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Contents
Articles
The band
Dire Straits
The members
1
1
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List of Dire Straits band members
11
Mark Knopfler
13
John Illsley
31
Alan Clark
35
Guy Fletcher
37
David Knopfler
39
Pick Withers
42
Terry Williams
44
Jack Sonni
47
Discography
49
Dire Straits discography
Studio albums
49
53
Dire Straits
53
CommuniquГ©
56
Making Movies
60
Love over Gold
63
Brothers in Arms
67
On Every Street
74
Live albums
79
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
79
On the Night
83
Live at the BBC
86
Compilation albums
88
Money for Nothing
88
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
90
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations
92
EPs
96
ExtendedancEPlay
96
Encores
98
Singles
101
"Sultans of Swing"
101
"Lady Writer"
103
"Romeo and Juliet"
105
"Skateaway"
107
"Tunnel of Love"
108
"Private Investigations"
110
"So Far Away"
112
"Money for Nothing"
114
"Brothers in Arms"
121
"Walk of Life"
124
"Your Latest Trick"
127
"Calling Elvis"
129
"Heavy Fuel"
132
"On Every Street"
134
"The Bug"
135
Tours
Dire Straits tour
Miscellaneous
138
138
143
Birmingham at Barbarella
143
Chris White
145
Michael Brecker
147
The Notting Hillbillies
152
Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time
154
References
Article Sources and Contributors
156
Image Sources, Licenses and Contributors
160
Article Licenses
License
161
1
The band
Dire Straits
Dire Straits
Dire Straits in 1985
From L-R, Fletcher (behind), Illsley, Knopfler and Sonni
Background information
Origin
Newcastle, England
Genres
Rock, roots rock, country rock, progressive rock, pub rock
Years active
1977–1995
Labels
Phonogram, Vertigo, Warner Bros.
[1]
Associated acts The Notting Hillbillies
Past members
Mark Knopfler
John Illsley
Pick Withers
David Knopfler
Alan Clark
Hal Lindes
Terry Williams
Guy Fletcher
Jack Sonni
Dire Straits was a British rock band, formed in 1977 by former journalist and teacher Mark Knopfler, initially
composed of Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing
vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion).
Dire Straits' sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, blues, and came closest to beat
music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band's early years, the
band's stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more "rootsy" influence that emerged out of pub
rock. Many of Dire Straits' compositions were melancholic.[2]
Dire Straits
Dire Straits' biggest selling album, Brothers in Arms, has sold over 30 million copies.[3] They also became one of the
world's most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million.[4] Dire Straits won
numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best
British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards.[4] The band's most popular songs include "Sultans of
Swing", "Romeo and Juliet", "Tunnel of Love", "Private Investigations", "Money for Nothing", "Walk of Life", "So
Far Away", "Your Latest Trick" and "Brothers in Arms".
Dire Straits' career spanned 18 years. There were several changes in personnel over that period, leaving Mark
Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two original bandmates who had remained throughout the band's career. Dire
Straits disbanded in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his career full time as a solo artist.
History
1977–1979: Early years and first two albums
Brothers Mark and David Knopfler, and
friends John Illsley, and Pick Withers
formed the band in 1977.[5] In 1977, Dire
Straits (a name given to the band by a
musician flatmate of drummer Pick
Withers), recorded a five-song demo tape
which included their future hit single,
"Sultans of Swing", as well as "Water of
Love", "Down to the Waterline", "Wild
West End" and David Knopfler's "Sacred
Loving".[6] They took the tape to DJ Charlie
Gillett, who had a radio show called "Honky
The original Dire Straits lineup in Hamburg, Germany (1978) L to R: Illsley, Mark
Tonkin" on BBC Radio London. The band
Knopfler, Withers, David Knopfler.
simply wanted advice, but Gillett liked the
music so much that he played "Sultans of
Swing" on his show. Two months later, Dire Straits signed a recording contract with Phonogram Records.[7] In
October 1977, the band recorded demo tapes of "Southbound Again", "In the Gallery" and "Six Blade Knife" for
BBC Radio London; in November demo tapes were made of "Setting Me Up", "Eastbound Train" and "Real Girl".
The group's first album, Dire Straits, was recorded at Basing Street studios in West London in February 1978, at a
cost of ВЈ12,500.[8] Produced by Muff Winwood, the album had little promotion when initially released in the United
Kingdom on Vertigo Records, a division of Phonogram, and was not well received. However, the album came to the
attention of A&R representative Karin Berg, working at Warner Bros. Records in New York City. She felt that it was
the kind of music audiences were hungry for, but only one person in her department agreed at first.[8] Many of the
songs on the album reflected Mark Knopfler's experiences in Newcastle, Leeds and London. "Down to the
Waterline" recalled images of life in Newcastle; "In the Gallery" is a tribute to Leeds sculptor/artist Harry Phillips
(father of Steve Phillips); "Wild West End" and "Lions" were drawn from Knopfler's early days in the capital.[9][10]
That same year, Dire Straits began a tour as opening band for the Talking Heads after the re-released "Sultans of
Swing" finally started to climb the UK charts.[11] This led to a United States recording contract with Warner Bros.
Records; before the end of 1978, Dire Straits had released their self-titled debut worldwide. They received more
attention in the United States, but also arrived at the top of the charts in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Dire
Straits eventually went top 10 in every European country.[7]
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The following year, Dire Straits embarked on their first North American tour. They played 51 sold-out concerts over
a 38-day period.[12] "Sultans of Swing" scaled the charts to number four in the United States and number eight in the
United Kingdom.[11][13] The song was one of Dire Straits' biggest hits and became a fixture in the band's live
performances. Bob Dylan, who had seen the band play in Los Angeles, was so impressed that he invited Mark
Knopfler and drummer Pick Withers to play on his next album, Slow Train Coming.[14]
Recording sessions for the group's second album, CommuniquГ©, took place in December 1978 at Compass Point
Studios in Nassau, Bahamas. Released in June 1979, CommuniquГ© was produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett
and went to #1 on the German album charts, with the debut album Dire Straits simultaneously at #3. Featuring the
single "Lady Writer", the second album continued in a similar vein as the first and displayed the expanding scope of
Knopfler's lyricism on the opening track, "Once Upon a Time in the West".[15] In the coming year, however, this
approach began to change, along with the group's lineup.
1980–1984: Increased musical complexity and early success
In 1980, Dire Straits were nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best
New Artist and Best Rock Vocal Performance by a Duo or Group for
"Sultans Of Swing".[16] In July 1980 the band started recording tracks
for their third album. Produced by Jimmy Iovine with Mark Knopfler
also sharing credit, Making Movies was released in October 1980.
During the recording sessions, tension between Mark and David
Knopfler took its toll on the band, and David Knopfler left over
creative differences with his brother to pursue a solo career; he was
uncredited on the album.[17] The sessions continued with Sid McGinnis
on rhythm guitar and keyboardist Roy Bittan from Bruce Springsteen's
E Street Band. After the recording sessions were completed,
keyboardist Alan Clark and Californian guitarist Hal Lindes joined
Dire Straits as full-time members for tours of Europe and North
America.[8]
Mark Knopfler and Hal Lindes
Making Movies featured longer songs with more complex
arrangements, a style which would continue for the rest of the band's
career. The album featured many of Mark Knopfler's most personal compositions. The most successful chart single
was "Romeo and Juliet" (number 8 in the UK singles chart), a song about a failed love affair, with Knopfler's
trademark in keeping personal songs under fictitious names.[18] The album's lengthy opening track, "Tunnel of
Love", with its intro "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, was featured in the film
An Officer and a Gentleman and became a favourite at live concerts. Making Movies stayed in the UK Albums Chart
for 5 years, peaking at number 4.[19]
Dire Straits' fourth studio album Love Over Gold, an album of songs filled with lengthy, experimental passages, was
well received when it was released in September 1982, going gold in America and spending four weeks at number
one in the United Kingdom. The title was inspired by graffiti seen from the window of Knopfler's old council flat in
London. The phrase was taken from the sleeve of an album by Captain Beefheart. Love Over Gold was the first Dire
Straits album produced solely by Mark Knopfler, and its main chart hit, "Private Investigations", gave Dire Straits
their first top 5 hit single in the United Kingdom, where it reached the number 2 position despite its almost
seven-minute length, and became another of the band's most popular live songs.[20]
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In other parts of the world, "Industrial Disease", a
song that looks at the decline of the British
manufacturing industry in the early 1980s,
focusing
on
strikes,
depression
and
dysfunctionality, was the main single from the
album, particularly in Canada, where it became a
top 10 hit. As well as the title track and "It Never
Rains", Love Over Gold featured the
14-minute-long epic "Telegraph Road". Also
written by Knopfler for inclusion on the album
was "Private Dancer", a song which eventually
went to Tina Turner for her comeback album of
Mark Knopfler and Lindes, in June 1981
the same name. Love Over Gold reportedly sold
two million copies during the first six weeks after
its release. Shortly after the release of Love Over Gold, drummer Pick Withers left the band. His replacement was
Terry Williams, formerly of Rockpile and a range of other Welsh bands including Man.
In 1983, a four-song EP titled ExtendedancEPlay was released while Love Over Gold was still in the album charts. It
featured the hit single "Twisting By the Pool" which reached the Top 20 in the UK and Canada. Dire Straits also
embarked on a world tour. The double album Alchemy Live, a recording of two live concerts of the group at
London's Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983, was released in March 1984. Reportedly released without studio
overdubs, it reached the Top 3 in the UK Albums Chart.[21] The concert was also issued on VHS and was remastered
and released on DVD and Blu-ray in 2010 – the only performance on the new format to date.
During 1983 and 1984 Mark Knopfler was also involved in other projects outside of the band. He wrote the music
scores for the films Local Hero and Cal, which were also released as albums.[22] Also during this time Knopfler
produced Bob Dylan's Infidels album, as well as Aztec Camera and Willy DeVille. Also in 1984, John Illsley
released his first solo album, Never Told a Soul, to which Mark Knopfler and Williams contributed.
1985–1986: The Brothers in Arms era and international success
Dire Straits returned to the recording studios at the end of 1984, and began recording tracks at Air Studios
Montserrat for their upcoming fifth studio album, Brothers in Arms, produced by Knopfler with Neil Dorfsman.
There were further personnel changes, with the addition of a second keyboardist, Guy Fletcher, who had previously
worked as a session musician with Roxy Music and on the Cal soundtrack.[8] Guitarist Hal Lindes left the band
during the recording sessions. Andy Kanavan joined briefly on drums joined by New York guitarist Jack Sonni
although neither was credited as an official band members for the new album release.[23] According to a Sound on
Sound magazine interview with Neil Dorfsman, a month after the recording sessions began, drummer Terry Williams
was felt to be unsuitable for the desired sound of the album, and he was temporarily replaced by jazz session
drummer, Omar Hakim, who recorded all the drums for the album tracks during a two day stay before leaving for
other commitments.[24] Both Hakim and Williams are credited on the album,[23] although Williams' only
contribution is the improvised crescendo at the beginning of "Money for Nothing". The remainder of the album
features Hakim on drums, but Williams would be back in the band for the music videos and the subsequent world
tour.
Released in May 1985, Brothers In Arms entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1 and spent a total of 228 weeks
in the charts.[25] It went on to become the best-selling album of 1985 in the UK.[11] Brothers in Arms was similarly
successful in the US, peaking at No. 1 on Billboard 200 for nine weeks, going multi-platinum, selling nine million
copies.[16][26] The album featured a more lavish production and overall sound than Dire Straits' earlier work, and
spawned several big chart singles: "Money for Nothing", which reached number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100, and
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number 4 in the UK Singles Chart, "So Far Away" (#19 US), "Brothers In Arms" (#16 UK), "Walk of Life" (#2 UK.,
#7 US), and "Your Latest Trick".[16] "Money for Nothing" was the first video ever to be played on MTV in Britain
and featured guest vocals by Sting, who is credited with co-writing the song with Mark Knopfler, although in fact, it
was just the inclusion of the melody line from "Don't Stand So Close To Me" that triggered the copyright credit, no
actual lyrics were written by Sting. It also won a Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group
with Vocal at the 28th Grammy Awards in February 1986.[27]
Brothers in Arms was among the first albums recorded on digital equipment due to Knopfler pushing for improved
sound quality.[28] The album's title track is reported to be the world's first CD single. It was issued in the UK as a
promotional item distinguished with a logo for the tour, Live in '85, while a second to commemorate the Australian
leg of the tour marked Live in '86. Containing just four tracks, it had a very limited run. "Walk of Life" meanwhile
was nearly excluded from the album when co-producer Neil Dorfsman voted against its inclusion, but the band
members out-voted him. The result was Dire Straits' most commercially successful hit single in the UK, peaking at
number two.[11] "Money for Nothing", "Walk of Life", and "Brothers in Arms" immediately became live concert
favourites.
The album is listed in the Guinness Book of World
Records as the first compact disc to sell a million
copies,[29] and has been credited with helping to
popularise the CD format.[30] The Brothers in Arms CD
featured the full version of the "Money for Nothing"
cut, rather than the version that appears on the LP. In
fact, the CD includes extended versions of all tracks
featured on the first side of the original LP, with the
exception of "Walk of Life".
The 1985–86 world tour which followed the album's
release was phenomenally successful. Saxophonist
Chris White joined the band, and the tour began on 25
April 1985 in Split, Yugoslavia (now Croatia). While
Dire Straits performing in Belgrade, Yugoslavia, (now Serbia) on 10
playing a 13-night residency at Wembley Arena, the
May 1985.
band moved down the road to Wembley Stadium on the
L to R: Mark Knopfler, Clark, and Jack Sonni.
afternoon of 13 July 1985, to appear in a Live Aid
slot,[31] in which their set included "Money For
Nothing" with Sting as guest vocalist. The tour ended at the Entertainment Centre in Sydney, Australia, where Dire
Straits still holds the record for consecutive appearances at 21 nights. The band also made an impromptu attempt at
the famous Australian folk song "Waltzing Matilda". In a two-year span, Dire Straits played 247 shows in over 100
different cities.
Additionally in 1985, a group set out from London to Khartoum to raise money for famine relief led by John Abbey,
was called The Walk of Life. Dire Straits donated the Brothers in Arms Gold disc to the participants in recognition of
what they were doing.
The band's 10 July 1985 concert at Wembley Arena, in which they were accompanied by Nils Lofgren for "Solid
Rock" and Hank Marvin joined the band at the end to play "Going Home" (the theme from "Local Hero"), was
televised in the United Kingdom on The Tube on Channel 4 in January 1986.[32] (Although never officially released,
bootleg recordings of the performance entitled Wembley does the Walk (2005) have been circulated.)
In 1986 Brothers In Arms won two Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit
Awards.[27][33] Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever in
2000.[34] The album also ranked number 351 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All
Time" in 2003.[35] Brothers in Arms is also ranked number 3 in the best albums of 1985 and number 31 in the best
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albums of the 1980s, and as of April 2012, the album was ranked the seventh best-selling album in UK chart history,
and is the 107th best-selling album in the United States.[36] In August 1986, MTV Europe was launched with Dire
Straits "Money for Nothing".[37]
1987–1990: First break-up
After the Brothers in Arms tour ended Mark Knopfler took a break from Dire Straits and during 1987 he
concentrated on solo projects and film soundtracks. Dire Straits regrouped in 1988 for the Nelson Mandela 70th
Birthday Tribute concert staged on 11 June 1988 at Wembley Stadium, in which they were the headline act. They
were joined for their set by Eric Clapton[38] who performed his hit "Wonderful Tonight" with the group and played
rhythm guitar on the other songs performed by the band, while guitarist Jack Sonni was absent. Soon afterwards,
Williams left the band.
Mark Knopfler announced the official dissolution of Dire Straits in September 1988. He told Rob Tannenbaum in
Rolling Stone: "A lot of press reports were saying we were the biggest band in the world. There's not an accent then
on the music, there's an accent on popularity. I needed a rest".[39] The tremendous success of the Brothers in Arms
album and the tour that went with it left the band members under a significant amount of stress, and Knopfler
announced that he wanted to work on more personal projects.[7] A greatest hits album, Money for Nothing, was
released in October 1988 and reached the number one position in the United Kingdom.[20] Also in 1988, John Illsley
released his second solo album, Glass which featured Mark Knopfler, Alan Clark, Guy Fletcher and Chris White.
In 1989, over a meal at a Notting Hill wine bar,[38] Knopfler formed The Notting Hillbillies, a country-focused band
whose lineup featured Guy Fletcher, Brendan Croker, and Steve Phillips and manager Ed Bicknell on drums. The
Notting Hillbillies' one album, Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time with its minor hit single "Your Own Sweet
Way". was released in 1990. The Notting Hillbillies toured for the remainder of the year, and also appeared on
Saturday Night Live. Knopfler would further emphasize his country music influences on his 1990 collaboration with
guitarist Chet Atkins, Neck and Neck.
In 1990, Dire Straits performed alongside Elton John and Eric Clapton at Knebworth Festival, playing three songs:
"Solid Rock", "Money for Nothing" and a song which Knopfler prefaced as an experimental song, unsure if they
should record it on a following record.[40] The song, titled, "I Think I Love You Too Much", a blues rock piece with
solos by both Knopfler and Clapton. This was prior to the time that Knopfler, Illsley and manager Ed Bicknell
decided to reform the band the following year.[41]
1991–1995: Resurrection, final albums and final dissolution
In early 1991, Knopfler and Illsley resurrected Dire Straits, bringing back with them former keyboardists Alan Clark
and Guy Fletcher. Retaining Bicknell as their manager, Dire Straits was trimmed down and comprised only four
members once again.[41] The band began recording tracks for a new album, integrating new session players who
included steel guitarist Paul Franklin, and percussionist Danny Cummings. Saxophonist Chris White returned, and
guitarist Phil Palmer filled the vacancy left by Sonni. During the recording sessions, American drummer Jeff Porcaro
performed in place of Williams. Afterwards, he was invited to join the band full-time but declined because of a prior
commitment to Toto.
Dire Straits released their final studio album On Every Street, in September 1991, which, although a highly
anticipated release, met with more moderate success and mixed reviews, as well as a significantly reduced audience,
despite Dire Straits' previous international success. Some reviewers including the All Music Guide[42] dubbed On
Every Street as an 'underwhelming' follow-up to Brothers in Arms. However, it still managed to sell 8 million copies,
reaching number one in the United Kingdom and number 12 in the United States.[11][13]
The opening track "Calling Elvis" was the first single release in the United Kingdom (the video for this song was
based on the 1960s television show Thunderbirds), and did not fare as well as the band's earlier singles, peaking
inside the Top 30. This was followed by "Heavy Fuel" which failed to reach the Top 50 in the singles charts in the
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United Kingdom, however in the United States the track reached number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock
Tracks chart,[43] their second song to do so (after "Money for Nothing"). The final single released from the album
and from the band in the United Kingdom was "The Bug", which contains backing vocals by Vince Gill, who was
also invited to join the band full time and declined.
Session drummer Chris Whitten joined Dire Straits as a sideman when the band embarked on an extensive two-year,
300-show tour, playing in front of some 7.1 million ticket-buying fans. While musically more elaborate than the
previous 1985–1986 world tour, the band's gruelling final tour was not as successful. It proved to be too much for
Dire Straits, and by this time Mark Knopfler had had enough of such massive operations. This led to the group's
second and final break-up. Bill Flanagan described the sequence of events in Gentleman's Quarterly: "The
subsequent world tour lasted nearly two years, made mountains of money and drove Dire Straits into the ground.
When the tour was over, both Knopfler's marriage and his band were gone".[44] The last stop on the tour and the final
touring concert of the group took place on 9 October 1992 in Zaragoza, Spain.
In May 1993 a live album documenting the tour, On the Night, was released, again to very mixed reviews.
Nevertheless, it reached the UK Top 5, a rare achievement for a live album.[11] The four track Encores EP was also
released and rose to number one in the French singles chart.
Having expressed a wish to give up touring on a big scale, Mark Knopfler quietly dissolved Dire Straits in 1995. The
band's final album, Live at the BBC, was a contractual release to Vertigo Records.[45] The group's third and final live
album was a collection of live recordings spanning the years 1978–81, which mostly featured the original lineup of
the band.[45]
1996–present
Having disbanded Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler started his career as a solo artist, releasing his first solo album Golden
Heart in March 1996 after nearly 20 years of collaborations.
Brothers in Arms was certified nine times platinum in the U.S. in August 1996.[16] During that same year, the entire
Dire Straits catalogue was remastered by Bob Ludwig and re-released on CD in most of the world outside the United
States. The remasters were released in September 2000 in the United States.
Knopfler, John Illsley, Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher reunited for one last time on 19 June 1999, with Ed Bicknell on
drums, playing five songs including a performance of Chuck Berry's Nadine for Illsley's wedding.[46]
In 2002, Mark Knopfler was joined by John Illsley, Guy Fletcher, Danny Cummings and Chris White for four
charity concerts. Brendan Croker joined Knopfler during the first half, playing mainly material composed with The
Notting Hillbillies. Illsley came on for a Dire Straits session, toward the end of which, at a Shepherd's Bush concert,
Jimmy Nail came on to provide backing vocals for Knopfler's solo composition, "Why Aye Man". As for getting
Dire Straits back together for good, Knopfler told reporters at the time, "I would only do that for a charity. I'm glad
I've experienced it all - I had a lot of fun with it - but I like things the way they are."
The most recent compilation, The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations, was released in
November 2005 and reached the UK Top 20. Featuring material from the majority of Dire Straits' studio albums as
well as Mark Knopfler's solo and soundtrack material, it was released in two editions, a single CD with grey cover
and a double CD in blue cover. The only previously unreleased track on the album, All The Roadrunning, is a duet
with singer Emmylou Harris. The album was well received. Also in 2005, Brothers in Arms was re-released in a
limited 20th anniversary edition, which was a success, winning a Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album at
the 48th Grammy Awards ceremony.[47]
Since the break-up of Dire Straits Mark Knopfler has shown no interest in reforming the band, although keyboardist
Guy Fletcher has been associated with almost every piece of Knopfler's solo material to date. Danny Cummings has
also made frequent appearances, including on Knopfler's last three solo album releases All the Roadrunning (with
Emmylou Harris), Kill to Get Crimson and Get Lucky.[48] In 2007 Knopfler said he did not miss the global fame at
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the height of the band's success, explaining that "It just got too big".[49]
In October 2008, John Illsley told the BBC that he wanted Knopfler to agree to reform Dire Straits for a comeback
tour. Knopfler declined, saying that in the past he was often reluctant to reform the group and insisting that he "isn't
even a fan of Dire Straits' early hits".[50][51] In the same interview, Illsley also suggested that Knopfler is enjoying
his continued success as a solo artist, saying that "He's doing incredibly well as a solo artist, so hats off to him. He's
having a perfectly good time doing what he's doing".[49]
In December 2009, the band was commemorated with a Heritage Award from PRS for Music. A plaque was placed
on a block of flats in Deptford, London, the location where Dire Straits played their first gig.[52]
Popularity
One of the world's best selling music acts, Dire Straits have sold over 120 million albums worldwide to date, and
their fifth album, Brothers in Arms, has won many accolades.[4] In November 2009, Dire Straits were honoured by
the new PRS for Music Heritage Award. A special blue plaque was erected at Farrer House, Church Street, Deptford
in south London, where the original group, Mark Knopfler, David Knopfler, John Illsley and Pick Withers once
shared a council flat and performed their first ever gig in 1977.[53] PRS for Music has set up the Heritage Award to
recognise the unusual "performance birthplaces" of famous bands and artists.[4]
Discography
Studio albums
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Dire Straits (1978)
CommuniquГ© (1979)
Making Movies (1980)
Love over Gold (1982)
Brothers in Arms (1985)
On Every Street (1991)
Awards
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BRIT Awards 1983 – Best British Group
Grammy Awards 1986 – Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group (for "Money For Nothing")
Grammy Awards 1986 – Brothers in Arms Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
Juno Award 1986 – International Album of the Year
BRIT Awards 1986 – Best British Group
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Video of the Year (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Best Group Video (for "Money for Nothing")
Grammy Awards 1987 – Best Music Video, Short Form “Dire Straits Brothers in Arms”
BRIT Awards 1987 – Best British Album (for Brothers In Arms)
Grammy Awards 2006 – Best Surround Sound Album for his surround sound production (for Brothers in
Arms—20th Anniversary Edition, Chuck Ainlay, surround mix engineer; Bob Ludwig, surround mastering
engineer; Chuck Ainlay and Mark Knopfler, surround producers)
• PRS for Music Heritage Award 2009.
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Award nominations
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Grammy Awards 1980 – Best New Artist
Grammy Awards 1980 – Best Rock Vocal Performance By A Duo Or Group (for "Sultans Of Swing")
American Music Award 1986 – Favorite Pop/Rock Single (for "Money for Nothing")
Grammy Awards 1986 – Album of the Year (for Brothers in Arms)
Grammy Awards 1986 – Record of the Year (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Best Stage Performance Video (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Best Concept Video (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Best Direction (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Best Special Effects (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Viewer's Choice (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Best Art Direction (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Best Editing (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Most Experimental Video (for "Money for Nothing")
MTV Video Music Awards 1986 – Best Overall Performance (for "Money for Nothing")
Grammy Awards 1992 – Best Music Video, Short Form (for "Calling Elvis")
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The members
List of Dire Straits band members
Timeline
Chronological list
Year(s)
Full-time band members
1977–1980 •
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1980
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Auxiliary touring members
Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, lead vocals
David Knopfler - rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Pick Withers - drums, percussion
Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Pick Withers - drums, backing vocals
1980–1982 •
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Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, lead vocals
Hal Lindes - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark - keyboards
Pick Withers - drums
1982–1984 •
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Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, lead vocals
Hal Lindes - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark - keyboards
Terry Williams - drums
did not tour
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Joop de Korte - percussion
Mel Collins - saxophone
Tommy Mandel - keyboards
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1984–1985 •
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Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, lead vocals
Hal Lindes - rhythm guitar, backing vocals
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark - keyboards
Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
Terry Williams - drums
did not tour
1985–1988 •
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Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, lead vocals
Jack Sonni - rhythm guitar
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark - keyboards
Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
Terry Williams - drums
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Chris White - saxophone
Joop de Korte - percussion (1985–1986)
1988–1989 •
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Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark - keyboard
Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
Terry Williams - drums
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Chris White - saxophone
Eric Clapton - guitar
1989–1991 •
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Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark - keyboards
Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
did not tour
1991–1992 •
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Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark - keyboards
Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
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1992–1995 •
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Mark Knopfler - guitar, lead vocals
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark - keyboards
Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals
did not tour
Chris White - saxophone
Chris Whitten - drums and percussion
Phil Palmer - guitar
Paul Franklin - pedal steel guitar
Danny Cummings - percussion
Members
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•
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•
•
•
•
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Mark Knopfler - lead vocals, guitar (1977–1995)
John Illsley - bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–1995)
Alan Clark - keyboards (1980–1995)
Guy Fletcher - synthesizer, backing vocals (1984–1995)
David Knopfler - rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1977–1980)
Pick Withers - drums, percussion (1977–1982)
Terry Williams - drums (1982–1989)
Jack Sonni - rhythm guitar (1985–1988)
Hal Lindes - rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1980–1985)
Mark Knopfler
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Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler, 2006
Background information
Birth name
Mark Freuder Knopfler
Born
12 August 1949
Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom
Origin
Newcastle upon Tyne, England
Genres
Rock
Roots rock
Celtic rock
Country rock
Blues-rock
Occupations
Musician, Songwriter, Record producer, Film score composer
Instruments
Vocals, guitar, resonator guitar
Years active
1965–present
Labels
Vertigo, Mercury, Warner
Associated acts Dire Straits
The Notting Hillbillies
Chet Atkins
Emmylou Harris
Bob Dylan
Eric Clapton
Sonny Landreth
Website
MarkKnopfler.com
[1]
Notable instruments
Mark Knopfler Stratocaster
Fender Telecaster
Gibson Les Paul
Pensa Custom MKII
Steinberger GL-2
Mark Knopfler
Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and
film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the British rock band Dire
Straits, which he co-founded in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler went on to record and produce
seven solo albums, including Golden Heart (1996), Sailing to Philadelphia (2000), and Get Lucky (2009). He has
composed and produced film scores for eight films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride
(1987), and Wag the Dog (1997) .[2] In addition to his work with Dire Straits and as a solo artist and composer,
Knopfler has recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including Phil Lynott, Chet Atkins, The
Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, Jools Holland, Steely Dan, Bryan Ferry, Sonny Landreth, and
Van Morrison. He has produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.
Knopfler is one of the most respected fingerstyle guitarists of the modern rock era, and was ranked 27th on Rolling
Stone magazine's list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.[3] Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120
million albums to date.[4][5] A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award and
the Steiger Award, and holds three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United
Kingdom.[6][7]
Early life (1949–1976)
Mark Freuder Knopfler was born on 12 August 1949 in Glasgow, Scotland, to an English mother and Hungarian
Jewish father—an architect whose anti-fascist sympathies forced him to flee from his native Hungary in 1939.[8] The
family settled in Knopfler's mother's home town of Blyth, Northumberland in North East England when he was 7
years old. He and his younger brother David attended Gosforth Grammar School. Inspired by his uncle Kingsley's
harmonica and boogie-woogie piano playing, he wanted to buy an expensive Fiesta Red Fender Stratocaster just like
Hank Marvin's, but had to settle for a £50 twin-pick-up Höfner Super Solid.[9] During the 1960s, he formed and
joined schoolboy bands and listened to singers like Elvis Presley and guitarists Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore, B.B
King, Django Reinhardt, Hank Marvin, and James Burton. At 16, he made a local TV appearance as part of a
harmony duo, with his classmate Sue Hercombe.[9]
In 1968, after studying journalism for a year at Harlow Technical College,[9][10] Knopfler was hired as a junior
reporter in Leeds for the Yorkshire Evening Post.[11] Two years later, he decided to further his studies, and went on
to graduate with a degree in English at the University of Leeds.[12] In April 1970, while living in Leeds, Knopfler
recorded a demo disk of an original song he'd written, "Summer's Coming My Way". The recording included Mark
Knopfler (guitar and vocals), Steve Phillips (second guitar), Dave Johnson (bass), and Paul Granger (percussion).
Johnson, Granger, and vocalist Mick Dewhirst played with Mark in the band Silverheels.
Upon graduation in 1973, Knopfler moved to London and joined a High Wycombe-based band called Brewers
Droop, appearing on the album The Booze Brothers. One night while spending some time with friends, the only
guitar available was an old acoustic with a badly warped neck that had been strung with extra-light strings to make it
playable. Even so, he found it impossible to play unless he finger-picked it. He said in a later interview, "That was
where I found my 'voice' on guitar." After a brief stint with Brewers Droop, Knopfler took a job as a lecturer at
Loughton College in Essex—a position he held for three years. Throughout this time, he continued performing with
local pub bands, including the CafГ© Racers.[13] He also formed a duo with long-time associate bluesman Steve
Phillips called The Duolian String Pickers.
By the mid-1970s, Knopfler devoted much of his musical energies to his group, the CafГ© Racers. His brother David
moved to London, where he shared a flat with John Illsley—a guitarist who changed over to bass guitar. In April
1977, Mark gave up his flat in Buckhurst Hill and moved in with David and John. The three began playing music
together, and soon Mark invited John to join the CafГ© Racers.[14]
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Dire Straits (1977–1995)
Dire Straits' first demos were done in three sessions during 1977, with Pick Withers as drummer, David Knopfler as
rhythm guitarist and John Illsley on bass guitar. On 27 July 1977 they recorded the now famous demo tapes of five
songs: "Wild West End", "Sultans of Swing", "Down To The Waterline", "Sacred Loving" (a David Knopfler song)
and "Water of Love". In what was probably October they recorded "Southbound Again", "In The Gallery" and "Six
Blade Knife" for BBC Radio London and, finally, on 9 November demo tapes were made of "Setting Me Up",
"Eastbound Train" and "Real Girl". Many of these songs reflected Mark's experiences in Newcastle, Leeds and
London, and were to be featured on their first album, the self-titled Dire Straits which was released in the following
year: "Down To The Waterline" recalled images of life in Newcastle; "In The Gallery" is a tribute to a Leeds
sculptor/artist named Harry Phillips, (father of Steve Phillips); and "Lions", "Wild West End" and "Eastbound Train"
were all drawn from Mark's early days in the capital.
