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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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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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4.0 out of 5 stars amazon critic is one big -MORON Oct. 15 2003
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"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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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy The Whole Collection Sept. 5 2003
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I count myself among the biggest of fans of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler and consider him to be the greatest guitarist of all time (certainly the greatest non-classical guitarist) so on that alone I gave this CD a 5 star score.
I would just mention one potential drawback, that being the editing. Several of the songs, for instance "Money For Nothing", are in their 'single' form, which is to sat edited for time to fit into an FM radio broadcast, therefore, if you really want the whole song you need to buy the original CD. So this is a plug to buy the whole collection. More expensive, surely, but totally worth it.
I am a bit unsure who picked the songs for this CD, but the mix is a bit tilted to newer stuff. I think it might have been improved if a couple of tracks ("Heavy Fuel" comes to mind) had been left out and the unedited versions had been put on the CD.
Of course, this is all quibbling. I still recommend the CD, the sound quality is superb and the mix of old and new makes it an interesting career retrospective (to date). I have seen Dire Straits and Mark in concert several times and "Local Hero/Wild Theme" live at the close of the CD still gives me goosebumps when I hear it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Margaret E. Paul
5.0 out of 5 stars Best of
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 !
Published 18 months ago by vivelesnainsroux
3.0 out of 5 stars Funky
Great collection.Love this band's work, and Knopfler is unreal. Enjoy this album, as it really shows off the band's chops
Published 21 months ago by Langer
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Music Ever!!!
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. Read more
Published on April 22 2005 by "novemberrain267"
5.0 out of 5 stars I love some of these songs
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. Read more
Published on April 13 2004
2.0 out of 5 stars EDITED!!!
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. Read more
Published on Feb. 22 2004 by Ryan
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. 5 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 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
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