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White Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1703_1) 

Our Price: $499.99

  • A stunning copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound from beginning to end
  • Both sides are incredibly big, punchy, dynamic, super transparent and musical throughout
  • Relatively quiet surfaces - it's very tough to find these vintage UK pressings any quieter
  • "Certainly a quantum leap from the organic R&B impressionism of the band's early LPs and the gripping short stories of Making Movies, Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences." - Rolling Stone
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1703_1) 

Our Price: $249.99

  • SUPERB sound throughout, with both sides of this very special British pressing rating a sonic grade of Double Plus (A++)
  • The sound is shockingly rich, full and solid with fantastic energy - you will not believe all the space and ambience on this copy
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, a True Demo Disc, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1609) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • With Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides this is a killer copy from first note to last
  • The sound is huge and clear with superb energy and plenty of bottom end weight
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life all sound great
  • "Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1704) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • An excellent sounding copy with Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish
  • Both sides are clean, clear and open with deep punchy bass and plenty of energy
  • Relatively quiet surfaces - it's very tough to find these vintage UK pressings any quieter
  • "Certainly a quantum leap from the organic R&B impressionism of the band's early LPs and the gripping short stories of Making Movies, Love Over Gold is an ambitious, sometimes difficult record that is exhilarating in its successes and, at the very least, fascinating in its indulgences." - Rolling Stone
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Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1612) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • With Hot Stamper grades on both sides this is a very good sounding copy from first note to last
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life are the killer tracks on the album and they sound very, very good here
  • Guaranteed to beat any Heavy Vinyl pressing, Half-Speed, import or domestic LP you own
  • "Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them." -- Allmusic, 4 stars
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Dire Straits - A Tour de Force by Rhett Davies

We Knew It Back in 2007

  (Item #: diresdires_davies) 



This Vertigo British pressing of Dire Straits’ wonderful debut has ABSOLUTELY THE BEST SOUND for this album we have ever heard. Folks, this one just can’t be beat. AGAIG is our shorthand for As Good As It Gets, and that’s an understatement when it comes to the sound of this copy. It blew the doors off every record we put up against it; every Vertigo pressing, regardless of country of manufacture or era. If you're looking for The World Champion, this copy holds the title and is very unlikely to be giving it up any time soon.
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Dire Straits - Alchemy: Dire Straits Live

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: diresalche_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Two of the sides of this original Vertigo British pressing are two of the best we played in our recent shootout, with transparency and spaciousness only hinted at by most of the copies we auditioned.

Of course, this being a live rock album, clarity and detail are not at the top of the list of qualities were looking for. We're after ROCK AND ROLL ENERGY more than anything else, and that means vocal presence, a solid bass foundation and plenty of dynamics. We want this music to come alive in your listening room and this is the copy that can do it!

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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: diresbroth_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

Get your Money For Nothing and your chicks for free on this White Hot Stamper, sure to be the best sounding copy you've ever heard of this '80s classic! Here’s a knockout pressing that finished right up at the top for BOTH sides. We played a ton of copies this week; most of them sounded like CDs, but not this one! I can’t explain why this copy has such warm, sweet, analog sound, but it sure blew me away. The huge three-dimensional soundfield on both sides allows you to hear right INTO the music.

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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Simply Vinyl Reviewed

  (Item #: diresbroth_23168) 



Sonic Grade: B

This older Simply Vinyl pressing (with the gold SVLP sticker) actually sounds pretty good. It certainly is one of the most ANALOG sounding versions I’ve heard, high praise in my book.

We've recommended it in the past. It's a nice record (if you can get your hands on one) but it's not really a match for our Hot Stamper pressings. The multiple copies we auditioned did darn good for a Heavy Vinyl reissue and substantially better than the average pressing, hence the "B" grade.

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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms

Warners Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: diresbroth_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: D

Another Half Speed debunked.

This is a Warner Brothers 180g Double LP, mastered by Stan Ricker at half-speed. Most of the time an SR over 2 in the dead wax means that it will be too bright and the bass will be sloppy. And what do you know, it IS too bright and the bass IS sloppy!

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Dire Straits - Dire Straits

Our Shootout Winner from 2011

  (Item #: diresdires_2011) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock Hall of Fame.

The best side one we've ever heard, so freakishly impressive that we awarded it the rare A++++ (Four Plus) grade! On top of that, side two earned an A++ grade and the vinyl plays unusually quietly -- solid Mint Minus throughout. This is probably the best Dire Straits album (certainly our favorite) and definitely their best sounding album; on a copy like this one it has the power to BLOW YOUR MIND. Water Of Love, Down To The Waterline and Six Blade Knife are all STUNNING on this pressing.

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Dire Straits - Dire Straits

Phonogram Half-Speed Debunked

  (Item #: diresdires_debunk) 



Sonic Grade: F

A Hall of Shame pressing and another Half Speed debunked.

This has to be one of the worst sounding copies of Dire Straits' first album we have ever played. There are plenty of bad sounding pressings of this album around -- most of the domestic copies we've auditioned over the years were pretty awful -- so we really can't give it an F. (The 10cc title from this same series wasn't half bad, FYI; certainly not the joke this pressing is.)

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Dire Straits - Love Over Gold

Our Shootout Winner from 2010

  (Item #: diresloveo_2010) 



A distinguished member of the Better Records Rock and Pop Hall of Fame.

MASTER TAPE SOUND ON BOTH SIDES! This copy is a FLUKE -- we guarantee you have never heard a copy sound even remotely this good. We sure haven't, and we've probably played fifty or more. This copy found itself running way ahead of the pack and never looked back. Two A+++ sides back to back -- what are the chances?

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Dire Straits - Love Over Gold

What to Listen For

  (Item #: diresloveo_wtlf) 



Another in our series of Home Audio Exercises.

Telegraph Road does something on this copy that you won't hear on one out of twenty pressings: It ROCKS. It's got ENERGY and DRIVE.

Listen to how hard Allan Clark bangs on the piano on side one -- he's pounding that piano with all his might. No other copy managed to get the piano to pop the way it does here, clear and solid. Wow, who knew? Maybe this is the reason HP put the record on the TAS Super Disc List. (I rather doubt he's ever heard a copy this good but who's to say?)

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Dire Straits

  (Item #: _DireStraits) 


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