Initially on its release, Dire Straits received little fanfare in the UK, but
when "Sultans of Swing" was released as a single it became a chart hit
in The Netherlands and album sales took off, first across Europe and
then in the United States and Canada, and finally the UK. The group's
second album, CommuniquГ©, produced by Jerry Wexler and Barry
Beckett, followed in 1979, reaching number one in France while the
first album was still at number three.
Mark Knopfler with Dire Straits, 1979
There were frequent personnel changes within Dire Straits after the
release of their third album Making Movies, with Mark Knopfler
increasingly becoming the driving force behind the group. Released in
1980, Making Movies marked a move towards more complex
arrangements and production which continued for the remainder of the
group's career. The album included many of Mark Knopfler's most
personal compositions, most notably "Romeo and Juliet" and "Tunnel
of Love". Love over Gold followed in 1982 and included the UK #2 hit
"Private Investigations", "Telegraph Road", "Industrial Disease" and
"It Never Rains" as well as the title track to that album.
With Love Over Gold still in the albums charts, the band released a four-song EP titled ExtendedancEPlay in early
1983. Featuring the hit single "Twisting By the Pool", this was the first output by the band that featured new
drummer Terry Williams, (formerly of Rockpile), who had replaced Pick Withers in November 1982. A world tour
followed later in 1983, and in March 1984 the double album Alchemy Live was released. Alchemy Live documented
the recordings of two live shows in Hammersmith Odeon in London in July 1983, and reached number three in the
UK Albums Chart.
During 1983 and 1984 Knopfler was involved with other projects as well, including writing and producing the music
score to the film Local Hero which was a large success,[15] and it was followed in 1984 by his scores for the films
Cal and Comfort and Joy. Also during this time Knopfler produced Bob Dylan's Infidels album, as well as Knife by
Aztec Camera. He also wrote the song "Private Dancer" for Tina Turner's comeback album of the same name.
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Dire Straits' biggest studio album by far was their fifth, Brothers in
Arms, recorded at Air Studios Montserrat and released in May
1985. It became an international blockbuster which has now sold
more than 30 million copies worldwide, and is the fourth best
selling album in UK chart history.[16][17] Brothers In Arms
spawned several chart singles including the US # 1 hit "Money for
Nothing", which was the first video ever to be played on MTV in
Britain. It was also the first compact disc to sell a million copies
and is largely credited for launching the CD format as it was also
one of the first DDD[18] CDs ever released. Other successful
singles were "So Far Away", "Walk of Life", and the album's title
track. The band's 1985–86 world tour of over 230[9] shows was
immensely successful.
After the Brothers in Arms tour Dire Straits ceased to work
together for some time, Knopfler concentrating mainly on film
soundtracks. Knopfler joined the charity ensemble Ferry Aid on
"Let It Be" in the wake of the Zeebrugge ferry disaster. The song
reached #1 on the UK singles chart in March 1987. Knopfler wrote
the music score for the film The Princess Bride which was
released at the end of 1987.
Knopfler performing in Dublin, 1981
Mark Knopfler also took part in a comedy skit (featured on the French and Saunders Show) titled "The Easy Guitar
Book Sketch" with comedian Rowland Rivron and fellow British musicians David Gilmour, Lemmy from
Motorhead, Mark King from Level 42, and Gary Moore. Phil Taylor explained in an interview that Knopfler used
Gilmour's guitar rig and managed to sound like himself when performing in the skit.[19]
Dire Straits regrouped for the 11 June 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert at Wembley Stadium, in
which they were the headline act, and were accompanied by Eric Clapton,[20] who by this time had developed a
strong friendship with Knopfler. Shortly after this, drummer Terry Williams left the band. In September 1988 Mark
Knopfler announced the official dissolution of Dire Straits, saying that he "needed a rest",[21] and in October 1988, a
"best of" album, Money for Nothing, was released and reached number one in the United Kingdom.[22]
In 1989 Knopfler formed The Notting Hillbillies,[9] a band at the other end of the commercial spectrum. It leaned
heavily towards American roots music - folk, blues and country music. The band members included keyboardist Guy
Fletcher, with Brendan Croker and Steve Phillips. For both the album and the tour Paul Franklin was added to the
line-up on pedal steel. The Notting Hillbillies sole studio album, Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time was
released in 1990, and Knopfler then toured with the Notting Hillbillies for the remainder of that year. He further
emphasized his country music influences with his 1990s collaboration with Chet Atkins, Neck and Neck, which
resulted in three Grammy awards. The Hillbillies toured the UK in early 1990 with a limited number of shows, it was
strictly low key, packing out smaller venues, such as Newcastle University.
In 1990 Knopfler, John Illsley, and Alan Clark performed as Dire Straits at the Knebworth gig, joined by Eric
Clapton, Ray Cooper, and guitarist Phil Palmer (who was at that time part of Eric Clapton's touring band), and in
January the following year, Knopfler, John Illsley and manager Ed Bicknell decided to reform Dire Straits. Knopfler,
Illsley, Alan Clark, and Guy Fletcher set about recording what turned out to be their final studio album accompanied
by several part-time sidemen, including Phil Palmer, Paul Franklin, percussionist Danny Cummings and Toto
drummer Jeff Porcaro.
The follow-up to Brothers In Arms was finally released in September 1991. On Every Street was nowhere near as
popular as its predecessor, and met with a mixed critical reaction, with some reviewers regarding the album as an
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underwhelming comeback after a six year break. Nonetheless, the album sold well and reached #1 in the UK. A
gruelling world tour to accompany the album followed, which lasted until the end of 1992. This was to be Dire
Straits' final world tour; it was not as well received as the previous Brothers In Arms tour, and by this time Mark
Knopfler had had enough of such massive operations. This drove the band into the ground, and ultimately led to the
group's final dissolution in 1995.[23]
Following the tour, Knopfler took some time off from the music business. In 1993, he received an honorary music
doctorate from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne.[24] Two more Dire Straits albums were released, both live
albums. On the Night, released in May 1993, documented Dire Straits' final world tour. In 1995, following the
release of Live at the BBC, Mark Knopfler quietly dissolved Dire Straits and launched his career as a solo artist.
Since the break-up of Dire Straits, Knopfler has shown no interest in reforming the group. However, keyboardist
Guy Fletcher has been associated with almost every piece of Knopfler's solo material to date, while Danny
Cummings has also contributed frequently, including Knopfler's last three solo album releases All the Roadrunning
(with Emmylou Harris), Kill to Get Crimson and Get Lucky. In October 2008 Knopfler declined a suggestion by John
Illsley that the band should reform. Illsley said that a reunion would be "entirely up to Mark", however he also
suggested that Knopfler was enjoying his continued success as a solo artist, saying that "He's doing incredibly well
as a solo artist, so hats off to him. He's having a perfectly good time doing what he's doing".[25] Knopfler meanwhile
is quoted as saying "Oh, I don't know whether to start getting all that stuff back together again", and that the global
fame that came his way in the 1980s "just got too big".[25]
Solo career (1996–present)
Mark Knopfler's first solo album, Golden Heart, featuring
the UK single "Darling Pretty", was released in March
1996. During the recording sessions for the album the
main line-up of Knopfler's backing band, also known as
"The 96ers," was formed, featuring Knopfler's old
bandmate Guy Fletcher on keyboards, and has lasted
much longer than any Dire Straits line-up.
Also in 1996, Mark Knopfler recorded guitar for Ted
Christopher's Dunblane massacre tribute cover of
"Knocking on Heaven's Door".
Mark Knopfler in Bilbao, 2001
In 1997 Knopfler recorded the soundtrack for the movie
Wag the Dog. During that same year Rolling Stone
magazine listed "Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll", which included "Sultans of
Swing", Dire Straits' first hit. 2000 saw the release of Knopfler's next solo album, Sailing to Philadelphia. This has
been his most successful to date, possibly helped by the number of collaborators to the album like Van Morrison.
In 2002 Mark Knopfler gave four charity concerts with former Dire Straits members John Illsley, Chris White,
Danny Cummings and Guy Fletcher, playing old material from the Dire Straits years. The concerts also featured The
Notting Hillbillies with Brendan Croker and Steve Phillips. At these four concerts (three of the four were at the
Shepherd's Bush, the fourth at Beaulieu on the south coast) they were joined by Jimmy Nail, who provided backing
vocals for Knopfler's 2002 composition "Why Aye Man".
Also in 2002 Knopfler released his third solo album, The Ragpicker's Dream. However, in March 2003 he was
involved in a motorbike crash in Grosvenor Road, Belgravia and suffered a broken collarbone, broken shoulder
blade and seven broken ribs.[26] The planned Ragpicker's Dream tour was subsequently cancelled, but Knopfler
recovered and was able to return to the stage in 2004 for his fourth album, Shangri-La.
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Shangri-La was recorded at the Shangri-La Studio in Malibu, California in 2004, where The Band made recordings
years before for their documentary/movie, The Last Waltz. In the promo for "Shangri-La" on his official website he
said that his current line-up of Glenn Worf (bass), Guy Fletcher (keyboards), Chad Cromwell (drums), Richard
Bennett (guitar) and Matt Rollings (piano) "play Dire Straits songs better than Dire Straits did." The "Shangri-La"
tour took Knopfler to countries such as India and the United Arab Emirates for the first time. In India, his concerts at
Mumbai and Bangalore were very well received, with over 20,000 fans gathering at each concert to listen to a legend
many thought would never visit their country.
In November 2005 a compilation, The Best of Dire Straits & Mark
Knopfler: Private Investigations was released, consisting of material
from most of Dire Straits' studio albums and Knopfler's solo and
soundtrack material. The album was made available in two editions, as
a single CD (with a grey cover) and as a double CD (with the cover in
blue), and was well received. The only previously unreleased track on
the album is "All the Roadrunning", a duet with country music singer
Emmylou Harris, which was followed in 2006 by an album of duets of
the same name.
Released in April 2006, All the Roadrunning reached #1 in Denmark
and Switzerland, #2 in Norway and Sweden, #3 in Germany, Holland
and Italy, #8 in Austria and UK, #9 in Spain, #17 in the United States
(Billboard Top 200 Chart), #25 in Ireland and #41 in Australia. All the
Roadrunning was nominated for "Best Folk Rock/Americana Album"
at the 49th Grammy Awards (11 February 2007) but lost out to Bob
Dylan's nomination for Modern Times.
Mark Knopfler in Hamburg, 2006
Joined by Emmylou Harris, Knopfler supported All the Roadrunning
with a limited—15 concerts in Europe, 1 in Canada, and 8 in the
United States—but highly successful tour of Europe and North America. Selections from the duo's 28 June
performance at the Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, California, were released as a DVD entitled Real Live
Roadrunning on 14 November 2006. In addition to several of the compositions that Harris and Knopfler recorded
together in the studio, Real Live Roadrunning features solo hits from both members of the duo, as well as three
tracks from Knopfler's days with Dire Straits.
A charity event in 2007 went wrong. A Fender Stratocaster guitar signed by Knopfler, Clapton, Brian May, and
Jimmy Page was to be auctioned for ВЈ20,000 to raise the money for a children's hospice, was lost when being
shipped. It "vanished after being posted from London to Leicestershire, England". Parcelforce, the company
responsible, agreed to pay US$30,000 for its loss.[27]
Knopfler released his fifth solo studio-album Kill to Get Crimson on 14 September 2007 in Germany, 17 September
in the UK and 18 September in the United States. During the autumn of 2007 he played a series of intimate
'showcases' in various European cities to promote the album. A tour of Europe and North America followed in 2008.
Many older songs from the early solo days, such as Cannibals (from Golden Heart), were brought back to life.
Cannibals opened up shows throughout Europe. Cannibals was received extremely well particularly in Ireland as it
was released by an Irish Country Artist David Maguire in 2007. The new version of Cannibals that David Maguire
and his Band released was the 7th most requested song on Irish radio that year.
Continuing a pattern of high productivity through his solo career, Knopfler began work on his next studio album,
entitled Get Lucky, in September 2008 with long-time band mate Guy Fletcher, who again compiled a pictorial diary
of the making of the album on his website.[28] The album was released on 14 September the following year and
Knopfler subsequently undertook an extensive tour across Europe and America. The album met with moderate
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success on the charts (much of it in Europe) reaching #1 only in Norway but peaking in the Top 5 in most major
European countries (Germany, Italy, Holland). The album peaked at #2 on the Billboard European Album chart and
at #5 on the Billboard Rock Album chart.[29]
Knopfler's solo live performances can be characterized as relaxed—almost workmanlike. He uses very little stage
production, other than some lighting effects to enhance the music's dynamics. He has been known to sip tea on stage
during live performances. Richard Bennett, who has been playing with him on tour since 1996, has also joined in
drinking tea with him on stage. On 31 July 2005, at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre in Vancouver, BC, the tea was
replaced with whisky as a "last show of tour" sort of joke.[30]
In February 2009, Knopfler gave an intimate solo concert at the Garrick Club in London. Knopfler had recently
become a member of the exclusive gentlemen's club for men of letters.[31]
In 2010, Knopfler appeared on the newest Thomas Dolby release, the EP Amerikana. Knopfler performed on the
track "17 Hills".[32]
In February 2011, Knopfler began work on his next solo album, Privateering, once again working with Guy
Fletcher.
In July 2011, it was announced that Knopfler would take time out from recording his new album in order to take part
in a European tour with Bob Dylan during October and November.[33] The next year Knopfler covered a Bob Dylan
song, "Restless Farewell", for an Amnesty International 50th Anniversary celebration record.[34]
On 3 September 2012 Mark Knopfler's seventh solo album, Privateering, was released.[35] This is Knopfler's first
double album solo release and contains 20 new songs.
Country music
In addition to his work in Dire Straits and solo, Mark Knopfler has
made several contributions to country music. In 1988 he formed
country-focused band The Notting Hillbillies,[9] with Guy Fletcher,
Brendan Croker and Steve Phillips. The Notting Hillbillies sole studio
album, Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time was released in 1990
and featured the minor hit single "Your Own Sweet Way". Knopfler
further emphasised his country music influences with his collaboration
with Chet Atkins, Neck and Neck, which was also released in 1990.
"Poor Boy Blues", taken from that collaboration, peaked at #92.
Mark Knopfler in Chicago with Emmylou Harris,
Knopfler's other contributions include writing and playing guitar on
2006
John Anderson's 1992 single "When It Comes to You" (from his album
Seminole Wind). In 1993 Mary Chapin Carpenter also released a cover of the Dire Straits song "The Bug". Randy
Travis released another of Knopfler's songs, "Are We In Trouble Now", in 1996. In that same year, Knopfler's solo
single "Darling Pretty" reached a peak of #87.
Knopfler collaborated with George Jones on the 1994 "The Bradley Barn Sessions" album performing guitar duties
on the classic J.P. Richardson composition White Lightnin'.
Knopfler is featured on Kris Kristofferson's album "The Austin Sessions", (on the track "Please Don't Tell Me How
The Story Ends") released in 1999 by Atlantic Records.
In 2006 Knopfler and Emmylou Harris made a country album together titled All the Roadrunning. Knopfler also
charted two singles on the Canadian country music singles chart.
Again in 2006, Knopfler contributed the song "Whoop De Doo" to Jimmy Buffett's "Gulf and Western" style album
"Take the Weather with You".
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Personal life
Mark Knopfler has been married three times. His first marriage was to Kathy White, his long-time girlfriend from
school days. They separated before Knopfler moved to London to join Brewers Droop in 1973.[9] In November 1983,
Knopfler married his second wife, Lourdes Salomone. Their marriage produced twin sons, Benji and Joseph (born
1987), both of whom are musically talented and aspiring musicians, according to Knopfler.[20] His marriage to
Salomone ended in 1993.[23] On Valentine's Day 1997, Knopfler married his third and current wife, British actress
and writer Kitty Aldridge on the Caribbean island of Barbados. They had been dating for three years.[36] Their
marriage has produced two daughters, Isabella (born 1998) and Katya Ruby Rose (born 2003). The family currently
lives in Chelsea.[9]
Musical style and equipment
Musical style
Mark Knopfler is left-handed, but plays right-handed, and fingerpicks
(using a personal variant of the clawhammer style) instead of using a
plectrum (i.e., "pick"). Fingerpicking is usually associated with the
acoustic guitar, but Knopfler usually (though not always) plays an
electric guitar. He revealed during a French interview that he uses a
pick for his rhythm work during recording sessions. He surprised the
interviewer by pulling a pick out of his pocket and saying that he
usually carries one. He has long favoured Fender Telecaster and
Stratocaster style guitars. Fender carries a Mark Knopfler Artist Series
Stratocaster.[37] During the 1980s he came to appreciate the tone of the
Gibson Les Paul and his original 1958 has been used regularly in the
studio and on stage.
Mark Knopfler in Amsterdam with a Schecter
Stratocaster, 1981
Guitars
Knopfler has estimated that he now owns "around 70 guitars".[38] They include:
• Pensa Custom MKII, a custom Pensa guitar given to Knopfler by his friend Rudy Pensa in 2005[39]
• Pensa custom-built solid body guitars, models MK-1, MK-2, and MK-80 are named in Knopfler's honour[40]
• Red-painted (Stratocaster style) Melancon Pro Artist[41]
• Hofner V-2 (Mark's first guitar)
• Fender Stratocasters, including a 1962 Fiesta Red rosewood neck hard tail, and a 1954 Sunburst hard tail (one of
the first ever produced), which Knopfler named "Jurassic Strat"[42]
• Gibson Les Paul Special (used in the 1970s)
• National Tricone 1928 model
• National Style O Resonator guitar 1937 model ("Romeo and Juliet"), a replica of which is available from National
Resophonic Guitars
• Fender Telecaster 1952
• Schecter Telecaster and Stratocaster models (from 1980 on)
• Burns Baldwin 12-string ("Angel of Mercy" and the Get Lucky album)
• Ovation Adamas: One black and two blue burst (Mainly used in the 80's)
• Ovation Custom Legend
• Ovation Classic (Private Investigations video)
• Rickenbacker 425 (Used on Portobello Belle, later on The Ragpicker's Dream session)
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Gibson Chet Atkins (Love Over Gold album)
Erlewine Automatic ("Industrial Disease")
Martin Acoustics, HD-40MK, 000-40S Mark Knopfler, and 00028 ("Brothers in Arms")
Gibson SG (Two Young Lovers, Alchemy tour)
Gibson Les Paul 1958, 1959, and 1984 humbucker pickup models (First one used on Money for Nothing 85)
Purple Suhr R Custom (Not really a brand) (Brothers in Arms album, "Ride Across the River" and "So far Away")
Blonde Suhr "strat" (Live on the 85/86-tour and on the bug 92)
Gretsch Super Chet, 7690 (Golden Heart album)
Gretsch 6121
Steinberger GL2 (Brothers in Arms tour)
Beltona Electro Resonator
Flamed Pensa, 3 models (late 1980s)
Gibson J-45 (On Every Street album)
Gibson Super 400 CES (On Every Street album and tour)
Gibson L-5 CES
Gibson ES-175
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Gibson ES-5
Godin L.R. Baggs (Used by Knopfler and Phil Palmer on the On Every Street tour)
Red Pensa Suhr Prototype (On Every Street tour)
Pensa-Suhr, black (Golden Heart album and tour)
RamГ­rez Spanish Guitar (Replacement for Gibson Chet Atkins in the early 90's)
Taylor acoustic guitars (not much information) Used live in the early 90's
Gibson ES-335
Danelectro Silvertone
Gibson Southerner
Gibson Advanced Jumbo
Fender Jazzmaster
Eko 700
Teisco Spectrum, 2 models
Danelectro 59 DC
Fender Duo Sonic 11 (Kill to Get Crimson album)
Gibson ES-330
N.S. Phillips Nobby 12 (Get Lucky album)
N.S. Phillips 14 Fret
Monteleone Isabella
Don Grosh Electrajet
Gibson Dove
Guild Songbird
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Effects
Throughout his career Knopfler has used a wide selection of effect pedals in the studio and during live
performances.[43] Here is a list of some of them:
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Morley Volume Pedal
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Boss BF-2 Flanger
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Boss PH-2 Phaser
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Mic-Mix Dyna-Flanger
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Boss CE-2 Chorus
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DeltaLab Digital Delay
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Boss CE-300 Chorus
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Roland Graphic Equalizer
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Lexicon 300 Reverb
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Roland SRE 555 Chorus/Echo
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Boss DM-2 Delay
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MXR Micro Amp
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Master Room Reverb
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Zoom Multieffect 9010
Amplifiers
Knopfler has often used many different combinations of amplifiers and cabinets to create his desired sounds.[44]
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Music Man HD 130
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Fender Concert
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Soldano SLO 100
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Fender Vibrolux
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Komet amplifiers
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Roland Jazz Chorus
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Fender Twin Reverb
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Marshall JTM heads
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Tone King Imperial
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Marshall 4x12 cabinet
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Vox AC30
On the "Get Lucky" tour in 2010, Knopfler used a pair of custom built Reinhardt guitar amp heads with matching
cabinets,[45][46] and a Tone King combo in between that is used on some songs.[47]
Honours and awards
• 1983 BRIT Award for Best British Group (with Dire Straits)
• 1986 Grammy Award for Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal with Dire Straits (for "Money
for Nothing")
• 1986 Grammy Award nomination for Song of the Year (for "Money for Nothing")
• 1986 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance with Chet Atkins (for "Cosmic Square Dance")
• 1986 Juno Award for International Album of the Year (for Brothers in Arms with Dire Straits)
• 1986 BRIT Award for Best British Group (with Dire Straits)
• 1987 BRIT Award for Best British Album (for Brothers in Arms with Dire Straits)
• 1991 Grammy Award for Best Country Vocal Collaboration with Chet Atkins (for "Poor Boy Blues")
• 1991 Grammy Award for Best Country Instrumental Performance with Chet Atkins (for "So Soft, Your
Goodbye")
• 1992 Grammy Award nomination for Best Country Instrumental Performance with Chet Atkins (for "Neck and
Neck")
• 1993 Honorary Doctor of Music from Newcastle University[48]
• 1995 Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Leeds
• 1999 OBE[49]
• 2001 Masiakasaurus knopfleri (a species of dinosaur) was named after him by scientists who had listened to his
music while digging the fossils.[50]
• 2003 Edison Award for Outstanding Achievements in the Music Industry, the highest award for musicians in the
Netherlands[51][52]
• 2006 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album (for Brothers in Arms 20th Anniversary Edition with Dire
Straits)
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• 2007 Honorary Doctor of Music from the University of Sunderland[53]
• 2007 Grammy Award nomination for Best Contemporary Folk/Americana Album with Emmylou Harris (for "All
the Roadrunning").
• 2009 Music Producers Guild Award for Best Studio (for Knopfler's British Grove Studios[54]
• 2009 PRS for Music Heritage Award (with Dire Straits)
• 2011 Steiger Award
• 2012 Ivor Novello Award Lifetime Achievement Award
Knopfler's influence
• Played together with Dire Straits' drummer Pick Withers on Bob Dylan's studio album Slow Train Coming, which
was recorded in May 1979 and released 20 August; providing Dylan with what Dylan considered his best guitar
backing since the days of Mike Bloomfield and Robbie Robertson. Knopfler also played in and co-produced
Dylan's 1983 album Infidels.
• British author and humorist Douglas Adams said about Knopfler, in his book So Long, and Thanks for All the
Fish: "Mark Knopfler has an extraordinary ability to make a Schecter Custom Stratocaster hoot and sing like
angels on a Saturday night, exhausted from being good all week and needing a stiff drink."[55]
• The dinosaur species Masiakasaurus knopfleri was named after Knopfler. The palaeontologists were listening to
Dire Straits recordings when they discovered the species.[56]
• On "Weird Al" Yankovic's parody of "Money for Nothing", "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*", which
merges the instrumentals of "Money For Nothing" with the lyrics to the theme song for the American television
series The Beverly Hillbillies ("The Ballad of Jed Clampett"), Knopfler played guitar in the song, recreating the
guitar riff from the original song. He would only allow Yankovic to parody the song if he was allowed to play on
the recording.
• Knopfler's song "Going Home" from the soundtrack to Local Hero is played before kick-off at Newcastle United's
home matches at St James' Park.[57]
• "Going Home" is also the theme music for John Stanley on Sydney radio station 2UE.
• According to director Rob Reiner, Knopfler agreed to write the music for Reiner's The Princess Bride on one
condition: Reiner had to put the hat that he wore in This Is Spinal Tap in Princess Bride, "somewhere in
evidence", as homage to the rock mockumentary. The hat makes its appearance in Princess Bride in the
Grandson's (Fred Savage) bedroom.[58]
• Indian cricket superstar Sachin Tendulkar is a fan of Mark Knopfler. They once had a joint interview on cricket
commentator Harsha Bhogle's show Harsha Online.[59]
• The 2008 stage production Celtic Thunder has covers of multiple Mark Knopfler songs. "Brothers in Arms",
written by Mark Knopfler and performed originally by Dire Straits, is performed by Ryan Kelly. As well, the
song "Irish Boy" (from Cal) and "Going Home" (from Local Hero) are performed together as an instrumental,
entitled "Cal/Local Hero".
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Discography
Dire Straits albums
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CommuniquГ© (1979)
Making Movies (1980)
Love over Gold (1982)
Alchemy (1984, live)
Brothers in Arms (1985)
Money for Nothing (1988, compilation)
On Every Street (1991)
On the Night (1993, live)
Live at the BBC (1995, live)
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (1998, compilation)
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations (2005, compilation)
Solo albums
Year Album details
Peak chart positions
UK AUS AUT
CAN
[60] [61] [62]
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
FIN FRA NLD NOR NZ SWE SWI
[63] [64] [65] [66] [67] [68] [69] [70]
1996 Golden Heart
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UK: Gold
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CAN: Gold
[73]
NOR: Gold
2000 Sailing to Philadelphia
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11
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UK: Gold
[72]
CAN: Gold
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FIN: Gold
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FRA: Platinum
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GER: Platinum
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NOR: 3Г— Platinum
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US: Gold
2002 The Ragpicker's Dream
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UK: Silver
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FRA: Gold
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NOR: Platinum
2004 Shangri-La
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GER: Gold
2007 Kill to Get Crimson
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2009 Get Lucky
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GER: Gold
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NOR: Platinum
2012 Privateering
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• The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations (2005, compilation)
• The Trawlerman's Song EP (2005, EP)
• One Take Radio Sessions (2005, EP live)
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Local Hero (1983)
Cal (1984)
Comfort and Joy (1984)
The Princess Bride (1987)
Last Exit to Brooklyn (1989)
Screenplaying (1993 compilation)
Wag the Dog (1998)
Metroland (1999)
A Shot at Glory (2002)
Collaborative albums
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Neck and Neck (with Chet Atkins, 1990)
All the Roadrunning (with Emmylou Harris, 2006)
Real Live Roadrunning (with Emmylou Harris, 2006)
Produced albums
• Infidels (1983) by Bob Dylan. Although Mark disowned the reworked version of the album as released,[78] his
production is still noticeable. Left off the album, but later released on The Bootleg Series, is the critically
acclaimed "Blind Willie McTell", featuring only Dylan, singing and playing piano, accompanied by Mark
Knopfler on acoustic guitar.
• Knife (1984) by Aztec Camera. This Scottish indie/new wave band was mostly a vehicle for the work of Roddy
Frame, much as Dire Straits only ever recorded Mark Knopfler compositions.
• Miracle (1987) by Willy DeVille. The album was dedicated to Mark and his wife "for their support which was
nothing short of a Miracle in a time of Dire Straits." The album ends with the ballad "Storybook Love", the theme
from The Princess Bride movie.
• Land of Dreams (1988) by Randy Newman. The album includes the single "It's Money that Matters", which
unabashedly revisits the Dire Straits song "Money for Nothing".
• The Sailor's Revenge (2012) by Bap Kennedy. The album includes Mark on guitar on the songs "Shimnavale",
"Lonely No More", "The Right Stuff", "Please Return to Jesus", "The Sailor's Revenge", "Working Man", and
"Celtic Sea". Mark also sings backing vocals on "Celtic Sea".
