23728-1 Love Over Gold
Produced by Mark Knopfler
Released on September 1982
UK CHART POSITION #1 . . . US CHART POSITION #19 . . . GOLD RECORD (4/1/86)
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A nd then there was the enigmatic Love Over Gold. It couldn’t be less concerned with singles, generating a great one anyway in “Industrial Disease,” but otherwise oblivious to the album that preceded it. Mark Knopler had nothing but time, time to follow his own Desire and climb The Wall, which has occasioned AMG to call this “their prog-rock effort.” Of course it’s not prog rock, but it proves what many suspected: if given enough rope, Dire Straits could get pretty strung out. Just listen as the endings on “Private Investigations” and “It Never Rains” devolve into minor musical orgies. If Dire Straits were on a mission to write great rock songs, Making Movies completed that mission, allowing the band to make a mystical, long-in-the-tooth, black hole of a record with Love Over Gold. As such, the album shares a kinship with Floyd’s The Final Cut, Sabbath’s Volume 4, Tales From Topographic Oceans and all the other anti-heroes. In another sense, Gold is their Aja: sophisticated and unhurried, sober and sometimes sad. The title track especially, featuring Mike Mainieri on vibes and/or marimba (I can’t tell the difference), has a Steely resolve to it. The torpid pacing of Gold carried over to Alchemy, so maybe the Straits were in their Blue Phase. It’s a phase that radio listeners missed. “Industrial Disease” and, later, “Twisting By The Pool” were silly, upbeat songs that showed little of the deep-running dark currents at work on Love Over Gold. While it may have given the record execs fits, Gold strikes a blow for the band’s principles, and represents the sort of quirky, indulgent misstep that fans love to rally around.

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TRACK LISTING

  1. TELEGRAPH ROAD    14:20
  2. PRIVATE INVESTIGATIONS    7:00
  3. INDUSTRIAL DISEASE    5:50
  4. LOVE OVER GOLD    6:15
  5. IT NEVER RAINS    7:55

    All songs composed by Mark Knopfler

CREDITS

ALAN CLARK -- keyboards
JOHN ILLSLEY -- bass
MARK KNOPFLER -- vocals, guitar
HAL LINDES -- guitar
PICK WITHERS -- drums
Mike Mainieri -- vibes & marimbas (2,4)
Ed Walsh -- synth program
Neil Dorfsman -- engineer
Michael Rowe -- sleeve design
Alan Lobel, Peter Cunningham -- photography

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
WW September 1982 Vertigo LP/CS 6359/7150 109 lyric sleeve
US September 1982 Warner Bros. LP/CS 23728 lyric sleeve
CAN 1982 Vertigo LP VOG-1-3317 lyric sleeve
CZE 1982 Supraphon LP 11133517ZN  
MEX 1982 Vertigo LP LPR23029  
SER/YUG 1982 RTB LP ST222169  
RUS 1986 Melodiya LP C6024731 001  
JPN   Vertigo CD PHCR-4179  
WW   Vertigo LP/CD/CS 800 088  
US 1983? Warner Bros. CD 23728  
UK July 5, 1996 Vertigo CD 800 088 digital remaster
US September 19, 2000 Warner Bros. CD 47772 digital remaster

 

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