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Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler

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This 22-cut double-disc set finally gets at it. Issuing a single disc of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler would be a silly thing at best and a hopelessly frustrating one at worst. When the band burst on the scene with "Sultans of Swing," there was a lot happening in rock music, but most of it was under the radar and remains forgotten except in the historic annals of music fanatics. Knopfler and his band were full of rock & roll romance and proved it through their first four recordings time and again. They couldn't help but become superstars and mainstays of MTV. But there is another story told on this best-of, which begins with "Telegraph Road." The story-songs Knopfler wrote were always the best anyway, and this set is full of them, from "Sultans" to "Romeo & Juliet," "Skateaway," "So Far Away," "Walk of Life," and (of course) "Brothers in Arms," which made for the most dramatic marriage of the little screen and rock music when it was featured in the closing sequence of an episode of Miami Vice. But there are many other stops along the way, like "Private Investigations," "Sailing to Philadelphia," "Going Home" (from Local Hero), and "The Long Road" (from Cal). But "On Every Street," "Calling Elvis," and "What It Is" are here, too, making for a wonderfully rounded if argumentative best-of collection that goes the distance and explains sonically what all the fuss was about in the first place. There's the guitar sound that's as much Tony Joe White as it is J.J. Cale and Billy Gibbons, and the elegance of James Burton and Chet Atkins. There is soul, pathos, drama, and a bittersweet memory that Van Morrison first evoked on Astral Weeks and Saint Dominic's Preview. There is a new cut here as well, a duet with Emmylou Harris called "All the Roadrunning," taken from an upcoming collaborative album, and it's nice -- beautiful, in fact -- and keeps the line of continuity and excellence in perspective. This is not only a fine collection for fans because of its wonderful sequencing, but the best introduction to the man and the band that one could ask for.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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1
Telegraph Road
Dire Straits
00:14:18

Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hal Lindes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Withers, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

2
Sultans Of Swing
Dire Straits
00:05:48

Muff Winwood, Producer - Mark Knopfler, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Knopfler, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Withers, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 Mercury Records Limited

3
Love Over Gold
Dire Straits
00:06:11

Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Hal Lindes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Withers, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

4
Romeo And Juliet
Dire Straits
00:06:00

Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ROY BITTAN, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Withers, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 Mercury Records Limited

5
Tunnel Of Love (Intro/The Carousel Waltz)
Dire Straits
00:08:09

Richard Rodgers, ComposerLyricist - Oscar Hammerstein II , ComposerLyricist - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - ROY BITTAN, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Iovine, Producer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Withers, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1980 Mercury Records Limited

6
Private Investigations (Edit)
Dire Straits
00:05:57

Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Dorfsman, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Ed Walsh, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Mike Mainieri, Vibraphone, Marimba, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Bongiovi, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Hal Lindes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Withers, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

7
So Far Away (Full Version)
Dire Straits
00:05:07

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Mercury Records Limited

8
Money For Nothing (Album Version)
Dire Straits
00:08:24

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, ComposerLyricist - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Terry Williams, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Mercury Records Limited

9
Brothers In Arms (Album Version)
Dire Straits
00:06:57

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Mercury Records Limited

10
Walk Of Life
Dire Straits
00:04:08

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Mercury Records Limited

11
Your Latest Trick
Dire Straits
00:06:29

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Mercury Records Limited

DISC 2

1
Calling Elvis (Album Version)
Dire Straits
00:06:24

Jeff Porcaro, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Clark, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Mercury Records Limited

2
On Every Street (Album Version)
Dire Straits
00:05:03

Jeff Porcaro, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Mercury Records Limited

3
Going Home: Theme Of The Local Hero
Mark Knopfler
00:05:00

Mark Knopfler, Composer, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1983 Mercury Records Limited

4
Darling Pretty
Mark Knopfler
00:04:43

Mark Knopfler, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Graham Lewis, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1996 Will D. Side Limited

5
The Long Road
Mark Knopfler
00:07:10

Mark Knopfler, Composer, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1984 Mercury Records Limited

6
Why Aye Man (Radio Edit)
Mark Knopfler
00:04:09

Jimmy Nail, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Cousins, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jon Bailey, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jake Jackson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Co-Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, Co-Producer, StudioPersonnel - John Saylor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Tim Healy, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2002 Mercury Records Limited

7
Sailing To Philadelphia
Mark Knopfler
00:05:53

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Bailey, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES TAYLOR, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - DENNY PURCELL, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Paul Franklin, Pedal Steel, AssociatedPerformer - Aaron Swihart, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chad Cromwell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Hammond Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Russell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Graham Lewis, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Ralston, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Will D. Side Limited

8
What It Is
Mark Knopfler
00:04:55

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jon Bailey, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - DENNY PURCELL, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aaron Swihart, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Aubrey Haynie, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Chad Cromwell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Hammond Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jonathan Russell, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Graham Lewis, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Ralston, Assistant Mixer, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2000 Mercury Records Limited

9
The Trawlerman's Song
Mark Knopfler
00:05:02

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chad Cromwell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Engineer, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Straightjacket Songs Ltd.

10
Boom, Like That
Mark Knopfler
00:05:49

Richard Bennett, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Ludwig, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chad Cromwell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Engineer, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2004 Straightjacket Songs Ltd.

11
All The Roadrunning
Mark Knopfler
00:04:48

Richard Bennett, Bouzouki, AssociatedPerformer - Graham Meek, Unknown, Other - Chad Cromwell, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Glenn Worf, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - CHUCK AINLAY, Producer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Glen Duncan, Unknown, Other - Rupert Coulson, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jim Cox, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - EMMYLOU HARRIS, MainArtist - John Saylor, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Guy Fletcher, Accordion, Engineer, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Ralston, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 Will D. Side Limited

Album Description

This 22-cut double-disc set finally gets at it. Issuing a single disc of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler would be a silly thing at best and a hopelessly frustrating one at worst. When the band burst on the scene with "Sultans of Swing," there was a lot happening in rock music, but most of it was under the radar and remains forgotten except in the historic annals of music fanatics. Knopfler and his band were full of rock & roll romance and proved it through their first four recordings time and again. They couldn't help but become superstars and mainstays of MTV. But there is another story told on this best-of, which begins with "Telegraph Road." The story-songs Knopfler wrote were always the best anyway, and this set is full of them, from "Sultans" to "Romeo & Juliet," "Skateaway," "So Far Away," "Walk of Life," and (of course) "Brothers in Arms," which made for the most dramatic marriage of the little screen and rock music when it was featured in the closing sequence of an episode of Miami Vice. But there are many other stops along the way, like "Private Investigations," "Sailing to Philadelphia," "Going Home" (from Local Hero), and "The Long Road" (from Cal). But "On Every Street," "Calling Elvis," and "What It Is" are here, too, making for a wonderfully rounded if argumentative best-of collection that goes the distance and explains sonically what all the fuss was about in the first place. There's the guitar sound that's as much Tony Joe White as it is J.J. Cale and Billy Gibbons, and the elegance of James Burton and Chet Atkins. There is soul, pathos, drama, and a bittersweet memory that Van Morrison first evoked on Astral Weeks and Saint Dominic's Preview. There is a new cut here as well, a duet with Emmylou Harris called "All the Roadrunning," taken from an upcoming collaborative album, and it's nice -- beautiful, in fact -- and keeps the line of continuity and excellence in perspective. This is not only a fine collection for fans because of its wonderful sequencing, but the best introduction to the man and the band that one could ask for.
© Thom Jurek /TiVo

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