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On June 15, 1979.

Dire_Straits_Communique

On June 15, 1979, “Vertigo” label released “Communiqué”, the second Dire Straits studio album. It was recorded November – December 1978, at “Compass Point Studios” in Nassau, Bahamas, and was produced by Barry Beckett and Jerry Wexler. The album cover was designed by Phonogram’s advertising agency “Grant Advertising” and in 1979 it won album cover of the year in the “NME” awards. “Communiqué” was certified  Platinum in the UK, and 2 x Platinum in France.

Personnel:

  • Mark Knopfler– vocals, lead, and rhythm guitars
  • David Knopfler– vorhythm guitar
  • John Illsley– vocals, bass
  • Pick Withers– drums
  • Bear – keyboards
  • Jack Nuber – engineer
  • Thelbert Rigby – tape operator
  • Gregg Hamm – mix engineer
  • Bobby Hata – mastering
  • Paul Wexler – mastering supervisor
  • Bob Ludwig– remastering
  • Alan Schmidt – art direction

Track listing:

All tracks by Mark Knopfler.

  1. Once upon a Time in the West
  2. News
  3. Where Do You Think You’re Going?
  4. Communiqué
  5. Lady Writer
  6. Angel of mercy
  7. Portobello Belle
  8. Single-Handed Sailor
  9. Follow Me Home

 

 

On October 7, 1978.

Dire Straits first album

On Octoebr 7, 1978, “Vertigo” label released the self titled, debut Dire Straits studio album. It was recorded February – March 1978, at the “Basing Street Studios”, London, and was produced by Muff Winwood. The album featured the hit single “Sultans of Swing”, which became the band’s trademark and helped the album to be certified 2 x Platinum in the US and UK.

Personnel:

  • Mark Knopfler– vocals, lead and rhythm guitars
  • David Knopfler– vocals, rhythm guitar
  • John Isley– vocals, bass
  • Pick Withers– drums

Track listing:

All tracks by Mark Knopfler.

  1. Down to the Waterline
  2. Water of Love
  3. Setting me Up
  4. Six Blade Knife
  5. Southbound Again
  6. Sultans of Swing
  7. In the Gallery
  8. Wild West End
  9. Lions