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Dire Straits

Dire Straits are a British rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (guitar and vocals), David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass) and Pick Withers (drums), and managed by Ed Bicknell. In an era when punk rock reigned, they played subdued, almost old-school rock and roll. Mark Knopfler (the band's frontman) was heard to have asked pub managers to turn down the sound, so people could talk over the music, while they were still in their early days. Despite this complete antithesis to popular culture at the time, Dire Straits still became hugely successful. Dire Straits recorded and released their first, self-titled album in 1978 to little fanfare but five months later a single release, 'Sultans of Swing' became an unlikely chart hit and album sales took off

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King Crimson at Paramount Theatre

Read "King Crimson at Paramount Theatre" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

King Crimson Paramount Theatre Denver, CO September 8, 2019 Every band should have three drummers. No, wait, every band needs three drummers. King Crimson proved that Sunday night with, not just three drummers, but three drummers right up front. Well, maybe two and half drummers; drummer Jeremy Stacey spent ...

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King Crimson: Sailors' Tales 1970-1972

Read "Sailors' Tales 1970-1972" reviewed by John Kelman

If it's a fundamental truth that adversity can sometimes bring the absolute best, creatively speaking, out of music and the people who make it, then the roughly 23 months following the release of King Crimson's classic 1969 debut, In the Court of the Crimson King (Island)--and, after a single North American tour, the breakup of its ...

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Savoy Brown: Witchy Feelin'

Read "Witchy Feelin'" reviewed by Doug Collette

Even though the impact of the music isn't any less potent, the artist designation for Witchy Feelin' is notably different than that of the prior album by Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown. In an act of combined humility and self-confidence on the part of the leader, the billing goes wholly to the band and that spirit ...

ARTICLE: REDISCOVERY

Dire Straits: On Every Street

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Dire Straits On Every Streetuniversal Music Japan2013 (1991) After a lengthy hiatus, Rediscovery returns with a Japanese SHM CD edition of Dire Straits' final studio record, 1991's On Every Street. While many folks who bought it on the strength of the mega-selling Brothers in Arms (Warner Bros., 1985)--which contained so many ...

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The Omar Hakim Experience: We Are One

Read "We Are One" reviewed by Jeff Winbush

To properly appreciate The Omar Hakim Experience one must look back to move forward. By the time Hakim slipped behind the drum kit of Weather Report in 1983, the band was staggering under the weight of personnel departures, management problems and family issues. Founding member Joe Zawinul went in search of new recruits and in walked ...

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Meet Geoff Anderson

Read "Meet Geoff Anderson" reviewed by AAJ Staff

I currently live in: Littleton, COI joined All About Jazz in: 2007What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? It all started at a concert by George Brooks and his band Summit at the Boulder Theater around 2002. The band featured tabla maestro Zakir Hussain as well as guitarist Fareed ...

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Montreal Jazz Festival, Days 4-6, July 2-4, 2011

Read "Montreal Jazz Festival, Days 4-6, July 2-4, 2011" reviewed by John Kelman

Days 1-3 | Days 4-6 Festival International de Jazz de Montréal Montréal, Canada June 25-July 4, 2011 Montréal is a city in transition, and in a move that's absolutely uncharacteristic of other Canadian cities, is planning a downtown renovation driven, in no small part, by the arts. Place des ...

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Forgotten Series: Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms (1985)

By Nick DeRiso Known now (unfortunately) for its jokey songs—that headband-couture video-hit “Money for Nothing," the silly baseball-park ditty “Walk of Life"—Dire Strait's Brothers in Arms wouldn't perhaps seem like a top candidate for inclusion in the Something Else's Forgotten Series. Except that elsewhere on the album, when they weren't “playing guitar on the MTV," Dire ...

Brothers in Arms

Label: Warner Bros.
Released: 1985


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