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Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits [Best of]

Dire Straits Audio CD
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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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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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Dire Straits ~ Sultans Of Swing-Very Best Of

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of Feb. 26 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
That cd is a real jewel !
Take me back to the old Dire Straits, even if I wasn't born yet.
Buy it and you'll see what I mean !
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funky Nov. 29 2012
By Langer
Format:Audio CD
Great collection.Love this band's work, and Knopfler is unreal. Enjoy this album, as it really shows off the band's chops
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1.0 out of 5 stars Warning! Edited Version! Jan. 1 2003
Format:Audio CD
I was pleased with this collection, until I realized that the entire second verse of "Money For Nothing" had been edited out. I assume that this was done so as not to offend sensitive ears with a derogatory term for male homosexuals, which was used as a shorthand device to make no doubt of the ignorance of the song's narrator. And Knopfler has always maintained that the song came from an actual conversation that he overheard. Too bad that irony is lost on the do-gooders, and that they have taken a song that makes a blistering point and have removed much of its power. A complete disgrace. Politically correct morons, 1, Rock and Roll, 0. I sure hope these people never listen to "Rednecks" by Randy Newman.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Music Ever!!! April 22 2005
Format:Audio CD
This album is great but it needs more like Skateaway, Expresso Love, Solid Rock, Telegraph Road, When It Comes to You, The Bug,
& My Parties. But anyway it has most of the songs I like. My favs off this album are Sultans of Swing, Tunnel of Love, So Far
Away, Money for Nothing, & Heavy Fuel. Others I like are Lady Writer, Romeo and Juliet, Twisting by the Pool, Brothers in Arms,
Walk of Life, Calling Elvis, & On Every Street. The weakest song
on this is Private Investigations. Well I hope you buy it because
I am a huge Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler fan. Get it now.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Typical "Best Of" - Best tunes aren't here Jan. 12 2005
Format:Audio CD
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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars I love some of these songs April 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I am originly a country and Christian music fan. There are some classic rock bands that I like. I love some of these songs. My favorite is Tunnel of Love. This is a good song. One problem, I wish it were longer, I love the instrumentel at the end and wish it were longer. Sultans of Swing is also cool, and so is Walk of Life. I'm 16, but I can't do the adult review. God Bless
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2.0 out of 5 stars EDITED!!! Feb. 22 2004
By Ryan
Format:Audio CD
I realize that they had to edit this CD in order to put all the tracks on it...that's clear. My advice to all of you is to do what I did. Download all of the full versions of every song on the album minus "Private Investigations" and "Local Hero/Wild Theme". Leave those 2 songs off and you will have enough room on your blank CD to put the rest on it. The reason for eliminating these 2 tracks is....1. "Private Investigations" has no beat or rythym to it at all and is a boring song...and 2. "Local Hero/Wild Theme" is a cover of a solo working by Knopfler, so why is it even on here. Go buy the album "Screenplaying" if you want to hear that song. Do this and you will have a perfect Dire Straits "Best Of" CD.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Forget the Best Of get the real thing
If all you know of Dire Straits is their "Best Of" you are really missing the best of Dire Straits and the incredible songwriting and guitar of Mark Knopfler. Read more
Published on Jan. 6 2004 by Kilgore
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect collection.
This may be missing a few tracks, but for the casual fan, it should be just what you want. I got this recently and ended up knowing about twice what I thought I would, and what I... Read more
Published on Dec 17 2003 by H3@+h
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Editing...save your $$$
This would have been a good cd except for the edited version of Money for Nothing which removed the most memorable line in any Dire Straits song - "The Little F@got wioth the... Read more
Published on Dec 10 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars amazon critic is one big -MORON
"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... Read more
Published on Oct. 15 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than I expected
Being in my mid-50's, I missed out on the band's hey day. But after purchasing Mark Knopfler's "The Ragpieker's Dream" and hearing Sultan's of Swing on our local NPR... Read more
Published on Oct. 10 2003
4.0 out of 5 stars So close to 5
What a great collection from Dire Straits. They're spectacular. I gave it 4 stars because I can. I'm not a fan of Heavy Fuel, Local Hero, or Your Latest Trick so I have to skip... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2003 by T. Nociti
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