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Dire Straits - Making Movies RIAA Certified Gold! Click here to see this CD at!

By David Cantwell

On Making Movies, the cinematic quality of these sometimes silly but generally engaging story songs is consistently overwhelmed by its own score, a soundtrack of thundering drums, cascading piano, perpetual-motion grooves, and the clipped lead guitar lines of frontman Mark Knopfler. On "Skateaway," that sound is so engaging and catchy that it makes up for the song's slight lyric (about a girl who roller-skates in traffic), but when Knopfler provides tales that are up to the fanfare, this album is a thing of real beauty. "Romeo and Juliet" is especially strong, since it combines all the pomp with a sweet declaration of love that's downright humble.

1. Tunnel Of Love (Intro: The Carousel Waltz)5. Hand In Hand
2. Romeo And Juliet6. Solid Rock
3. Skateaway7. Les Boys
4. Expresso Love


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"Making Movies was the best of the early albums. It was the most lyrical, whimssical and, to some extent, mystical of these. Side one with "Romeo and Juliet", "Tunnel of Love" and "Skateaway" is, in my opinion a modern classic. And I have to say that the album has something for everyone from the poetry and wistfulness of "Romeo", to the "down to earth" lyrics of "Skateaway" and "Tunnel" to the risque sentiments expressed in "Les Boys.""


"I agree with the above review, except that it left out any mention about the song Skateway, which I feel is a highly underrated effort by the band. Roy Bittan's keyboards are an exquisite addition."


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Artist: Dire Straits

Released: October 17, 1980

Availability: CD, Vinyl

Awards:  Gold

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