Hey Slaw, You must listen to more of Knopfler's offerings. If you think that is great, listen to Dire Straits On Every Street LP. The CD is great too. But the ease and flow of sound along with a great soundstage and excellent sonics are first rate. This LP sold for over $130 late last year on eBay.
I have purchased two copies (one on eBay and one here on Audiogon a few weeks ago) both on the Warner Brothers label and each were described as in excellent condition but played to death (groove damage was evident) on 3 of the best cuts on side one.
Also, check out Love over Gold and the cut Private Investigations. Near the end a glass breaks about 20 to 30 feet behind the left speaker. I use this cut to determine if my system is set up properly. It was also just released again for we lucky audiophiles. So far anything I have heard Mark play on has been well recorded. No surprise to me what you are hearing. He is one of my favorite rock artist. I can't wait until they reissue On Every Street. Happy listening.