Dire Straits' 'Making Movies' the original USA 12" LP vinyl album from 1980, showcases the band's musical evolution. Produced by Mark Knopfler and Jimmy Iovine and engineered by The Shelly Yakus, it features custom inner sleeves with lyrics and artwork. Recorded in July-August 1980, it boasts the talents of Mark and David Knopfler on guitars, John Illsley on bass and vocals, and Pick Withers on drums


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Album Description & Collectors information:


This album "DIRE STRAITS - Making Movies Orig USA" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork/photos

Music Genre:

80s British Pop-Rock 

Album Production Information:


The album: "DIRE STRAITS - Making Movies Orig USA" was produced by: Mark Knopfler and Jimmy Iovine

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): The Shelly Yakus

Shelly Yakus, born on 19 March 1946, in South Orange, New Jersey, is a renowned American sound engineer and music producer. From a young age, Shelly showed a strong passion for music and sound, which led him to pursue a career in the music industry. He honed his skills in sound engineering and production, becoming proficient in the technical aspects of recording, mixing, and mastering.

Rise to Prominence:
Yakus' breakthrough in the music industry came during the late 1960s when he started working as an assistant engineer at The Record Plant, a prestigious recording studio in New York City. There, he had the opportunity to learn from and collaborate with some of the finest musicians and engineers of the era, refining his craft and building a reputation for his exceptional skills.

Collaborations with Johnny Winter:
Shelly Yakus' talent and reputation as a sound engineer continued to grow, leading to collaborations with renowned artists. One of his notable partnerships was with the legendary blues guitarist and singer, Johnny Winter. In the early 1970s, Yakus worked on several albums for Winter, contributing his technical expertise to shape Winter's distinctive sound.


Collaborations with Roy Buchanan:
Apart from his work with Johnny Winter, Shelly Yakus also collaborated with another influential guitarist and blues musician, Roy Buchanan. With his knack for capturing the essence of an artist's performance, Yakus brought out the best in Buchanan's soulful and emotive playing.

Later Career and Legacy:
Shelly Yakus' successful career as a sound engineer extended well beyond the 1970s. He continued to work with various artists, contributing to numerous acclaimed albums across different genres. His dedication to achieving sonic perfection earned him praise from musicians and peers alike.

Over the years, Yakus' name became synonymous with excellence in sound engineering, and his influence on the music industry continues to be felt. His work remains an integral part of the legacy of iconic artists like Johnny Winter and Roy Buchanan, preserving their music for generations to come.

Shelly Yakus' contributions to the world of music have left an indelible mark, and his passion for capturing the true essence of artists' performances has solidified his position as one of the most celebrated sound engineers in the history of recorded music.

This album was recorded during July - August 1980:

Album cover design: Neil Terk

Album cover photography: Brian Griffin

Record Label Information:

WB Records BSK 3480

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1980 Made in USA
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: DIRE STRAITS - Making Movies Orig USA
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Mark Knopfler - vocals, guitars
  • David Knopfler - guitars
  • John Illsley - bass, vocals
  • Pick Withers - drums
Complete Track-listing of the album "DIRE STRAITS - Making Movies Orig USA"

The detailed tracklist of this record "DIRE STRAITS - Making Movies Orig USA" is:

    Side One:
  1. Tunnel of Love
  2. Romeo and Juliet
  3. Skateaway
    Side Two:
  1. Expresso Love
  2. Hand in Hand
  3. Solid Rock
  4. Les Boys
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Inner Sleeve   of "DIRE STRAITS - Making Movies Orig USA" Album
Inner Sleeve   of "DIRE STRAITS - Making Movies Orig USA" Album
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Inner Sleeve   of "DIRE STRAITS - Making Movies Orig USA" Album
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DIRE STRAITS Vinyl Albums Discography and Cover Gallery

This is the Vinyl Records discography of "Dire Straits" international album releases, it is ordered by name of the album. Between the parenthesis is the name of the country in which the album was released.

Band Description:

 Dire Straits a British rock band that formed in London in 1977. The band was founded by guitarist and vocalist Mark Knopfler, his brother David Knopfler on rhythm guitar, John Illsley on bass, and Pick Withers on drums. Over the course of their career, Dire Straits became one of the most successful and influential bands of the 1980s.

 Dire Straits' music was known for its distinctive sound, which blended rock, pop, and blues. Mark Knopfler's guitar playing was a key part of this sound, as he often used a fingerpicking technique that gave his playing a unique tone. The band's lyrics were also notable for their vivid storytelling and evocative imagery.

 Dire Straits' self-titled debut album was released in 1978 and featured the hit single "Sultans of Swing." The song was a critical and commercial success, reaching the top ten in both the UK and the US. The album itself was also well-received and established the band as a rising star in the music industry.

 Over the next few years, Dire Straits continued to release successful albums and singles. Their 1980 album "Making Movies" included the hit songs "Romeo and Juliet" and "Tunnel of Love," while their 1982 album "Love Over Gold" included the epic track "Telegraph Road." The band's 1985 album "Brothers in Arms" was perhaps their biggest commercial success, featuring hit singles like "Money for Nothing" and "Walk of Life." The album's title track also became an anthem of sorts, with its memorable guitar riff and lyrics about the futility of war.

 Despite their success, Dire Straits was known for their relatively low-key approach to stardom. The band rarely appeared in music videos or gave interviews, and Mark Knopfler often shunned the limelight. Instead, the band focused on their music, crafting thoughtful and well-crafted songs that appealed to a wide range of listeners.

 After the release of "On Every Street" in 1991, Dire Straits went on hiatus. Mark Knopfler continued to release solo albums, but the band never officially reunited. However, their legacy has endured, with many of their songs remaining popular and influential to this day.