Additional albums
The following additional albums contain guitar performances or guest appearances by Mark Knopfler.[79]
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The Booze Brothers by Brewers Droop (1973)
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Guilty: 30 Years of Randy Newman (1998)
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Slow Train Coming by Bob Dylan (1979)
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Man to Woman: Men of Note Sing for a Cause (1998)
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Sandy McLelland & the Backline by Sandy McLelland (1979)
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Gaucho by Steely Dan (1980)
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Tribute to Tradition (1998)
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Solo in Soho by Phil Lynott (1980)
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Austin Sessions by Kris Kristofferson (1999)
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The Philip Lynott Album by Phil Lynott (1982)
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Another World by Gerry Rafferty (2000)
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Beautiful Vision by Van Morrison (1982)
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Showbiz Kids: The Steely Dan Story 1972–1980 (2000)
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Release by David Knopfler (1983)
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Prince's Trust 10th Anniversary Birthday Party (2000)
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Phil Everly by Phil Everly (1983)
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Guitar Heroes (2001)
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Love Over and Over by Kate and Anna McGarrigle (1983)
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Singles Collection by Hank Marvin (2001)
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Climate of Hunter by Scott Walker (1984)
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Timeless: Hank Williams Tribute (2001)
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Never Told a Soul by John Illsley (1984)
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Good Rockin' Tonight: The Legacy of Sun Records (2001)
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The Rock Connection by Cliff Richard (1984)
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Buried Treasures, Vol. 3 by Lindisfarne (2001)
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Boys and Girls by Bryan Ferry (1985)
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Human by Rod Stewart (2001)
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Stay Tuned by Chet Atkins (1985)
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Small World Big Band by Jools Holland (2001)
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Break Every Rule by Tina Turner (1986)
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Seminole Wind by John Anderson (1992)
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The Color of Money Soundtrack (1986)
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Chet Picks on the Grammys by Chet Atkins (2002)
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...Nothing Like the Sun by Sting (1987)
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Jools Holland's Big Band Rhythm & Blues by Jools Holland (2002)
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Primitive Dance by Paul Brady (1987)
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RCA Country Legends by John Anderson (2002)
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Sails by Chet Atkins (1987)
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Vagabonds, Kings, Warriors, Angels by Thin Lizzy (2002)
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Soldier of Fortune by Thin Lizzy (1987)
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Parallel Tracks by the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (2003)
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C.G.P. by Chet Atkins (1988)
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Double Shot Rocks by Alan Merrill (2003)
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Down in the Groove by Bob Dylan (1988)
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Deja Vu (All Over Again) by John Fogerty (2004)
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Glass by John Illsley (1988)
•
Is It Rolling Bob? A Reggae Tribute to Bob Dylan (2004)
•
Shouting Stage by Joan Armatrading (1988)
•
Very Best of Celtic Christmas (2004)
•
Foreign Affair by Tina Turner (1989)
•
Guitar Ballads by Hank Marvin (2004)
•
River of Time by The Judds (1989)
•
B. B. King & Friends: 80 by B.B. King (2005, guest appearance)
•
Brendan Croker & the Five O'Clock Shadows by Brendan Croker
(1989)
•
Is It Rolling Bob? Dub Versions (2005)
•
Hell to Pay by Jeff Healey (1990)
•
Just for a Thrill by Bill Wyman's Rhythm Kings (2005)
•
Knebworth: The Album (1990)
•
36 Classic Guitar Favourites by Hank Marvin (2005)
•
Damn Right, I've Got the Blues by Buddy Guy (1991)
•
Sea Fever by William Topley (2005)
•
The Bootleg Series Volumes 1–3, 1961–1991 by Bob Dylan (1991)
•
Prairie Home Companion Duets (2006)
•
Honky Tonk Demos (1991)
•
East to West by Paul Burch (2006)
•
Seminole Wind by John Anderson (1992)
•
Take the Weather with You by Jimmy Buffett (2006)
•
Country Rockers (1992)
•
Uncovered by Tony Joe White (2006)
•
Dulcimer Sessions by David Schnaufer (1992)
•
Timeless (2007)
•
Ain't I a Woman by Rory Block (1992)
•
After Midnight Live by Eric Clapton (2007)
•
Cookin' with the Blues (1992)
•
Songbird: Rare Tracks and Forgotten Gems by Emmylou Harris
(2007)
•
Citizen Steely Dan by Steely Dan (1993)
•
Earth to the Dandy Warhols by The Dandy Warhols (2008, dobro)
•
Heartbeat by Hank Marvin (1993)
•
Burning Your Playhouse Down by George Jones (2008)
•
Southwestern Cookin (1994)
•
South of I-10 by Sonny Landreth (1995, guest appearance on 2
songs)
•
Flyer by Nanci Griffith (1994)
•
From the Reach by Sonny Landreth (2008, guest appearance)
•
Bradley Barn Sessions by George Jones (1994)
•
Legacy, Vol. 1 by Jeff Healey (2009, guest appearance)
•
Read My Licks by Chet Atkins (1994)
•
Life Goes On by Gerry Rafferty (2009)
•
Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 by Weird Al Yankovic (1994)
•
Greatest and Latest: Just a Thrill and Live by Bill Wyman (2009)
•
Adios Amigo: A Tribute to Arthur Alexander (1994)
•
The Secret Policeman's Balls (2009)
•
Long Black Veil by The Chieftains (1995)
•
Live At Knebworth (2010)
•
Confessin' the Blues (1995)
•
Streets of Heaven by John Illsley (2010)
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The Way I Should by Iris DeMent (1996)
•
Just Across the River by Jimmy Webb (2010, guest appearance)
•
Paradise by John Anderson (1996)
•
Mercury by Pieta Brown (2011)
•
Twang!: A Tribute to Hank Marvin & the Shadows (1996)
•
Gathering by Diane Schuur (2011)
•
Not Fade Away (Remembering Buddy Holly) (1996)
•
Freak Flag by Greg Brown (2011)
•
Pickin' the Hits by Chet Atkins (1997)
•
Back Pages by America (2011)
•
Nothin' but the Taillights by Clint Black (1997)
•
A Map of the Floating City by Thomas Dolby (2011, guest
appearance)
•
Blues Legends (1997)
•
Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan (2012, guest appearance)
•
Closing In on the Fire by Waylon Jennings (1998)
•
Impressions by Chris Botti (2012, guest appearance)
Guest singles
• 1991 "Voices That Care" Various US #11 US AC #6
Music videos
Year
Video
Director
1990 "Poor Boy Blues" (w/ Chet Atkins) David Hogan
1991 "Voices That Care"(Various)
David S. Jackson
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External links
• Official website (http://www.markknopfler.com)
• Webradio PrivateInvestigations dedicated to Dire Straits&Mark Knopfler (http://www.radionomy.com/fr/
radio/private-investigations)
• the long road – Mark Knopfler Sessions (http://www.kulturserver-nrw.de/home/the-long-road/)
• Mark Knopfler News (http://www.mark-knopfler-news.co.uk/)
• Mark Knopfler "Old News" (http://www.mark-knopfler-news.co.uk/moreold.html#)
• Mark Knopfler (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm461360/) at the Internet Movie Database
• BBC Documentary About Knopfler: "A Life in Songs" (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00xz0zx)
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John Illsley
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John Illsley
John Illsley
Illsley playing with Dire Straits on their Brothers In Arms Tour, on 10 May 1985, Belgrade
Background information
Born
24 June 1949
Leicester, England United Kingdom
Genres
Rock, blues rock
Occupations
Musician, songwriter, producer
Instruments
Bass guitar, guitar, vocals
Years active
1966–present
Associated acts
Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler
Website
www.johnillsley.com
[1]
Notable instruments
Fender Jazz Bass
Fender Precision Bass
John Illsley (born 24 June 1949, Leicester, England) is an English musician who rose to fame as the bass guitarist of
the critically acclaimed rock band Dire Straits. With Dire Straits, Illsley has been the recipient of multiple BRIT and
Grammy Awards and a Heritage Award.
As one of the founding band members, with brothers and guitarists David and Mark Knopfler, and drummer Pick
Withers, Illsley played a role in the development of Dire Straits' sound. When David Knopfler left the band in the
early 1980s, Illsley not only lost a bandmate, but also a former roommate and good friend. By the time the group
disbanded in 1995, with changes in personnel, Illsley and frontman Mark Knopfler were the only two original band
members remaining.
Illsley has kept a low-key profile about his own abilities as a musician and songwriter. He produced two albums of
his own with Mark Knopfler as a guest musician, and has helped with Knopfler's personal projects and charities. He
released two more albums, with influence from the Celtic-based band Cunla.
John Illsley
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Biography
Early life
His childhood memories include searching for sticklebacks in the River Jordan in Little Bowden,[2] with friends.
Illsley attended Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire and a Further Education College near Kettering before starting
work as a management trainee for a timber firm. He then studied Sociology at Goldsmiths College, University of
London and opened a record shop with his girlfriend. While in London, he roomed with David Knopfler. Illsley was
introduced to David's older brother, Mark, who had just undergone a marital breakup[3] and was playing music in the
pubs nearby. Illsley recounts returning home very early one morning, and "walked into the lounge room, and saw
this figure lying on the floor... asleep ...with a guitar over his legs, and he'd... fallen asleep on the floor while he was
playing... his head was sort of cranked back, and there was an ashtray with cigarette butts and coffee on the floor... ",
and that was how the two first encountered one another.[4]
David Knopfler was keen to start a band, and approached his roommate. Illsley, who already played bass guitar, had
the same interest. Convinced that they could make a go of it, with Mark Knopfler as lead guitarist, and vocalist,
David playing rhythm guitar, Illsley on bass, and Pick Withers, a friend, as drummer, the four set about forming a
band, eventually named Dire Straits because they gave up their day jobs and were in financial "dire straits"[4] by the
time their band became popular.
Dire Straits
As well as playing bass on all the Dire Straits recordings, Illsley also contributed
backing vocals, with David Knopfler, and both harmonized to Mark's lead vocals
and guitar in concert, and on the band's first two studio albums, Dire Straits and
CommuniquГ©.
Illsley playing with Dire Straits, June
1979
During a period when most major labels expected bands to compose and record
one to two albums per year, as well as tour to support them, tensions grew within
the band between younger brother, David Knopfler, and his elder brother Mark.
Mark wrote nearly every song, was the frontman in the band, and had, in short
time, become a virtuoso on the guitar. During the recording sessions for their
third project, Making Movies, the stress between the Knopfler brothers after
nearly non-stop recording, touring, and publicity took its toll on the band, and
David left the band over creative differences with his brother, who had assumed
the role of "de facto" leader.
The band quickly hired Hal Lindes to replace the younger Knopfler brother, and
Lindes stayed with the band for five years. Although the band's lineup continued
to change, and keyboards were also added, Illsley remained in his role as bassist, and provided the harmony and
backing vocals with the other bandmates. Throughout it all, Illsley and Mark Knopfler were the only founding
members to remain in the lineup of Dire Straits right through from 1977 until the group's dissolution in 1995. Illsley
unsuccessfully tried to persuade Mark Knopfler to reform the group in October 2008, but to no avail.[5]
Before Dire Straits disbanded, Illsley released two solo albums of his own, Never Told a Soul (1984) and Glass
(1988). Knopfler contributed some of the guitar parts on both.
John Illsley
Cunla
In March 2005, in a pub in Leicestershire, Illsley happened upon an Irish Celtic rock group, Cunla. For the first time
since 1993 he took to the stage and played a couple of Dire Straits numbers with the band. Cunla subsequently
played at a summer party Illsley was hosting in Hampshire. He then appeared with them on several occasions, most
notably on 23 September 2006 at Cathedrale d'Image in Les Baux de Provence, France. This performance was
recorded and subsequently released as an album in 2007. With Illsley, they covered a couple of Dire Straits numbers,
albeit in an Irish style, with Johnny Owens replacing all keyboards and brass parts with traditional Irish violin. They
also have a large amount of their own material, much of it penned by Greg Pearle.
In October 2008 Illsley released an album, Beautiful You, and embarked on a tour of Ireland with singer–songwriter
Greg Pearle.[6] This would be Illsley's fourth solo album, and the second one released without the assistance of Mark
Knopfler.
Personal life
Illsley now lives in Hampshire, with his second wife Stephanie and his four children. He owns a local pub, the 'East
End Arms', which has been listed by critics as one of the "Fifty Best Pubs Around Britain",[7] located in the hamlet
of East End between Lymington and Beaulieu. He is also a partner in two nearby hotels: The Master Builder's House
Hotel[8] near Beaulieu and The George Hotel[9] on the Isle of Wight.
Illsley is a keen painter and the first exhibition of his work was shown at the Nevill Keating McIlroy Gallery,
Pickering Place, London in 2007.
Solo discography
•
•
•
•
•
1984 - Never Told a Soul
1988 - Glass
2007 - Live in Les Baux de Provence (with Cunla and Greg Pearle)
2008 - Beautiful You (with Greg Pearle)
2010 - Streets of Heaven
References
[1] http:/ / www. johnillsley. com/
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[3] Kilburn, T. (2006). "Mark Knopfler Authorized Biography" (http:/ / www. mark-knopfler-news. co. uk/ biogs/ mark. html). . Retrieved
2009-01-06.
[4] Illsley, John (5 May 1992). "Interview John Illsley- Madrid" (http:/ / www. youtube. com/ watch?v=KR9FvAp0SL8) (in English and Spanish
subtitles). Interview John Illsley- Madrid, 5th May 1992 - TVE. TVE. . Retrieved 2009-01-06.
[5] News.BBC.co.uk (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 1/ hi/ entertainment/ 7656310. stm)
[6] BBC News, 9 October 2008 (http:/ / news. bbc. co. uk/ 1/ hi/ entertainment/ 7656541. stm)
[7] The 50 Best Pubs Around Britain: The Times, October 11, 2003 (http:/ / www. timesonline. co. uk/ tol/ life_and_style/ food_and_drink/
article1168623. ece?token=null& offset=12)
[8] Richard Eilers, The Observer, Sunday September 12, 2004 (http:/ / www. guardian. co. uk/ travel/ 2004/ sep/ 12/ unitedkingdom.
restandrelaxation. hotels)
[9] David Fingelton, The Spectator, May 15, 1999 (http:/ / findarticles. com/ p/ articles/ mi_qa3724/ is_199905/ ai_n8838677)
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John Illsley
External links
• Official website (http://www.johnillsley.com)
• Interview on the Leicester Bands website (http://beehive.thisisleicestershire.co.uk/default.
asp?WCI=SiteHome&ID=8354&PageID=95197)
• East End Arms (http://www.eastendarms.co.uk)
• Mark Knopfler (http://www.markknopfler.com)
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Alan Clark
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Alan Clark
Alan Clark
Born
5 March 1952
Great Lumley, County Durham England, United Kingdom
Genres
Rock and roll, folk rock, blues rock
Occupations
Musician
Instruments
Keyboard instruments
Years active
1960s-present
Labels
Vertigo Records, Warner Bros. Records (US)
Associated acts Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan
Website
alanclarkmusic.com
[1]
Alan Clark (born 5 March 1952 in Great Lumley, County Durham, England) is an English musician who was the
first and main keyboardist for the British rock band Dire Straits.[2]
Biography
As a young child Clark received piano lessons. Then whilst still a pupil at Chester-le-Street Grammar School he
played Hammond organ in working men's clubs. He continued his formal musical education at Durham Technical
College and was offered a place at the Guildhall School of Music, but turned it down because by then he was already
forging a successful career in music. He played and recorded with a group called Splinter, who were signed to
George Harrison's Dark Horse label, and also Gallagher & Lyle, and did a tour of summer festivals with Lindisfarne,
which included Knebworth. He also appeared on a number of tracks of the Geordie album No Good Woman.
Clark joined Dire Straits shortly before the release of Making Movies in 1980, becoming their first and main
keyboard player. His playing became an important element and transformed the band into the huge band they then
became. While this is notable on their fourth album, Love Over Gold in 1982,[2] his style is also readily apparent on
Dire Straits' live album Alchemy, but perhaps his greatest contribution was on the hugely successful Brothers in
Arms album. Clark continued with Dire Straits, co-producing the following album, On Every Street with Knopfler,
until the band's eventual breakup in the mid-1990s.[2]
In 1983 he contributed to Bob Dylan's album Infidels, which Mark Knopfler co-produced, and he played on the
following Empire Burlesque album. Clark also worked with Knopfler on some of his film soundtrack work, most
notably on the film Local Hero, in which he also makes a brief appearance as a piano player. He has also worked
with Mark's brother David Knopfler on his solo albums and toured and recorded extensively with Eric Clapton as
well as playing in the "Orchestra Nights" performances with the National Philharmonic Orchestra and Michael
Kamen during the 24 Nights concerts at the Royal Albert Hall in 1990 and 1991. Throughout his time with Dire
Straits, he was also Tina Turner's musical director, and played on and arranged her huge hit Private Dancer. Clark
has also played and recorded with an eclectic range of other artists including the Bee Gees, Jimmy Nail, Escape
Club, Joan Armatrading, Gerry Rafferty, Mick Hucknall, Bill Wyman, Sting, Van Morrison, Sly and Robbie, Shakin
Stevens, Roger Daltrey, George Harrison, Elton John, Phil Collins, Bruce Willis etc.
In 2001 Clark composed the music for the hit paranormal show Most Haunted, and has composed many other themes
for TV shows and radio commercials. In 2005 he wrote and directed a film to commemorate 25years of the Great
North Run, called The Inspiration, which was screened and performed live with the northern Philharmonic, at The
Sage in Newcastle.
Alan Clark
Later in November 2005, Clark was a member of the house band at "The Hull Story", a tribute to the music of Alan
Hull of Lindisfarne. The concert, which took place at Newcastle City Hall in aid of the Young Musicians Fund, is
available on DVD. His Hammond playing features extensively throughout.
In 2010 Clark reunited with Dire Straits band members John Illsley and Chris White at the XRoads club in Rome,
and has been recording and touring with German star Westernhagen, as well as writing and recording with many
other artists at his state of the art studio, including up and coming star Jamie Squire.
References
[1] http:/ / www. alanclarkmusic. com/
[2] Alan Clark Discography at Discogs (http:/ / www. discogs. com/ artist/ Alan+ Clark)
External links
• The Hull Story (http://www.lindisfarne.de/hullstory/ths_reviews_photos.htm) information from
www.lindisfarne.co.uk
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Guy Fletcher
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Guy Fletcher
Guy Fletcher
Performing with Mark Knopfler on 18 July 2008 at the NAC in Ottawa, Canada
Background information
Birth name
Guy Wilson Fletcher
Born
24 May 1960
Origin
Maidstone, Kent, England
Genres
Rock
Occupations
Musician, producer
Instruments
Synthesizer, guitar, backing vocals
Associated acts Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler, Roxy Music, The Notting Hillbillies
Website
Official website
[1]
Guy Edward Fletcher (born 24 May 1960, Maidstone, Kent, England) is an English multi-instrumentalist, best
known for his position as the keyboardist in the British rock band Dire Straits[2] from 1984 until the group's
dissolution, and his involvement in nearly every part of Mark Knopfler's solo work to date.
Biography
Fletcher was born into a musical family; his uncle, also named Guy Fletcher, has written several hits for other artists
with composing partner Doug Flett, and joined Roxy Music in 1981 for their 'Avalon' world tour.
Fletcher learned keyboards, guitars, and a variety of stringed instruments. In 1983, Fletcher was recruited by Dire
Straits' lead guitarist Mark Knopfler to work on the music for the film Cal. He joined Dire Straits in 1984, a year
before their most successful album, Brothers in Arms, which put the band in a globally acclaimed spotlight.
In 1985, Fletcher performed the title song for Woodland Animations Stop Motion cartoon, Bertha.
Following the disbanding of Dire Straits in 1995, Fletcher has continued to be associated with the band's frontman
Mark Knopfler's solo career as a core member of his band. Between late February and August, 2005, Fletcher
completed a world tour with Mark Knopfler, promoting Knopfler's 2004 solo album, Shangri-La and in 2006
rounded off the duets tour with Knopfler and Emmylou Harris. Fletcher co-produced and played keyboards on Mark
Guy Fletcher
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Knopfler's latest solo album, Get Lucky, and was again part of his subsequent world tour in 2010.
In 1996, Fletcher toured as part of Bryan FerryВґs band on his Mamouna world tour.
Solo work
Fletcher's first solo album, Inamorata, was released on 28 January
2008. Mark Knopfler guests on lead guitar for two tracks, and
various musicians who have been associated with Knopfler's band
also make appearances.
On 24 May 2010, Fletcher released his second solo album, titled
Natural Selection.
Personal life
Fletcher lives with his wife and two children in Bognor Regis. He
is an avid windsurfer and weather watcher. At the bottom of his
garden he built a studio where he has recorded not only some of
his own material, but material by Billy Piper and local acts from
the area such as Mexicola; a young three piece who were based
just a few doors down.
Fletcher's eldest son Max is also a musician, currently living in
Brighton.
On his 48th birthday, Fletcher was given Knopfler's red Stratocaster on stage in Brighton as a gift.
Fletcher is the cousin of UK children's television presenter Justin Fletcher.
References
[1] http:/ / www. guyfletcher. co. uk
[2] Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Biography: Dire Straits" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p4101/ biography). AMG. . Retrieved 15 May
2010.
External links
• GuyFletcher.co.uk (http://www.guyfletcher.co.uk/)
David Knopfler
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David Knopfler
David Knopfler
Knopfler performing in 2002
Background information
Born
27 December 1952
Glasgow, Scotland United Kingdom
Genres
Rock, jazz
Occupations
Musician, songwriter, record producer, poet, author
Instruments
Vocals, guitar, piano
Years active
1977 – present
Labels
Phonogram, Cypress, Peach River, Ariola
Associated acts Dire Straits
Website
www.knopfler.com
[1]
Notable instruments
Fender Telecaster
Fender Stratocaster
David Knopfler (born 27 December 1952, Glasgow)[2] is a British singer-songwriter, rhythm guitarist, pianist and
cofounder of the critically acclaimed rock band Dire Straits.
Knopfler spent three years in Dire Straits. After quitting the band, he embarked upon a solo career as a recording
artist, releasing a respectable number of albums over the years. Knopfler initially created smaller record labels,
publishing companies, and indie labels. Knopfler has encouraged the advent of online purchasing music in 1995,
although he concedes the necessity for other avenues of the distribution and sale of recorded music.[3]
Knopfler is a published poet and writer. He wrote the Bluffers Guide to the Rock Music Business.
David is in a stable long-term relationship with Art Professor Leslie Stroz and has one son with his former wife
Anna Perera.
David Knopfler
Career
Early life
Knopfler was born in Glasgow, Scotland, to an English mother and a Hungarian Jewish father.[4] Knopfler grew up
in Newcastle upon Tyne, England, where he attended Gosforth Grammar School.[2] By age 11, he owned a guitar, a
piano and a drum kit, and by age 14, he was playing and singing his own compositions in folk clubs.[5] After
attending Bristol Polytechnic, he became a social worker in London, where he shared a flat with John Illsley.[6]
David Knopfler's older brother Mark Knopfler also played the guitar. David introduced Mark to John Illsley, a bass
guitarist, and after gaining the interest of drummer Pick Withers, the four founded the rock and roll band Dire
Straits.[6] One of Mark Knopfler's friends came up with the band's name; a reference to their financial situation at the
time the band was beginning to gain notice in the music industry.[7] David however, asserts at his website that "[t]he
notion that the band were literally in dire straits is largely retrospective myth making and not really factually
supportable. We all had day jobs until we got a whacking big advance from Polygram".[8]
David Knopfler played rhythm guitar beside his brother, who was lead guitarist to the band, and David appeared on
Dire Straits' first two albums: 1978's Dire Straits and 1979's CommuniquГ©. The stress of composing, arranging
songs, recording the then-requisite two albums and tours to support them took its toll on the brothers, and David left
the band during the recording of their third album, Making Movies, leaving him uncredited on the album.[6] There is
concert video footage, however, of David playing with the band live on several tracks of this album.
Solo
After leaving Dire Straits, Knopfler released his first solo album in 1983, titled Release. Mark Knopfler and John
Illsley both played on the album.[6] Harry Bogdanovs, a lifelong friend of Knopfler,[5] is credited with co-writing
three of the tracks and playing synthesizer.[9] The album was supported by the single "Soul Kissing" on the label of
Peach River Records. The single was a minor commercial success, peaking at #82 in the UK Albums Chart,[10] after
Knopfler retrieved the rights from the bankrupt record label.[11] Behind the Lines, his second album, was released in
1985 and his third solo album, Cut the Wire, followed in 1986.[6] In 1988, the U.S. label Cypress Records released
his fourth album, Lips Against the Steel.[12]
Knopfler scored the soundtracks for the films Shergar (1984) and Laser Mission (1989),[6] and the German
productions Treffer (1984), Jakob hinter der blauen TГјr (1989) and Der grosse Bellheim.[13]
1990-present
Lifelines in 1991 released by Phonogram, was recorded in Peter Gabriel's Real World Studios. The album was
followed in 1993 by The Giver,[6] released by MESA/Bluemoon in the U.S., and Ariola in Europe. Its sparse,
acoustic arrangements received positive reviews, as did 1995's Small Mercies, which Knopfler co-produced with
Harry Bogdanovs,[6] featuring Chris White on saxophone.[14] In 2001 Knopfler worked with Bogdanovs again to
co-produce the album Wishbones, which has guest appearances by Chris Rea[6] and Eddi Reader.
His ninth solo album, Ship of Dreams, which also included Chris Rea, was released in 2004. In May 2005, he
published a book of poetry titled Blood Stones and Rhythmic Beasts,[6] which was released by the UK's BlackWing
books (ISBN 0955026008).
The U.S./Canadian jazz label Justin Time Records released Ship of Dreams in October 2005 with an alternate
rendition of "Tears Fall" featuring Megan Slankard (replacing Julia Neigel on the original European release).[13]
Knopfler's tenth solo album Songs for the Siren was released in 2006.[6]
Recent songwriting projects with other artists have included sessions with Amilia Spicer, Mack Starks, Megan
Slankard and Wendy Lands.[15] He played various acoustic and electric gigs in Germany, Switzerland, Austria,
Canada, Turkey and Australia from 2007 to 2009 with Harry Bogdanovs and his band.
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Discography with Dire Straits
• 1978 - Dire Straits
• 1979 - Communiqué
• 1980 - Making Movies (David left the band toward the end of recording sessions in August 1980, and does not
appear on the final release as his contribution was re-recorded. There are several videos of him playing tracks
from Making Movies; "Solid Rock" & "Les Boys")
• 1988 - Money For Nothing (compilation)
• 1995 - Live At The BBC
• 1998 - Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (compilation)
• 2005 - Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler (compilation)
Solo discography
•
•
•
•
1983 - Release
1985 - Behind the Lines
1986 - Cut the Wire
1988 - Lips Against the Steel
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
1991 - Lifelines
1993 - The Giver
1995 - Small Mercies
2001 - Wishbones
2004 - Ship of Dreams
2006 - Songs for the Siren
2009 - Anthology: 1983-2008 (Released in USA)
2011 - Acoustic (with Harry Bogdanovs)
References
[1] http:/ / www. knopfler. com/
[2] "David Knopfler" (http:/ / www. nndb. com/ people/ 268/ 000025193/ ). Notable Names Database (NNDB). . Retrieved 10 January 2009.
[3] Knopfler, David (2002). "Building Your Support Team - Creating A Buzz" (http:/ / www. knopfler. com/ nemo. html). Draft notes-- Knopfler
was a panelist. David Knopfler. . Retrieved 24 March 2011.
[4] "Brothers of Scottish Rock and Pop (mostly) - Fun Facts, Questions, Answers, Information" (http:/ / www. funtrivia. com/ en/ subtopics/
Brothers-of-Scottish-Rock-and-Pop-mostly-312295. html). Funtrivia.com. . Retrieved 2011-11-06.
[5] "David Knopfler Biography" (http:/ / www. knopfler. com/ biog. html). Knopfler's official website. April 2005. . Retrieved 9 January 2009.
[6] Christian Genzel (April 2005). "David Knopfler Biography" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p18708). Allmusic. . Retrieved 9 January
2009.
[7] "Dire Straits Biography" (http:/ / www. musicianguide. com/ biographies/ 1608000435/ Dire-Straits. html). Net Industries. 2009. . Retrieved 9
January 2009.
[8] "Wikiphobia" (http:/ / www. knopfler. com/ direstraits. html). Knopfler's official website. . Retrieved 9 January 2009.
[9] "Harry Bogdanovs - Credits" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p57681). Allmusic. . Retrieved 10 January 2009.
[10] Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p.В 306. ISBNВ 1-904994-10-5.
[11] "NME Artists - YouTube videos, gigs, biography, discography, and books" (http:/ / www. nme. com/ artists/ david-knopfler). New Musical
Express. . Retrieved 10 January 2009.
[12] "Lips Against the Steel - Overview" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r42530). Allmusic. . Retrieved 10 January 2009.
[13] "David Knopfler Discography" (http:/ / www. discogs. com/ artist/ David+ Knopfler). Discogs website. . Retrieved 10 January 2009.
[14] "Some pieces of Chris White's musical biography..." (http:/ / www. chriswhite-saxophone. com/ bio/ abio. html). Chris White Unofficial
Home Page - by Slavi. . Retrieved 10 January 2009.
[15] Nigel Lawry. "Songstuff: David Knopfler" (http:/ / music. songstuff. com/ articles. php?selected=116). Interview with David Knopfler. .
Retrieved 10 January 2009.
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External links
• Official website (http://www.knopfler.com)
• MySpace website (http://www.myspace.com/davidknopfler)
Pick Withers
Pick Withers
Withers performing with Dire Straits in 1978
Background information
Birth name
David Withers
Also known as
Pick Withers
Born
4 April 1948
Leicester, England
United Kingdom
Genres
Rock, jazz
Occupations
Musician, producer
Instruments
Drums
Years active
1964 - present
Associated acts Dave Edmunds, Magna Carta, Dire Straits
David "Pick" Withers (born 4 April 1948 in Leicester, England) was the original drummer for the rock band Dire
Straits and played on their first four albums, which included hit singles such as "Sultans of Swing," "Romeo and
Juliet" and "Private Investigations."[1]
He first played a drum in the Boys Brigade taught by a childhood friend Richard Storer of now knocked-down
Argyle Street in Leicester. He became a professional musician at the age of 17, in a band called the Primitives,
followed by a band called Spring who had a record contract but little success. They recorded one album on the RCA
label. In the mid-1970s he was a house drummer at Rockfield Studios in South Wales. He played on records by Dave
Edmunds and Hobo amongst others, including the John Dummer Band, Magna Carta, and the Gary Fletcher Band.[2]
Pick has also studied at Drumtech drum school in London.
Pick Withers
Equipment and technique
Withers's style with Dire Straits was distinct for being restrained, favouring spare snare drum and hi-hat
combinations over heavy beats, speed and pyrotechnic flourishes. Like the guitar playing of the band's frontman,
Mark Knopfler, Withers's style was blues-based. Pick Withers also played on Prelude's 1973 album, 'How Long Is
Forever". Knopfler met Withers in 1973 in London when he joined the blues band Brewers Droop, for which
Withers was already playing at the time. Withers continued to work regularly with Knopfler through the mid-1970s,
although he also maintained his Rockfield affiliations, and was briefly a member of folk-rock outfit Magna Carta in
1977. Once Dire Straits gained a recording contract, however, Withers turned to drumming for that band full-time.
Withers played on the Dire Straits albums Dire Straits (1978), CommuniquГ© (1979), Making Movies (1980) and Love
Over Gold (1982).
Withers left the band in the summer of 1982, soon after completing the Love Over Gold sessions, to spend more time
with his family and to pursue jazz music. He reportedly told an interviewer that he had succumbed to a growing
feeling that there was nothing left in the music for him and that he was in danger of "becoming a rock drummer." His
replacement in Dire Straits was Terry Williams, also a Dave Edmunds sideman.
Discography
With others
• Slow Train Coming, Bob Dylan
• Giant From The Blue, Gary Fletcher Band
References
[1] Wright, Jade (2011-01-07). "Pick Withers: From Dire Straits and Bob Dylan’s drummer to putting on his own gigs in Liverpool - Liverpool
Arts - Entertainment" (http:/ / www. liverpooldailypost. co. uk/ liverpool-life-features/ liverpool-arts/ 2011/ 01/ 07/
pick-withers-from-dire-straits-and-bob-dylan-s-drummer-to-putting-on-his-own-gigs-in-liverpool-92534-27942015/ ). Liverpool Daily Post. .
Retrieved 2011-10-31.
[2] "garyfletchermusic.co.uk" (http:/ / www. garyfletchermusic. co. uk/ ). garyfletchermusic.co.uk. . Retrieved 2011-10-31.
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Terry Williams
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Terry Williams
Terry Williams
Birth name
Terrence Williams
Born
11 January 1948
Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales
Genres
Progressive rock, rock, blues
Occupations
Musician
Instruments
Drums, vocals
Years active
1962–2007
Associated acts Love Sculpture, Man, Rockpile, Neverland Express, Dire Straits,
Terrence "Terry" Williams (born 11 January 1948 in Swansea, Glamorgan, South Wales) is a Welsh rock
drummer,[1] whose resume includes work for Dire Straits, B. B. King, and Bob Dylan.
During the 1960s, Williams played in a number of Welsh bands, including Commancheros, The Smokeless Zone,
Dream and Plum Crazy, before joining Dave Edmunds' band Love Sculpture.[2] In 1970 he joined the Welsh rock
group Man, which included two former Dream and Smokeless Zone members, Deke Leonard and Martin Ace. With
Man, he originally appeared on 7 Studio albums, 3 Live albums and 2 Various artists, live albums, and has
subsequently appeared on a number of retrospective releases. When Man split in 1976, Williams re-joined Edmunds
in the band Rockpile with Nick Lowe and Billy Bremner, and continued working with Leonard.
Between 1981 and 1982, he was part of the Neverland Express band, backing Meat Loaf, and in 1982 joined Dire
Straits, with whom he played until 1988 (a period that included their live album Alchemy: Dire Straits Live and
Brothers in Arms). In 1996, he rejoined Man, after John Weathers left, but left Man again in 1997.
Williams ran a blues club in Swansea from 2000 until 2007.
Discography
With Billy Bremner
Bash! (1984)
With Carlene Carter
Carlene Carter (1978)
Musical Shapes (1980)
C'est C Bon (1983)
With Cliff Richard
Rock Connection (1984) ?
