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On Every Street

Dire Straits

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It took Mark Knopfler more than six years to craft a followup to Dire Straits' international chart-topper, Brothers In Arms, but though On Every Street sold in the expected multi-millions worldwide on the back of the band's renown and a year-long tour, it was a disappointment. Knopfler remained a gifted guitar player with tastes in folk ("Iron Hand"), blues ("Fade To Black"), and rockabilly ("The Bug"), among other styles, but much of the album was low-key to the point of being background music. The group had long-since dwindled to original members Knopfler and bassist John Illsley, plus a collection of semi-permanent sidemen who provided support but no real musical chemistry. The closest thing to a successor to "Money For Nothing," the big hit from Brothers In Arms, was the sarcastic rocker "Heavy Fuel." It became an album rock radio favorite (though not a chart single), and fans still filled stadiums to hear "Sultans Of Swing," but On Every Street was not the comeback it should have been.

© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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On Every Street

Dire Straits

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1
Calling Elvis (Album Version)
00:06:26

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)
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
When It Comes To You
00:05:01

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

4
Fade To Black
00:03:48

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

5
The Bug
00:04:17

Jeff Porcaro, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Vince Gill, Guitar, Background Vocalist, 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

6
You And Your Friend
00:05:58

Jeff Porcaro, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Franklin, Lap Steel Guitar, 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

7
Heavy Fuel
00:05:11

BOB CLEARMOUNTAIN, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Clark, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Avril Mackintosh, Assistant Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Manu Katche, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Producer, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Mercury Records Limited

8
Iron Hand
00:03:08

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

9
Ticket To Heaven
00:04:25

Jeff Porcaro, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - George Martin, String Arranger, 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

10
My Parties
00:05:31

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

11
Planet Of New Orleans
00:07:46

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

℗ 1991 Mercury Records Limited

12
How Long
00:03:52

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

Album review

It took Mark Knopfler more than six years to craft a followup to Dire Straits' international chart-topper, Brothers In Arms, but though On Every Street sold in the expected multi-millions worldwide on the back of the band's renown and a year-long tour, it was a disappointment. Knopfler remained a gifted guitar player with tastes in folk ("Iron Hand"), blues ("Fade To Black"), and rockabilly ("The Bug"), among other styles, but much of the album was low-key to the point of being background music. The group had long-since dwindled to original members Knopfler and bassist John Illsley, plus a collection of semi-permanent sidemen who provided support but no real musical chemistry. The closest thing to a successor to "Money For Nothing," the big hit from Brothers In Arms, was the sarcastic rocker "Heavy Fuel." It became an album rock radio favorite (though not a chart single), and fans still filled stadiums to hear "Sultans Of Swing," but On Every Street was not the comeback it should have been.

© William Ruhlmann /TiVo

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