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Money for Nothing

Dire Straits

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Album Review

Released in late 1988, as everyone was waiting for the follow-up for Brothers in Arms, the 12-track Money for Nothing does an adequate job of summarizing hits and highlights from Dire Straits. Since the group only released one studio album after this compilation, and that really didn't produce any blockbusters, Money for Nothing winds up being a pretty good career summary. Far from perfect, though: too many album rock hits, such as "Expresso Love" and "Skateaway," are missing, plus there're two live cuts and the new cut "Where Do You Think You're Going?" doesn't go anywhere. Discounting these, the remainder of the compilation does hit many of the big songs, relying heavily on Brothers in Arms. Sultans of Swing, the post-On Every Street collection, is a better overview, yet this still has enough of the best-known tracks to satisfy the majority of casual fans.

Customer Reviews

Great classics

I really like this album. The sound is dead-on perfect, and there certainly is no lack of energy to this album. Although, Telegraph Road was 12 minutes long? A little too long there. Money for Nothing is the best song on the album by far, but I also liked Sultans, Twisting, Walk of Life, and Brothers in Arms. Good album.

Money For Nothing

Très Bonne Musique.Bon rythme,avec des parties mélodiques très variées.Beaucoup apprécié. Pour terminer, j'aime bien votre système d'achat de musique.

Do Not Buy! I spent Money for nothing!

This is the edited version of Money For nothing, 4 mins. Apple does not tell you this, in any way, before you purchase it, and therefore commits false advertising. All sales are final, so don't waste your time with corporate scoundrels.


Formed: 1977 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s

Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the group built their sound upon the laid-back blues-rock of J.J. Cale, but they also had jazz and country inflections, occasionally dipping into the epic song...
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