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Sultans Of Swing - The Very Best Of Dire Straits (CD 1 Of Limited Edition)
 
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Sultans Of Swing - The Very Best Of Dire Straits (CD 1 Of Limited Edition)

19 Feb. 2014 | Format: MP3

£7.99 (VAT included if applicable)
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1998
  • Release Date: 19 Feb. 2014
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 1998 Mercury Records Limited
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  • Total Length: 1:17:56
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  • ASIN: B001KSS2KQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 161 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,056 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
This best of collection does contain most of the best known tunes from the supergroup from all their albums, but falls short.
On the plus side, the classics we all know and love such as 'Sultans of Swing', 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Tunnel of Love' are all here in their full-length versions.
However this is where I start subtracting the stars: The one cut from 'Alchemy' is the worst track on the CD (the original studio version of 'Love Over Gold' is far superior to the live rendition here). One of the best tracks Knopfler ever wrote, 'Telegraph Road', is absent; 'Brothers In Arms' has been cut so the superb guitar solo at the end of that track is absent; 'Money For Nothing' and 'On Every Street' have also been edited. As a result this compilation does not provide a full perspective of some of the band's most superb work. A double 'best of CD' (like Billy Joel and many others have done for their greatest hits) is probably the only answer...
Buy this though and you will want to collect all of the band's work, but the albums 'Making Movies', 'Love Over Gold' and 'Brothers In Arms' are the best buys when it comes to personal choice.
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On it's own the one disc collection is a very good introduction to the music of Mark Knofler and Dire Straits.
Lady Writer is not often included in the band's other collections and really stands out, while Love Over Gold, Your Latest Trick and from Local Hero, Wild Theme are all live recordings which maintain their high standards.
My favourite is Sultans Of Swing, what a debut single, as far as I am concerned on a par with The Animals' House Of The Rising Son, The Byrds' Mr Tambourine Man and Jimi Hendrix's Hey Joe.
Now add disc 2 which is a live concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, featuring 7 songs.
Calling Elvis is an improvement on the studio version, Walk Of Life is next, then a lovely gentle Last Exit To Brooklyn which runs into Romeo And Juliet.
Sultans Of Swing clocks in at over 13 minutes, thats definitely OK with me, then nearly 9 minutes of Brothers In Arms.
Finally Money for Nothing rounds off the concert in which the band and Mark in particular, have the audiance enjoying every moment.
Any Dire Straits fan who wants 2 hours 20 minutes of their music need look no further.
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I'll give you a title by title description of the album, as each song deserves a few words...
1/ "sultans of swing" is the starting point of the band's carreer. But more than that it has become part of the rock'n'roll legend with its wonderful unforgettable guitar riffs.
2/ "lady writer" is a faster "sultans of swing", but a great theme of its own too.
3/ "romeo and juliet" is one of the most romantic and touching love songs ever written by Mark Knopfler (words and music really merge into sth very emotional).
4/ "tunnel of love" presents other legendary guitar riffs. It combines the beauty of "romeo and juliet"'s lyrics and the power of "sultans'" riffs. The epic final guitar solo is just an all time favorite.
5/ "twisting by the pool" is an original twist, showing that Mark Knopfler really is capable of complying with every style and can write about anything.
6/ "private investigations" shows a wonderful accoustic work where the guitar dialogues with the piano all thru. The final chords have also become part of history.
7/ "love over gold" (live in 1983) is in the trend of "private investigations" but can only serve here as a teaser to the fantastic original version.
8/ "so far away" is another love song, quite a simple one both lyrically and musically, but it goes straight to the heart.
9/ "money for nothing" is no use commenting on as everybody, I think, must remember its destructive introductory guitar riff and its chorus sung along with Sting. "I want my MTV".
10/ "brothers in arms" could be defined in just one word : "heart-breaking". Once again the music and the voice combine to break your heart in two.
11/ "walk of life" is well influenced by the cajun style, it's a rocking song which can liven a place up when needed.
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By A Customer on 20 July 2001
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All your favourite Dire Straits hits are here. My only reservation is that some of them are live. I find the background whoops and yells most distracting. Why couldn't we just have had the originals?
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With most bands' back catalogues now available on CD, record companies are taking to reshuffling and repackaging the original Best Of compilations and flogging them again at full price to a completely new audience, or on the strength of a couple of new live tracks. Don't buy into it. The best work of the brilliant band that is Dire Straits has been on the market for years under the title Money For Nothing. And what's more, it's available for a mere half the price of this imposter.
This is not to say that the songs on here are not good - they are. In fact, many of them are the same. It is where the tracks differ that this issue comes off second best. In an attempt to bring it up to date, there are three songs from the forgettable On Every Street album. Which is fine, but to pave the way for these, they have ignored indispensable earlier tracks such as Telegraph Road. And then there are the three live tracks. Again, it's fine to include Your Latest Trick and Mark Knopfler's Local Hero/Wild Theme, but for God's sake have the decency to give us the original studio versions - the versions that are actually good!
My advice to anyone looking for an introduction to Dire Straits is simple. Avoid this one. Instead seek out the compilation album entitled Money For Nothing. Once you've bought and enjoyed it thoroughly, which I can assure you you will, target the six studio albums, starting with Brothers In Arms.
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