Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits Best of
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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)|
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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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.
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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What's there not to like - that's if you like Dire Straits!Published 7 months ago by Diane Ribchester
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 !
Great collection.Love this band's work, and Knopfler is unreal. Enjoy this album, as it really shows off the band's chopsPublished on Nov. 29 2012 by Langer
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