistic development, the sophistication elevated and leaving no doubt that this was Mark Knopfler's band. High points include 'Tunnel Of Love', 'Romeo And Juliet' and 'Solid Rock', the production magnificent and the guitar-work breathtaking. The SACD is demo-grade, KK Hifi News
Dire Straits Expand Musical Framework and Come Into Own on Making Movies: Co-Produced by Jimmy Iovine, Thematic Album Soars With Personal Songwriting and Epic Arrangements
Cinematic Landscapes and Intricate Passages Sound Sublime: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD of Making Movies Mastered from Original Master Tapes, Features Audiophile Dynamics
Bruce Springsteen Pianist Roy Bittan, Mark Knopfler's Guitar Playing, and Passionate Performances Turn Making Movies Into a Classic: Includes "Romeo and Juliet," "Tunnel of Love," "Solid Rock"
Making Movies marks a magnificent turning point in Dire Straits' career. Considered by many fans to be the group's most complete album, the 1980 set witnesses leader Mark Knopfler greatly expanding his songwriting palette and setting his storytelling amidst more complex, involving arrangements. Dire Straits also benefits from crucial contributions from Bruce Springsteen pianist Roy Bittan and the departure of rhythm guitarist David Knopfler. The songs spark with a mélange of poetry, passion, and cohesion that engages the senses and begs to be experienced again and again.
Mastered from the original master tapes, Mobile Fidelity's hybrid SACD of Making Movies breathes with reference-caliber airiness, spaciousness, dynamics, and separation. Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Knopfler, the record – which contains many Springsteen-esque elements – features the cleanliness and clarity that have long been Dire Straits trademarks. Compared to all prior digital editions, this disc features previously unattainable detail, information, and soundstaging. This is what audiophile recordings are all about.
You know you're in the presence of sonic greatness as soon as the first few seconds of the opening "Tunnel of Love" pass, as the introductory passage built on organ and piano – new additions to Dire Straits' palette – intertwine with the unmistakable coil-spring twang of Knopfler's guitar. The three-dimensional, full-bodied presentation of the latter instrument on this Mobile Fidelity SACD is alone worth the price of admission. Crisp, rich, and balanced, the sound brings Knopfler's Fender Vibrolux and Music Man HD130 amplifiers into your room. The romanticism of Bittan's piano, precision timekeeping of drummer Pick Withers, and steady roll of bassist John Illsley come across with similar potency, scale, and verve.
Always more about the whole than the sum of their individual parts, Dire Straits demonstrate that while Knopfler is the lynchpin, this record is a true band effort. Bittan's role cannot be overstated. His melodicism poetically complements Knopfler's subtle staccato rhythms and more than makes up for the exit of David Knopfler. Expansive and cinematic, the aptly titled Making Movies puts a premium on interrelated subjects (love, relationships, heartbreak) and deep-seated emotions that play out in heartfelt lyrics, intense singing, and epic frameworks. Everything clicks.
The album's power isn't lost on Iovine, who later told Rolling Stone: "The right people were in the room together. It really was making a record in the pure sense of the term. The whole thing sounds like one song. But you what that is? That's the writing, the guy who wrote it. He wrote the album like that; he wanted to make the album like that."
Indeed, the first five tracks – "Tunnel of Love," "Romeo and Juliet," "Skateaway," "Expresso Love," "Hand in Hand" – comprise a mini-suite united by theme, harmony, and spirit. Every member of the newly configured Dire Straits has a say in the shaping of the material. There's not a note out of place. Iovine and Knopfler's standout production puts it over the top.
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1. Tunnel of Love
2. Romeo and Juliet
4. Expresso Love
5. Hand In Hand
6. Solid Rock
7. Les Boys
Mark Knopfler, lead guitar, lead vocals
John Illsley, bass, vocals
David Knopfler, rhythm guitar, vocals
Pick Withers, drums
Mobile Fidelity believes that mastering systems should be neutral and transparent. The essential idea is to unveil all the detailed musical information on the original master recording without adding deterioration, coloration or other sonic artifacts.
It is worth noting that Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab stands out as one of few record labels that independently invests in research and development of audio technology. With proprietary innovations such as GAIN 2™, general music enthusiasts and audiophiles alike have reaped the benefit of a higher consumer audio standard without investing in costly new hardware. Mobile Fidelity is pleased to work with a variety of engineering legends and companies including Tim de Paravicini, Ed Meitner, Pass Labs, Theta Digital and Sony Electronics.
Our joint efforts to seek out the ultimate audio experience, has resulted in significant advances for the technology of music reproduction.
GAIN 2™ Mastering Technology for Ultradisc UHR™ Hybrid SACD and Ultradisc II™ 24kt Gold CDs
For over twenty years, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab has continually searched for the ultimate audio experience. During this search MFSL engineers and associates created The GAIN™ System, a proprietary mastering technology which brought warmth and ambience to the compact disc format. A few years ago - with higher resolution formats on the horizon - the vision of GAIN 2™ began. As it stands today, GAIN 2™ is one of the greatest technical advancements in analogue and digital technology in the last ten years. It consists of a series of critical modifications and new components to Mobile Fidelity's proprietary mastering chain.
We feel that GAIN 2™ has come extremely close to meeting this goal. The key accomplishments of GAIN 2™ System are 1) the ability to extract all the musical information as possible through the Ultra High bandwidth analogue tape playback system with proprietary custom tape playback heads, reproducer electronics and 2) transparently capturing and storing that information with the Direct Stream Digital recording system.