Dire Straits – Dire Straits original Japan LP with obi


Free U.S. shipping!  An original 1978 Japanese issue of Dire Straits by Dire Straits, including the original obi.

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Offered for sale is an original Japanese pressing of Dire Straits, the self-titled debut LP by Dire Straits, including the original obi.

About this copy: This copy of Dire Straits is a 1978 pressing on the Vertigo label.

The cover is M- with slight foxing.  The obi and insert are M-.

The disc is M-, with a couple of spindle marks on the labels, but no marks on the vinyl.  Clean disc!

A nice copy of a terrific LP and one that’s surprisingly hard to find with a clean cover.

Background: Released in 1978, Dire Straits was a surprise hit, reaching #5 on the UK charts and #2 in the U.S, helped by the single, “Sultans of Swing,” which reached the Top 10 in both countries. gave Dire Straits a 4 star review:

Dire Straits’ minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler’s spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. … While a few of the songs fall flat, the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career.

Country of origin: Japan
Size: 12″
Record Label: Vertigo
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1978
Format: Stereo
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Additional information

Weight 8 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in