With Dave Edmunds / Rockpile / Love Sculpture
Rockers (1970)
Rockpile (album) (1972)
Subtle as a Flying Mallet (1975)
Get It (1977)
Tracks on Wax 4 (1978)
Repeat When Necessary (1979)
Seconds of Pleasure (1980)
Twangin... (1981)
Terry Williams
Provoked Beyond Endurance (1991)
Riff Raff/I Hear You Rockin (2002) compilation
They Call It Rock
With Deke Leonard
Iceberg (1973)
Kamikaze (1974)
Before Your Very Eyes (1981)
With Dion
Yo Frankie (1989)
With Dire Straits
ExtendedancEPlay (1983)
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984)
Brothers in Arms (1985)
Money for Nothing (1988) compilation
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (1998) compilation
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations (2005) compilation
With Graham Parker
The Mona Lisa's Sister (1988)
Passion Is No Ordinary Word (1993) compilation ?
No Holding Back (1996) compilation
Ultimate Collection (2001) compilation
With John Illsley
Never Told a Soul (1984)
With Man
To Live for to Die (1970)
Man (1971)
Do You Like It Here Now, Are You Settling In? (1971)
Greasy Truckers Party (1972)
Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day (1972)
Live at the Padget Rooms, Penarth (1972)
Live at the Rainbow 1972 (1972)
Be Good to Yourself at Least Once a Day (1972)
Christmas at the Patti (1973)
Back Into The Future (1973)
Rhinos, Winos, and Lunatics (1974)
Slow Motion (1974)
1999 Party Tour (1974)
Maximum Darkness (1975)
The Welsh Connection (1976)
All's Well That Ends Well (1977)
Rare Man (1999)
Undrugged (2002) (1996 sessions)
With Mark Knopfler
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Terry Williams
Local Hero (1983)
Music from 'Cal' (1984)
Comfort and Joy (1984)
Screenplaying (1993) compilation
With Mickey Jupp
Juppanese (1978)
With The Motors
Tenement Steps (1980)
With Nick Lowe
Jesus of Cool (Pure Pop for Now People in US) (1978)
Labour of Lust (1979)
Nick the Knife (1982)
16 All Time Lowes (1984)
Pinker and Prouder than Previous (1988)
Quiet Please... The New Best of Nick Lowe (2009) compilation
With The Everly Brothers
Phil Everly (1983)
EB 84 (1984)
Mercury Years (1993) compilation
With Tina Turner
Private Dancer (1984)
Simply the Best (1991) compilation
With Tracey Ullman
You Caught Me Out (1984)
Takes on the Hits (2002) compilation
With Willie and the Poor Boys (Bill Wyman)
Willie and the Poor Boys (1985)
Poor Boy Boogie (2006) compilation
Also
Stiffs Live (1978) Plays with: Nick Lowe's Last Chicken in the Shop, Larry Wallis' Psychedelic Rowdies and Ian
Dury & the Blockheads [1]
References
[1] Terry Williams on Allmusic (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p138181/ credits). Retrieved 18 August 2009.
[2] "Mannerisms II - Man and roots/offshoots" by Michael Mycock, published June 1995, page 108
External links
• Terry Williams' unofficial page (http://webs.ono.com/joan_duarte/terry.html)
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Jack Sonni
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Jack Sonni
Jack Sonni
Playing with Dire Straits in Norway in 1985
Background information
Born
December 9, 1954
Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA
Genres
Rock
Occupations
musician, marketing communications
Instruments
Electric guitar
Associated acts Dire Straits
Website
jacksonni.com
[1]
Jack Sonni (born December 9, 1954, Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States) is a musician best known as "the other
guitarist" in Dire Straits during the band's Brothers in Arms era.
Biography
In the late 1970s Sonni's band The Leisure Class[2] had become a Monday night fixture at Kenny's Castaways on
Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village, the place for up and coming acts. In 1978 he started working at the newly
opened Rudy's Music Stop, owned by luthier Rudy Pensa, where he met members of Dire Straits, first David and
then Mark Knopfler.
He visited the Knopflers in London, and after David (and then Hal Lindes) left the band, Sonni was asked to join the
band for the 1984 recording sessions for Brothers in Arms and the subsequent tour. Jack accepted,[3] and played
guitar synthesizer on "The Man's Too Strong."
After his collaboration with Dire Straits, Sonni contributed to other musicians' works but eventually left the music
business. For a while he was director of marketing communications at Line 6, a manufacturer of digital technology
products for musicians. In 2001 he moved on to become vice president of marketing communication for Guitar
Center, primarily overseeing the company's advertising, promotions and public relations,[4] a position he left in 2006.
Jack Sonni
Discography
•
•
•
•
Brothers in Arms (1985)
Money for Nothing (compilation) (1988)
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (compilation) (1998)
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations (compilation) (2005)
References
[1] http:/ / www. jacksonni. com/
[2] Tony Sarno History (http:/ / www. tonysarno. com/ main. php?PageName=2)
[3] Flanagan, Bill (1985) Musician. Available from: Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler, an inside look at the outside man (http:/ / www. knopfler. net/
interview48. html)
[4] Guitar Center Appoints J. Sonni Vice President of Marketing Communications (http:/ / www. creativemag. com/ onlweekly070901. html)
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Discography
Dire Straits discography
Dire StraitsВ discography
Dire Straits performing live in Norway, in October 1985
Releases
↙Studio albums
6
↙Live albums
3
↙Compilation albums
3
↙EPs
2
↙Singles
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This page is a detailed discography of the rock band Dire Straits.
Albums
Studio albums
Year
Album
Peak chart positions
UK AUS AUT
1978 Dire Straits
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•
SPA NZ NOR SWE US
SWI
[4]
5
1
17
3
3
—
2
10
6
2
—
•
•
•
[5]
UK: 2Г— Platinum
[6]
CAN: 4Г— Platinum
[7]
US: 2Г— Platinum
5
5
7
1
3
—
1
2
1
11
—
•
•
•
•
[5]
UK: Platinum
[6]
CAN: 2Г— Platinum
[8]
FIN: Gold
[7]
US: Gold
4
6
15
7
6
—
3
1
4
19
—
•
•
•
•
[5]
UK: 2Г— Platinum
[6]
CAN: 2Г— Platinum
[8]
FIN: Platinum
[7]
US: Platinum
Second studio album
Released: June 15, 1979
1980 Making Movies
•
•
[3]
First studio album
Released: July 7, 1978
1979 CommuniquГ©
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•
GER NED
[1][2]
Certifications
(sales thresholds)
Third studio album
Released: October 17, 1980
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1982 Love over Gold
•
•
1
4
1
—
1
1
2
19
—
•
•
•
•
[5]
UK: 2Г— Platinum
[6]
CAN: 2Г— Platinum
[8]
FIN: Platinum
[7]
US: Gold
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
•
•
•
•
[5]
UK: 13Г— Platinum
[6]
CAN: 10Г— Platinum
[8]
FIN: 2Г— Platinum
[7]
US: 9Г— Platinum
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
1
12
1
•
•
•
•
[5]
UK: 2Г— Platinum
[6]
CAN: 2Г— Platinum
[8]
FIN: Platinum
[7]
US: Platinum
Fifth studio album
Released: May 13, 1985
1991 On Every Street
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•
1
Fourth studio album
Released: September 20, 1982
1985 Brothers in Arms
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•
1
Sixth studio album
Released: September 9, 1991
Live albums
Year
Album
Peak chart positions
UK SPA AUS NZ AUT NOR SWE US GER SUI NED
[1] [4] [3]
1984 Alchemy
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•
3
3
9
7
19
46
—
3
—
4
97
5
10
1
1
1
116
7
5
2
71
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
45
15
•
•
UK: Platinum
US: Gold
Second live album
Released: May 10, 1993
1995 Live at the BBC
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•
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First live album
Released: March 12, 1984
1993 On the Night
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•
3
Certifications
(sales threshold)
Third live album
Released: June 26, 1995
Compilation albums
Year
Album
Peak chart positions
Certifications
(sales threshold)
UK SPA AUS NZ AUT NOR SWE US GER CH NL
[1] [4] [3]
1988 Money for Nothing
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•
3
2
3
3
8
62
1
—
75 •
•
UK: 4Г—
Multi-Platinum
US: Platinum
6
44
4
6
5
2
7
—
6
3
6
•
UK: Gold
20
7
35
17
44
5
6
—
—
15
23 •
UK: Gold
Second compilation album
Released: August 1998
2005 The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler:
Private Investigations
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•
—
First compilation album
Released: October 1988
1998 Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire
Straits
•
•
1
Third compilation album
Released: 2005
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Extended plays
Year
Album
US
1983 ExtendedancEPlay
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•
•
First EP
Released: January 10, 1983
1993 Encores
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•
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Second EP
Released: May 10, 1993
Singles
Year
Single
Peak chart positions
Album
UK IRE AUS NZ CAN AUT US US Rock FRA GER ITA SUI
[9] [10]
[11]
[12] [13] [14] [15]
1978 "Sultans of Swing"
8
6
6
12
6
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4
—
—
20
12
—
1979 "Water of Love"
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—
54
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
51
—
95
39
51
—
45
—
—
—
—
—
CommuniquГ©
1981 "Romeo and Juliet"
8
5
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
Making Movies
"Skateaway"
37
17
—
47
—
—
58
31
—
—
—
—
"Tunnel of Love"
54
—
62
—
—
—
—
—
—
44
31
—
1982 "Private Investigations"
2
2
21
16
—
19
—
—
8
—
28
4
1983 "Industrial Disease"
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—
—
—
18
—
75
9
—
—
—
—
14
13
2
1
18
105
—
12
—
31
11
—
ExtendedancEPlay
1984 "Love over Gold" (live)
50
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46
29
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
1985 "So Far Away"
20
14
22
25
24
—
19
29
—
—
33
6
Brothers in Arms
"Money for Nothing"
4
6
4
4
1
7
1
1
34
19
—
22
"Brothers in Arms"
16
10
57
5
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
—
"Walk of Life"
2
1
11
3
5
18
7
4
—
15
—
24
26
6
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47
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—
—
—
—
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—
1988 "Sultans of Swing" (re-release) 62
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—
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—
—
—
—
—
—
Money For Nothing
1991 "Calling Elvis"
21
2
8
9
4
8
—
3
7
8
3
2
On Every Street
55
—
26
34
26
—
—
1
32
48
22
—
1992 "On Every Street"
42
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—
—
—
—
—
—
23
—
—
—
"The Bug"
67
—
—
—
21
—
—
8
44
52
—
—
"You and Your Friend"
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—
—
—
—
—
—
—
49
—
—
—
31
—
47
—
91
19
—
—
1
34
3
20
"Lady Writer"
"Twisting by the Pool"
1986 "Your Latest Trick"
"Heavy Fuel"
1993 "Encores"
Dire Straits
Love over Gold
On the Night
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Music videos
Year
Video
Director
1985 "Money for Nothing" Ken O'Neil
1986 "Walk of Life"
Stephen Johnson
1991 "Calling Elvis"
Gerry Anderson
References
[1] "Musicline.de - Chartverfolgung - DIRE STRAITS" (http:/ / www. musicline. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ DIRE+ STRAITS/
?type=longplay). www.musicline.de. . Retrieved 2009-06-25.
[2] German albums peak (http:/ / www. charts. de/ suche. asp?search=Dire+ Straits& x=0& y=0& country=de& kategorie=album)
[3] "dutchcharts.nl - Dutch charts portal" (http:/ / dutchcharts. nl/ search. asp?search=dire+ straits& cat=a). dutchcharts.nl. . Retrieved
2009-06-25.
[4] "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community" (http:/ / hitparade. ch/ search. asp?search=dire+ straits& cat=a). hitparade.ch. .
Retrieved 2009-06-25.
[5] " Certified Awards Search (http:/ / www. bpi. co. uk/ certifiedawards/ search. aspx)". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on
2012-02-08. Note: User needs to enter "Dire Straits" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select
"More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.
[6] " Certified Awards Search (http:/ / www. musiccanada. com/ gpSearchResult. aspx)". Music Canada. Retrieved on 2012-02-08. Note: User
needs to enter "Dire Straits" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the
relevant entry to see full certification history.
[7] "Searchable Database" (http:/ / www. riaa. com/ goldandplatinumdata. php?table=SEARCH). Recording Industry Association of America. .
Retrieved 2012-02-08. Note: User must define 'Artist' search parameter as "Dire Straits".
[8] " Certified Awards Search (http:/ / www. ifpi. fi/ tilastot/ artistit/ dire+ straits)". Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved on 2012-02-08.
[9] "chartstats.com Dire Straits UK discography" (http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ artistinfo. php?id=291). chartstats.com. . Retrieved 2009-03-19.
[10] "irishcharts.ie Dire Straits IRE discography" (http:/ / www. irishcharts. ie/ search/ placement?page=1). irishcharts.ie. . Retrieved 2010-01-12.
[11] "austriancharts.at - Austria Top 40 - Hitparade Г–sterreich" (http:/ / www. austriancharts. at/ search. asp?search=dire+ straits& cat=s).
www.austriancharts.at. . Retrieved 2009-06-21.
[12] "lescharts.com (French charts, Dire Straits 1984-)" (http:/ / lescharts. com/ search. asp?cat=s& search=Dire+ Straits). lescharts.com. .
Retrieved 2009-03-19.
[13] "musicline.de (German charts)" (http:/ / www. musicline. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ DIRE+ STRAITS/ single?sort=entry).
musicline.de. . Retrieved 2009-03-19.
[14] "hitparadeitalia.it (Dire Straits discography)" (http:/ / www. hitparadeitalia. it/ indici/ per_interprete/ ad. htm). hitparadeitalia.it. . Retrieved
2009-03-19.
[15] "Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade und Music Community" (http:/ / hitparade. ch/ search. asp?search=dire+ straits& cat=s). hitparade.ch. .
Retrieved 2009-06-21.
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Studio albums
Dire Straits
Dire Straits
Studio album by Dire Straits
Released
7 October 1978
Recorded 13 February - 5 March 1978 at Basing Street Studios, London
Genre
Roots rock, pub rock, country rock
Length
41:34
Label
Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Muff Winwood
Dire Straits chronology
Dire
Straits
(1978)
CommuniquГ©
(1979)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
[1]
Allmusic
Robert Christgau
Rolling Stone
[2]
B
[3]
NA
Dire Straits is the self-titled debut album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in October 1978 (see 1978 in
music) by Phonogram Records.[4]
History
The single "Sultans of Swing" first broke the US top five early spring 1979 (being a hit a full five months after the
album was released there) and then rose to #8 in the British charts. "Water of Love" was also released as a single in
some countries, and charted in Australia, reaching #54, and in the Netherlands, reaching #28.[5] In Europe, the album
sold four million copies while in the U.S. it sold two million copies.
The album was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 to most of the world
excluding the U.S. and on 19 September 2000 in the United States. [6]
The cover image is taken from a painting by Chuck Loyola, while the Dire Straits Fender icon was designed by
Geoff Halpern.
Dire Straits
A small number of guitars were used on the album by Mark Knopfler. These included a pair of red Fender
Stratocasters (one from 1961-serial number #68354 and one from 1961/62-serial number #80470). He played his
1928 National and 1937 National steel guitars on tracks "Water of Love" and "Wild West End", respectively. A
black Fender thinline Telecaster was played on "Setting Me Up". Mark and David also played Mark's sunburst
Fender Telecaster. There was also an unidentified acoustic guitar used on several tracks.
Track listing
All songs written by Mark Knopfler.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
"Down to the Waterline" – 3:55
"Water of Love" – 5:23
"Setting Me Up" – 3:18
"Six Blade Knife" – 4:10
"Southbound Again" – 2:58
"Sultans of Swing" – 5:47
"In the Gallery" – 6:16
"Wild West End" – 4:42
"Lions" – 5:05
The original version of the album contained a slightly shorter version of "Sultans of Swing", omitting the last
seconds of the guitar solo at the end of the song, but the full-length version was included on the remastered edition of
the album.
Cassette versions of the album often featured the sides in reverse order to the original vinyl album: side A comprised
tracks 6 through 9, while side B featured tracks 1 through 5. The French issue of the cassette saw "Down to the
Waterline" and "Wild West End" interchanged in the order mentioned above to allow for a more equal playing time
on each side.
Personnel
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler – lead vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar
John Illsley – bass, backing vocals
David Knopfler – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Pick Withers – drums
Production
•
•
•
•
•
Muff Winwood – production
Rhett Davies – engineer
Gregg Geller and Bob Ludwig – remastering
Jo Motta – project coordinator
Alan Schmidt – art direction
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Charts
The Dire Straits' debut album has spent 132 weeks in the UK Albums Chart. [7] In Australia, the album was the tenth
best-selling album of 1978.
Album
Year
Chart
Position
1978 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
1979 French Albums Chart
1
1979 U.S. Billboard Pop Albums
2
1979 New Zealand Albums Chart
3
1979 UK Albums Chart
5
1979 Swedish Albums Chart
6
1979 Norwegian Albums Chart
10
1979 Austrian Albums Chart
17
Singles
Year
Song
Billboard UK Singles
Hot 100
1979 "Sultans of Swing" #4
#8
Certifications
Organization
Level
Date
RIANZ – New Zealand Gold
December 1978
BPI – UK
Silver
2 February 1979
RIAA – U.S.
Gold
21 February 1979
ARIA – Australia
Platinum
February 1979
RIANZ – New Zealand Platinum
February 1979
RIAA – U.S.
Platinum
27 March 1979
BPI – UK
Gold
30 March 1979
IFPI – Germany
Gold
3 April 1979
BPI – UK
Platinum
23 November 1979
IFPI – Germany
Platinum
1979
SNEP – France
Platinum
1982
BPI – UK
2X Platinum 7 February 1986
RIAA – U.S.
2x Platinum 6 January 1987
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References
[1] Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011 [last update]). "Dire Straits - Dire Straits | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r5886/ review).
allmusic.com. . Retrieved 5 July 2011.
[2] Christgau, Robert (2011 [last update]). "Robert Christgau: CG: dire straits" (http:/ / www. robertchristgau. com/ get_artist. php?name=dire+
straits). robertchristgau.com. . Retrieved 5 July 2011.
[3] Tucker, Ken (1979). "Dire Straits" (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ music/ albumreviews/ dire-straits-19790125). rollingstone.com. .
Retrieved 17 August 2011.
[4] "Dire Straits Biography" (http:/ / www. musicianguide. com/ biographies/ 1608000435/ Dire-Straits. html). Musician Biographies. . Retrieved
2 February 2010.
[5] "Dutch charts" (http:/ / dutchcharts. nl/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Water+ Of+ Love+ / + Down+ To+ The+ Waterline&
cat=s). . Retrieved 2011-08-17.
[6] 2010 vinyl reissues from Warner Brothers celebrates 30 years of Dire Straits! (http:/ / www. becausesoundmatters. com/ blog/
2010-vinyl-reissues-warner-brothers-celebrates-30-years-dire-straits). 16 January 2010. . Retrieved 3 February 2010.
[7] http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=4402
External links
• Dire Straits (http://www.radio3net.ro/dbartists/supersearch/
RGlyZSBTdHJhaXRzICgxc3QgYWxidW0pIA==/Dire Straits (1st album)) (Adobe Flash) at Radio3Net
(streamed copy where licensed)
CommuniquГ©
CommuniquГ©
Studio album by Dire Straits
Released
15 June 1979
Recorded 28 November - 12 December 1978 at Compass Point Studios, Nassau, Bahamas
Genre
Rock
Length
42:24
Label
Vertigo
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Barry Beckett, Jerry Wexler
Dire Straits chronology
Dire
Straits
(1978)
CommuniquГ©
(1979)
Making
Movies
(1980)
CommuniquГ©
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
[1]
Allmusic
Robert Christgau
[2]
Bв€’
CommuniquГ© is the second album by British rock band Dire Straits.
History
CommuniquГ© was recorded in November and December 1978, at Compass Point Studios, Nassau and was produced
by Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett. The album became the first LP ever to enter the German charts at number 1 in its
first week of release (while their debut LP Dire Straits was still at number 3 in that country). CommuniquГ© went on
to sell over 7 million copies worldwide; in Europe, it sold 3.6 million copies and in the U.S. it reached gold status.
It was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world outside the
U.S. and on 19 September 2000 in the United States.
The album cover was designed by Phonogram's advertising agency Grant Advertising UK. It won album cover of the
year in the NME awards in 1979.
Track listing
All songs written by Mark Knopfler.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
"Once Upon a Time in the West" – 5:25
"News" – 4:14
"Where Do You Think You're Going?" – 3:49
"Communiqué" – 5:49
"Lady Writer" – 3:45
"Angel of Mercy" – 4:36
"Portobello Belle" – 4:29
"Single-Handed Sailor" – 4:42
"Follow Me Home" – 5:50
Personnel
•
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler: lead guitar, lead vocals
John Illsley: bass, vocals
David Knopfler: rhythm guitar, vocals
Pick Withers: drums
B. Bear (Barry Beckett): keyboard
CommuniquГ©
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Production
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Producers: Barry Beckett, Jerry Wexler
Engineer: Jack Nuber
Tape Operator: Thelbert Rigby
Mixing: Gregg Hamm
Mastering: Bobby Hata
Mastering supervisor: Paul Wexler
Remastering: Bob Ludwig
Project coordinator: Jo Motta
Series concept: Gregg Geller
Art direction: Alan Schmidt
Illustrations: Geoff Halpin
Charts
CommuniquГ© has spent 30 weeks in the UK Albums Chart. [3]
Album
Year Chart
Position
1979 German Albums Chart
1
1979 New Zealand Albums Chart 1
1979 Swedish Albums Chart
1
1979 Norwegian Albums Chart
2
1979 UK Albums Chart
5
1979 Australian Albums Chart
5
1979 Austrian Albums Chart
7
1979 U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 11
1979 Italian Albums Chart
17
Singles
Year
Song
Billboard UK Singles
Hot 100
1979 "Lady Writer" 45
Certifications
51
CommuniquГ©
59
Organization
Level
Date
RIAA - U.S.
Gold
26 June 1979
RISA – South Africa
Gold
September 1979
RISA – South Africa
Platinum
September 1979
IFPI – Denmark
Gold
September 1979
IFPI – Denmark
Platinum
September 1979
IFPI – Finland
Gold
September 1979
IFPI – Finland
Platinum
September 1979
IFPI – Norway
Gold
September 1979
IFPI – Norway
Platinum
September 1979
IFPI – Sweden
Gold
September 1979
IFPI – Sweden
Platinum
September 1979
IFPI – Switzerland
Gold
September 1979
IFPI – Switzerland
Platinum
September 1979
PROMUSICAE – Spain Gold
September 1979
PROMUSICAE – Spain Platinum
September 1979
IFPI – Germany
Gold
September 1979
IFPI – Germany
Platinum
September 1979
BPI – UK
Silver
29 October 1985
BPI – UK
Gold
29 October 1985
BPI – UK
Platinum
29 October 1985
SNEP – France
2x Platinum 1991
External links
• Communiqué [4] at MusicBrainz
References
[1] Ruhlmann, William (2011 [last update]). "CommuniquГ© - Dire Straits | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ communiqu-r35451).
allmusic.com. . Retrieved 5 July 2011.
[2] Christgau, Robert (2011 [last update]). "Robert Christgau: CG: dire straits" (http:/ / www. robertchristgau. com/ get_artist. php?name=dire+
straits). robertchristgau.com. . Retrieved 5 July 2011.
[3] http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=4663
[4] http:/ / musicbrainz. org/ release/ 71d8361b-f8d7-43bc-86d9-cc13294ae35f
Making Movies
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Making Movies
Making Movies
Studio album by Dire Straits
Released
17 October 1980
Recorded
20 June - 25 August 1980
Genre
Rock
Length
37:39
Label
Vertigo (UK)
Mercury (Canada)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer
Mark Knopfler and Jimmy Iovine
Dire Straits chronology
CommuniquГ©
(1979)
Making
Movies
(1980)
Love over
Gold
(1982)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
[1]
Allmusic
Robert Christgau
Rolling Stone
[2]
(C+)
[3]
Making Movies is the third album by English rock band Dire Straits, released in 1980.
History
The title of the album comes from a line in the song "Skateaway" and the unreleased song "Making Movies". Rolling
Stone ranked the album #52 in their survey of the "100 Best Albums of the 80s". Making Movies was the biggest
selling album in Italy in 1981 with one million copies; in Europe the album sold 3.8 million copies.
It was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world outside the
U.S. and on September 19, 2000 in the United States.
The songs "Making Movies" and "Suicide Towers" were recorded during the sessions and were never officially
released. They do however appear on bootlegs.
Making Movies
Track listing
All songs written by Mark Knopfler, unless otherwise noted.
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
"Tunnel of Love" (Mark Knopfler, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II) – 8:11
"Romeo and Juliet" – 6:00
"Skateaway" – 6:40 (CD: 6:15)
"Expresso Love" – 5:12
"Hand in Hand" – 4:48
"Solid Rock" – 3:19
"Les Boys" – 4:07
Outtakes
1.
2.
3.
4.
"Making Movies"
"Suicide Towers"
"Twisting By the Pool"
"Sucker for Punishment"
Personnel
• Mark Knopfler: guitar, vocals
• John Illsley: bass, vocals
• Pick Withers: drums, vocals
Additional personnel
• Roy Bittan: keyboards
• Sid McGinnis: guitar (uncredited)
• RB Brown: additional rhythm guitar on later overdub(uncredited)
Other:
• David Knopfler: Note: David is seen on video playing "Solid Rock" and "Les Boys" live in concert preceding the
recording, but does not appear on the album. David left the band in August 1980, and his backing tracks which
were almost complete for Making Movies, were re-recorded.
Charts
The album spent 252 weeks on the UK Albums Chart.[4][5] In Australia, Making Movies was the fifth best selling
album of 1981.
Album
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Making Movies
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Year Chart
Position
1980 Norwegian Albums Chart
1
1980 Swedish Albums Chart
4
1980 UK Albums Chart
4
1980 Austrian Albums Chart
15
1980 U.S. Billboard Pop Albums 19
1981 Italian Albums Chart
1
1981 Australian Albums Chart
6
Singles
Year
Song
Billboard Hot 100
Hot
Mainstream
Rock Tracks
UK Singles
1981 "Romeo and Juliet" -
-
#8
1981 "Expresso Love"
-
#39
-
1981 "Skateaway"
#58
-
#37
1981 "Tunnel of Love"
-
-
#54
1981 "Solid Rock"
-
#56
-
Certifications
Organization
Level
Date
BPI – UK
Silver
November 4, 1980
BPI – UK
Gold
January 21, 1981
RIAA – U.S.
Gold
April 21, 1981
BPI – UK
Platinum
September 7, 1981
SNEP – France
Gold
1981
IFPI – Germany Gold
1981
BPI – UK
Double Platinum August 5, 1985
RIAA – U.S.
Platinum
July 30, 2001
Making Movies
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References
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]
Allmusic review (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r5888)
Robert Christgau review (http:/ / www. robertchristgau. com/ get_artist. php?name=dire+ straits)
Rolling Stone review (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ reviews/ album/ 303021)
(http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=5121)
(http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=7602)
Love over Gold
Love Over Gold
Studio album by Dire Straits
Released
20 September 1982
Recorded
8 March-11 June 1982
Genre
Progressive rock, rock
Length
40:59
Label
Vertigo, Warner Bros.
Producer
Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits chronology
Making
Movies
(1980)
Love Over
Gold
(1982)
ExtendedancEPlay
(1983)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
[1]
Allmusic
Robert Christgau
[2]
C+
Rolling Stone
[3]
Love Over Gold is the fourth album by British rock band Dire Straits.
History
Due to its lengthy atmospheric instrumental passages, the album has been cited as the band's foray into progressive
rock.[4]
"Private Investigations" was released as the lead single from the album in Europe, which reached #2 in the UK.
"Industrial Disease" was, instead, the lead single in USA, only reaching #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.
In 1986, Love Over Gold had sold 4.4 million copies in Europe, whereas the album had only reached gold status in
the United States by that stage.[5]
It was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world on Vertigo
Records outside the US and in 2000 in the United States. The remastered CD also features slightly altered cover art;
Love over Gold
the album title is rendered underneath the band name, both in larger type, rather than arranged across the top. The
image of lightning is also somewhat zoomed in and made brighter, making for a more purple colour. It is the only
remastered Dire Straits CD with altered cover art.
The album was the last on which drummer Pick Withers played.
"Private Dancer", a song originally planned for the album, was recorded by the band except for the vocals. Mark
Knopfler decided that a female voice would be more appropriate and handed the song to Tina Turner for her
comeback album of the same name.[6]
"The Way It Always Starts", another song written during the Love Over Gold sessions, ended up on Knopfler's
soundtrack to the film Local Hero with vocals sung by Gerry Rafferty.
"Badges, Posters, Stickers and T-Shirts" was cut from the album, released in the UK as a B-side, and subsequently
released in the U.S. as the fourth track on the ExtendedancEPlay EP.
Many guitars were used by Mark Knopfler on the album: these included four Schecter Stratocasters (two red, one
blue and one sunburst), a black Schecter Telecaster, an Ovation classical guitar on Private Investigations and Love
Over Gold, a custom Erlewine Automatic on Industrial Disease and his 1937 National steel guitar on Telegraph
Road. Ovation twelve- and six-string acoustics appear on the album. Knopfler's sunburst Fender Telecaster, his pair
of red Fender Stratocasters, his red Gibson Les Paul special and his Gibson ES-175 were also present at the
recording of the album, but it is unknown whether or not they were used.
Track listings
All songs written by Mark Knopfler.
Side one
1. "Telegraph Road" – 14:18
2. "Private Investigations" – 6:45
Side two
1. "Industrial Disease" – 5:50
2. "Love Over Gold" – 6:15
3. "It Never Rains" – 7:59
Outtakes
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
"I like to go to work"
"Worth your while"
"Music"
"Badges, Posters, Stickers and T-Shirts"
"Private Dancer"
"The Way it Always Starts"
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Love over Gold
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Personnel
•
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler – guitar, vocals
Alan Clark – organ, piano, synthesizer
John Illsley – bass
Hal Lindes – rhythm guitar
Pick Withers – drums
Additional personnel
• Mike Mainieri – marimba, vibraphone on 2 and 4
• Ed Walsh – synthesizer
Charts
The album spent 200 weeks in the UK Albums Chart.[7] In Australia, the album was the twelfth best-selling album in
1982 and the sixth best-selling in 1983.
Album
Year
Chart
Peak
position
1982 Australian Albums Chart
1
1982 Austrian Albums Chart
1
1982 Italian Albums Chart
1
1982 Norwegian Albums Chart
1
1982 UK Albums Chart
1
1982 Swedish Albums Chart
2
1982 Billboard Pop Albums
19
1982 New Zealand Albums Chart
1
1983 Australian Albums Chart
1
Singles
Year
Song
Peak positions
US Hot 100 US Rock AUT ITA SWI UK
1982 "Private Investigations"
"Industrial Disease"
1983
-
-
19
28
4
2
-
9
-
-
-
-
75
-
-
-
-
-
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Certifications
Organisation
Level
Date
BPI – UK
Silver
27 September 1982
BPI – UK
Gold
[8]
27 September 1982
CRIA – Canada Gold
1 November 1982
CRIA – Canada Platinum
1 November 1982
BPI – UK
[8]
15 November 1982
Platinum
IFPI – Germany Gold
1982
SNEP – France
Platinum
1984
BPI – UK
Double Platinum
[8] 5 August 1985
CRIA – Canada Double Platinum
RIAA – U.S.
[5]
Gold
IFPI – Germany Platinum
12 November 1985
1 April 1986
1987
Notes
[1] Erelewine, Stephen Thomas (2011 [last update]). "Love Over Gold - Dire Straits | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/
love-over-gold-r5889). allmusic.com. . Retrieved 5 July 2011.
