Dire Straits / The Complete Studio Albums 1978-1991 vinyl box

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Universal Music will issue a Dire Straits vinyl box set in November.

The Complete Studio Albums 1978-1991 will deliver all six of the band’s studio long players on 180g vinyl, starting with their superb eponymous debut, working through to the commercial high of 1985’s Brothers In Arms before signing off with On Every Street from 1991. All have been newly remastered by engineer Bob Ludwig.

Significantly, for the first time, all the albums will adopt the running order and timings of the original CD releases. So for example, all the full length versions of tracks from Brothers In Arms will be on a double LP version within this set (On Every Street is also a double).

This limited edition box features restored artwork for all the albums, and comes packaged in an attractive box set slipcase. It also comes with MP3 download codes for all music. At the time of writing this is available for only £70 on Amazon UK (see below).

The Complete Studio Albums 1978-1991 is released on 25 November 2013.

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The dire straight offer you have for eight 8 albums does not look like the packaging for the other sets what’s up with that?


I think most of their stuff sound more than acceptable(, I’d even say pretty damn good). I even prefer almost everything of Dire Straits above MK’s solo work in terms of mastering — not that that’s bad either. I have digital vinyl rips of their debut, Love over Gold and Alchemy. And boy, it is amongst the best sounding albums I have in my collection and that I have heard so far. Especially Love over Gold.
These vinyl are Quiex promo vinyls and I do not know what master they used. YMMV


Yeah … Bob Ludwig Remaster … but What is the source? Analog master tapes for the first 4? or files to CD quality 16bit (Bob Ludwig Remaster 2000)? I bought the first 4 Bernie Grundman Remaster 2009/2010 and I own Half-Speed ​​of the first and Making movies and all the albums first press Japan: For me, it’s all for now, waiting for a MFSL Remaster or Analogue Production.
I am a big big fan of Dire Straits but will not be buying this set


ehmm, and Simply Vinyl UK Remaster and UK first press and USA Warner first press and NL press….big fan, big fan…


I think this is the already in existence re-releases put into a box.

I’d bet these are not new but from the already existing Vinyl remasters. Great albums if you do not own them already!


I must be alone in liking their entire output. Agreed that the first album is a classic but I would certainly never label their other releases over-produced or commercial. Just damn fine songcraft and musicianship impeccably played. Shame they are so derided by music snobs. Shame on you. How I yearn for this kind of creativity in this stagnant putrid cesspit of a music industry of 2013!


I actually like most their stuff (don’t have their second album yet). Brothers in Arms has never been one of my favourites, but Love Over Gold is just as a amazing as it gets. On Every Street would be even better if it wasn’t for the fake-country “Ticket to Heaven”.


Oh my mistake – whilst i can’t find details to confirm Alchemy’s absence, the post does say “studio albums”.


Yep agreed – there’s always something wrong with every record subsequent to the debut, and it gets increasingly worrying.

Love Over Gold for example would be pretty flawless if it wasn’t for the hideous Industrial Disease.

Does this set include Alchemy?

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First album from Dire Straits is probably one of the best record of all time. Also, there is a interview recently with Mark Knopfler, and he said that he’s not a fan of early Dire Straits albums. Completely agree with ‘Disco’ on this subject. First album is a masterpiece and all albums after that were compared with those first masterpiece. It is very difficult to achieve the standards of the first album.


Hopefully these get individual releases too. If they do, “Love Over Gold” will be an essential purchase for me. I only really want half the albums in the box, which I’m guessing won’t be so cheap once it gets to Australia.


I am not a fan of Dire Straits but it is odd that you hardly ever even hear them mentioned, given how massive they were in the 80’s. I don’t anyone who is a fan of their music. It’s like they have been completely forgotten about.
Good price for this collection though.

Killian Scott

Uh-oh. Looks like we’ve got a hipster in our midst. (Ian)


What an awful thought – a large amount of Dire Straits’ recordings in one place.



Worst of all, a big steaming pile of shit have acquired a computer and knows how to type.


Although the debut is etched into my psyche as one of my favorite albums of all time, nothing they did after that is cohesive as a whole record. Each subsequent album does have good tracks that I like, but it seems like they got overproduced and became overly commercial.

Knopfler’s ego probably didn’t help.

Mike F

Hopefully the dynamics will be better than the 25th anniversary of Brothers in Arms. £70 is a very good price compared to some of the ludicrous offerings sometimes available.

Mike F

…that said, there’s nothing much new here to be excited about. I wonder how the debut and Making Movies would compare to the half speed mastered versions out there.