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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.
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1
Sultans Of Swing
Dire Straits
00:05:46

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

2
Lady Writer
Dire Straits
00:03:45

Jerry Wexler, Producer - BARRY BECKETT, Producer - Mark Knopfler, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Knopfler, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - David Withers, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1979 Mercury Records Limited

3
Romeo And Juliet
Dire Straits
00:06:02

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

4
Tunnel Of Love (Intro/The Carousel Waltz)
Dire Straits
00:08:10

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

5
Private Investigations (Edit)
Dire Straits
00:05:50

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

6
Twisting By The Pool
Dire Straits
00:03:31

John Etchells, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alan Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Terry Williams, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Lindes, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1982 Mercury Records Limited

7
Love Over Gold (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London/1983)
Dire Straits
00:03:35

Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1984 Mercury Records Limited

8
So Far Away
Dire Straits
00:04:00

Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Mercury Records Limited

9
Money For Nothing (Edit)
Dire Straits
00:04:06

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Mercury Records Limited, Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music Group, Inc.

10
Brothers In Arms (Edit)
Dire Straits
00:04:50

Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1985 Mercury Records Limited

11
Walk Of Life
Dire Straits
00:04:09

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

12
Calling Elvis (Radio Edit)
Dire Straits
00:04:37

Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1991 Mercury Records Limited

13
Heavy Fuel
Dire Straits
00:04:55

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

14
On Every Street (7" Radio Edit)
Dire Straits
00:04:35

Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dire Straits, Producer, MainArtist

℗ 1992 Mercury Records Limited

15
Your Latest Trick (Live)
Dire Straits
00:05:38

Chris White, Saxophone, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Palmer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Danny Cummings, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Chris Whitten, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1993 Mercury Records Limited

16
Local Hero / Wild Theme (Live)
Dire Straits
00:04:23

Chris White, Saxophone, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Phil Palmer, Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Composer, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Cummings, Percussion, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Guy Fletcher, Producer, Keyboards, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist - Chris Whitten, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1993 Mercury Records Limited

DISC 2

1
Calling Elvis (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)
Mark Knopfler
00:09:05

Mark Knopfler, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Mercury Records Limited

2
Walk Of Life (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)
Mark Knopfler
00:05:28

Mark Knopfler, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Mercury Records Limited

3
Last Exit To Brooklyn (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)
Mark Knopfler
00:02:23

Mark Knopfler, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Mercury Records Limited

4
Romeo And Juliet (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)
Mark Knopfler
00:07:30

Mark Knopfler, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Mercury Records Limited

5
Sultans Of Swing (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)
Mark Knopfler
00:13:14

Mark Knopfler, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Mercury Records Limited

6
Brothers In Arms (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)
Mark Knopfler
00:08:47

Mark Knopfler, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Mercury Records Limited

7
Money For Nothing (Live At The Royal Albert Hall)
Mark Knopfler
00:06:37

Sting, ComposerLyricist - Mark Knopfler, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1998 Mercury Records Limited

Album Description

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 /TiVo

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