[2] Christgau, Robert (2011 [last update]). "Robert Christgau: CG: dire straits" (http:/ / www. robertchristgau. com/ get_artist. php?name=dire+
straits). robertchristgau.com. . Retrieved 5 July 2011.
[3] Fricke, David (2011 [last update]). "Love Over Gold by Dire Straits | Rolling Stone Music | Music Reviews" (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/
music/ albumreviews/ love-over-gold-19821111). rollingstone.com. . Retrieved 5 July 2011.
[4] Allmusic: Love Over Gold (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r5889)
[5] "Love over Gold RIAA gold certifcation" (http:/ / www. riaa. com/ goldandplatinumdata. php?resultpage=1& table=SEARCH_RESULTS&
action=& title=love over gold& artist=dire straits& sort=Artist& perPage=25). www.riaa.com. .
[6] Official Community of Mark Knopfler (https:/ / www. mark-knopfler. co. uk/ affiliated/ turner. aspx) Accessed 3 June 2007
[7] "Dire Straits - Love Over Gold" (http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=6116). Chart Stats. 1996-06-22. . Retrieved 2012-01-19.
[8] "Love over Gold UK-BPI certifications" (http:/ / www. bpi. co. uk/ certifiedawards/ search. aspx). www.bpi.co.uk. .
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Brothers in Arms
Brothers in Arms
Studio album by Dire Straits
Released
13 May 1985
Recorded November 1984 - March 1985,
AIR Studios, Montserrat / AIR Studios, London / Power Station, New York
Genre
Rock, roots rock, blues rock, New Wave
Length
55:07 (CD)
47:21 (LP)
Label
Vertigo (UK), Warner Bros. (U.S.)
Producer Mark Knopfler, Neil Dorfsman
Dire Straits chronology
Alchemy
(1984)
Brothers in
Arms
(1985)
On Every
Street
(1991)
Singles from Brothers in Arms
1.
"So Far Away"
Released: 8 April 1985
2.
"Money for Nothing"
Released: 24 June 1985
3.
"Brothers in Arms"
Released: 14 October 1985
4.
"Walk of Life"
Released: 30 December 1985
5.
"Your Latest Trick"
Released: 28 April 1986
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
[1]
Allmusic
Robert Christgau
Rolling Stone
[2]
Bв€’
[3]
(mixed)
Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985.
Brothers in Arms charted at number one worldwide, spending ten weeks at number one on the UK Album Chart
(between 18 January and 22 March), nine weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the U.S. and thirty-four
weeks at number one on the Australian Album Chart. It is the seventh best-selling album in UK chart history; is
certified nine times platinum in the United States; and is one of the world's best selling albums having sold 30
million copies worldwide.[4][5][6][7]
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History
Brothers in Arms was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD)
at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. It was also released on vinyl and cassette.
Brothers in Arms was the first album to sell one million copies in the CD format and to outsell its LP version. A
Rykodisc employee would subsequently write, "[In 1985 we] were fighting to get our CDs manufactured because the
entire worldwide manufacturing capacity was overwhelmed by demand for a single rock title (Dire Straits' Brothers
in Arms)."[8]
It was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world outside the
United States and on 19 September 2000 in the United States. It was also released in XRCD2 format in 2000, then
the 20th Anniversary Edition was issued in Super Audio CD format on 26 July 2005 (becoming the 3000th title for
the SACD format) and DualDisc format with DVD-Audio 24 bit/96В kHz track on 16 August 2005, remixed in 5.1 by
Chuck Ainlay[9] and winning a Grammy for Best Surround Sound Album at the 48th Grammy Awards ceremony.[10]
In 2006, a half-speed-mastered vinyl version of the album was issued. Mastered by Stan Ricker, this version consists
of four sides on two 33 1/3 rpm discs, containing the full-length songs on vinyl for the first time.
Accolades
"Looked at now with 20/20 vision of hindsight, the image on the sleeve of Brothers In Arms seems uncannily prophetic: that
National steel guitar heading up into the clouds - a shiny 6 stringed rocket devoid of any obvious means of propulsion - describes,
better than any words can, what happened to Dire Straits after the release of their 5th studio album. Up till the summer of 1985
success had, for them, come as a by-product of the music making process. They had never courted celebrity, chased fads, or played
safe. Dire Straits had been loved and respected as one of the few bands to have maintained strong and credible links with the
multifarious roots of rock and roll at a time - remember all the desperate pop posing of the early 80s? - when roots were emphatically
not a fashionable place to be"
[11]
— Robert Sandall, British music jounalist, 1996.
In 1986, Brothers In Arms won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album
at the 1987 Brit Awards.[12][13] In 2000, Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest
British Albums Ever.[14] In 2003, the album ranked number 351 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest
Albums of All Time".[15]
In November 2006, the results of a national poll conducted by the public of Australia revealed their top 100 favourite
albums. Brothers in Arms came in at number 64 (see "My Favourite Album"). Brothers in Arms is ranked number 3
in the best albums of 1985 and number 31 in the best albums of the 1980s.
As of June 2012, Brothers in Arms is the 7th best-selling album of all-time in the UK, the 4th best-selling album of
all-time in Australia, the 18th best-selling album of all-time in France and the 109th best-selling album in the United
States.[16]
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Track listings
All songs written by Mark Knopfler, except where indicated. The track lengths on the LP version differ from the
lengths on the CD and cassette versions, due to the limitations of the vinyl medium. The full tracks would not all fit
on a single disc. (This was the first album where the CD was longer than the LP.)
CD/Cassette track listing
No. Title
Length
1. "So Far Away"
5:12
2. "Money for Nothing" (Knopfler, Sting)
8:26
3. "Walk of Life"
4:12
4. "Your Latest Trick"
6:33
5. "Why Worry"
8:31
6. "Ride Across the River"
6:58
7. "The Man's Too Strong"
4:40
8. "One World"
3:40
9. "Brothers in Arms"
7:00
Original LP track listing
Side A
No. Title
Length
1. "So Far Away"
3:59
2. "Money for Nothing" (Knopfler, Sting)
7:04
3. "Walk of Life"
4:12
4. "Your Latest Trick"
4:46
5. "Why Worry"
5:22
Side B
No. Title
Length
6. "Ride Across the River"
6:58
7. "The Man's Too Strong"
4:40
8. "One World"
3:40
9. "Brothers in Arms"
7:00
Brothers in Arms
Songs
Side 1
"Money for Nothing" was one of the most played music videos on MTV during the era. It is one of only two Dire
Straits songs on a studio album to not be solely credited to Mark Knopfler - Sting was given a co-writing credit.
"Walk of Life" was a number 2 hit for the band in the UK in early 1986 and a number 7 hit in the United States later
that year. The song was nearly left off the album, but was included after the band out-voted producer Neil Dorfsman.
Side 2
On the second side of the album, three songs ("Ride Across the River", "The Man's Too Strong" and "Brothers in
Arms") are lyrically focused on militarism.
"Ride Across the River" uses immersive Latin American imagery, accompanied by synthesized pan flute, a
reggae-influenced drum part and eerie background noises. "The Man's Too Strong" depicts the character of an
ancient soldier (or war criminal) and his fear of showing feelings as a weakness. "Brothers in Arms" deals with the
nonsense of war.
Cover
The guitar featured on the album cover is a National Style 0 Resonator. The Style 0 line of guitars was introduced in
1930 and discontinued in 1941. The guitar is now owned by a guitar shop in California called Fretted Americana.
The photographer was Deborah Feingold.[17]
Personnel
Band personnel
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler: guitars, vocals
John Illsley: bass, vocals
Alan Clark: keyboards
Guy Fletcher: keyboards, vocals
with
• Omar Hakim: drums
• Terry Williams: drum crescendo intro on "Money for Nothing"
Additional personnel
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Jack Sonni: guitar
Michael Brecker: tenor saxophone
Randy Brecker: trumpet
Malcolm Duncan: tenor saxophone
Neil Jason: bass
Tony Levin: bass
Michael Mainieri: vibraphone
Dave Plews: horn
Sting: backing vocals on "Money for Nothing"
According to a 2006 Sound on Sound magazine interview with the co-producer/engineer of the album, Neil
Dorfsman, then-permanent drummer Terry Williams' performance was found to be unsuitable for the desired sound
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of the album during the first month of the recording sessions. He was therefore temporarily replaced by one of the
most popular jazz session drummers of the time, Omar Hakim, who recorded the whole album's drum parts in two
days and then left.[18] Terry Williams' only contribution is the improvised crescendo at the beginning of "Money for
Nothing." Everything else features Hakim's drumming, although Williams would be back in the band for the music
videos and the tour.
Charts
The album was a hit for the group:
• In Australia, Brothers in Arms was the biggest selling album in 1985 and the second best selling album in 1986,
behind Whitney Houston's eponymous album. It topped the albums chart for 34 (non-consecutive) weeks, and is
the album with the second most weeks at number-one in ARIA Albums Chart.
• In the Netherlands, the album broke the all-time longest chart history with (non-consecutive) 269 weeks.
• In the UK it reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart, and has achieved 228 weeks in the chart.[19]
• In the United States it reached #1 on the Billboard 200 and remained there for nine weeks.
• The album also topped the charts in Austria, Canada, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece,
Hong Kong, Yugoslavia, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Norway, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden
and Turkey.
Album
Year Chart
Position
1986 UK Albums Chart
1
1985 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Singles
1985 Austrian Albums Chart
1
1985 U.S. Billboard 200
1
1985 Canadian Albums Chart
1
1985 German Albums Chart
1
1985 French Albums Chart
1
1985 Norwegian Albums Chart
1
1985 Swedish Albums Chart
1
1985 Swiss Albums Chart
1
1985 Dutch Albums Chart
2
1985 Italian Albums Chart
4
Brothers in Arms
Year
Song
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Hot Adult
Billboard
Hot
Australian Austrian French Italian Norwegian Swedish Swiss
UK
Contemporary Hot 100 Mainstream
Singles
Singles Singles Singles
Singles
Singles Singles Singles
Tracks
Rock
Chart
Chart
Chart Chart
Chart
Chart Chart
Tracks
1985 "Money for
Nothing"
#1
#1
#4
#7
#34
-
-
-
-
#4
1985 "One
World"
-
-
#8
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1985 "So Far
Away"
-
-
#29
#22
-
-
#33
#4
#7
#6
#20
1985 "Brothers in Arms"
-
#29
#57
-
-
-
-
-
-
#16
1986 "Walk of #4
Life"
#7
#6
#11
#18
-
-
-
-
#24
#2
1986 "Ride
Across
the
River"
-
-
#21
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1986 "So Far
Away"
#3
#19
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
1986 "Your
Latest
Trick"
-
-
-
-
-
#1
-
-
-
-
#26
Awards
Grammy Awards
Year Winner
Category
1985 Brothers in Arms
Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
1985 "Money for Nothing" Best Rock Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal
2006 Brothers in Arms
Best Surround Sound Album
Sales and certifications
Region
Certification Sales/shipments
[20]
Gold
Argentina (CAPIF)
Australia (ARIA)
[21]
30,000x
17Г— Platinum 1,190,000^
[22]
Canada (Music Canada)
[23]
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)
[24]
France (SNEP)
[26]
Germany (BVMI)
Diamond
1,000,000^
2Г— Platinum
116,784
Diamond
1,995,300
Platinum
500,000^
[27] Platinum
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)
[23]
[25]
20,000*
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[28]
New Zealand (RIANZ)
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)
[29] 6Г— Platinum
300,000x
[30]
13Г— Platinum 4,155,000[31]
[32]
9Г— Platinum
United Kingdom (BPI)
United States (RIAA)
24Г— Platinum 360,000^
9,000,000^
*
sales figures based on certification alone
shipments figures based on certification alone
x
unspecified figures based on certification alone
^
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External links
• Brothers in Arms (http://www.radio3net.ro/dbartists/supersearch/
QnJvdGhlcnMgaW4gQXJtcyAoV2FybmVyIEJyb3MuKQ==/Brothers in Arms (Warner Bros.)) (Adobe Flash)
at Radio3Net (streamed copy where licensed)
On Every Street
On Every Street
Studio album by Dire Straits
Released
10 September 1991
Recorded November 1990 to May 1991 at Air Studios, London
Genre
Roots rock
Length
59:39
69:16 (with bonus tracks)
Label
Vertigo
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer Mark Knopfler, Alan Clark
Dire Straits chronology
Brothers in
Arms
(1985)
On Every
Street
(1991)
On the
Night
(1993)
On Every Street
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
Allmusic
[1]
Rolling Stone
[2]
On Every Street is the sixth and final studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1991 (see 1991 in
music). It hit #1 on the UK Albums Chart.
History
On Every Street was released on 10 September 1991 - more than six years after the band's previous album - Brothers
in Arms, and was Dire Straits' sixth and final studio album. It was released to mixed reviews and was not as popular nor as successful - as its predecessor, though it still sold more than eight million copies worldwide (six million in
Europe and one million in the United States). It reached number 12 in the United States and number one in the
United Kingdom. The album was produced by Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits.
By this time, the band comprised Knopfler, John Illsley, Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher, and the album features
session musicians including Paul Franklin, Phil Palmer, Danny Cummings and American drummer Jeff Porcaro from
Toto.
Dire Straits promoted the album with a gruelling world tour which lasted until the end of 1992. The group disbanded
in 1995, after which Mark Knopfler pursued a solo career and released his debut album Golden Heart in 1996 (not
counting previously released soundtracks), and has released many solo records since.
This album was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world,
except for the United States, where it was issued on 19 September 2000.
Track listing
All songs by Mark Knopfler.
1. "Calling Elvis" – 6:26
2. "On Every Street" – 5:04
3. "When It Comes to You" – 5:01
4. "Fade to Black" – 3:50
5. "The Bug" – 4:16
6. "You and Your Friend" – 5:59
7. "Heavy Fuel" – 5:10
8. "Iron Hand" – 3:09
9. "Ticket to Heaven" – 4:25
10. "My Parties" – 5:33
11. "Planet of New Orleans" – 7:48
12. "How Long" – 3:49
On Every Street
Limited edition bonus tracks
• "Millionaire Blues" – 4:22
2. "Kingdom Come" – 4:15
Singles
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
"Calling Elvis"
"Heavy Fuel"
"On Every Street"
"The Bug"
"You and Your Friend" (released in France and Germany)
"Ticket to Heaven" (released in The Netherlands)
Personnel
Dire Straits
• Mark Knopfler – vocals, guitar
• Alan Clark – organ, piano, synthesizer
• Guy Fletcher – synthesizer, background vocals
• John Illsley – bass
Additional personnel
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Danny Cummings – percussion
Paul Franklin – pedal steel (acoustic lap steel on "You and Your Friend")
Vince Gill – guitar, background vocals (on "The Bug")
Manu Katché – percussion, drums (1, 7, 11)
George Martin – conductor
Phil Palmer – guitar
Jeff Porcaro – drums, percussion
Chris White – flute, saxophone
George Martin - String arrangements on Ticket To Heaven
Production
•
•
•
•
•
•
Producers: Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits
Engineers: Chuck Ainlay, Bill Schnee
Assistant engineers: Steve Orchard, Jack Joseph Puig, Andy Strange
Mixing: Neil Dorfsman; except "Heavy Fuel" by Bob Clearmountain
Project coordinator: Jo Motta
Design: Sutton Cooper and Paul Cummins
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Charts
The album stayed for 36 weeks in the UK Albums Chart.[3]
Album
Year Chart
Position
1991 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
1991 Austrian Albums Chart
1
1991 Italian Albums Chart
1
1991 Norwegian Albums Chart
1
1991 Spanish Albums Chart
1
1991 Swedish Albums Chart
1
1991 Swiss Albums Chart
1
1991 French Albums Chart
1
1991 UK Albums Chart
1
1991 US Billboard 200
12
Singles
Year
Song
Hot
Mainstream
Rock
Hot
Modern
Rock
Australian
Singles
Chart
Austrian
Singles
Chart
Dutch
Singles
Chart
French
Singles
Chart
Italian
Singles
Chart
Norwegian
Singles
Chart
Swedish
Singles
Chart
Swiss
Singles
Chart
UK
Singles
Chart
1991 "Calling
Elvis"
#3
#25
#8
#8
-
#7
#3
#2
#6
#2
#21
1991 "Heavy
Fuel"
#1
#22
#26
-
-
#32
#22
-
-
-
#55
1992 "On
Every
Street"
-
-
-
-
-
#23
-
-
-
-
#42
1992 "The
Bug"
#8
-
-
-
-
#44
-
-
-
-
#67
1992 "You and Your
Friend"
-
-
-
-
#49
-
-
-
-
-
1994 "Ticket
to
Heaven"
-
-
-
#43
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
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Certifications
Organisation
Level
Date
BPI – UK
Silver
1 October 1991
BPI – UK
Gold
1 October 1991
BPI – UK
Platinum
1 October 1991
BPI – UK
2X Platinum 1 October 1991
RIAA – U.S.
Gold
13 November 1991
RIAA – U.S.
Platinum
13 November 1991
SNEP – France
Diamond
1991
IFPI – Germany Gold
1991
IFPI – Germany Platinum
1991
References
[1] Allmusic review (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r5894)
[2] Rolling Stone review (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ music/ albumreviews/ on-every-street-19911017)
[3] http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=8668
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Live albums
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
Live album by Dire Straits
Released
March 12, 1984
Recorded
July 22-23, 1983
Genre
Roots rock, blues rock, progressive rock
Length
93:59
Label
Vertigo
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer
Mark Knopfler
[1]
Hammersmith Odeon, London
Dire Straits chronology
ExtendedancEPlay
(1983)
Alchemy: Dire Straits
Live
(1984)
Brothers in
Arms
(1985)
Professional
ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
Allmusic
[2]
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live is the first live album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1984 (see 1984 in
music). It features their best-known tracks up to that point, often featuring reworked arrangements and extended
improvisational segments.
The cover image is taken from a painting by Brett Whiteley.
Alchemy was remastered and re-released (in the UK only) on May 8, 2001.
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Track listing
All songs written by Mark Knopfler except as indicated.
Original release
Side one
No. Title
Length
1. "Once Upon A Time In The West"
13:01
2. "Romeo and Juliet"
8:22
Side two
No. Title
Length
1. "Expresso Love"
5:41
2. "Private Investigations"
7:40
3. "Sultans of Swing"
10:48
Side three
No. Title
Length
1. "Two Young Lovers"
4:51
2. "Tunnel of Love (Mark Knopfler, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)"
14:38
Side four
No. Title
1. "Telegraph Road"
Length
13:19
2. "Solid Rock"
5:32
3. "Going Home – Theme from 'Local Hero"
4:58
CD release
"Love over Gold", which had been released as a separate single in 1984, was added into the track list for the CD
release, and the fade outs between sides 1 and 2 and sides 3 and 4 have been removed. A number of tracks had their
length increased for the CD releases.
Disc one
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No. Title
Length
1. "Once Upon A Time In The West"
13:01
2. "Expresso Love"
5:45
3. "Romeo and Juliet"
8:17
4. "Love Over Gold"
3:27
5. "Private Investigations"
7:34
6. "Sultans of Swing"
10:54
Disc two
No. Title
Length
1. "Two Young Lovers (Intro: The Carousel Waltz)"
4:49
2. "Tunnel of Love (Mark Knopfler, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)"
14:29
3. "Telegraph Road"
13:37
4. "Solid Rock"
6:01
5. "Going Home – Theme from 'Local Hero'"
6:05
Video release
Alchemy: Dire Straits
Live
Video by Dire Straits
Released 1984,
1995 (Digitally remastered)
Length
90 minutes
Label
PolyGram Video
Producer Limelight Films
The concert film was originally released in Beta, VHS video cassette and Laserdisc formats, and digitally remastered
in 1995.
A DVD and Blu-ray version with newly remixed 5.1-surround mixes were released in May 2010. The new mixes
have been prepared by Chuck Ainlay in 2009. The original film itself will be digitally enhanced.[3] The song "Love
over Gold" is not included in the video, just like the original album, but is contrarily the one performance available
on DVD so far, being included in the compilation Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits.
The video opens with scenes of the band in a pub playing pool, interspersed with concert clips. Playing over this is
the song "Saturday Night at the Movies" performed by The Drifters. The music changes to the instrumental
"Stargazer", from the film Local Hero, over external shots of a sold-out Hammersmith Odeon. The scene switches to
the inside of the venue as Dire Straits are announced and walk onstage for the concert.
The closing credits again use the Drifters' "Saturday Night at the Movies".
• A Limelight Films Production
• Director – Peter Sinclair
• Film Editor – Peter Goddard
• Soundtrack produced by Mark Knopfler
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• Recorded by Mick McKenna, Rolling Stones Mobile
Personnel
•
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler – guitar, vocals
Alan Clark – keyboard
John Illsley – bass
Hal Lindes – guitar
Terry Williams – drums
Additional personnel
• Mel Collins – saxophone
• Tommy Mandel – keyboards
• Joop de Korte – percussion
Charts
This first live album by Dire Straits stayed 163 weeks in the UK Albums Chart.
twenty-second best-selling album of 1984.
Album
Year
Chart
1984 Greek Albums Chart
Position
1
1984 New Zealand Albums Chart 1
Certifications
1984 Swiss Albums Chart
3
1984 UK Albums Chart
3
1984 Norwegian Albums Chart
7
1984 Austrian Albums Chart
9
1984 Swedish Albums Chart
19
1984 U.S. Billboard 200
46
2010 German Albums Chart[5]
46
[4]
In Australia, the album was the
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
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Organisation
Level
Date
BPI – UK
Silver
March 15, 1984
BPI – UK
Gold
March 15, 1984
SNEP – France
Gold
1984
BPI – UK
Platinum February 19, 1985
IFPI – Germany Gold
1988
RIAA – U.S.
July 27, 2001
Gold
References
[1] http:/ / www. mark-knopfler. info/ a1983. htm
[2] Ruhlmann, William (2011 [last update]). "Alchemy: Dire Straits Live - Dire Straits | AllMusic" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r5891).
allmusic.com. . Retrieved July 2, 2011.
[3] "MarkKnopfler.com" (http:/ / www. markknopfler. com/ news/ news_items. aspx?PostID=16380). MarkKnopfler.com. August 4, 2009. .
Retrieved December 1, 2011.
[4] "Dire Straits - Alchemy" (http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=7764). Chart Stats. . Retrieved December 1, 2011.
[5] ":: MTV | Album Top 50 KW 47 | charts" (http:/ / www. mtv. de/ charts/ album50). Mtv.de. November 25, 2011. . Retrieved December 1,
2011.
External links
• Alchemy Live (TV, 1984) (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0310608/) at IMDb
On the Night
On the Night
Live album by Dire Straits
Released
10 May 1993
Recorded May 1992, Les Arenes, NГ®mes, France; Feijenoord Stadion, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Genre
Roots rock
Length
75:33
Label
Vertigo
Warner Bros. (USA)
Producer Mark Knopfler, Neil Dorfsman, Guy Fletcher
Dire Straits chronology
On Every
Street
(1991)
On the
Night
(1993)
Encores
(1993)
On the Night
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
[1]
Allmusic
(CD)
Allmusic
(DVD)
[2]
On the Night is the second live album by Dire Straits. It was released in 1993, between Alchemy (1984) and Live at
the BBC (1995, but recorded much earlier). It features many of their later hits, including the successful singles "Walk
of Life" and "Money for Nothing". "On the Night" is a collection of recordings from two different concerts during
the On Every Street tour.
The musical virtuosity of all players can clearly be heard, and the album makes good use of Paul Franklin's pedal
steel guitar skills, and Chris White's saxophone solos. These two musicians had previously appeared on the album
On Every Street; On the Night highlights their talents more prominently.
Video and DVD releases
The video version of On the Night included three additional tracks: "The Bug", "Solid Rock" and "Wild Theme"
(from the Local Hero soundtrack). "The Bug" was placed between "Romeo and Juliet" and "Private Investigations",
while the other two tracks were at the end. The three omitted tracks were released separately on the Encores EP.
The concert film was eventually released in a PAL-format DVD in the UK, VideoCD in Netherlands, and a
region-free NTSC DVD importable from Argentina.
Track listing
All songs were written by Mark Knopfler, except where noted.
Album version
1. "Calling Elvis" – 10:25
2. "Walk of Life" – 5:06
3. "Heavy Fuel" – 5:23
4. "Romeo and Juliet" – 10:05
5. "Private Investigations" – 9:43
6. "Your Latest Trick" – 5:35
7. "On Every Street" – 7:01
8. "You and Your Friend" – 6:48
9. "Money for Nothing" (Knopfler, Sting) – 6:28
10. "Brothers in Arms" – 8:54
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Video and DVD version
1. "Calling Elvis"
2. "Walk of Life"
3. "Heavy Fuel"
4. "Romeo and Juliet"
5. "The Bug"
6. "Private Investigations"
7. "Your Latest Trick"
8. "On Every Street"
9. "You and Your Friend"
10. "Money for Nothing" (Knopfler, Sting)
11. "Brothers in Arms"
12. "Solid Rock"
13. "Local Hero - Wild Theme"
Charts
The second live album by Dire Straits stayed for 7 weeks in the UK Albums Chart. [3]
Album
Year
Chart
Position
1993 Austrian Albums Chart
1
1993 Dutch Albums Chart
2
1993 Italian Albums Chart
3
1993 UK Albums Chart
4
1993 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 5
1993 Norwegian Albums Chart
5
1993 Swiss Albums Chart
5
1993 French Albums Chart
1
1993 Swedish Albums Chart
14
1993 U.S. Billboard 200
116
Personnel
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler – lead vocals, lead guitar
John Illsley – bass, backing vocals
Alan Clark – keyboards
Guy Fletcher – keyboards, backing vocals
Danny Cummings – percussion, backing vocals
Paul Franklin – pedal steel guitar
Phil Palmer – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Chris White – saxophone, flute, backing vocals
Chris Whitten – drums
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References
[1] Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. On the Night (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r170320) at Allmusic
[2] Davies, Ben. On the Night (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r420469) at Allmusic
[3] http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=11418
Live at the BBC
Live At The BBC
Live album by Dire Straits
Released
26 June 1995
Recorded 22 July 1978, except "Tunnel of Love": 31 January 1981 BBC Studios, London
Genre
Roots rock
Length
45:57
Label
Windsong (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Vertigo
Producer Various
Dire Straits chronology
Encores
(1993)
Live at the
BBC
(1995)
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire
Straits
(1998)
Professional
ratings
Review scores
Source
Allmusic
Rating
[1]
Live at the BBC is a live album by Dire Straits, recorded in-between Dire Straits, CommuniquГ© and Making Movies.
The studio versions of the first six songs were released on Dire Straits. This was the band's third live album; their
previous album had also been a live album - 1993's On the Night.
History
The album was released in 1995, the year in which the group officially disbanded. From Mark Knopfler's own
words, this album was released because the defunct Dire Straits still owed an album to PolyGram (now Mercury).
This album was a means to end the legal contract, before Mark Knopfler began his solo career (still signed to
Mercury).
The first seven tracks were recorded for the BBC Live in Concert series on 22 July 1978. Track 8, "Tunnel of Love"
was recorded for the BBC TV program The Old Grey Whistle Test on 31 January 1981.
This record features one unreleased song, a co-written track with brother David, "What's The Matter Baby?" It is the
only co-written song in Dire Straits history. The songs riffs and general structure were used for Lady Writer on the
band's second album Communique, which may explain why it was not rerecorded.(There are two other Dire Straits
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songs on which Mark Knopfler shared writing credits -- "Money for Nothing" and "Tunnel of Love" - but in each
case the song itself is entirely by Knopfler with only a small contribution to the backing or arrangement by the other
credited artist.)
Track listing
(all songs by Mark Knopfler, except where noted)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
"Down to the Waterline" – 4:10
"Six Blade Knife" – 3:47
"Water of Love" – 5:29
"Wild West End" – 5:12
"Sultans of Swing" – 6:38
"Lions" – 5:26
"What's the Matter Baby?" (D. Knopfler, M. Knopfler) – 3:20
"Tunnel of Love" (Intro: "Carousel Waltz" by Rodgers & Hammerstein) – 11:56
Personnel
•
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler – guitars, vocals
David Knopfler – guitars, vocals
John Illsley – bass guitars, vocals
Pick Withers – drums
Alan Clark – keyboards
Charts
This 3rd live album by Dire Straits stayed 1 week in the UK Albums Chart. [2]
Album
Year
Chart
Position
1995 Dutch Albums Chart 15
1995 Swiss Albums Chart 45
1995 UK Albums Chart
71
References
[1] Ruhlmann, William. Live at the BBC (Dire Straits album) (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r220314) at Allmusic
[2] "Chart Stats - Dire Straits - Live at the BBC" (http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=11417). chartstats.com. . Retrieved 30
October 2011.
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Compilation albums
Money for Nothing
Money for Nothing
Greatest hits album by Dire Straits
Released
October 1988
Recorded
1978-1985
Genre
Rock
Length
66:18
Label
Vertigo
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer
Various
Dire Straits chronology
Brothers in
Arms
(1985)
Money for
Nothing
(1988)
On Every
Street
(1991)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
[1]
Allmusic
Robert Christgau
[2]
Bв€’
Money for Nothing is a greatest hits album by Dire Straits released in 1988. It features highlights from the band's
first five albums. The vinyl edition omits "Telegraph Road" and has a different running order, with "Tunnel of Love"
placed between "Money for Nothing", the title track, and "Brothers in Arms". The collection went to #1 on the UK
Albums Chart. It sold 6.6 million copies in Europe and one million in the U.S.
Track listing[3]
All songs written by Mark Knopfler, except where noted.
1. "Sultans of Swing" – 5:46
2. "Down to the Waterline" – 4:01
• Tracks 1-2 originally released on the album Dire Straits.
3. "Portobello Belle--Live" – 4:33
• Previously unreleased. Outtake from the album Alchemy.
4. "Twisting by the Pool (Remix)" – 3:30
• Previously released as a single & EP.
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5. "Tunnel of Love" (Intro by Rodgers/Hammerstein) – 8:10
6. "Romeo and Juliet" – 5:56
• Tracks 5-6 previously released on the album Making Movies.
7. "Where Do You Think You're Going?" – 3:30
• Previously unreleased. Original mix is on the album Communiqué.
8. "Walk of Life" – 4:08
• Previously released on the album Brothers in Arms.
9. "Private Investigations" – 5:50
• Full-length version originally released on the album Love over Gold.
10. "Telegraph Road--Live (Remix)" – 11:59
• Previously unreleased. Original mix is on the album Alchemy.
11. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) single edit – 4:06
12. "Brothers in Arms" – 4:49
• Previously unreleased. Original mixes are on the album Brothers in Arms.
Charts
The first compilation by Dire Straits spent 64 weeks in the UK Albums Chart. [4]
Album
Year Chart
Position
1988 Swiss Albums Chart
1
1988 UK Albums Chart
1
1988 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 3
1988 Austrian Albums Chart
3
1988 Norwegian Albums Chart
3
1988 Swedish Albums Chart
8
1988 U.S. Billboard 200
62
1989 Italian Albums Chart
2
Certifications
Organisation
Level
Date
BPI – UK
Silver
October 18, 1988
BPI – UK
Gold
October 18, 1988
BPI – UK
Platinum
October 18, 1988
BPI – UK
2x Platinum October 18, 1988
BPI – UK
3x Platinum October 18, 1988
IFPI – Germany Gold
1991
IFPI – Germany Platinum
1991
BPI – UK
4x Platinum January 20, 1989
RIAA – U.S.
Gold
October 5, 1989
Money for Nothing
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SNEP – France
Diamond
1991
RIAA – U.S.
