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White Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1910) 

Our Price: $399.99

  • A stunning UK import copy with Triple Plus (A+++) sound or close to it on both sides - reasonably quiet vinyl too (for this album anyway)
  • Incredibly punchy, dynamic, transparent, spacious and musical throughout - you won't believe how good this copy sounds
  • These top quality copies of Love Over Gold are far more natural than the any pressing you have ever heard
  • "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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White Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Communique

  (Item #: direscommu_1910) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • This stunning vintage UK pressing of the band's sophomore album boasts Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) sound from start to finish
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - the UK LPs are the only way to fly on Communique
  • Both sides are incredibly rich and full-bodied with a massive bottom end and tons of big rock energy, the right sound for this music!
  • If you're a fan of the band's debut release, you'll find much to like on this underappreciated follow up
  • "...an album full of the delicate subtleties that make Mark Knopfler shimmer — that deep tobacco-soaked voice, the quick, fluid guitar, and the wit behind many of his lyrics... a rich, abundant source of beauty."
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White Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1911) 

Our Price: $349.99

  • You'll find KILLER Triple Plus (A+++) sound on both sides of this copy of the band's debut album; exceptionally quiet vinyl too*
  • The sound is shockingly rich, full and solid yet still incredibly clean, clear and open 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
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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White Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1911) 

Our Price: $299.99

  • A KILLER copy with Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) or close to it sound on both sides - if you have any other version, this pressing will TROUNCE it in every way
  • This one is doing everything right - it's bigger and richer, has better bass, more energy, better vocal presence - this is the way Brothers in Arms should sound
  • So Far Away, Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life are the big hits and they all sound great on this original pressing
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (++) sound on both sides of this copy of the band's debut album - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • This superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, and plenty of vintage British Tubey Magic
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, a True Demo Disc, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career."
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White Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1909_1) 

Our Price: $199.99

  • A stunning UK early pressing, with a Shootout Winning Triple Plus (A+++) side two and outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound on side one - guaranteed to be a huge improvement over anything you've heard
  • Rich, smooth and Tubey Magical, here you will find the breathy, immediate vocals and huge amounts of studio space that only the best copies can show you
  • Romeo and Juliet comes to life the way you want it to here, and the song Solid Rock lives up to its title
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler's jazzy inclinations take hold ... ranks among the band's finest work."
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Nearly White Hot Stamper

The Notting Hillbillies
Missing...

  (Item #: nottimissi_1904_7_10) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • An insanely good sounding copy with Nearly Triple Plus (A++ to A+++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • These sides get the sound of the plucked instruments with all the speed. body and harmonic information they need to sound their best
  • 4 stars: "... a low-key, joyous run-through of mostly traditional, blues-based songs with a handful of originals... Despite the high-profile presence of Knopfler, the Notting Hillbillies succeed in sounding like a band with Knopfler often taking a backseat to his bandmates... a delightful record that doesn't overstay its welcome."
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Super Hot Stamper (With Issues)

Dire Straits
Dire Straits

  (Item #: diresdires_1909_12ex) 

Our Price: $149.99
Sale Price: $119.00 (You save $30.99 / 21%)


  • You'll find outstanding Double Plus (++) sound on both sides of this copy of the band's debut album
  • This superb pressing is full-bodied and lively, with solid and present vocals, as plenty of vintage British Tubey Magic
  • A Better Records Rock & Pop Top 100 title, a True Demo Disc, and our favorite by the band for both sound and music
  • 4 1/2 stars: "...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
Communique

  (Item #: direscommu_1910_1) 

Our Price: $149.99

  • This outstanding vintage UK pressing of the band's sophomore album boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from start to finish - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - the UK LPs are the only way to fly on Communique
  • If you're a fan of the band's debut release, you'll find much to like on this underappreciated follow up
  • "...an album full of the delicate subtleties that make Mark Knopfler shimmer — that deep tobacco-soaked voice, the quick, fluid guitar, and the wit behind many of his lyrics... a rich, abundant source of beauty."
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Super Hot Stamper (Quiet Vinyl)

Dire Straits
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1910_1) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Brothers in Arms you've heard - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Tonally correct from top to bottom, with a solid bottom end and fairly natural vocals (for the recording), this is the sound they were going for in the studio
  • Drop the needle on So Far Away -- it's airy, open, and spacious, yet still rich and full-bodied
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Making Movies

  (Item #: diresmakin_1909) 

Our Price: $119.99

  • An outstanding UK early pressing, with Double Plus (A++) sound on both sides - guaranteed to be a huge improvement over anything you've heard
  • This Brit is big, punchy, and full-bodied with excellent presence - Mark Knopfler's leads really soar - exceptionally quiet vinyl too
  • Romeo and Juliet comes to life the way you want it to here, and the song Solid Rock lives up to its title
  • 4 1/2 stars: "Making Movies is helped by a new wave-tinged pop production, which actually helps Knopfler's jazzy inclinations take hold ... ranks among the band's finest work."
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Super Hot Stamper

Dire Straits
Love Over Gold

  (Item #: diresloveo_1910_1ex) 

Our Price: $99.99

  • This outstanding British import copy boasts solid Double Plus (A++) sound from first note to last
  • The open, spacious soundstage, full-bodied tonality and Tubey Magic here are obvious for all to hear - huge, punchy, lively and rockin' throughout
  • These killer copies of Love Over Gold are far more natural than any other pressing you've heard - we guarantee it
  • "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
Brothers In Arms

  (Item #: diresbroth_1910) 

Our Price: $89.99

  • With two seriously good Double Plus (A++) sides, this copy is guaranteed to blow the doors off any other Brothers in Arms you've heard
  • Tonally correct from top to bottom, with a solid bottom end and fairly natural vocals (for the recording), this is the sound they were going for in the studio
  • Drop the needle on So Far Away -- it's airy, open, and spacious, yet still rich and full-bodied
  • "One of their most focused and accomplished albums ... Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them."
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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_simply_vinyl) 



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 - Communique

Our Shootout Winner from 2018

  (Item #: direscommu_2018) 



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

Forget the dubby domestic pressings and whatever crappy Heavy Vinyl record they're making these days - the UK LPs are the only way to fly on Communique. If you're a fan of the band's debut release, you'll find much to like on this underappreciated follow up.

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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 - Making Movies

Our Shootout Winner from 2017

  (Item #: diresmakin_2017) 



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

Making Movies finally makes the grade on this White Hot Stamper copy! We've tried this one a few times over the years, very rarely having anything to show for it. The typical copy of this album tends to be dry, spitty, grainy, and somewhat dull, robbing the music of much of its charm. These guys obviously know their way around a studio -- many of you must know just how good their first album can sound -- so we've always been frustrated at what we hear on copy after copy that hits out table.

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Dire Straits

  (Item #: _DireStraits) 


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