Dire Straits - Communique (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering, 45 RPM)
Dire Straits - Communique (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering, 45 RPM)
Dire Straits - Communique (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering, 45 RPM)
Dire Straits - Communique (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering, 45 RPM)

Dire Straits - Communique (2LP, Ultra Analog, Half-speed Mastering, 45 RPM)

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Mark Knopfler – vocals, lead and rhythm guitars [see more vinyl featuring Mark Knopfler]

David Knopfler – rhythm guitar, backing vocals

John Illsley – bass guitar, backing vocals

Pick Withers – drums

Barry Beckett (credited as B. Bear) – keyboards

Written by Mark Knopfler


2 LPs, gatefold sleeve

Limited numbered edition

Original analog Master tape : YES

Half-speed Mastering

Gain 2™ Ultra Analog

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 45RPM

Size : 12”



Record Press : RTI

Label : MOFI

Original Label : Vertigo

Recorded December 1978 at Compass Point Studio, Nassau, Bahamas

Mixed January 1979 at Muscle Shoals Sound, Sheffield, Alabama

Engineered by Jack Nuber

Produced by Barry Beckett, Jerry Wexler

Remastered by Krieg Wunderlich

Originally released in 1979

Reissued in 2019



Side A :

1 Once Upon A Time In The West

2 News


Side B :

1 Where Do You Think You're Going?

2 Communique


Side C :

1 Lady Writer

2 Angel Of Mercy

3 Portobello Belle


Side D :

1 Single-Handed Sailor

2 Follow Me Home


Reviews :

"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." AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann


Ultra Analog™ : The GAIN 2 Ultra Analog™ Series stems from the use of the Gain 2 system, mastered at half speed from the original master tapes where possible, capturing and uncovering as before undiscovered sonic information.


Half-speed mastering. In half-speed mastering, the whole process is slowed down to half of the original speed. A typical 33 1/3 rpm record is cut at 16 2/3 rpm. The source material is also slowed down (reducing the pitch in the process) meaning the final record will still sound normal when played back. Slowing the whole process down allows more time, which means the end result sounds better and is more efficient — allowing engineering to minimize the effects of inherent limitations within the vinyl format. The result is a more accurate and more open high-frequency response in the half speed vinyl when compared with a normal speed recording.

Ratings :

AllMusic : 2,5 / 5 , Discogs : 4,23 / 5

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