Platinum
August 4, 1994
References
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
Allmusic review (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r5893)
Robert Christgau review (http:/ / www. robertchristgau. com/ get_artist. php?name=dire+ straits)
Japan release contained an additional track 'Solid Rock', placed between 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Where Do You Think You're Going'
http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=8667
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
Greatest hits album by Dire Straits
Released
August 1998
Recorded
1978-1992
Genre
Rock
Length
78:59
Label
Mercury
Warner Bros. (US)
Dire Straits chronology
Live at the
BBC
(1995)
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire
Straits
(1998)
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private
Investigations
(2005)
Professional
ratings
Review scores
Source
Allmusic
Rating
[1]
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits is the second greatest hits compilation released by the band Dire
Straits. It was originally released as both a one disc edition and two disc edition in August 1998. The second disc
contains live performances. The release is named after their 1978 hit single of the same name.
The compilation was re-released together with a DVD in 2002. The DVD features the music videos of all the songs
on the first disc, in addition to short interviews with Mark Knopfler about each song.
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Track listing
Disc one
1. "Sultans of Swing" (from Dire Straits, 1978) – 5:50
2. "Lady Writer" (from Communiqué, 1979) – 3:49
3. "Romeo and Juliet" (from Making Movies, 1980) – 6:05
4. "Tunnel of Love" (from Making Movies, 1980) – 8:14
5. "Private Investigations" (from Love over Gold, 1982) – 5:54
6. "Twisting by the Pool" (from ExtendedancEPlay, 1983) – 3:36
7. "Love over Gold" (live, from Alchemy: Dire Straits Live, 1984) – 3:40
8. "So Far Away" (from Brothers in Arms, 1985) – 4:03
9. "Money for Nothing" (from Brothers in Arms, 1985) single edit – 4:09
10. "Brothers in Arms" (from Brothers in Arms, 1985) – 4:55
11. "Walk of Life" (from Brothers in Arms, 1985) – 4:12
12. "Calling Elvis" (from On Every Street, 1991) – 4:41
13. "Heavy Fuel" (from On Every Street, 1991) – 5:01
14. "On Every Street" (from On Every Street, 1991) – 4:39
15. "Your Latest Trick" (live, from On the Night) – 5:41
16. "Local Hero/Wild Theme" (live, from On the Night, DVD version) – 4:23
Disc two (Live at The Royal Albert Hall)
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
"Calling Elvis" (live) – 9:05
"Walk of Life" (live) – 5:28
"Last Exit to Brooklyn" (live) – 2:23
"Romeo and Juliet" (live) – 7:30
"Sultans of Swing" (live) – 13:14
"Brothers in Arms" (live) – 8:54
"Money for Nothing" (live) – 6:37
Mark Knopfler recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall, London on 23 May 1996.
Charts
The second compilation by Dire Straits has spent 14 weeks in the UK Albums Chart.[2][3]
Album
Year Chart
Position
1998 Finnish Albums Chart
1
1998 Norwegian Albums Chart
2
1998 Belgian Albums Chart
3
1998 Italian Albums Chart
3
1998 Swiss Albums Chart
3
1998 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 4
1998 Austrian Albums Chart
5
1998 Dutch Albums Chart
6
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
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1998 New Zealand Albums Chart
6
1998 UK Albums Chart
6
1998 Swedish Albums Chart
7
Certifications
Organisation
Level
Date
BPI – UK
Silver
16 October 1998
BPI – UK
Gold
16 October 1998
IFPI – Europe
Platinum
1998
SNEP – France
Platinum
1998
ARIA – Australia Platinum
1998
IFPI – Germany
Gold
1999
IFPI – Europe
4x Platinum 2010
References
[1] Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r380621) at Allmusic
[2] http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=5782
[3] http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ albuminfo. php?id=88
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private
Investigations
Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler
Greatest hits album by Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler
Released
2005
Genre
Roots rock
Label
Mercury/Vertigo
Warner Bros. (USA)
Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler chronology
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire
Straits
(1998)
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private
Investigations
(2005)
Deluxe edition cover art
Dire Straits - Walk of Life The Hits
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations
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Professional
ratings
Review scores
Source
Rating
Allmusic
[1]
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations is a 2005 best of album. Named after their 1982
hit single, it consists of material by Dire Straits, with songs selected from the majority of the group's six studio
albums (excluding the 1979 album CommuniquГ©) from 1978 up to the group's dissolution in 1995. It also features
work from the solo career of the lead guitarist and singer, Mark Knopfler, including some of his soundtrack material.
The only previously unreleased track on the album is "All The Roadrunning", a duet with country music singer
Emmylou Harris. The US version omits "Darling Pretty", but adds "Skateaway".
This album was released in four different versions:
•
•
•
•
A single disc (Grey cover)
A two-disc compilation (Blue cover)
A two-disc compilation together with a booklet (Gold cover)
A two-disc LP with tracks from the single disc CD version
Track listing
All songs are written by Mark Knopfler unless otherwise indicated.
Single disc track listing
1. "Sultans of Swing"
2. "Love over Gold"
3. "Romeo and Juliet"
4. "Tunnel of Love" (intro "The Carousel Waltz" by Rodgers & Hammerstein)
5. "Private Investigations"
6. "Money for Nothing" (featuring Sting)
7. "Brothers in Arms"
8. "Walk of Life"
9. "On Every Street" – 5:03
10. "Going Home (Theme from Local Hero)" – 5:00
11. "Why Aye Man" – 4:09
12. "Boom, Like That" – 5:49
13. "What It Is" – 4:56
14. "All the Roadrunning" – 4:49 (featuring Emmylou Harris)
The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations
Two-disc track listing
Disc one
1. "Telegraph Road" – 14:20
2. "Sultans of Swing" – 5:48
3. "Love Over Gold" – 6:18
4. "Romeo and Juliet" – 6:00
5. "Tunnel of Love" – 8:10 (intro "The Carousel Waltz" by Rodgers/Hammerstein)
6. "Private Investigations" – 5:59
7. "So Far Away" – 5:07
8. "Money for Nothing" – 8:24 (Knopfler/Gordon Sumner (Sting))
9. "Brothers in Arms" – 6:57
10. "Walk of Life" – 4:08
11. "Your Latest Trick" – 6:29
Disc two
1. "Calling Elvis" – 6:24
2. "On Every Street" – 5:03
3. "Going Home (Theme from Local Hero)" – 5:00
4. "Darling Pretty" – 4:30
5. "The Long Road (Theme from Cal)" – 7:21
6. "Why Aye Man" – 4:09
7. "Sailing to Philadelphia" – 5:29
8. "What It Is" – 4:56
9. "The Trawlerman's Song" – 5:02
10. "Boom, Like That" – 5:49
11. "All the Roadrunning" – 4:49
Two-disc track listing (US version)
Disc one
1. "Telegraph Road" – 14:20
2. "Sultans of Swing" – 5:48
3. "Love Over Gold" – 6:18
4. "Romeo and Juliet" – 6:00
5. "Tunnel of Love" – 8:10 (intro "The Carousel Waltz" by Rodgers/Hammerstein)
6. "Skateaway" – 6:35
7. "Private Investigations" – 5:59
8. "So Far Away" – 5:07
9. "Money for Nothing" – 8:24 (Knopfler/Sting)
10. "Walk of Life" – 4:08
11. "Your Latest Trick" – 6:29
Disc two
1. "Calling Elvis" – 6:24
2. "On Every Street" – 5:03
3. "Going Home (Theme from Local Hero)" – 5:00
4. "The Long Road (Theme from Cal)" – 7:21
5. "Why Aye Man" – 4:09
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6. "Sailing to Philadelphia" – 5:29
7. "What It Is" – 4:56
8. "The Trawlerman's Song" – 5:02
9. "Boom, Like That" – 5:49
10. "Brothers in Arms" – 6:57
11. "All the Roadrunning" – 4:49
Album
Year Chart
Position
2005 Portuguese Albums Chart
3
2005 Danish Albums Chart
5
2005 Norway Albums Chart
5
2005 Swedish Albums Chart
6
2005 Spanish Albums Chart
7
2005 Belgian Albums Chart
14
2005 Swiss Albums Chart
15
2005 Finnish Albums Chart
17
2005 New Zealand Albums Chart 17
2005 UK Albums Chart
20
2005 Dutch Albums Chart
23
2005 Australian Albums Chart
35
2005 Austrian Albums Chart
44
Certifications
Organisation
Level
Date
BPI – UK
Silver
11 November 2005
BPI – UK
Gold
11 November 2005
IRMA – Ireland 2X Platinum 2005
References
[1] Jurek, Thom. The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r803424) at Allmusic
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EPs
ExtendedancEPlay
ExtendedancEPlay
EP by Dire Straits
Released
10 January 1983
Recorded
1–3 October 1982
Genre
Roots rock, rock and roll
Length
15:52
Label
Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer
Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits chronology
Love over
Gold
(1982)
ExtendedancEPlay Alchemy
(1983)
(1984)
Dire Straits Singles chronology
"Private
Investigations"
(1982)
"Twisting by the
Pool"
(1983)
"Love over Gold"
(live)
(1984)
Professional
ratings
Review scores
Source
Allmusic
Rating
[1]
ExtendedancEPlay is a three-track (US: four-track) 12" EP by the British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1983. It
is commonly called Twisting by the Pool, after the hit song of the same name on its first track.
The EP is uncharacteristic of Dire Straits' usually relaxed tempo, as most of the tracks have a jazz and/or swing feel
with an upbeat tempo. It is the first release to feature drummer Terry Williams, who filled the spot after the departing
original drummer, Pick Withers.
In its original UK configuration, this EP only contained three tracks. Added to the North American release was
"Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts" - a Love over Gold studio outtake which had already been released in the UK as
the B-side to "Private Investigations".
ExtendedancEPlay
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Track listing
All songs written by Mark Knopfler.
UK version
Side one:
1. "Twisting by the Pool" – 3:28
Side two:
1. "Two Young Lovers" – 3:22
2. "If I Had You" – 4:15
US version
Side one:
1. "Twisting by the Pool" – 3:28
2. "Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts" – 4:47
Side two:
1. "Two Young Lovers" – 3:22
2. "If I Had You" – 4:15
Personnel
•
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler – vocals, lead guitar
Hal Lindes – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark – piano, Hammond organ, synthesizer
John Illsley – bass, backing vocals
Terry Williams – drums
Additional personnel
• Pick Withers – drums on "Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts"
• Mel Collins – saxophone on "Two Young Lovers"
Charts
EP
Year
Chart
1983 U.S. Billboard 200
Singles
Peak
53
ExtendedancEPlay
98
Year
Single
Chart
Peak
1983 "Twisting by the Pool" UK Singles Chart
14
1983 "Twisting by the Pool" New Zealand Singles Chart
1
1983 "Twisting by the Pool" Norwegian Singles Chart
6
1983 "Twisting by the Pool" Swedish Singles Chart
13
1983 "Twisting by the Pool" Swiss Singles Chart
11
1983 "Twisting by the Pool" U.S. Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles
5
1983 "Twisting by the Pool" U.S. Top Tracks
12
References
[1] Ruhlmann, Wiulliam. ExtendedancEPlay (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r5890) at Allmusic
Encores
Encores
EP by Dire Straits
Released
10 May 1993
Recorded May 1992
Genre
Roots rock
Label
Vertigo
Producer Guy Fletcher, Neil Dorfsman and Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits chronology
On the
Night
(1993)
Encores
(1993)
Live at the
BBC
(1995)
Professional
ratings
Review scores
Source
Allmusic
Rating
[1]
Encores is a live EP by Dire Straits, released shortly after their live album On the Night. Although it was an EP, it
was charted on the Singles charts of many countries, including France where it debuted at number one.
Encores
99
Track listings
All tracks are composed by Mark Knopfler.
CD maxi
1.
2.
3.
4.
"Your Latest Trick" (live) — 5:41
"The Bug" (live) — 5:24
"Solid Rock" (live) — 5:20
"Local Hero (Wild Theme)" (live) — 4:19
Charts
This EP stayed 3 weeks in the UK Albums Chart.[2]
Peak positions
Chart (1993)
Peak
position
[3]
47
Australian ARIA Singles Chart
Austrian Singles Chart
[3]
19
[4]
4
Dutch Top 40
French Singles Chart
[3][5]
1
[6]
34
German Singles Chart
[3]
10
Norwegian Singles Chart
[7]
1
Spain (AFYVE)
[3]
Swiss Singles Chart
20
[8]
31
UK Singles Chart
End of year charts
End of year chart (1993) Position
[4]
Dutch Top 40
49
Chart successions
References
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]
Allmusic review (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r334505)
(http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ songinfo. php?id=20846)
"Encores", in various singles charts Lescharts.com (http:/ / lescharts. com/ showitem. asp?key=2625& cat=s) (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
"Single top 100 over 1993" (http:/ / www. top40. nl/ pdf/ Top 100/ top 100 - 1993. pdf) (in Dutch) (pdf). Top40. . Retrieved 15 April 2010.
"Your Latest Trick" ("Encores" EP), French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (http:/ / lescharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits&
titel=Your+ Latest+ Trick& cat=s) (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
[6] "Dire Straits singles, German Singles Chart" (http:/ / www. musicline. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ artist/ Dire+ Straits/ single) (in
German). musicline. . Retrieved 17 April 2010.
[7] Salaverri, Fernando (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
Encores
[8] UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ songinfo. php?id=20846) (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
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101
Singles
"Sultans of Swing"
"Sultans of Swing"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Dire Straits
B-side
Eastbound Train (UK)
Southbound Again (U.S.)
Released
1978
Format
7"
Recorded
February 1978 (Basing Street
Studios)
April 1978 (Pathway Studios)
Genre
Pub rock, spoken word
Length
5:48
Label
Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (U.S.)
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Dire Straits (demo)
Muff Winwood
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Sultans of
Swing"
(1978)
"Water of
Love"
(1978)
Dire Straits track listing
"Southbound
Again"
(5)
"Sultans of
Swing"
(6)
"In the Gallery"
(7
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits track listing
"Sultans of
Swing"
(1)
Down to the
Waterline
(2 )
)
"Sultans of Swing" was the first single release of the British rock band Dire Straits. Although it was first released in
1978, it was its 1979 re-release that caused it to become a hit in both the UK and USA.
"Sultans of Swing"
The song was first recorded as a demo at Pathway Studios, North London, in July 1977, and quickly acquired a
following after it was put on rotation at Radio London. Its popularity soon reached record executives and Dire Straits
were offered a contract with Phonogram Records. The song was then re-recorded in early 1978 at Basing Street
Studios for the band's debut album Dire Straits. The record company wanted a less-polished rock sound for the
radio, so an alternative version was recorded at Pathway Studios in April 1978 and released as the single in some
countries including the United Kingdom and Germany.[1]
The song was written by Mark Knopfler whilst in a bar in South London. The inspiration came from a jazz band
playing in the corner of an otherwise deserted pub. "Sultans of Swing" was the name of Mark Knopfler's band,
during his teenage years when he was a student at Gosforth High School in Newcastle upon Tyne.
Chart success
The song was originally released in May 1978 but did not chart. Following re-issue in January 1979, the song
entered the American music pop chart. Unusually, the success of this single release came more than six months after
the relatively unheralded release of the band's debut album in October 1978. BBC Radio was initially unwilling to
play the song due to its high lyrical content but after it became a U.S. hit, their line softened.[2] The song reached the
top 10 in both the UK and the USA, reaching number 8 on the UK Singles Chart and number 4 on the Billboard Hot
100 and helped drive sales of the album, which also became a hit.
It was re-issued again as a single in November 1988, a month after it appeared on the band's greatest hits album
Money for Nothing, when it peaked at no. 62. It was also included on Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
and The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
Reception
The album version of the song featured a critically acclaimed extended guitar solo, reaching #22 on Guitar World's
list of the greatest guitar solos and #32 on Rolling Stone Magazine's list of greatest guitar songs.[3][4] Mark Knopfler
improvised and expanded that solo during live performances. The coda of the live recording on the 1984 album
Alchemy features one of Knopfler's most notable guitar improvisations. Another memorable live version of the song
came as an 11-minute performance at the 1988 Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert in London when Eric
Clapton teamed up with the band to play the song.
The master track of the song is featured in the video game Guitar Hero 5, as a playable song.
References
[1] Ingo Raven (November 18, 2009). "Sultans of Swing – The alternate single version and the demo version – sound and gear" (http:/ / www.
mk-guitar. com/ blog/ 2009/ 11/ 18/ sultans-of-swing-the-alternate-single-version-and-the-demo-version_sound_and_gear/ ). Mark Knopfler
Guitar. .
[2] "Humble guitar hero in Istanbul tonight - HГјrriyet Daily News and Economic Review" (http:/ / www. hurriyetdailynews. com/ h.
php?news=humble-guitar-hero-in-istanbul-tonight-2008-06-13). www.hurriyetdailynews.com. . Retrieved 2009-10-07.
[3] 100 Greatest Guitar Solos #22 (http:/ / www. guitarworld. com/ 100-greatest-guitar-solos-22-sultans-swing-mark-knopfler)
[4] Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Guitar Songs of All Time (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ news/ story/ 20947527/
the_100_greatest_guitar_songs_of_all_time/ print)
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"Lady Writer"
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"Lady Writer"
"Lady Writer"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album CommuniquГ©
B-side
Where Do You Think You're Going?
Released
13 July 1979
Genre
Rock
Length
3:45
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Sultans of
Swing"
(1978)
"Lady
Writer"
(1979)
"Romeo and
Juliet"
(1980)
CommuniquГ© track listing
"CommuniquГ©"
(4)
"Lady
Writer"
(5)
"Angel of
Mercy"
(6)
"Lady Writer" is a 1979 rock song and single by Dire Straits. It appears on the band's second album CommuniquГ©.
When asked what the song was about, Knopfler said that he was watching TV one day, and there was a lady writer
on the TV, and that's basically where the idea for the song came from. Because the song says the writer is "talking
about the Virgin Mary", some have speculated that the writer in question is Marina Warner, a view shared by Warner
herself.[1]
In Australia the song is closely associated with TV journalist Jana Wendt, formerly a presenter on the Australian
version of 60 Minutes.
"Lady Writer"
In all countries Lady Writer was released in as a single, it had a different cover. For convenience, the UK version is
used here.
References
[1] (http:/ / www. time. com/ time/ magazine/ article/ 0,9171,991046,00. html)
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"Romeo and Juliet"
105
"Romeo and Juliet"
"Romeo and Juliet"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Making Movies
B-side
Solid Rock
Released
9 January 1981
Format
7", 12" vinyl
Recorded
20 June – 25 August 1980
Genre
Rock
Length
6:01
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Mark Knopfler/Jimmy Iovine
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Lady Writer"
(1979)
"Romeo and
Juliet"
(1980)
"Skateaway"
(1981)
Making Movies track listing
Tunnel of
Love
(1)
"Romeo and
Juliet"
(2)
Skateaway
(3)
"Romeo and Juliet" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits, written by singer and lead guitarist Mark
Knopfler.[1] It first appeared on the 1980 album Making Movies and was released as a single in 1981. The song
subsequently appeared on the Dire Straits live albums Alchemy and On the Night, and later on Knopfler's live duet
album with Emmylou Harris, Real Live Roadrunning (though Harris does not perform on the track). The track was
also featured on the greatest hits albums Money for Nothing, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and The
Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
The lyrics of the song comprise a description of a conversation between the two lovers of the title, hinting at a
situation that saw the "Juliet" figure abandon her "Romeo" (the song's narrator) after finding fame and moving on
from the rough neighborhood, where they first encountered each other. In addition to the reference to William
Shakespeare's play of the same title, the song makes playful allusion to other works involving young love, including
the songs "Somewhere" – from West Side Story, which is itself based on the Shakespeare play – and "My
Boyfriend's Back". The original recording of the song has been featured in several motion pictures, including Hot
Fuzz, Empire Records, and Can't Hardly Wait.
The song opens on an arpeggiated resonator guitar part played by Knopfler, who also sings the lead vocal: The
melody on that song opening is reminiscent of Bruce Springsteen's Jungleland (both records feature Springsteen's E
Street Band pianist Roy Bittan). The instrumentation remains simple during the verses and moves to a full-on rock
arrangement in the chorus sections.
"Romeo and Juliet"
Covers
The song has become a musician's love song with a wide range of artists covering the track. Indigo Girls covered the
track in a solo rendition by Amy Ray on the duo's album Rites of Passage.
The song was also covered by Australian musician Lisa Mitchell for Australian radio station Triple J for the Like a
Version segment on their breakfast show in 2009. It was also included on the 2009 Like a Version Volume 5
compilation CD and DVD.
It was covered by The Killers in 2007. It was recorded live at Abbey Road Studios for the Channel 4 show Live from
Abbey Road and featured as a B-side on "For Reasons Unknown" and on their compilation album Sawdust.
Matt Nathanson covered the song on his Live at the Point album
Edwin McCain covered the track on The Austin Sessions.
Michael Stanley covered on the song on his 2012 album The Hang.
Adam Martin covered the song on The Voice Australia.
Personnel
• Mark Knopfler - National Style O resonator guitar, lead vocals
• David Knopfler - rhythm guitar
• John Illsley - bass guitar
• Pick Withers - drums, percussion
Additional personnel
• Roy Bittan - piano
References
[1] Discogs Ref 474873 (http:/ / www. discogs. com/ Dire-Straits-Romeo-And-Juliet/ release/ 474873)
106
"Skateaway"
107
"Skateaway"
"Skateaway"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Making Movies
B-side
Solid Rock
Released
27 March 1981
Recorded
20 June - 25 August 1980
Genre
Roots rock
Length
6:40
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Mark Knopfler/Jimmy Iovine
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Romeo and
Juliet"
(1980)
"Skateaway"
(1981)
"Tunnel of
Love"
(1981)
Making Movies track listing
Romeo and
Juliet
(2)
"Skateaway"
(3)
Expresso
Love
(4)
"Skateaway" is a 1980 rock song by Dire Straits, dealing with a female roller-skater (Jay Curley/Jayzik Azikiwe)
breezing through busy city streets, who is listening to a then-newly-released Walkman. It appears on Making Movies.
Released as a single in 1981, the song was accompanied by a video that was popular on MTV. The line "making
movies on location" was from the unreleased track "Making Movies."
"Tunnel of Love"
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"Tunnel of Love"
"Tunnel of Love"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Making Movies
Released
2 October 1981
Format
7"
Recorded
20 June - 25 August 1980
Genre
Rock
Length
8:08
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Richard Rodgers/Oscar Hammerstein II (intro)
Producer
Jimmy Iovine/Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Skateaway"
(1981)
"Tunnel of
Love"
(1981)
"Private
Investigations"
(1982)
"Tunnel of Love" is a 1980 rock song by Dire Straits. It appears on the album Making Movies, and subsequently on
the live albums Alchemy and Live at the BBC and the greatest hits albums Money for Nothing, Sultans of Swing: The
Very Best of Dire Straits, and The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
It reached the position of only #54 in the UK Singles Chart upon its single release in October 1981, despite being
one of the band's most famous and popular songs. Two music videos exist for the song, one depicting Mark
Knopfler, John Illsley and Pick Withers performing on a blank set, intercut with imagery and actors relevant to the
lyrics, the other featuring a larger band arrangement and telling the story of a couple escaping a group of soldiers
who chase them from a funfair.
The Spanish City in the song was a fairground located in Whitley Bay, part of the North Sea coast to the north-east
of Newcastle upon Tyne, one train stop along from Cullercoats as mentioned in the song. The term "Rockaway"
references Rockaway Beach in New York City, the location of the Rockaways' Playland amusement park. In 1980s
"Tunnel of Love"
concerts, Dire Straits played the central theme of The Animals' "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" during an
extended instrumental introduction to the song, as Knopfler talked about that group's hometown of Newcastle.
Knopfler's outro solo has received numerous plaudits over the years:
"Throughout "Tunnel of Love," Mark Knopfler dramatizes this close encounter by using his guitar as a Greek
chorus. [...] Later, as Knopfler walks alone through the "carousel and the carnival arcades," waiting for another
night and another girl, he wraps his voice like a ratty old raincoat around Bittan's gently tinkling piano and the long
guitar solo that ends the track. Somehow, the evocative moan of the artist's guitar suggests a truth much deeper than
the carnival-as-life metaphor has revealed."[1]
"Tunnel of Love" is one of only three Dire Straits songs not credited to Mark Knopfler alone (the other two are
"Money for Nothing" and "What's The Matter Baby?"). The song itself is entirely by Knopfler, but the opening
instrumental is an arrangement of the "Carousel Waltz" from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel.
The song is referred to in the novel So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams.[2]: "Mark Knopfler has
an extraordinary ability to make a Schecter Custom Stratocaster hoot and sing like angels on a Saturday night,
exhausted from being good all week and needing a stiff drink."
It was used in the 1982 film An Officer and a Gentleman. The song is sampled in John Legend's "I Love, You Love"
on his 2008 Evolver album. The English folk duo Show of Hands recorded a cover version of this song on their 2011
album Covers 2.
References
[1] Fricke, David (5 February 1981). "Dire Straits: Making Movies" (http:/ / www. rollingstone. com/ music/ albumreviews/
making-movies-19810205) (review). Rolling Stone. . Retrieved 2011-08-14.
[2] "The alt.fan.douglas-adams FAQ" (http:/ / www. zootle. net/ afda/ faq/ l. shtml#3-4). . Retrieved 2007-02-07.
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"Private Investigations"
110
"Private Investigations"
"Private Investigations"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Love Over Gold
B-side
"Badges, Posters, Stickers, T-Shirts"
Released
23 August 1982
Recorded
8 March - 11 June 1982
Genre
Rock
Length
6:45 (album version)
5:51 (single edit)
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Tunnel of
Love"
(1981)
"Private
Investigations"
(1982)
"Industrial
Disease"
(1983)
Love over Gold track listing
"Telegraph
Road"
(1)
"Private
Investigations"
(2)
"Industrial
Disease"
(3)
"Private Investigations" is a popular song by Dire Straits from their album Love Over Gold. Although it was not
released as a single in the US, it reached the number 2 position in the UK (despite its length), and is one of their
biggest chart successes in the United Kingdom, on a par with "Walk of Life". Similarly, the album it came from,
Love over Gold, only sold 500,000 copies in the US, though it was well-received elsewhere. The track also appeared
on the compilation albums Money for Nothing and Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and is the title
"Private Investigations"
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track to the more recent 2005 compilation, The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
The song begins with a sinister, deep pitched synthesizer orchestration, leading into a slow piano progression
accompanying a classical guitar. Throughout the several spoken verses, Knopfler expresses the disillusionment and
bitterness of a betrayed lover, likening his position to that of a private investigator uncovering scandal: "A bottle of
whiskey and a new set of lies / Blinds on the windows and a pain behind the eyes.....Scarred for life, no
compensation / Private investigations."
After the verses, the song opens up into a slow, bass-driven beat, with strident electric guitar chords at the end,
before the gradual diminuendo featuring extended interplay between Mark Knopfler's acoustic guitar and marimba
played by Mike Mainieri.
On the Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits DVD, Mark Knopfler said this about the song: "It's just about
the Private Investigations... "What have you got at the end of the day" - Nothing more than you started out with..." It
is said the song was inspired by author Raymond Chandler.
This song was also modified by Mark Knopfler into a film score for the Bill Forsyth movie Comfort and Joy in 1984,
where you can hear the song broken up into portions and used for certain scenes.
The riff from the song was used on a BT advert in 1994.
Chart positions
Country
Peak
position
The Netherlands #1
UK
References
#2
"So Far Away"
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"So Far Away"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Brothers in Arms
B-side
Walk of Life (Europe)
If I Had You (US)
Released
1985 (Europe)
1986 (US)
Genre
Roots rock
Length
5:12
Label
Vertigo (UK), Warner Bros. Records (United States)
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Mark Knopfler, Neil Dorfsman
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Love Over Gold
(live)"
(1984)
"So Far
Away"
(1985)
"Money for
Nothing"
(1985)
Brothers in Arms track listing
"So Far
Away"
(1)
"Money for
Nothing"
(2)
"So Far Away" is a 1985 rock song by Dire Straits. It appears on the album Brothers in Arms. It became the band's
fourth top 20 hit on the Billboard charts, peaking at #19. The original studio version of the track appeared on the
2005 compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
"So Far Away"
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Single release
"So Far Away" was the lead single from Brothers in Arms in the UK and Europe on 8 April 1985. The song charted
at #20 in the UK, but also reached the Top 5 in Norway (#4), Top 10 in Switzerland (#6) and Sweden (#7) and Top
40 in Italy (#33). The single was also released in Australia and peaked at #22.
After the song climbed to #29 on the Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in 1985, "So Far Away" was
released a year later as the album's third single in North America, where it peaked at #3 on the Hot Adult
Contemporary Tracks chart and #19 on the Billboard Hot 100, giving Dire Straits a third consecutive Top 20 hit
from Brothers in Arms on the Hot 100.
B-side
The 1985 European releases of "So Far Away" featured another track from Brothers in Arms, "Walk of Life".[1] This
song would itself be released as the fourth official single from the album in Europe (second in North America) in late
1985 reaching #7 on the Hot 100 and #2 in the UK - the band's highest ever charted single in their homeland.
In the United States, the song used for the B-side was "If I Had You", from Dire Straits' 1983 EP
ExtendedancEPlay.[2] In Canada, a Limited Edition double Vinyl featuring an extended version of "So Far Away"
was released, along with live renditions of "Going Home" and "Sultans of Swing", the instrumental section of "Why
Worry" and a Mark Knopfler solo effort, "Fear and Hatred".[3]
Live verison
One of the songs on Mark Knopfler's 2006 album, Real Live Roadrunning, is a duet version of "So Far Away" with
American country-folk singer Emmylou Harris.
Charts
Chart (1985)
Peak
Position
Australia Kent Music Report
22
Canadian RPM Singles Chart
24
Dutch Top 40
23
Irish Singles Chart
14
Italian Singles Chart
33
New Zealand Singles Chart
25
Norwegian Singles Chart
4
Swedish Singles Chart
7
Swiss Music Charts
6
UK Singles Chart
20
US Billboard Hot 100
19
US Hot Adult Contemporary
3
US Top Rock Tracks
29
"So Far Away"
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References
[1] http:/ / www. discogs. com/ Dire-Straits-So-Far-Away/ master/ 23911
[2] http:/ / www. discogs. com/ Dire-Straits-So-Far-Away/ release/ 1718679
[3] http:/ / www. discogs. com/ Dire-Straits-So-Far-Away/ release/ 919049
"Money for Nothing"
"Money for Nothing"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Brothers in Arms
B-side
"Love over Gold" (live)
Released
24 June 1985
Format
Gramophone record
Recorded
December, 1984
Genre
Roots rock, New Wave
Length
8:25 (Album version)
7:04 (vinyl LP edit)
4:38 (official single edit)
4:06 (promo single edit)
Label
Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros (US)
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler, Sting
Producer
Mark Knopfler, Neil Dorfsman
Dire Straits singles chronology
"So Far
Away"
(1984)
"Money for
Nothing"
(1985)
"Brothers in
Arms"
(1985)
"Money for Nothing" is a single by British rock band Dire Straits, taken from their 1985 album Brothers in Arms. It
was one of Dire Straits' most successful singles, peaking at number one for three weeks in the United States, and it
also reached number one for three weeks on the U.S. Mainstream Rock chart. In the band's native UK, the song
peaked at number four. The recording was notable for its controversial lyrics, groundbreaking music video and
cameo appearance by Sting singing the song's falsetto introduction and backing chorus, "I want my MTV." The
video was also the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network started on 1 August 1987.[1]
"Money for Nothing" won the Grammy for the Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with a Vocal in 1985 at
the 28th annual Grammy Awards.[2]
"Money for Nothing"
Musical and lyrical themes
The recording contains a very recognizable hook, in the form of the guitar riff that begins the song proper. (The song
is also notable for its extended overture, which was shortened for radio and music video). The guitar riff continues
throughout the song, played in muted permutation during the verses, and played in full after each chorus.
