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Album Review

Exactly ten years after Dire Straits' first compilation, Money for Nothing, appeared in the stores, their second, Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits, was released. A decade is a significant span of time, and the average band would have produced enough material for an entirely different collection, one that shared no similarities with its predecessor. Dire Straits is not the average band, however, and during those ten years, they released exactly two albums — 1991's On Every Street, their first studio album since Brothers in Arms in 1985, and 1993's On the Night, a live album culled from tapes of the record's supporting tour. Not quite enough new material for a new greatest-hits album, but it had been years since Dire Straits had released an album of any sort (a compilation of BBC sessions snuck into the stores in 1995) — hence the birth of Sultans of Swing. Unsurprisingly, it covers much of the same ground as Money for Nothing, containing all the essentials ("Sultans of Swing," "Romeo and Juliet," "Tunnel of Love," "Private Investigations," "Twisting by the Pool," "Money for Nothing," "Brothers in Arms," "Walk of Life"), with the exception of "Telegraph Road," which was left on the earlier compilation. A live "Love Over Gold," "Lady Writer," and "So Far Away" replace "Down to the Waterline," "Where Do You Think You're Going," and a live "Portobello Belle," which is really just a trade-off, since they're all equal in quality. Then there are the three hits from On Every Street ("Calling Elvis," "Heavy Fuel," "On Every Street"), all of which are pleasant re-creations of the Brothers in Arms sound; a live version of "Your Latest Trick" from On the Night, and, inexplicably, Mark Knopfler's "Wild Theme (Theme from Local Hero)." Fine tunes all, but none of them are reason enough to replace Money for Nothing with Sultans of Swing. But for casual fans or curious listeners looking for an introduction/sampler, it's the better choice, simply because it covers more ground and contains more music while remaining quite listenable and entertaining.

Customer Reviews


Un disco que ofrece la oportunidad de recordar viejos tiempos con sonidos permanentemente actuales y una produccion impecable.Hay que reverenciar los arreglos y exquisiteces que se permite esta banda con su musica y seguramente los hoy jovenes veran en algunos de sus temas sonidos que hoy recogen otras bandas.A efectos de buen gusto y cultural musical no debe faltar de vez en cuando un tema de Dire Straits.En fin IMPERDIBLE.

De los mejores lo mejor

Un disco imprescindible para quien no conoce a este archiconocido grupo de Rock-blues. Sus canciones, aunque con algunos años a sus espaldas, permanecen igual de frescas que el primer día. Indiscutiblemente un must have


Los Dire Straits son increíbles! Este disco intenta recoger el espíritu y su evolución desde el primer disco al último! Su climax y mejor inspiración, así como la canción que recoge todas las facetas de una obra maestra se dan en la canción Tunnel of Love. Lo que debe ser una canción de rock atemporal, con ritmo, con subidas y bajadas, con una letra muy cuidada y un solo final que demuestra el talento de su compositor en su época de máxima originalidad e inspiración. A ver cuando sale ahora un grupo que aporte la frescura de los Dire Straits, como lo hicieron ellos en los 80.


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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