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Sultans of Swing - The Very Best of Dire Straits

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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.

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Sarà pure non omogeneo per qualche critico dall'orecchio difettato, ma chissenefrega se in una compilation ci sono così tanti brani che hanno fatto la storia del rock !!! compratelo e iniziatevi ad una band UNICA !!!

Sultan of Swing Dire Straits

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Biografia

Formato(a): 1977, London, England

Genere: Rock

Anni di attività: '70s, '80s, '90s

I Dire Straits sono emersi durante l'era del post punk alla fine degli anni '70 ma il loro suono - benché minimalista - non aveva nulla in comune con il punk. La band era piuttosto la conseguenza diretta del revival dello stile pub rock, anche se il pub rock era un genere festoso e i Dire Straits erano invece malinconici. Lo stile del gruppo partiva da un blues-rock disteso con influenze del jazz e la musica country (occasionalmente utilizzando le strutture epiche del rock progressivo) ma soprattutto...
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