The song's lyrics are written from the point of view of a working-class man watching music videos and commenting
on what he sees.
Mark Knopfler described the writing of the song in a 1984 interview with critic Bill Flanagan:
The lead character in "Money for Nothing" is a guy who works in the hardware department in a television/
custom kitchen/ refrigerator/ microwave appliance store. He's singing the song. I wrote the song when I was
actually in the store. I borrowed a bit of paper and started to write the song down in the store. I wanted to use a
lot of the language that the real guy actually used when I heard him, because it was more real....
In 2000, Knopfler appeared on Michael Parkinson's interview program and explained again where the lyrics
originated. According to Knopfler, he was in New York and stopped by an appliance store. At the back of the store,
they had a wall of TVs which were all tuned to MTV. Knopfler said there was a man working there dressed in a
baseball cap, work boots, and a checkered shirt delivering boxes who was standing next to him watching. As they
were standing there watching MTV, Knopfler remembers the man coming up with classic lines such as "what are
those, Hawaiian noises?...that ain't workin'," etc. Knopfler asked for a pen to write some of these lines down and then
eventually put those words to music.
Writing credits
The songwriting credits are shared between Mark Knopfler and Sting. Sting was visiting Montserrat during the
recording of the song, and was invited to add some background vocals. Sting has stated that his only compositional
contribution was the "I want my MTV" line, which followed the chorus melody from his song "Don't Stand So Close
to Me". Sting was reportedly embarrassed when his publishing company insisted on a co-writing credit (and
royalties).[3]
Controversy
The first-person narrating character in the lyrics refers to a musician "banging on the bongos like a chimpanzee" and
another female musician "stickin' in the camera" (adding that "we could have some fun"), describes a singer as "that
little faggot with the earring and the make-up," and bemoans that these artists get "money for nothing and chicks for
free." These lyrics were criticised as being sexist, racist, and homophobic and in some later releases of the song the
lyrics were edited for airplay; "faggot" for example is often replaced with "mother" (itself a shortened version of
"motherfucker").
When the song is included in rotation as part of a music feed played in stores or restaurants, in some countries word
"faggot" is edited. The entire second verse was edited out in some countries, for shortened length and to remove
objectionable content, for radio and video airplay. This edited version, as on the 7" vinyl single, is the one included
in the compilation albums Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits and Money for Nothing and also the single
disc version of the 2005 compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations. (However, in
the U.S. and Canada, the Warner Brothers 7" single did not edit out the offending word or verse. The double disc
version of The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations includes the full-length, studio version
of the song found on the CD of Brothers In Arms).
The version that Music Choice plays has the word "faggot" distorted.
In a late 1984 interview in Rolling Stone magazine, Knopfler expressed mixed feelings on the controversy:
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I got an objection from the editor of a gay newspaper in London - he actually said it was below the belt. Apart
from the fact that there are stupid gay people as well as stupid other people, it suggests that maybe you can't let
it have so many meanings - you have to be direct. In fact, I'm still in two minds as to whether it's a good idea
to write songs that aren't in the first person, to take on other characters. The singer in "Money for Nothing" is a
real ignoramus, hard hat mentality - somebody who sees everything in financial terms. I mean, this guy has a
grudging respect for rock stars. He sees it in terms of, well, that's not working and yet the guy's rich: that's a
good scam. He isn't sneering.[4]
Dire Straits often performed the song in live concerts and when on tour, where the second verse was included but
usually altered slightly. For the band's July 10 1985 concert (televised in the United Kingdom on The Tube on
Channel 4 in January 1986[5]), Knopfler replaced the word "faggot" with "Queenie" (in this context also a term that
implies homosexuality):
"See the little Queenie got the earring and the make-up" and "That little Queenie got his own jet airplane, he’s
got a helicopter, he’s millionaire."
For Dire Straits' final album, On The Night, recorded in France and Holland some seven years after the song's initial
release, Knopfler can be heard singing the lines with 'mother' then 'mothertrucker' in place of the original 'faggot'.
Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx, in an interview with Blender Magazine, claimed that the song is actually about his
band's excessive lifestyle, and that he heard the clerks in the store were commenting on Mötley Crüe videos shown
on the in-store television sets.[6]
In January 2011, the Canadian Broadcast Standards Council (CBSC) ruled that the unedited version of the song was
unacceptable for air play on private Canadian radio stations, as it breached the Canadian Association of Broadcasters'
(CAB) Code of Ethics and their Equitable Portrayal Code.[7][8] The CBSC concluded that "like other racially driven
words in the English language, 'faggot' is one that, even if entirely or marginally acceptable in earlier days, is no
longer so."[7] The CBSC's proceedings came in response to a radio listener's Ruling Request stemming from a
playing of the song by CHOZ-FM in St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, which in turn followed the radio
listener's dissatisfaction with the radio station's reply to their complaint about a gay slur in the lyrics.[7][9]
Not all stations abided by this ruling; at least two stations, CIRK-FM in Edmonton[10] and CFRQ-FM in Halifax,[11]
played the unedited version of "Money for Nothing" repeatedly for one hour out of protest. The CBC-owned Galaxie
also continues to play the song.[12][13] On January 21, 2011, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications
Commission (CRTC) asked the CBSC for a review on the ban, in response to the public outcry against the CBSC's
actions; the CRTC reportedly received over 250 complaints erroneously sent to them, instead of the CBSC. The
regulator requested the CBSC to appoint a nationwide panel to review the case, as the decision on the ban was
reviewed by a regional panel for the Maritimes and Newfoundland.[14]
On August 31, the CBSC reiterated that it found the slur to be inappropriate; however, because of considerations in
regard to its use in context, the CBSC has left it up to the stations to decide whether to play the original or edited
versions of the song. Most of the CBSC panelists thought the slur was inappropriate, but it was used only in a
satirical, non-hateful manner.[15]
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Music video
The music video for the song featured early computer animation illustrating the lyrics. The video was one of the first
uses of computer-animated human characters and was considered ground-breaking at the time of its release. It was
the second computer-generated music video shown on MTV.
Originally, Mark Knopfler was not at all enthusiastic about the concept of the music video. MTV, however, was
insistent on it. Director Steve Barron, of Rushes Postproduction in London, was contacted by Warner Bros. to
persuade Knopfler to relent. Describing the contrasting attitudes of Knopfler and MTV, he said:
The problem was that Mark Knopfler was very anti-videos. All he wanted to do was perform, and he thought
that videos would destroy the purity of songwriters and performers. They said, "Can you convince him that
this is the right thing to do, because we've played this song to MTV and they think it's fantastic but they won't
play it if it's him standing there playing guitar. They need a concept."[16]
Barron then flew to Budapest to convince Knopfler of their concept. Meeting together after a gig, Knopfler was
reportedly still unimpressed, but this time his girlfriend was present and took a hand. According to Barron:
Luckily, his girlfriend said, "He's absolutely right. There aren't enough interesting videos on MTV, and that
sounds like a brilliant idea." Mark didn't say anything but he didn't make the call to get me out of Budapest.
We just went ahead and did it.[17]
Ian Pearson and Gavin Blair created the animation, using a Bosch FGS-4000 CGI system[18] and a Quantel Paintbox
system.[19] The animators went on to found computer animation studio Mainframe Entertainment (today Rainmaker
Animation), and referenced the "Money for Nothing" video in an episode of their ReBoot series. The video also
included stage footage of Dire Straits performing, with partially rotoscoped-animation in bright neon colours, as seen
on the record sleeve.
The video was awarded "Video of the Year" (among many other nominations) at the third annual MTV Video Music
Awards in 1986.[18][20]
Production
Knopfler modelled his guitar sound for the recorded track after ZZ Top guitarist Billy Gibbons' trademark guitar
tone, as ZZ Top's music videos were already a staple of early MTV. Gibbons later told a Musician magazine
interviewer in 1986 that Knopfler had solicited Gibbons on how to replicate the tone, adding, "He didn't do a
half-bad job, considering that I didn't tell him a thing!" Knopfler's "not a half-bad job" included his duplication of
Gibbons' use of a Gibson Les Paul guitar (rather than a Fender Stratocaster), which he plugged into a Marshall
amplifier. Another factor in trying to recreate the sound was a Wah-wah pedal that was turned on, but only rocked to
a certain position.[21] The specific guitar sound in the song was made with a 1958 Gibson Les Paul going through a
Laney amplifier, with the sound coloured by the accidental position of two Shure SM57 microphones without any
processing during the mix. Following the initial sessions in Monserrat, at which that particular guitar part was
recorded, Neil Dorfsman attempted to recreate the sound during subsequent sessions the Power Station in New York
but was unsuccessful in doing so.[22] (Knopfler also chose to use the Les Paul on a couple of other Brothers in Arms
tracks.)
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Personnel
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler: guitars, vocals
John Illsley: bass, vocals
Alan Clark: keyboards
Guy Fletcher: keyboards, vocals
Terry Williams: drums
Omar Hakim: drums
Sting: vocals
Reception
Rolling Stone magazine listed it the 94th greatest guitar song of all time, noting how Mark Knopfler "traded his
pristine, rootsy tone for a dry, over-processed sound achieved by running a Les Paul through a wah-wah pedal on a
track that became one of the [MTV] network's earliest hits."[23]
Notable performances
When Dire Straits performed "Money for Nothing" at the 1985 Live Aid Concert at Wembley Stadium, the
performance featured a guest appearance by Sting.
Knopfler performed "Money for Nothing" using his Pensa-Suhr signature MK-1 model guitar with a pair of Soldano
SLO-100 tube/valve amplifier heads and Marshall speaker cabinets during the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday
Tribute and Prince's Trust concerts in 1988, as well as the Nordoff-Robbins charity show at Knebworth in 1990 and
the On Every Street world tours in 1991/1992. These versions featured extended guitar solos by Knopfler, backed by
Eric Clapton and Phil Palmer.
"Money for Nothing" and "Brothers in Arms" were performed at the 1997 Music for Montserrat concert, with
Clapton on rhythm guitar, Sting performing background vocals and Phil Collins on drums.
Parodies
"Weird Al" Yankovic wrote a parody titled "Money for Nothing/Beverly Hillbillies*" for his 1989 film UHF. As the
title implies, this song merges the lyrics from The Beverly Hillbillies theme song ("The Ballad of Jed Clampett")
with the tune of "Money For Nothing". Dire Straits members Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher perform guitar and
keyboards respectively on the track.[24] The famous video was also parodied by Yankovic, with the removal men
replaced by blocky, computer-generated versions of Jed Clampett and Yankovic himself. The parody video was used
as a dream sequence midway through the film.
Satirical puppet show Spitting Image also parodied this song, randomly calling it "Making Nice Curtains." It features
a puppet of Mark Knopfler singing about yuppies and that their music "can be played to your granny and aunts."
Sting appears as he does in the real video, singing the line: "I want my, I want my, I want my royalties..." but is
silenced as a guitar hits him on the head.
US Saturday morning children's television show Pete McTee's Clubhouse had commercials parodying the song with
the lyrics, "I want my Pete McTee."
The 1984 University of Florida football team used a parody of the song, "I Want My SEC," in response to being
stripped of its Southeastern Conference title.
In 2003 comedian Bob Rivers wrote a parody called "I Want My MP3".
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Charts
Chart (1985)
Peak
Position
Australia (Kent Music Report)
4
[25]
Austria (Г–3 Austria Top 75)
7
Canada (RPM)
1
[26]
34
France (SNEP)
[27]
Germany (Media Control AG)
19
Ireland (IRMA)
6
[28]
27
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)
[29]
4
New Zealand (RIANZ)
[30]
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)
22
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)
4
US Billboard Hot 100
1
US Top Rock Tracks
1
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"But the channel's continental incarnation- MTV Europe-...was launched in 1987 with the first video- beamed into 1.6В million paying
households- being Dire Straits' Money for Nothing."
[2] GRAMMY Winners Search (http:/ / www. grammy. com/ GRAMMY_Awards/ Winners/ Results. aspx?title=& winner=Dire Straits&
year=0& genreID=0& hp=1) Retrieved on 11 May 2007.
[3] Police FAQ at StingEtc.com Police FAQ at StingEtc.com (http:/ / www. stingetc. com/ policex. shtml#DSSCTM)
[4] Tucker, K.; Fricke, D. Fearless Leader (http:/ / www. btinternet. com/ ~john_bennett/ memorabilia. htm), Rolling Stone, 21 November 1984.
[5] BFI | Film & TV Database | Dire Straits Live In `85 At Wembley Arena (1986) (http:/ / ftvdb. bfi. org. uk/ sift/ title/ 188185)
[6] Higginbotham, A. Dear Superstar: Nikki Sixx (http:/ / www. blender. com/ guide/ articles. aspx?ID=2810), Blender, September 2007.
[7] "CHOZ-FM re the song “Money for Nothing” by Dire Straits" (http:/ / www. cbsc. ca/ english/ decisions/ 2011/ 110112. php). CBSC Decision
09/10-0818. Canadian Broadcast Standards Council. 14 October, 2010. . Retrieved 13 January 2011.
[8] Edmonton radio fights Dire Straits ban (http:/ / www. torontosun. com/ entertainment/ music/ 2011/ 01/ 13/ 16881901. html). Toronto Sun,
January 13, 2010.
[9] "�Faggot’ lyric disqualifies Dire Straits hit from Canadian radio play" (http:/ / www. theglobeandmail. com/ news/ arts/ music/
faggot-lyric-disqualifies-dire-straits-hit-from-canadian-radio-play/ article1868052/ ). The Globe and Mail (Toronto: Canadian Press). Jan. 12,
2011. .
[10] Piazza, Jo (January 14, 2011). "No Way, Eh! Canadian Station Defies 'Money For Nothing' Ban" (http:/ / www. foxnews. com/
entertainment/ 2011/ 01/ 14/ way-eh-canadian-station-defies-money-ban/ ?test=faces). Fox News Channel. . Retrieved 15 January 2011.
[11] "What you can and can't say on the radio" (http:/ / www. news1130. com/ news/ local/ article/
169530--what-you-can-and-can-t-say-on-the-radio). CKWX, January 14, 2011.
[12] "Ma Galaxie" (http:/ / www. galaxie. ca/ en_CA/ song/ Money+ For+ Nothing/ 0010481). Galaxie.ca. 2011-02-22. .
[13] Dire Straits keyboardist calls song ruling 'unbelievable' (http:/ / www. ctv. ca/ CTVNews/ Entertainment/ 20110114/
dire-straits-song-110114/ ). CTV News, January 14, 2011.
[14] CTV: "CRTC seeks review of 'Money for Nothing' ban," January 21, 2011. (http:/ / ottawa. ctv. ca/ servlet/ an/ local/ CTVNews/ 20110121/
crtc-money-for-nothing-110121/ 20110121/ ?hub=OttawaHome)
[15] "'Money for Nothing' slur inappropriate, council says" (http:/ / www. ctv. ca/ CTVNews/ Entertainment/ 20110831/
dire-straits-song-110831/ ). CTV News, August 31, 2011.
[16] Knight, D. Money For Nothing: The Beginnings of CGI (http:/ / www. rushes. co. uk/ googlef91418d7fca59928. html), Promo Magazine,
September 2006.
[17] Filler text
[18] mvdbase.com - Dire Straits - "Money for nothing [version 2]" (http:/ / www. mvdbase. com/ video. php?id=8683)
"Money for Nothing"
[19] Liam Allen (29 November 2010). "Adam Ant to Michael Jackson: Shaping the MTV landscape" (http:/ / www. bbc. co. uk/ news/
entertainment-arts-11499628). BBC News. .
[20] MTV Video Music Awards | 1986 (http:/ / www. mtv. com/ ontv/ vma/ 1986/ ) Retrieved on 10 October 2008.
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html), Gibson.com, August 2002.
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[23] Rolling Stone - The Greatest Songs of All Time (http:/ / web. archive. org/ web/ 20080530224823/ www. rollingstone. com/ news/
coverstory/ 20947527/ page/ 38). Retrieved 2011-01-24
[24] liner notes for Yankovic's album (http:/ / www. com-www. com/ weirdal/ pix/ uhf-inside. jpg) UHF - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
and Other Stuff. Retrieved on 25 September 2009.
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titel=Money+ For+ Nothing& cat=s) (in German). Г–3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien.
[26] " Lescharts.com – Dire Straits – Money For Nothing" (http:/ / www. lescharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Money+
For+ Nothing& cat=s) (in French). Les classement single. Hung Medien.
[27] " Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, KГјnstler-Suche,
Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (http:/ / musicline. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ title/ Dire+ Straits/ Money+
For+ Nothing/ single) (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
[28] " Nederlandse Top 40 – Dire Straits search results" (http:/ / www. top40. nl/ search. aspx?keyword=Dire+ Straits) (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
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For+ Nothing& cat=s). Top 40 Singles. Hung Medien.
[30] " Dire Straits – Money For Nothing – swisscharts.com" (http:/ / www. swisscharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits&
titel=Money+ For+ Nothing& cat=s). Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien.
External links
• Lyrics (http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/moneyfor.htm)
• Mix Online Classic Tracks: Dire Straits' "Money for Nothing" (http://mixonline.com/mag/
audio_classic_tracks_dire/index.html)
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"Brothers in Arms"
"Brothers in Arms"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Brothers in Arms
B-side
Going Home (Theme From Local Hero)(Live) & Why Worry (Instrumental Segment)
Released
14 October 1985
Format
7" vinyl
Recorded December 1984
Genre
Roots rock, blues rock
Length
6:58 / 6:05 / 4:55
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s) Mark Knopfler
Producer Neil Dorfsman
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Money for
Nothing"
(1985)
"Brothers in
Arms"
(1985)
"Walk of
Life"
(1985)
Brothers in Arms track listing
One
World
(8)
"Brothers in
Arms"
(9)
"Brothers in Arms" is a 1985 song by Dire Straits, appearing as the closing track on the album of the same name. It
is in G# minor.
"Brothers in Arms"
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History
There are two studio recorded versions of this song: the album version which is 6:55 minutes, and the shorter version
which is 6:05 minutes and features slightly different (and shorter) solos at the beginning and end of the song. The
version that appears on Dire Straits' greatest hits album, The Very Best of Dire Straits, is 4:55. The version featured
on the live album On the Night contains an extra pedal steel guitar solo and is 8:55. The full-length, studio album
version (6:55) was also included on the 2005 compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private
Investigations.
Mark Knopfler usually played the song on a Gibson Les Paul guitar, rather than his usual Schecter "Stratocaster",
and a Les Paul appears in the distinctive promo video, which is in the style of a charcoal drawing, interspersing
scenes of the band playing with scenes of war. During Dire Straits' 1992 "On Every Street" tour, Knopfler used his
Pensa-Suhr MK1 for this song, like most of the others.
The song is reported to be the first CD single ever released, it was released in the United Kingdom in 1985.
Music video
The music video uses rotoscoping and shows the band performing, overlaid with images of soldiers in battle.[1]
Track listings
7" Single
1. Brothers In Arms - 6:04
2. Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero) (Live) - 4:45
Charts
Chart (1985/88)
Peak
position
UK Singles Chart
16
Irish Singles Chart
10
Dutch Top 40
[2]
59
Australian Singles Chart
57
New Zealand Singles Chart
5
In popular culture
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
The song was first used in the Miami Vice episode, "Out Where the Buses Don't Run".
The song was notably used in The West Wing episode, Two Cathedrals.
The song was prominently used in the Due South episode, "I Coulda Been a Defendant".
The song was featured on the soundtrack of the 2008 Barry Levinson film What Just Happened.
The song was also featured in the 2001 film "Spy Game."
It was used as the theme tune to the 1992 Jason Isaacs TV series Civies.
It was also used prominently in Vince's death scene in A Mexican Fairytale
The title of Andrzej Sapkowski's fantasy novel Baptism of Fire was apparently taken from the song's lyrics. The
second stanza of "Brothers in Arms" is also the book's motto.[3]
"Brothers in Arms"
Cover versions
• Gregorian covered the song for their album, Masters of Chant, Chapter 1-3 (Jubiläumsedition)
• Folk singer Joan Baez covered the song for her 1987 album, Recently.
• Serbian rock band Galija covered the song, with lyrics in Serbian language, entitled "Kad me pogledaš" on their
1989 album Korak do slobode.
• Metallica covered the song on Bridge School Benefit 2007 (27th and 28th October).
• The Finnish Symphonic power metal band Northern Kings covered the song on their album Reborn in 2007.
• Celtic Thunder: Ryan Kelly covered this song as part of their 2007 DVD and during the 2008 tour.
• Romanian rock band The Edge has covered this song live.
• The Finnish a cappella band Club for Five covered the song on their album You're the Voice in 2009.
• Nina Persson (of The Cardigans) and Georg Wadenius on his album "Reconnection" in 2009
References
[1] Music video in Dailymotion.com (http:/ / www. dailymotion. com/ video/ x1lg9s_dire-straits-brothers-in-arms-origi_music)
[2] dutchcharts.nl (http:/ / dutchcharts. nl/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Brothers+ In+ Arms& cat=s)
[3] Book info at sapkowski.pl (http:/ / www. sapkowski. pl/ modules. php?name=News& file=article& sid=434)
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"Walk of Life"
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"Walk of Life"
"Walk of Life"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Brothers in Arms
B-side
One World
Two Young Lovers (live)
Released
29 November 1985
Recorded December 1984
Genre
Country rock, new wave
Length
4:12
Label
Vertigo (United Kingdom), Warner Bros. Records (United States)
Writer(s) Mark Knopfler
Producer Mark Knopfler
Neil Dorfsman
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Brothers in
Arms"
(1985)
"Walk of
Life"
(1985)
"Your Latest
Trick"
(1986)
"Walk of Life" is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits. It appeared on their best-selling album Brothers in
Arms. It subsequently appeared on their live album On the Night. It was released as a single in November 1985 but
had first been available as the B-side of "So Far Away" released in advance of Brothers in Arms. The track peaked at
number seven in the US charts and was their biggest commercial hit in the UK, peaking at number two. The track
also appeared on two compilation albums: 1998's Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, and 2005's The
Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.
History
The song was nearly excluded from the album when the co-producer Neil Dorfsman voted against its inclusion, but
the rest of the band out-voted him.
A simple rock 'n' roll rhythm is used, with chord changes limited to I, IV and V chords. The long introduction has
become iconic in some circles, with an instantly recognisable melody played on a synthesiser organ patch, giving it a
slight cajun twist. The singer mentioned in the lyrics is said to perform "down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay,"
a reference to busking in the subway. The songs he plays are oldies, including "I Got a Woman", "Be-Bop-A-Lula",
"What'd I Say", and "Mack the Knife". He also plays talking blues.
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B-sides
Having itself been used as a flip side for the European version of the "So Far Away" single, "Walk of Life" had
many different b-sides across different formats of release in different territories. The two songs most commonly used
were a live version of "Two Young Lovers", which had previously appeared on the 1983 EP ExtendedancEPlay and
"One World", the eighth track from Brothers in Arms. A double Vinyl released in the UK in 1985 featured the band's
1978 breakthrough Top 10 single "Sultans of Swing", as well as live versions of "Two Young Lovers" and the rare
song "Eastbound Train", one of the first tracks that Dire Straits recorded as a band in demo format but never
appeared on an album or as a single.
Music video
The music video for the song shown in the UK video features a busker or street musician wearing the same shirt as
Mark Knopfler intercut with the band performing on a stage, while the US features various sports bloopers intercut
with footage of the band performing the song on a stage.
Track listings
7" single
1. "Walk of Life" – 4:07
2. "One World" – 3:36
12" single
1. "Walk of Life" – 4:07
2. "Why Worry" (instrumental) – 3:56
3. "One World" – 3:36
Charts
Chart (1985-86)
Peak
position
Australia (Kent Music Report)
11
Canada (RPM)
5
[1]
Germany (Media Control AG)
15
Ireland (IRMA)
1
[2]
20
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)
[3]
3
New Zealand (RIANZ)
[4]
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)
24
UK Singles Chart
2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100
7
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks
6
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks
4
"Walk of Life"
Chart successions
Cover versions
• In 1986, The Shadows did an instrumental version on the album Moonlight Shadows.
• In 2007, alternative country artist Shooter Jennings recorded a cover version, included on his album The Wolf.
The single was the lead-off single to the album, however, the song failed to enter the Hot Country Songs charts.
Uses in popular culture
• "Walk of Life" is heard in various 2012 TV commercials for Burger King.
• The song can be briefly heard in the 1986 film Lucas, starring Cory Haim and Kerri Green.
External links
[1] " Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, KГјnstler-Suche, Musik-Suche,
Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (http:/ / musicline. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ title/ Dire+ Straits/ Walk+ of+ Life/ single)
(in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
[2] " Nederlandse Top 40 – Dire Straits search results" (http:/ / www. top40. nl/ search. aspx?keyword=Dire+ Straits) (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
Stichting Nederlandse Top 40.
[3] " Charts.org.nz – Dire Straits – Walk of Life" (http:/ / www. charts. org. nz/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Walk+ of+ Life&
cat=s). Top 40 Singles. Hung Medien.
[4] " Dire Straits – Walk of Life – swisscharts.com" (http:/ / www. swisscharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Walk+ of+
Life& cat=s). Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien.
Categoria:New Wave songs
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"Your Latest Trick"
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"Your Latest Trick"
"Your Latest Trick"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album Brothers in Arms
Released
1986
1993 (France)
Format
12" maxi
Recorded
1985
Genre
Rock
Length
6:33
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Mark Knopfler, Neil Dorfsman
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Walk of
Life"
(1986)
"Your Latest
Trick"
(1986)
"Calling
Elvis"
(1991)
"Your Latest Trick" is a rock song by Dire Straits that appeared on the studio album Brothers in Arms, and also on
the live album On the Night; the same live version is on Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits. The
full-length studio album version was included on the most recent compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark
Knopfler: Private Investigations.
Lyrics and music
The saxophone introduction to the song, is widely used when people are trying out saxophones at music shops[1], just
as Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is widely used when trying out guitars.
Michael Brecker played the saxophone solo on the original recording, while Chris White played it live on the
Brothers in Arms and On Every Street world tours.
The saxophone introduction was also used in the theme music for the TVB series Files of Justice.
"Your Latest Trick"
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Single release
“Your Latest Trick” was released as a 12" maxi single on 28 April 1986 as the fifth single from the “Brothers in
Arms” album in the UK, as well as in other selected territories including Brazil.[2] The single did not have a US
release. It peaked at #26 on the UK charts.
The other songs featured on the single were “Irish Boy” and “The Road”, both credited as solo efforts by Mark
Knopfler.
Track listings
7"
1. "Your Latest Trick"
2. "Irish Boy" by Mark Knopfler
3. "The Road" by Mark Knopfler
12" maxi
1. "Your Latest Trick" — 6:28
2. "Irish Boy" by Mark Knopfler — 4:36
3. "The Long Road" by Mark Knopfler — 7:13
Charts
Chart (1986)
Peak
position
[3]
Irish Singles Chart
[4]
26
UK Singles Chart
Peak
position
Chart (1993)1
[5]
French Singles Chart
1
6
1
EP "Your Latest Trick" / "Encores"
References
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
[5]
Mark Knopfler on Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits DVD
http:/ / www. discogs. com/ Dire-Straits-Your-Latest-Trick/ master/ 23952
Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (http:/ / www. irishcharts. ie/ search/ placement) (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ songinfo. php?id=13343) (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
"Your Latest Trick", in French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (http:/ / lescharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Your+
Latest+ Trick& cat=s) (Retrieved April 10, 2008)
"Calling Elvis"
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"Calling Elvis"
"Calling Elvis"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album On Every Street
B-side
Iron Hand
Millionaire Blues
Released
16 August 1991
Format
CD
Genre
Roots rock
Length
4:24 / 6:26 (album version)
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Your Latest
Trick"
(1986)
"Calling
Elvis"
(1991)
"Heavy
Fuel"
(1991)
"Calling Elvis" is a song written by Mark Knopfler and performed by Dire Straits. It first appeared on the final
studio album by the band, On Every Street (1991). It was released as the first single from that album, peaking at
number 21 in the United Kingdom, and was included on the 2005 compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark
Knopfler: Private Investigations. A live version of the song also appears on the 1993 live album On the Night.
Content
The song is about an Elvis fan who believes Elvis Presley still to be alive, making references to many of his songs,
including Heartbreak Hotel, Love Me Tender, Don't Be Cruel and Return to Sender, and the popular expression Elvis
has left the building. Mark Knopfler has been quoted as saying the idea came to him one day when he left his phone
off the hook and his brother-in-law tried repeatedly to get a hold of him. Upon finally doing so, the brother-in-law
remarked Mark was harder to get a hold than Elvis.
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Music video
The music video was directed by Gerry Anderson of Thunderbirds fame and includes several members of the band
represented in marionette form.
Track listing
1. "Calling Elvis"
2. "Iron Hand"
3. "Millionaire Blues"
Charts
Chart (1991)
Peak
position
[1]
8
Australia (ARIA)
[2]
Austria (Г–3 Austria Top 75)
8
Canada (RPM)
4
[3]
7
France (SNEP)
[4]
Germany (Media Control AG)
8
Ireland (IRMA)
2
Italy (FIMI)
3
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)
[5]
2
[6]
9
New Zealand (RIANZ)
Norway (VG-lista)
[7]
2
[8]
6
Sweden (Sverigetopplistan)
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)
[9]
2
United Kingdom (The Official Charts Company)
21
U.S. Billboard Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks
3
References
[1] " Australian-charts.com – Dire Straits – Calling Elvis" (http:/ / www. australian-charts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits&
titel=Calling+ Elvis& cat=s). ARIA Top 50 Singles. Hung Medien.
[2] " Dire Straits – Calling Elvis – Austriancharts.at" (http:/ / www. austriancharts. at/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Calling+
Elvis& cat=s) (in German). Г–3 Austria Top 40. Hung Medien.
[3] " Lescharts.com – Dire Straits – Calling Elvis" (http:/ / www. lescharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Calling+ Elvis&
cat=s) (in French). Les classement single. Hung Medien.
[4] " Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, KГјnstler-Suche, Musik-Suche,
Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (http:/ / musicline. de/ de/ chartverfolgung_summary/ title/ Dire+ Straits/ Calling+ Elvis/ single)
(in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
[5] " Nederlandse Top 40 – Dire Straits search results" (http:/ / www. top40. nl/ search. aspx?keyword=Dire+ Straits) (in Dutch) Dutch Top 40.
Stichting Nederlandse Top 40.
[6] " Charts.org.nz – Dire Straits – Calling Elvis" (http:/ / www. charts. org. nz/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Calling+ Elvis&
cat=s). Top 40 Singles. Hung Medien.
"Calling Elvis"
[7] " Norwegiancharts.com – Dire Straits – Calling Elvis" (http:/ / www. norwegiancharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits&
titel=Calling+ Elvis& cat=s). VG-lista. Hung Medien.
[8] " Swedishcharts.com – Dire Straits – Calling Elvis" (http:/ / www. swedishcharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits&
titel=Calling+ Elvis& cat=s). Singles Top 60. Hung Medien.
[9] " Dire Straits – Calling Elvis – swisscharts.com" (http:/ / www. swisscharts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Calling+
Elvis& cat=s). Swiss Singles Chart. Hung Medien.
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"Heavy Fuel"
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"Heavy Fuel"
"Heavy Fuel"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album On Every Street
B-side
"Planet of New Orleans"
"Kingdom Come"
Released
1991
Format
CD, Cassette
Genre
Roots rock
Length
5:10
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Calling Elvis"
(1991)
"Heavy Fuel"
(1991)
"On Every
Street"
(1992)
On Every Street track listing
You and Your
Friend
(6)
"Heavy
Fuel"
(7)
Iron
Hand
(8)
"Heavy Fuel" is a song by the rock band Dire Straits released on their album On Every Street in 1991. It was also
released as a single, and reached number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart[1] in the United States,
after "Money for Nothing", their second song to do so.
