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Format: CD
Sku: 60143444
UPC: 093624713029
UPC 14: 00093624713029
Release Date: 11/10/1998
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Sultans Of Swing ~ Dire Straits
2. Lady Writer ~ Dire Straits
3. Romeo And Juliet ~ Dire Straits
4. Tunnel Of Love ~ Dire Straits
5. Private Investigations ~ Dire Straits
6. Twisting By The Pool ~ Dire Straits
7. Love Over Gold - (live) ~ Dire Straits
8. So Far Away ~ Dire Straits
9. Money For Nothing ~ Dire Straits
10. Brothers In Arms ~ Dire Straits
11. Walk of Life ~ Dire Straits
12. Calling Elvis ~ Dire Straits
13. Heavy Fuel ~ Dire Straits
14. On Every Street ~ Dire Straits
15. Your Latest Trick - (live) ~ Dire Straits
16. Local Hero/Wild Theme (Live) ~ Dire Straits

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Also includes material from Mark Knopfler's side project, The Notting Hillbillies.
Muze PNote 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).
Muze PNote Additional personnel includes: Sting, Jeff Porcaro, Joop de Korte.
Muze PNote Producers include: Barry Becket, Jimmy Iovine, Jerry Wexler, Guy Fletcher, Muff Winwood.
Muze PNote All tracks have been digitally mastered using HDCD technology.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Robert Sandall.
Muze PNote Recording information: 1978-1992.
Muze PNote Editors: Carlos Grier; Don Cobb.
Muze PNote Photographers: Josh Pulman; Brian Aris; Mark Leialoha.
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: Guy Fletcher; Jerry Wexler; Jimmy Iovine; Mark Knopfler; Muff Winwood; Neil Dorfsman; Barry Beckett

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.

Associated Artists and Works

Private Investigations: The Best Of Mark Knopfler ~ Knopfler, Mark

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 11/10/1998
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1998
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 47130
Music Label Name Label : Warner Bros.
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00093624713029

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

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