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On Every Street [CD]

Dire Straits Audio CD
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Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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 ... Read more in Amazon's Dire Straits Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00000INL5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,395 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. On Every Street (Album Version) 5:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. When It Comes To You 5:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Fade To Black 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Ticket To Heaven 4:25£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. My Parties 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Planet Of New Orleans 7:47£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. How Long 3:52£0.99  Buy MP3 

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A strain of deep ennui pervades this, the sixth (and, to date, final) studio album from one of the most wildly successful bands of the 1980s. This time, though, it's the sound of an older, rather less inspired songwriter: from the amiable R&B of "Calling Elvis", to the modest countrified picking of "How Long", Mark Knopfler seems to have left his rock inclinations far behind--allowing himself only a token indulgence, on the lumbering, "Heavy Fuel". It's not a complete waste of time: his guitar work, while untethered to anything especially interesting, remains evocative; and the best track here--the sexually-belligerent, richly atmospheric "You And Your Friend"--recalls the dark view of human relations (and the splendid dobro lead work) he featured on "Private Investigations". But for the most part, this is the sound of a man losing interest in his own life. --Andrew McGuire

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Love Dire Straits in their twilight 13 Mar 2007
By Jay
Format:Audio CD
On Every Street" itself is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever heard, bittersweet and filled with unrequited longing, and illustrates Mark Knopfler's desire to convey "the essential loneliness of a lot of life experience".

"You and Your Friend" is truly erotic! You can feel a slow and sensual buildup that becomes almost unbearable with the bass turned high. Crank this one up with a special lady friend on a chill winter evening with the fireplace roaring, all you gentlemen out there, and let the fun begin!

While the more recognizable hits on this album are "Heavy Fuel" and "Calling Elvis", which are quite good, these other songs would be my faves, along with the ironic "My Parties", the hilariously satirical "Ticket to Heaven", and the mini-jazz riff "Fade to Black".

To listen to this album is to love Dire Straits in their twilight, the end of a beautiful era...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Fans were eagerly awaiting a successor to Brothers in Arms, Dire Straits' landmark commercial triumph. It eventually came in the form of On Every Street. In the end it was not particularly warmly received. Many years had passed since Brothers and Dire Straits had disappeared from the spotlight. On Every Street is a very good album, nonetheless, and there isn't a bad song on here. Knopfler's guitar work is good but not exceptional (I felt that he only really excelled himself as a guitarist on two songs anyway: Sultans of Swing and Lady Writer). His vocals and lyrics, however, were never better than on this album. It is a melancholy album in nature and this theme seems to lead Knopfler to some of his best songwriting on a record. The piano based titletrack is excellent (reminiscent of the song Love Over Gold), You and Your Friend and Heavy Fuel are a bit raunchy, My Parties is a humorous take on high society, Calling Elvis is cleverly written and Ticket to Heaven sounds like something from the fifties. All in all, a quality album and although there isn't a bad song on here, you feel that Knopfler was tiring of his time with the band so it's probably just as well that On Every Street was Dire Straits' epitaph.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A thoughtful album of remembrance. 13 Nov 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Dire Straits' last album is neither of Brothers in Arms nor Love Over Gold proportions. It is nevertheless, a good, reflective album by a band that were becoming a bit wearied of rock 'n' roll but were still determined to make the most out of their consummate musicianship for one final album. There isn't a bad song on this album: Calling Elvis is clever lyrically and My Parties is Mark Knopfler's jazzy, smooth assault on high society. The best tracks are the titletrack, Fade to Black, Planet of New Orleans, You and Your Friend and Iron Hand; the latter two wouldn't have seemed out of place on Brothers in Arms, and Iron Hand is my personal favourite on the album, reminiscent of The Man's Too Strong.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Listen without prejudice! 21 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
It's interesting to read the contrasting points of view on this album. I had loved the Love Over Gold and Alchemy Albums, but I lost interest in the band in the 80's due to the over-exposure of the rather sterile "Brothers In Arms". A few years ago, a friend played "On Every Street" to me, and I was ready to dismiss the album. I had, after all, heard some of the singles when they came out... "Heavy Fuel" had seemed like a direct attempt to follow up Money For Nothing and The Bug was like a poor relation of Walk Of Life. Dire Straits were obviously just milking a formula...

I was wrong, of course. The choice of singles is perplexing, as they are probably the weakest tracks on the album, though they actually all work well in the context of the rest of the tracks. The production is absolutely stunning. Dire Straits had been all over the place production-wise in the past - contrast the flat sound of the early albums with the harsh and dated "Love Over Gold" and the clinical and detached sound of Brothers In Arms. Here, they get it exactly right - the playing is as precise as ever, but has a more spontaneous feel, and the production had tremendous depth and clarity. For all those hi-fi bores out there (me included) it is the ideal CD to get the best from your system.

Included here are some of Dire Straits' best ever songs, including the lush strings of Ticket To Heaven and the atmospheric Iron Hand. Highlight of the album and for me, the best thing the band ever recorded is You and Your Friend. The murmured lyrics ruminate on the aftermath of a failed relationship against an initially sparse and restrained arrangement.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
Dire Straits took a long rest after their 1985 smash hit album Brothers in Arms but eventually returned to record a new album for the nineties. This album seems less imaginative than their previous work and Knopfler's style on this album is very relaxed compared to the style that had been his trademark previously. Dire Straits original style was evident for their first three albums but by Love over Gold they had slowed down a bit and changed their style a little. This was probably down to their beginning to record in more expensive studios. But I won't criticise because On Every Street is a great album, even though it feels like a different Dire Straits. Many of the tracks on here have a slow, country style. Calling Elvis and Heavy Fuel are incisive songs written with great wit about a desperate alcoholic and My Parties is Knopfler's cynical take on wasteful and carefree high society living. The title-track is one of the most moving songs the Straits have recorded and Knopfler's vocals on the album are great, if perhaps his playing is more subdued than on previous albums.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music in analog format
The album arrived sooner than I expected. It was in excellent shape and played beautifully. On Every Street is my favorite Dire Straits album and is a treat hearing it from an... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Ronald Cruz
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect - Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler at their best
Perfect - Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler at their best. Does exactly what you want it to do.
Pleasure listening again and again!
Published 19 days ago by U.C.
4.0 out of 5 stars Closing the curtains.,
On every street was the final swansong for this fantastic band, and it in many ways, equalises the incredibly popular predesessor:- Brothers in arms. Read more
Published 25 days ago by Agma
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very happy with the product and delivery time.
Published 26 days ago by Dr Frances Finnigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good to finally find one and of such good quality
Published 1 month ago by M. A. Hale
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great cd quick posting
Published 2 months ago by mike
2.0 out of 5 stars This has to be my second favorite Dire Straits album
This has to be my second favorite Dire Straits album, close behind my favorite, Love Over Gold. I have purchased Love Over Gold here in the U.S. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rudy
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Beats the CD version. Reproduction open and airy, resulting in superb audio. HIGHLY COMMENDED. Buy now with confidence you will not be disappointed.
Published 4 months ago by Roman Urbanowicz
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow burner
When I bought this album at the time of release I must admit I wasn't too enamoured with it. However, last year I stumbled across it while searching through my old vinyl and... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Steve O
4.0 out of 5 stars Much better than Broithers in Arms...
Brothers in Arms lacked depth and variety to me. This is much more like it, with all sorts of moods and tempos. Knopfler back on form.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. S Bailey
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