In "Heavy Fuel", Mark Knopfler ironically extols the virtues of such conventionally frowned-upon vices as
cigarettes, hamburgers, Scotch, lust, money, and violence.
The phrase "You gotta run on heavy fuel" is from the novel Money by Martin Amis, on which Knopfler based his
lyric.[2]
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Track listings
1. "Heavy Fuel"
2. "Planet of New Orleans"
3. "Kingdom Come"
Chart performance
Chart (1991/1992)
Peak
position
[3]
55
UK Singles Chart
[4]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart
26
[5]
17
Canadian RPM Top Singles
[6]
Dutch GfK chart
25
[7]
24
Dutch Top 40
[8]
French Singles Chart
32
[1]
US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks
1
[1]
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks
22
References
[1]
[2]
[3]
[4]
"allmusic ((( Dire Straits > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles )))" (http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ artist/ p4101). . Retrieved 12 July 2009.
Dagostino, Susan. 2006 Mark Knopfler's Song Inspirations. EzineArticles. Retrieved on 12 July 2009.
"Chart Stats - Dire Straits - Heavy Fuel" (http:/ / www. chartstats. com/ songinfo. php?id=19304). . Retrieved 12 July 2009.
"australian-charts.com - Dire Straits - Heavy Fuel" (http:/ / australian-charts. com/ showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Heavy+
Fuel& cat=s). . Retrieved 12 July 2009.
[5] "RPM Volume 55 No. 6, February 01 1992 - RPM" (http:/ / www. collectionscanada. gc. ca/ rpm/ 028020-119. 01-e. php?&
file_num=nlc008388. 2042& volume=55& issue=6& issue_dt=February 01 1992& type=1). . Retrieved 12 July 2009.
[6] "dutchcharts.nl - Dire Straits - Heavy Fuel (Dutch)[[Category:Articles with Dutch language external links (http:/ / dutchcharts. nl/
showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Heavy+ Fuel& cat=s)]"]. . Retrieved 12 July 2009.
[7] "Nederlandse Top 40 - Week 47, 1991 (Dutch)[[Category:Articles with Dutch language external links (http:/ / www. top40. nl/ index.
aspx?week=47& jaar=1991)]"]. . Retrieved 12 July 2009.
[8] "lescharts.com - Dire Straits - Heavy Fuel (French)[[Category:Articles with French language external links (http:/ / lescharts. com/
showitem. asp?interpret=Dire+ Straits& titel=Heavy+ Fuel& cat=s)]"]. . Retrieved 12 July 2009.
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"On Every Street"
"On Every Street"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album On Every Street
B-side
Romeo And Juliet
Released
1992
Format
CD, 7"
Recorded
1991
Genre
Roots rock
Length
5:04
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Heavy Fuel"
(1991)
"On Every Street"
(1992)
"The Bug"
(1992)
On Every Street track listing
Calling
Elvis
(1)
"On Every
Street"
(2)
When It Comes to
You
(3)
"On Every Street" is the third single and title track from the album of the same name by English rock band Dire
Straits. It features a powerful, driving outro consisting of guitar, piano, pedal steel guitar and saxophone. No
promotional video was made for the song. Its B-side is a classic from the band's 1980 album Making Movies:
"Romeo And Juliet". The song was also included on the 2005 compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler:
Private Investigations.
7" track listing
1. "On Every Street"
2. "Romeo And Juliet"
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"The Bug"
"The Bug"
SingleВ by Dire Straits
from the album On Every Street
B-side
"Twisting by the Pool"
(7" & CD)
"Expresso Love"
(CD)
Walk of Life
(CD)
Released
1992
Format
CD, 7"
Recorded
1991
Genre
Roots rock
Length
4:16
Label
Vertigo
Writer(s)
Mark Knopfler
Producer
Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits singles chronology
"On Every
Street"
(1992)
"The
Bug"
(1992)
"You and Your
Friend"
(1992)
On Every Street track listing
Fade to
Black
(4)
"The
Bug"
(5)
You and Your
Friend
(6)
"The Bug" is a song written by Mark Knopfler and originally performed by Dire Straits on the final studio album by
the band, On Every Street (1991). It was covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1992 and also recorded on the albums
"Blues Ballads" (1996) by The Alex Bollard Assembly and "Keep Your Hands to Yourself" (2002) by Mike Berry &
The Outlaws.
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136
Dire Straits
The song is the fourth and final UK single from the album On Every Street by English rock band Dire Straits, and it
also was to be Dire Straits' final single release in the UK. Other songs from the album were released as singles in
selected countries ("You and Your Friend" in France and Germany or "Ticket to Heaven" in Netherlands).
7" vinyl single
1. "The Bug"
2. "Twisting by the Pool"
5" CD single
1.
2.
3.
4.
"The Bug"
"Twisting by the Pool"
"Expresso Love"
"Walk of Life"
Mary Chapin Carpenter
"The Bug"
SingleВ by Mary Chapin Carpenter
from the album Come On Come On
B-side
Rhythm of the Blues
Released
August 9, 1993
Format
7" vinyl, CD single
Recorded Bias Studios
Genre
Country
Length
3:48
Label
Columbia
Producer John Jennings, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Steve Buckingham
Mary Chapin Carpenter singles chronology
"The Hard
Way"
(1993)
"The
Bug"
(1993)
"He Thinks He'll Keep
Her"
(1993)
The song was covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter on her 1992 album Come On Come On and was released as a
single the next year, peaking at 16 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles & Tracks.[1] This version of the song is also
included on the soundtrack of the 2006 computer animated film Everyone's Hero.
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Chart positions
"The Bug" debuted at number 63 on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks for the week of August 21,
1993.
Chart (1993)
Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
16
Canadian RPM Country Tracks
24
References
[1] Artist Chart History (http:/ / www. billboard. com/ bbcom/ retrieve_chart_history.
do?JSESSIONID=VWbFHTHQXdTwB0nWTN3X0bGK6SY2SJq3qN9VMM27fxqjzps3zTyD!-535276299& model. vnuArtistId=48553&
model. vnuAlbumId=94669)
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Tours
Dire Straits tour
Dire Straits Tour
Promotional tour by Dire Straits
Associated album
Dire Straits
Start date
June 9, 1978
End date
NovemberВ 18,В 1978
Legs
2
Shows
55
Dire Straits tour chronology
Pre-Dire Straits
Tour
(1977)
Dire Straits
Tour
(1978)
CommuniquГ©
Tour
(1979)
Dire Straits tour was the first concert tour of Dire Straits held in 1978. On it, songs from the debut album of the
group Dire Straits were played.
Overview
The tour travelled through Europe, including concerts in the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. It was
the Dire Straits' first performance before a large audience.
The first part of the tour promoted their first single release, Sultans of Swing. Dire Straits traveled around Great
Britain in June and July 1978, performing in England, Scotland and Wales. The group typically performed in small
halls with a maximum capacity of one thousand.
The second part of the tour was to promote their debut album, Dire Straits. The group performed in several European
countries, met journalists, and was also seen on television.
Band members
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler – lead vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar.
John Illsley – bass, backing vocals
David Knopfler – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
Pick Withers – drums
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Songs
The debut album version performed, with all the songs being written by Mark Knopfler, was as follows:
Dire Straits album's tracklist:
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
"Down to the Waterline" – 3:55
"Water of Love" – 5:23
"Setting Me Up" – 3:18
"Six Blade Knife" – 4:10
"Southbound Again" – 2:58
"Sultans of Swing" – 5:47
"In the Gallery" – 6:16
"Wild West End" – 4:42
"Lions" – 5:05
The song "Eastbound Train" was also performed. Whilst it did not appear on the album, a live version was released
as the B Side to "Sultans Of Swing" the same year.
Tour dates
6
10
13
14
15
16
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17
18
20
21
23
24
25
27
28
29
30
1
2
4,9
5-6, 19
8
Dire Straits tour dates of June (Red): 6-Wolverhampton, 10-Dudley, 13-Sheffield, 14-Huddersfield, 15-Leicester,
16-Kirklevington, 17-Middlesbrough, 18-Leeds, 20-Edinburgh, 21-Dundee, 23-Burton-on-Trent, 24-Nottingham,
25-Newbridge, 27-Manchester, 28-Lowestoft, 29-Bristol, 30-Plymouth
Dire Straits tour dates of July (Blue): 1-Oxford 2-Deptford, London, 4-Birmingham, 5, 6&19-Soho, London
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2
5-6
8
19
Dire Straits tour dates of July: 2-Deptford, 5&6-Soho, 19-Soho
Number
Date
City
Country
Venue
Capacity
First leg: June 1978 - United Kingdom
1
June 6, 1978
Wolverhampton
2
June 10, 1978
3
England
Lafayette Club
600
Dudley
JB's Dudley
1000
June 13, 1978
Sheffield
University of Sheffield
4
June 14, 1978
Huddersfield
University of Huddersfield
5
June 15, 1978
Leicester
University of Leicester
6
June 16, 1978
Kirklevington
Country Club
7
June 17, 1978
Middlesbrough
Rock Garden
8
June 18, 1978
Leeds
Fforde Green Hotel
9
June 20, 1978
Edinburgh
10
June 21, 1978
Dundee
11
June 23, 1978 Burton upon Trent England
12
June 24, 1978
Nottingham
13
June 25, 1978
Newbridge
Wales
Workingman's Institute and Memorial Hall
14
June 27, 1978
Manchester
England
Rafters
15
June 28, 1978
Lowestoft
Talk of the East
16
June 29, 1978
Bristol
Granary
17
June 30, 1978
Plymouth
Metro Club
18
July 1, 1978
Oxford
Oxford Brookes University
19
July 2, 1978
London
Albany Theatre
Scotland
375
Tiffany's
Technical College
76 Club
Boat Hall
1000
600
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20
July 4, 1978
Birmingham
Barbarella's
Birmingham at Barbarella recorded
21
July 5, 1978
London
Marquee Club
22
July 6, 1978
23
July 8, 1978
St Albans
Alban Arena
24
July 9, 1978
Birmingham
ATV
25
July 19, 1978
London
Paris Theatre
External links
• "Dire Straits tour 1978" [1]. Tours. Canada: Mark Knopfler official site. Retrieved 13 February 2010.
References
[1] http:/ / www. mark-knopfler. info/ tour1978. htm
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Miscellaneous
Birmingham at Barbarella
Birmingham at Barbarella
Live album by Dire Straits
Released
1978
Recorded
Dire Straits tour: July 4, 1978
Genre
Rock
Length
68:21
[1]
Dire Straits chronology
Dire
Straits
(1978)
Birmingham at
Barbarella
(1978)
Birmingham at Barbarella is a live bootleg made on the Dire Straits tour and released in 1978. It is the first live
album by Dire Straits.
The songs were recorded on July 4, 1978.
Track listing
#
Song
Gig Length Album Length
Album
Author
1
Down To The Waterline 4:08
3:55
Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler
2
Six Blade Knife
4:08
4:10
Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler
3
In the Gallery
6:20
6:16
Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler
4
Eastbound Train
3:56
5
Water of Love
6:35
5:23
Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler
6
Portobello Belle
4:28
4:29
CommuniquГ©
Mark Knopfler
7
Wild West End
5:32
4:42
Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler
8
Lions
5:55
5:05
Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler
9
What's The Matter Baby 3:09
unreleased
Mark & David Knopfler
10 Me And My Friends
3:42
11 Sultans of Swing
7:35
12 Real Girl
Sultans of Swing (B-side single) Mark Knopfler
unreleased
5:47
Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler
3:13
unreleased
David Knopfler
13 Nadine
4:57
unreleased
Chuck Berry
14 Southbound Again
4:43
Dire Straits
Mark Knopfler
2:58
[2]
This album includes a pre-album version of Portobello Belle and four unreleased songs.
Birmingham at Barbarella
Personnel
• Mark Knopfler – lead vocals, lead guitar, rhythm guitar
• John Illsley – bass, backing vocals
• David Knopfler – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
• Pick Withers – drums
References
[1] "Dire Straits, 1978 - Birmingham At Barbarella (1978-07-04)" (http:/ / www. mclub. com. ua/ vcat. phtml?action=vs& album=121211).
Album page. Media Club. . Retrieved 1 March 2010.
[2] "Dire Straits - Rock File '78 (Aphrodisiac Feeling)" (http:/ / www. discogs. com/ Dire-Straits-Rock-File-78-Aphrodisiac-Feeling/ release/
1765214). Album page. Discogs. . Retrieved 1 March 2010.
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Chris White
Chris White
Chris White performing with The Straits at Guilfest 2012
Background information
Born
13 July 1955
Bristol, England
Genres
Rock, celtic rock, country, blues
Occupations
Musician, composer
Instruments
Saxophone, Flute & Tambourine
Labels
Vertigo, Mercury
Associated acts Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits, The Notting Hillbillies, Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De Burgh, Mick Jagger
Chris White (born 13 July 1955, Bristol) English jazz/rock saxophonist who toured with Dire Straits[1] from
1985–1995, and who has played with many bands and artists, including Robbie Williams, Paul McCartney, Chris De
Burgh and Mick Jagger.
Biography
White took up the saxophone at the age of 13, whilst a pupil at Lawrence Weston Secondary School. He started
gigging a couple of years later, and was soon playing in the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and touring with other
musicians (such as France Gall). He joined Dire Straits in 1985 for their two final world tours, and played at both the
Live Aid concert and Nelson Mandela's 70th Birthday Concert in 1988. In 2002 he joined the band again together
with Mark Knopfler, Guy Fletcher, John Illsley and Danny Cummings in the four small reunion gigs in London and
Beaulieu Abbey.
In May 1990 he joined The Notting Hillbillies and one year later, released his first solo album, Shadowdance. An
motorcycle accident in 1993 prevented him from touring with Pink Floyd.
In 2007 White played with Tom Jones and Bryan Ferry at the Concert for Diana in Wembley Stadium.
Chris White
References
[1] Bishop, Pete (7 August 1985). "Dire Straits merely magnificent" (http:/ / news. google. com/ newspapers?id=wdMbAAAAIBAJ&
sjid=UmIEAAAAIBAJ& pg=5552,3402127& dq=chris-white+ saxophonist& hl=en). Pittsburgh Press: p.В D7. . Retrieved 27 May 2010.
External links
• Chris White Official Facebook Page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Chris-White-Saxophone/
305516969545656)
• Chris White Management (http://chriswhitemanagement.co.uk/)
• Chris White Official Fan Site (http://www.chriswhite-saxophone.com/)
• Chris White - saxophone player (http://www.myspace.com/chriswhitesaxophoneplayer)
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Michael Brecker
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Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker
Michael Brecker in July 2004, performing during the "Jazz for Kerry" benefit concert in Manhattan.
Background information
Birth name
Michael Leonard Brecker
Born
March 29, 1949
Cheltenham, Pennsylvania, United States
Died
January 13, 2007 (agedВ 57)
New York City, New York, United States
Genres
Jazz, post-bop,
Occupations
Saxophonist, composer
Instruments
Saxophone, EWI
Years active
1969–2007
Associated acts
Steps Ahead, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Steely Dan, Todd Rundgren, Horace Silver, Chick
Corea, James Taylor, John Abercrombie, Billy Cobham, Herbie Hancock, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Eddie Gomez, Elvin
Jones, Joni Mitchell
Website
www.michaelbrecker.com
[1][2]
jazz fusion, funk, R&B, rock
[3]
Michael Leonard Brecker (March 29, 1949 – January 13, 2007) was an American jazz saxophonist and composer.
Acknowledged as "a quiet, gentle musician widely regarded as the most influential tenor saxophonist since John
Coltrane",[4] he has been awarded 15 Grammy Awards as both performer and composer. He was awarded an
Honorary Doctorate from Berklee College of Music in 2004,[5] and was inducted into Down Beat Jazz Hall of Fame
in 2007.
Michael Brecker
Biography
Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and raised in Cheltenham Township, a local suburb, Michael Brecker was
exposed to jazz at an early age by his father, an amateur jazz pianist. He grew up a part of the generation of jazz
musicians, who saw rock music not as the enemy but as a viable musical option. Brecker began studying clarinet,
then moved to alto saxophone in school, eventually settling on the tenor saxophone as his primary instrument. He
graduated from Cheltenham High School in 1967 and after only a year at Indiana University, Michael Brecker
moved to New York City in 1969, where he carved out a niche for himself as a dynamic and exciting jazz soloist. He
first made his mark at age 21 as a member of the jazz-rock band Dreams—a band, that included his older brother
Randy, trombonist Barry Rogers, drummer Billy Cobham, Jeff Kent and Doug Lubahn. Dreams was short-lived,
lasting only a year, but Miles Davis was seen at some gigs prior to his recording Jack Johnson.[6]
Most of Brecker's early work is marked by an approach informed as much by rock guitar as by R&B saxophone.
After Dreams, he worked with Horace Silver and then Billy Cobham before once again teaming up with his brother
Randy to form the Brecker Brothers. The band followed jazz-rock trends of the time, but with more attention to
structured arrangements, a heavier backbeat, and a stronger rock influence. The band stayed together from 1975 to
1982 with consistent success and musicality.
During his career, he was in great demand as a soloist and sideman. He performed with bands, which spanned from
mainstream jazz to mainstream rock. Altogether, he appeared on over 700 albums, either as a band member or a
guest soloist. He put his stamp on numerous pop and rock recordings as a soloist. His featured guest solos with
James Taylor and Paul Simon are excellent examples from this body of work. For example, on James Taylor's 1972
album, One Man Dog, Brecker's solo on the track "Don't Let Me Be Lonely Tonight" complements the other
acoustic instruments and sparse vocal. Also, on Paul Simon's 1975 album Still Crazy After All These Years, Brecker's
solo on the title track is used to a similar effect. His solos are often placed in the bridge, or appended as a coda. This
musical structure and instrumentation typifies (and somewhat defines) this jazz-rock fusion style. Other notable
collaborations in this genre include work with Steely Dan, Lou Reed, Donald Fagen, Dire Straits, Joni Mitchell, Eric
Clapton, Billy Joel, John Lennon, Aerosmith, Dan Fogelberg, Frank Sinatra, Frank Zappa, Bruce Springsteen, and
Parliament-Funkadelic.
Brecker also recorded or performed with leading jazz figures during his era, including Herbie Hancock, Chick Corea,
Chet Baker, George Benson, Quincy Jones, Charles Mingus, Jaco Pastorius, McCoy Tyner, Pat Metheny, Elvin
Jones, Claus Ogerman, and many others.
During the early 1980s, he was also a member of NBC’s Saturday Night Live Band. Brecker can be seen in the
background sporting shades during Eddie Murphy’s James Brown parody. After a stint co-leading the all-star group
Steps Ahead with Mike Mainieri, Brecker finally recorded a solo album in 1987. That eponymously titled debut
album marked his return to a more traditional jazz setting, highlighting his compositional talents and featuring the
EWI (Electronic Wind Instrument), which Brecker had previously played with Steps Ahead. In 1987 he featured his
new solo CD at the JVC Newport Jazz Festival, incorporating the EWI. Referring to the sound, that Brecker
produced from the EWI, musician and opening act Ruben Riera (flautist, percussionist) (with The Gary Pearson
Ensemble) said "it was amazing". He continued to record albums as a leader throughout the 1990s and 2000s,
winning multiple Grammy Awards. His solo and group tours consistently sold out top jazz venues in major cities
worldwide.
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He went on tour in 2001 with a collaborative group,
Hancock-Brecker-Hargrove. This tour was dedicated to jazz pioneers John
Coltrane and Miles Davis. Brecker paid homage to Coltrane by performing
Coltrane's signature piece, "Naima". This composition is a definitive work for
tenor sax; its demanding solo enabled Brecker to show his complete mastery
of the instrument. The live concert CD from the tour, Directions in Music
(2001), won a Grammy in 2003.
While performing at the Mount Fuji Jazz Festival in 2004, Brecker
experienced a sharp pain in his back. Shortly thereafter in 2005, he was
diagnosed with the blood disorder myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). Despite
a widely publicized worldwide search, Brecker was unable to find a matching
stem cell donor. In late 2005, he was the recipient of an experimental partial
matching stem cell transplant. By late 2006, he appeared to be recovering, but
Michael Brecker in Munich (July 2001)
the experiment proved not to be a cure. He made his final public performance
on June 23, 2006, playing with Herbie Hancock at Carnegie Hall.
On January 13, 2007, Michael Brecker died from complications of leukemia in New York City. His funeral was held
on January 15, 2007 in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY.
On February 11, 2007, Michael Brecker was awarded two posthumous Grammy awards for his involvement on his
brother Randy's 2005 album Some Skunk Funk.
On May 22, 2007, his final recording, Pilgrimage, was released receiving a good critical response. It was recorded in
August 2006 with Pat Metheny on guitar, John Patitucci on bass, Jack DeJohnette on drums and Herbie Hancock and
Brad Mehldau on piano. Brecker was critically ill, when it was recorded but the other musicians involved praised the
standard of his musicianship.[7] Brecker was again posthumously nominated and subsequently awarded two
additional Grammy Awards for this album in the categories of Best Jazz Instrumental Solo and Best Jazz
Instrumental Album, Individual or Group, bringing his Grammy total to 15.
During his career, Brecker played a Selmer Mark VI tenor saxophone using a customized Dave Guardala
mouthpiece. Early in his career, he had played a Selmer Super Balanced Action saxophone. His earlier mouthpieces
included a metal Dukoff (in the late 1970s and early 1980s) and a metal Otto Link (in the mid-1970s).
More to Live For
The film is the story of three lives, all shaken by cancer and dependent upon the one vital bone marrow match, that
could save them. Their unrelated paths become connected in a desperate fight for survival and a singular mission: to
bring awareness about bone marrow donation to the millions of people, who could save a life today. A film of
tragedy and loss, strength and hope, “More to Live For” presents the stories of three individuals facing life and death,
and their commitment to making a difference. These deeply personal accounts of confronting illness will inspire
hope and action, leaving the viewer empowered to become part of the cure.
In the summer of 2004, Brecker was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), [8] an early form of
leukemia. In need of a bone marrow transplant to save his life, Brecker searched in the International Bone Marrow
Registry for a match. This prompted Michael’s wife and manager to organize a series of bone marrow drives
throughout the world, including the Red Sea, Monterey, and Newport Jazz Festivals. By going public with his
illness, Brecker raised tens of thousands of dollars for testing, and signed up many thousands of donors, but was
unable to find a match for himself. "More to Live For" documents Brecker's intense battle with leukemia, and the
production of his final recording, "Pilgrimage".
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Selected discography
As leader and co-leader
• 1975 Brecker Bros.
• 1983 Cityscape (Michael Brecker & Claus Ogerman) with Marcus Miller,
Eddie Gomez, Steve Gadd, Alex AcuГ±a
• 1983 Steps Ahead with Mike Mainieri, Eddie Gomez, Peter Erskine &
Eliane Elias
• 1987 Michael Brecker with Pat Metheny, Kenny Kirkland, Charlie Haden
& Jack DeJohnette
• 1990 Now You See It… (Now You Don't)
• 1992 Return of The Brecker Brothers (Live in Barcelona)
• 2007 Some Skunk Funk with Randy Brecker
As sideman
• 1969 Score - Randy Brecker
Michael Brecker in Hamburg (1981)
• 1972 Something/Anything? - Todd Rundgren
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1973 A Wizard, a True Star - Todd Rundgren
1974 Todd - Todd Rundgren
1974 The Chicago Theme - Hubert Laws (CTI)
1975 The Rape of El Morro - Don Sebesky (CTI)
1975 Good King Bad - George Benson (CTI)
1976 The Main Attraction - Grant Green (Kudu)
1976 End of a Rainbow - Patti Austin
1976 JacoВ Pastorius
1976 Hear & Now Don Cherry
1977 Ghost Writer (Garland Jeffreys)
1977 Havana Candy - Patti Austin
1978 Zappa in New York
1978 Live at the Bottom Line - Patti Austin
1979 Shadows and Light (Joni Mitchell) with Pat Metheny, Jaco Pastorius, Lyle Mays and Don Alias
1979 In a Temple Garden (Yusef Lateef)
1979 In Out and Around with Mike Nock (p), Mike Brecker (ts) and Al Foster (d)
1981 Three Quartets - Chick Corea
1984 Night - John Abercrombie
1985 Mastertouch (Torsten de Winkel (g), with (b), Alphonse Mouzon (dr), Joachim KГјhn (p))
1988 Times Like These (Gary Burton)
1996 Across America (Art Garfunkel)
1997 West Side Story (Dave Grusin)
1999 The Truth: Heard Live at the Blue Note - Elvin Jones (Half Note)
2001 Hourglass (James Taylor)
2002 Rendezvous in New York with Chick Corea's Three Quartets Band
2002 American Dreams with Charlie Haden
2003 Louis Bellson and His Big Band with Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Herb Geller, Benny Bailey, Howard
Johnson, and Lew Soloff[9]
Michael Brecker
• 2004 Live from the Village Vanguard, Vol. 3 with the John Abercrombie Quartet
• 2004 Horacio Hernandez: Live at the Modern Drummer Festival with Marc Quinones, Michael Brecker, John
Patitucci, and Hilario Duran
• 2007 Gil Evans and His Orchestra with Gil Evans, Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker, Lew Soloff, Herb Geller,
Mike Mainieri, Howard Johnson and Billy Cobham[10]
References
[1] "Michael Brecker 3/29/49 - 1/13/07 | Dusty Wright's Culture Catch" (http:/ / culturecatch. com/ music/ michael_brecker_obit).
Culturecatch.com. 2007-01-16. . Retrieved 2012-06-25.
[2] "Directions In Music - Michael Brecker/ Herbie Hancock/ Roy Hargrove | Jazzbo Notes" (http:/ / webcache. googleusercontent. com/
search?q=cache:F8N7KG73LVQJ:jazzbonotes. com/ reviews/ directions-in-music-michael-brecker-herbie-hancock-roy-hargrove/ + michael+
brecker+ post+ bop& cd=21& hl=en& ct=clnk& gl=us& client=firefox-a). Webcache.googleusercontent.com. 2012-06-09. . Retrieved
2012-06-25.
[3] http:/ / www. michaelbrecker. com
[4] Associated Press "Saxophonist Complete Final Pilgrimage" May 24, 2007 (http:/ / www. sfgate. com/ cgi-bin/ article. cgi?f=/ n/ a/ 2007/ 05/
24/ entertainment/ e105259D63. DTL& type=printable)
[5] Small, Mark. "Saxophonist Michael Brecker—11-Time Grammy Winner, Session Player with Jazz and Pop Legends—to Welcome Entering
Class, Accept Honorary Doctorate at Berklee College of Music Fall Convocation" (http:/ / www. berklee. edu/ opi/ 2004/ 0824. html). .
Retrieved 22 August 2012.
[6] "IN MEMORIUM - MICHAEL BRECKER - Jazz-Rock Artists" (http:/ / www. jazz-rock. com/ artists-MB. html). Jazz-rock.com. . Retrieved
2012-06-25.
[7] "''New York Times'' "A Jazzman’s Farewell Album, All Heart and Soul" June 2, 2007" (http:/ / www. nytimes. com/ 2007/ 06/ 02/ arts/
music/ 02brec. html?_r=1& ref=arts& oref=slogin). Nytimes.com. . Retrieved 2012-06-25.
[8] http:/ / www. aamds. org/
[9] "VIEW DVD Listing" (http:/ / www. view. com/ louie_bellson_and_his_big_band_dvd. aspx). View.com. . Retrieved 2012-06-25.
[10] "VIEW DVD Listing" (http:/ / www. view. com/ gil_evans_and_his_orchestra_dvd. aspx). View.com. . Retrieved 2012-06-25.
External links
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Official site (http://www.michaelbrecker.com/)
Live recordings (http://www.michaelbreckerliverecordings.com/)
Complete Discography (http://www.michaelbreckerliverecordings.com/CompletediscographyA-B.html)
Lucky Link To Old Site (http://www.michaelbrecker.com/oldWebsite/photos.htm)
The Independent - Obituary (http://web.archive.org/web/20070205063629/http://news.independent.co.uk/
people/obituaries/article2154839.ece)
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The Notting Hillbillies
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The Notting Hillbillies
The Notting Hillbillies
Mark Knopfler, founder of The Notting Hillbillies in concert
Background information
Genres
Country
Alternative rock
Skiffle
Labels
Vertigo (UK)
Warner Bros. (US)
Associated acts
Dire Straits
The Notting Hillbillies was a country music project formed by Mark Knopfler, who was then lead guitarist and
singer of the Dire Straits, with Brendan Croker, Steve Phillips, and Knopfler's bandmate Guy Fletcher. They made
just one album, Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time. This album was released on Vertigo in the UK (Warner
Bros. in the US) in 1990, before returning to concentrate on their primary musical outlets. The Notting Hillbillies
have reunited several times for charity gigs. In May 1997 the Hillbillies went on an 11 show tour in the UK.
The Town & Country Club in Leeds on 3 July only featured the Knopfler-Croker-Philips trio. The set list included
the only known live performances of two Dire Straits songs : "Ticket To Heaven" and "How Long". The Notting
Hillbillies had previously performed "When It Comes to You" in 1990, before it was actually recorded and issued by
Dire Straits on their final album On Every Street, in 1991.
The concert at The City Hall in Newcastle on 6 July featured Alan Clark on keyboards, his only appearance with the
band. Ed Bicknell and Marcus Cliffe were also present. This was the last time that Clark played with Knopfler within
a full band.
In 1993, two shows were performed, both without Guy Fletcher.
The Notting Hillbillies
Band line-up members
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
Mark Knopfler: guitar, vocals
Guy Fletcher: keyboards, vocals
Steve Phillips: guitar, vocals
Brendan Croker: guitar, vocals
Ed Bicknell: drums - replaced by Danny Cummings for the four 2002 shows.
Marcus Cliffe: bass
Chris White: Saxophone
Paul Franklin: pedal steel (studio album and 1990 tour only)
References
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Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time
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Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time
Missing...Presumed Having
a Good Time
Studio album by The Notting Hillbillies
Released 1990
Genre
Country rock, blues
Length
40:44
Label
Warner Bros.
Producer Mark Knopfler and Guy Fletcher
Professional
ratings
Review scores
Source
Allmusic
Rating
[1]
Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time is a studio album by The Notting Hillbillies. It was released in 1990.
Track listing
1. "Railroad Worksong" – 5:29 (Traditional)
2. "Bewildered" – 2:37 (Whitcup, Powell)
3. "Your Own Sweet Way" – 4:32 (Mark Knopfler)
4. "Run Me Down" – 2:25 (Traditional)
5. "One Way Gal" – 3:10 (Traditional)
6. "Blues Stay Away from Me" – 3:50 (A. Delmore, R. Delmore, W. Raney, H. Glover)
7. "Will You Miss Me" – 3:52 (Steve Phillips)
8. "Please Baby" – 3:50 (Traditional)
9. "Weapon of Prayer" – 3:10 (I. & C. Louvin)
10. "That's Where I Belong" – 2:51 (Brendan Croker)
11. "Feel Like Going Home" – 4:52 (Charlie Rich)
Album
Missing...Presumed Having a Good Time
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Year
Chart
1990 Norway Albums Chart
References
[1] http:/ / www. allmusic. com/ album/ r14230
Position
2
UK Albums Chart
2
Austria Albums Chart
3
Switzerland Albums Chart
3
Australia ARIA Albums Chart
6
Italy Albums Chart
6
Sweden Albums Chart
8
Billboard 200
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