summer album of the week 06/24/11

dire straits: communique (released june 1979).

dire straits: communique (released june 1979).

Erupting with less fanfare than Dire Straits’ self-titled debut album did the previous fall and offering little by way of hits to match the breakthrough success of  Sultans of Swing, the Jerry Wexler/Barry Beckett-produced Communique still offered sanctuary from the last wretched wave of disco that held a death grip on pop radio during the summer of 1979. From the reggae-fied twang of Once Upon a Time in the West to the sleepy, J.J. Cale-flavored Follow Me Home, Communique was a sleek, cool but overlooked summer listen.



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