Sultans Of Swing-Very Best Of CD (1998)

Artist: Dire Straits

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Label Wea/warner Bros.
SKU 60143444
UPC 093624713029
UPC 14 00093624713029
Format CD
Release Date 11/10/1998
Author Dire Straits
Associated Artist/Work Knopfler, Mark
Artist Influence Bob Dylan
Artist Influence Brinsley Schwarz (Group)
Artist Influence Bruce Springsteen
Artist Influence Chet Atkins
Artist Influence Ducks Deluxe
Artist Influence Eric Clapton
Artist Influence Flamin' Groovies
Artist Influence J.J. Cale
Artist Influence Randy Newman
Artist Influence Richard Thompson
Artist Influence Robert Johnson
Artist Influence Stealers Wheel
Artist Influence The Band
Artist Influence The Kinks
Artist Influence Van Morrison
Artist Contemporary Aztec Camera
Artist Contemporary Bonnie Raitt
Artist Contemporary Bruce Hornsby
Artist Contemporary Bruce Springsteen
Artist Contemporary Chris Rea
Artist Contemporary Eric Clapton
Artist Contemporary Fleetwood Mac
Artist Contemporary George Harrison
Artist Contemporary Graham Parker
Artist Contemporary J. Geils Band
Artist Contemporary John Hiatt
Artist Contemporary Peter Gabriel
Artist Contemporary Phil Collins
Artist Contemporary Randy Newman
Artist Contemporary Robbie Robertson
Artist Contemporary Rod Stewart
Artist Contemporary Sheryl Crow
Artist Contemporary Steely Dan
Artist Contemporary Steve Winwood
Artist Contemporary Sting
Artist Contemporary Supertramp
Artist Contemporary T-Bone Burnett
Artist Contemporary The Boomtown Rats
Artist Contemporary The Police
Artist Contemporary The Traveling Wilburys
Artist Contemporary Tom Petty
Artist Contemporary ZZ Top
Artist Follower Alejandro Escovedo
Artist Follower Counting Crows
Artist Follower Dave Matthews
Artist Follower Doves
Artist Follower Enrique Iglesias
Artist Follower Holy Holy
Artist Follower Kaiser Chiefs
Artist Follower Little Village
Artist Follower Marc Cohn
Artist Follower Medwyn Goodall
Artist Follower Sheryl Crow
Artist Follower The Charlatans UK
Artist Follower The Hold Steady
Artist Follower The Verve
Artist Follower The Wallflowers
Artist Follower The War on Drugs
Artist Follower Vibro Champs
Artist Follower Wilderness (Oregon)
Technical Info
Producer Guy Fletcher; Jerry Wexler; Jimmy Iovine; Mark Knopfler; Muff Winwood; Neil Dorfsman; Barry Beckett
CatalogID 47130
Lable Name Warner Bros.
Released 11/10/1998
Original Release 1998
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 78m : 7s
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00093624713029
Album Notes and Credits
Also includes material from Mark Knopfler's side project, The Notting Hillbillies.
Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler (vocals, guitar); David Knopfler (guitar, keyboards); Hal Lindes (guitar, background vocals); Guy Fletcher, Phil Palmer (guitar); Paul Franklin (pedal steel guitar); Chris White (saxophone); Alan Clark (keyboards); John Illsley (bass, background vocals); Pick Withers, Terry Williams, Chris Whitten (drums); Danny Cummings (percussion).
Additional personnel includes: Sting, Jeff Porcaro, Joop de Korte.
Producers include: Barry Becket, Jimmy Iovine, Jerry Wexler, Guy Fletcher, Muff Winwood.
All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Liner Note Author: Robert Sandall.
Recording information: 1978-1992.
Editors: Carlos Grier; Don Cobb.
Photographers: Josh Pulman; Brian Aris; Mark Leialoha.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Chris Whitten; Tom Mandel; Danny Cummings; David Knopfler; Chris White ; Pick Withers; Hal Lindes ; Joop de Korte; Jeff Porcaro; John Illsley; Alan Clark; Manu Katch?; Mel Collins; Mike Mainieri; Omar Hakim; Paul Franklin ; Phil Palmer; Roy Bittan; Sting; Terry Williams ; Jimmy Maelen.
Exactly ten years after Dire Straits' first compilation, Money for Nothing, appeared in the stores, their second, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, was released. A decade is a significant span of time, and the average band would have produced enough material for an entirely different collection, one that shared no similarities with its predecessor. Dire Straits is not the average band, however, and during those ten years, they released exactly two albums -- 1991's On Every Street, their first studio album since Brothers in Arms in 1985, and 1993's On the Night, a live album culled from tapes of the record's supporting tour. Not quite enough new material for a new greatest-hits album, but it had been years since Dire Straits had released an album of any sort (a compilation of BBC sessions snuck into the stores in 1995) -- hence the birth of Sultans of Swing. Unsurprisingly, it covers much of the same ground as Money for Nothing, containing all the essentials ("Sultans of Swing," "Romeo and Juliet," "Tunnel of Love," "Private Investigations," "Twisting by the Pool," "Money for Nothing," "Brothers in Arms," "Walk of Life"), with the exception of "Telegraph Road," which was left on the earlier compilation. A live "Love Over Gold," "Lady Writer," and "So Far Away" replace "Down to the Waterline," "Where Do You Think You're Going," and a live "Portobello Belle," which is really just a trade-off, since they're all equal in quality. Then there are the three hits from On Every Street ("Calling Elvis," "Heavy Fuel," "On Every Street"), all of which are pleasant re-creations of the Brothers in Arms sound; a live version of "Your Latest Trick" from On the Night, and, inexplicably, Mark Knopfler's "Wild Theme (Theme from Local Hero)." Fine tunes all, but none of them are reason enough to replace Money for Nothing with Sultans of Swing. But for casual fans or curious listeners looking for an introduction/sampler, it's the better choice, simply because it covers more ground and contains more music while remaining quite listenable and entertaining. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Artist Overview
The U.K.'s Dire Straits became one of the world's most popular rock bands the old-fashioned way, through songwriting and musicianship. When "Sultans of Swing" broke through on both sides of the Atlantic in 1979, the sound suggested Bob Dylan backed by J.J. Cale. It sure didn't sound like anything else on the radio. Mark Knopfler's gruff singing and exquisite guitar playing were critical to the group's sound. The next two records cemented Dire Straits' reputation and bolstered its popularity. 1985's BROTHERS IN ARMS became one of the biggest sellers of the decade. After the band dissolved, Knopfler (who had already done some well regarded soundtrack work) embarked on a solo career, opting for a more low-key approach.
Professional Reviews
Entertainment Weekly (12/11/98, p.80) - "...Dire Straits' best songs seem as singular today as when they first appeared at the supremely unlikely peak of '70s British punk....on the strongest numbers--the courtly `Romeo & Juliet' or graceful `Tunnel Of Love'--Knopfler helps keep the faded '60s notion of the romantic guitar hero alive." - Rating: B
Disc 1
1 Sultans Of Swing
2 Lady Writer
3 Romeo And Juliet
4 Tunnel Of Love
5 Private Investigations
6 Twisting By The Pool
7 Love Over Gold - (live)
8 So Far Away
9 Money For Nothing
10 Brothers In Arms
11 Walk of Life
12 Calling Elvis
13 Heavy Fuel
14 On Every Street
15 Your Latest Trick - (live)
16 Local Hero/Wild Theme (Live)

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