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  • Audio CD (Oct. 27 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00000DGUY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,776 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Sultans Of Swing
2. Lady Writer
3. Romeo And Juliet
4. Tunnel Of Love
5. Private Investigations
6. Twisting By The Pool
7. Love Over Gold (Live)
8. So Far Away
9. Money For Nothing
10. Brothers In Arms
11. Walk Of Life
12. Calling Elvis
13. Heavy Fuel
14. On Every Street
15. Your Latest Trick (Live)
16. Local Hero / Wild Theme (Live)

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Knopfler & Co. have never sounded so good-this 20-bit remastered 16-track anthology features the breakthrough-hit title track; their 1985 #1 smash, Money for Nothing , plus So Far Away; Walk of Life; Love over Gold (live); Twisting by the Pool; Romeo and Juliet; Lady Writer; Wild Theme-Theme from Local Hero , and more by one of rock's great guitar bands.

This compilation repeats seven tracks from 1988's Money For Nothing anthology. Given that Mark Knopfler and crew have recorded one new album during the decade between best-of collections, how different could Sultans of Swing be? For one thing, CD dominance has made for longer compilations, and this one is fleshed out by singles, three tracks from 1991's On Every Street, and Knopfler's solo "Local Hero" theme, performed live. More importantly, the second track here is the band's terrific second single, "Lady Writer," previously only available on the otherwise dismal Communiqué LP. Five tracks from Dire Straits' huge Brothers in Arms LP appear here, but only two tracks surface from Making Movies, the group's pinnacle achievement. Ultimately, if you own Making Movies and this compilation, you own the essential Dire Straits. --Bill Holdship

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 4 2004
Format: Audio CD
Make no mistake, Dire Straits made some classic material and all their studio albums (with the possible exception of On Every Street) were first rate, and Mark Knopfler is one of the most talented guitarist and songwriters around as well as a brilliant lyricist. Dire Straits were seen as much more of an 'albums' band than a singles band.
However I found this 'Best of' compilation disappointing; it is not a good reflection of the group as a whole. 'Sultans of Swing', 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Tunnel of Love' are all here, but most of the remaining tracks are either edited or not worthwhile enough inclusions which is where this set falls down.
'Twisting By the Pool' is a thoroughly cheesy song which sits uncomfortably with most of the groups other material with its appalling lyrics!. A dud live version of a track which was appealing in its original studio form is also included with 'Love Over Gold'. 'Money For Nothing' is not only edited but the second verse is omitted here. Ditto 'Brothers In Arms', as a result the brilliant guitar solo at the end is omitted. Other tracks which were not included but should have been are 'Skateaway' (from Making Movies), and the superb 'Telegraph Road', which was one of Dire Straits' best songs ever.
Probably the best answer to this would be a double CD (like Billy Joel's Greatest Hits package among others). You're better to collect the original studio albums (and possibly the live ones too) than buy this, and Knopfler's solo albums are also worth considering.
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The rating of 5 stars comes from even including tracks which are not radio hits, heaven knows that with a group like Dire Straits the entire double CD effort could be hacked into singles from Radio 3.5 minute hits, edited to He## and a waste of time to listen to. For me the meat of any CD is the progressive ( hopefully there will be such material on the disc) material which will NEVER be heard on Radio, even FM. There has been a GREAT DEAL of dissention over which is the best Dire Straits tune; that is not possible to judge. It is far to subjective to even attempt be happy that there is enough GOOD MATERIAL INCLUDED that you have the ability to pick and choose. There are far too many pieces of trash on the market which take your money and give you the bare minimum as far as content is concerned. So AGAIN I SAY Be happy there is enough meat on this discs bones so that you have the ability to choose and argue over what is the best. It proves that this is indeed a series worthy of anyone's collection... Spigomars
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Any fan of this band knows that Dire Straits' best songs aren't the ones played on the radio these days. Although tunes like Money for Nothing (which is edited for this album), Sultans of Swing, and Walk Of Life are great songs; they're not the best this band has to offer. The depth of Dire Straits catalog is incredible considering the band only produced six studio albums and a couple of live ones. It would be impossible to capture all their "Greatest" songs on one album but this one gives it a good shot. I would ask anyone who buys and enjoys this album to invest in some albums like Love Over Gold, Making Movies, and their self titled debut. The sound of the band changed a little since their debut in the late Seventies when songs like Lions, Wild West End, and Once Upon A Time In The West demonstrated Mark Knopfler's superb guitar work and unique voice but the quality of their work is unquestionable. My fav tune of all time is Telegraph Road which gets absolutely no respect from current radio due to it's extended length but it's a great tune. Songs like News, Single Handed Sailor, Espresso Love, Industrial Disease, and When It Comes To You should be included in any "Best Of" set but aren't here. If you only know songs like Money for Nothing and Sultans of Swing you should buy this album to get a taste of the band but don't stop there - there's so much more.
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By A Customer on Oct. 15 2003
Format: Audio CD
"Communique" is a dismal album aside from "Lady Writer" ? Get real you clown. That's maybe the best ever Dire Straits album & has maybe the 3rd best Dire Straits track ever--after "Sultans of Swing" & "Wild West End," (another essential track not on this comp)--& one of the greatest songs ever written: "Once Upon A Time In the West," which isn't on this comp. This guy should be serving Fries, not reviewing albums if he's that tone-deaf & that clueless about rock'n'roll.
This comp. is a great intro & is designed to be just that. Especially awesome is the "Local Hero" track included which only more hardcore fans know about. They knew what they were leaving out & they left out exactly songs cool enough to make people whose interest is piqued pick up masterpieces like "Communique" & "Making Movies" & "Dire Straits 1978" for the rest of the gems. MAKE SURE that you do that if you dig this best of, because this is only part 1; parts 2-5 are on all the individual 1970s & 1980s albums. Any one great song on those is easily worth the price of 2 albums & there is nothing but great songs on them from beginning to end.
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