Sonic Grade: F
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 clearly made from dubs — but half speed mastering did this recording no favors. In fact, it was positively ruinous.
The 10cc title from this same series wasn’t half bad, FYI, certainly not the joke this pressing is.