Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits

Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits

by Dire Straits


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Exactly ten years after Dire Straits' first compilation, Money for Nothing, appeared in the stores, their second, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, was released. A decade is a significant span of time, and the average band would have produced enough material for an entirely different collection, one that shared no similarities with its predecessor. Dire Straits is not the average band, however, and during those ten years, they released exactly two albums -- 1991's On Every Street, their first studio album since Brothers in Arms in 1985, and 1993's On the Night, a live album culled from tapes of the record's supporting tour. Not quite enough new material for a new greatest-hits album, but it had been years since Dire Straits had released an album of any sort (a compilation of BBC sessions snuck into the stores in 1995) -- hence the birth of Sultans of Swing. Unsurprisingly, it covers much of the same ground as Money for Nothing, containing all the essentials ("Sultans of Swing," "Romeo and Juliet," "Tunnel of Love," "Private Investigations," "Twisting by the Pool," "Money for Nothing," "Brothers in Arms," "Walk of Life"), with the exception of "Telegraph Road," which was left on the earlier compilation. A live "Love Over Gold," "Lady Writer," and "So Far Away" replace "Down to the Waterline," "Where Do You Think You're Going," and a live "Portobello Belle," which is really just a trade-off, since they're all equal in quality. Then there are the three hits from On Every Street ("Calling Elvis," "Heavy Fuel," "On Every Street"), all of which are pleasant re-creations of the Brothers in Arms sound; a live version of "Your Latest Trick" from On the Night, and, inexplicably, Mark Knopfler's "Wild Theme (Theme from Local Hero)." Fine tunes all, but none of them are reason enough to replace Money for Nothing with Sultans of Swing. But for casual fans or curious listeners looking for an introduction/sampler, it's the better choice, simply because it covers more ground and contains more music while remaining quite listenable and entertaining.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/27/1998
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624713029
catalogNumber: 47130
Rank: 1480

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dire Straits   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Sting   Contributor
Omar Hakim   Contributor
Richard Rodgers   Composer
John Illsley   Contributor
David Knopfler   Contributor
Jimmy Maelen   Contributor
Barry Beckett   Producer
Roy Bittan   Contributor
Alan Clark   Contributor
Mel Collins   Contributor
Danny Cummings   Contributor
Joop de Korte   Contributor
Neil Dorfsman   Producer
Guy Fletcher   Producer
Paul Franklin   Contributor
Jimmy Iovine   Producer
Manu Katché   Contributor
Mark Knopfler   Producer
Hal Lindes   Contributor
Mike Mainieri   Contributor
Tom Mandel   Contributor
Phil Palmer   Contributor
Jeff Porcaro   Contributor
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Chris Whitten   Contributor
Terry Williams   Contributor
Muff Winwood   Producer
Pick Withers   Contributor
Chris White   Contributor
Robert Sandall   Liner Notes

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Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
When I picked this up about 5 years ago in was the only best-of available. Since the AMG review was written the two CD Private Investigations has been released, containing most of these songs plus a few of Mark Knopfler's solo efforts. One reason to buy that set is its inclusion of Telegraph Road, probably Dire Straits' most ambitious song. I also note that several other songs found on both sets are in the longer album versions on PI. I probably will buy the newer collection in the future.
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