192kHz/24-bit, FLAC; DSD64/128*; Forward Music FMICA010011701 (supplied by www.highresaudio.com)

Coming to this album after a long weekend spent at Munich’s High End Show was somewhat alarming: having heard far too much Dire Straits, I loaded up this one to hear more of the same. But then Legacy – the result of the DSL, or Dire Straits Legacy, project – is a band founded by former Knopfler sidesmen Alan Clark and Phil Palmer, who also count among their gigs work with the likes of Clapton, Dylan, Tina Turner and Elton John. Add in an all-star supporting cast, including Trevor Horn on bass, and you have the band for this album, which sounds either like Knopfler-lite or the long-lost Dire Straits set that never was. Gruff vocals, trademark guitar licks and all the familiar writing and performance tricks, all produced in a lush, meticulously soundscape that’s equally familiar from Dire Straits albums of the past. It’s nothing really new, but may delight fans. AE

Sound Quality: 85%

Hi-Fi News Lab Report

Tested in DSD128 guise here, the levels of ultrasonic requantisation noise vary by up to 20dB from track to track (it was recorded in both LA and Rome). Spectral evidence suggests an LPCM 48kHz recording then remastered to DSD. PM