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On Every Street Original recording remastered, Import

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  • Audio CD (Sept. 19 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Warner Bros.
  • ASIN: B00004Y6NV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
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1. Calling Elvis
2. On Every Street
3. When It Comes To You
4. Fade To Black
5. The Bug
6. You And Your Friend
7. Heavy Fuel
8. Iron Hand
9. Ticket To Heaven
10. My Parties
11. Planet Of New Orleans
12. How Long

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The best-selling albums from the greaatest artists on Warner Bros. have never sounded better than on their new Warner Remasters editions. State-of-the-art digitally remastered, each album sounds dramatically superior to its original CD release. In addition, the packaging returns each album to its original artwork and graphics.


On Every Street is an amazing album, if only for its apparent refusal to exploit the success of its predecessor. Sure, radio programmers could hear echoes of "Money for Nothing" in "Heavy Fuel," or traces of "Walk of Life" in "The Bug," but Mark Knopfler wouldn't have waited six years to follow up the band's megaplatinum Brothers in Arms if that was all he had in mind. Instead, he took time out to play with the Notting Hillbillies and Chet Atkins (while most British guitar heroes idolize American blues, Knopfler obviously has a thing for Nashville). On Every Street finds those influences complementing the late-night melancholy that's always been Dire Straits' specialty. Instead of Sting singing "I Want My MTV," fans got Hillbillies pedal steel player Paul Franklin adding to the high-lonesome sound of the quite infectious title track and the epic "Planet of New Orleans," along with meditations on the mistreatment of striking miners in the cinematic "Iron Fist," and some of Knopfler's most haunting guitar work throughout. The result can be seen as a dignified--and, at times, even inspiring--farewell album. --Bill Forman

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Dire Straits have evolved quite a bit during their 13-years-long career. Started with mellow blues-oriented pub-rock, they went through poppy aproach ("Making Movies"), prog-rock approach ("Love Over Gold"), and finally became MTV-darlings after their large commercial success of "Brothers in Arms". Six years of silence after that left everyone wondering about the direction Mark Knopfler would head with "On Every Street". I think, Mark struck everybody off their feet with how un-commercial this album sounds. He seems to throw away any public success considerations he might have had, and recorded 12 songs to his own liking. While this album never reached the super-stardom of its predecessor, I consider it to be perhaps the best thing Dire Straits have ever made.
Mark demonstrates solid growth as a songwriter and arranger. And his virtuoso guitar playing needs no introduction. He never shows off his guitar skills, instead inserting very tasteful and moody licks and solos here and there. This album presents very diverse material. From excellent blues tracks "Fade to Black" and "Planet of New Orleans", to calmness of "On Every Street" and "Iron Hand", to rocking "Calling Elvis" and almost hard-rocker "Heavy Fuel", to classic rock-n-roll "The Bug", Dire Straits deliver it all. They also added plenty of new instruments to the songs, like a full brass section in "My Parties", a sax in a couple of tracks, some orchestration, and something that sounds to me like a war horn on "Iron Hand". The pub-rock roots are almost gone, and instead there's a flavour of country-music over this record.
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The general perception of this album as "failed" in many circles always left me wondering. I can see nothing failed about it, and I feel it is fully as good at the "multiple-platinum" Brothers in Arms. I think it talks to Dire Straits advantage that they did not emidieatly after the huge success of Brothers in Arms shot out 2 or 3 rapid albums to score it big. Instead they waited untill they felt they had something they could vouch for artisticaly, and in the meanwhile doing some sideshows.
The album got a very somber and dark mood to it, though it is unlike the moodynes of the early albums. Where the mood on the first albums seemed a somber optimism. On Every Street seem to contain a pessimist tone(which is also apparant on Brothers in Arms). Important issues get touched here on, Iron Hand(war)and My Parties(pollution and ignorance). But off course on a Dire Straits album there is also time for a broken heart(and a vengeful soul) on How Long.
The style on this Dire Straits last "real" album has changed from Brothers in Arms and Knopflers involvement in Notting Hillbilies cannot be ignored. I see the album as the gold watch at the end of a fine career, and not as a "going out of buisness" sign.
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Mark Knopfler and company must have felt a little of both those sides after the huge success of Brothers in Arms; they'd been catapulted to global success but couldn't help being trapped by the expectations that came with it. And in classic form, they ignored the mainstream completely and took their time putting out the best album they could.. even if it took six years. On Every Street makes it obvious that they're not trying to copy their former success - considering the variety of traditional influences, it's a stretch to even call anything here marketable. For example, "When It Comes to You;" a grungy rustic tune somewhere between country and blues. (And I mean real country music, not Garth Brooks-style country.) "My Parties," a Cajun swing. "Fade to Black," an almost-disturbing nocturne. "Ticket to Heaven," almost a '50s Broadway tune. (I skip that one, but that's because the style isn't to my taste.) "Planet of New Orleans" is the finest kind of dingy club music. This is an all-around celebration of roots music; not the kind of stuff that made "I want my MTV" a cultural catchphrase.
Taking into account the sound of previous DS albums and the way Knopfler continues to branch out on his own, it's easy to see how OES falls in the middle. It may even be easy to see why Mark disbanded Dire Straits after this tour - he was dipping into more musical ideas & styles than ever and the band name had become too limiting. Regardless: this is just as deserving and finely crafted an album as Brothers in Arms and Making Movies, and it's got the most variety & atmosphere of any Straits record. Those who like the hit singles and only want to hear more should go for the Sultans of Swing compilation instead. To those who like the late-night sultry feel of the band at their best, this is an overlooked treasure.
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After many years of hiatus after "Brothers In Arm", Dire Straits finally comes out with a new album. If you've been listening to Mark Knopfler during the Straits break, then this album isn't anything new to hear. After playing with Chet Atkins on "Neck and Neck", and his time with the Notting Hillbillies, there isn't a surprise that "On Every Street" is heavily flavored with a country sound. This isn't a bad thing, and the album is still very good, it's just a large departure from the Dire Straits of the 70s and 80s.
One thing is certain about this album though, and that is Knopfler's guitar work is still a thing of beauty. His phrasing is simple, yet he is able to speak volumes with just a few notes. "Fade to Black", the best cut on the album, is a good example of his playing. Very blues on this cut, and just enough notes to pull at your soul. He doesn't have to be flashy, and he still sets the mood quite well. "Heavy Full", "Iron Band" and "Planet of New Orleans" has that Straits flavor, especially from later in their career. Songs like "When It Comes to You", "Ticket to Heaven" and "How Long" are heavily flavored with Country.
Fortunately, I enjoy Country and the other solo stuff that Knopfler has done. Even though I was hoping for the Strait's sound, this is still a good album. The songs are well mixed up so you're not stuck with Country cut after cut. If you're a fan of Knopfler, this is a good album to get. It's more like the prequel to "Golden Heart".
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