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Dire Straits: Sultans of Swing Box set, Import

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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 (October 2, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Universal UK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #452,450 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Going Home (Opening Titles) (Video)
2. Sultans Of Swing (Video)
3. Lady Writer (Video)
4. Romeo And Juliet (Video) (Version 1)
5. Tunnel Of Love (Video) (Version 1)
6. Private Investigations (Video)
7. Twisting By The Pool (Video)
8. Love Over Gold (Video)
9. So Far Away (Video)
10. Money For Nothing (Video)
11. Brothers In Arms (Video)
12. Walk Of Life (Video) (Version 2)
13. Calling Elvis (Video)
14. Heavy Fuel (Video) (Short Version)
15. On Every Street (Video)
16. Your Latest Trick (Video)
17. Local Hero - Wild Theme (Video)
18. Sultans Of Swing
19. Lady Writer
20. Romeo And Juliet
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Editorial Reviews

2007 reissue of the triple disc special package that combines the previously limited double CD edition of the Sultans Of Swing anthology with a DVD (PAL/Region 0) presentation of 16 promotional videos. The first disc presents the band's biggest hits (along with Mark Knopfler's solo theme to the film Local Hero), while disc two has seven tracks that were recorded on Knopfler's 1996 concert at London's Royal Albert Hall. The third disc, the DVD, has all the band's promotional videos that include some of the biggest hits of the MTV dominated '80s. Dire Straits struck a massive chord with both the single and video of "Money For Nothing", a requirement for every "best of" that fertile decade. Universal.

Customer Reviews

I am a huge Dire Straits fan.
Heavy Fuel
I bought this version even I had the same cd without Bonus disc!
Eerik Lehto
One of their best and one of my favorites.
Heavy Fuel

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By Robert I. Hedges HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I count myself among the biggest of fans of Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler and consider him to be the greatest guitarist of all time (certainly the greatest non-classical guitarist) so on that alone I gave this CD a 5 star score.
I would just mention one potential drawback, that being the editing. Several of the songs, for instance "Money For Nothing", are in their 'single' form, which is to sat edited for time to fit into an FM radio broadcast, therefore, if you really want the whole song you need to buy the original CD. So this is a plug to buy the whole collection. More expensive, surely, but totally worth it.
I am a bit unsure who picked the songs for this CD, but the mix is a bit tilted to newer stuff. I think it might have been improved if a couple of tracks ("Heavy Fuel" comes to mind) had been left out and the unedited versions had been put on the CD.
Of course, this is all quibbling. I still recommend the CD, the sound quality is superb and the mix of old and new makes it an interesting career retrospective (to date). I have seen Dire Straits and Mark in concert several times and "Local Hero/Wild Theme" live at the close of the CD still gives me goosebumps when I hear it.
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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Barron Laycock HALL OF FAME on September 4, 2000
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I was lucky enough to be living in England just outside London in a little town called West Ruislip just down the cobbled streets from the "T" station near the famous "Orchards" pub when Dire Straits released their "Love Over Gold" album in 1982, and the young English couple living in the flat upstairs played it over and over, introducing me both to their good taste in music and the terrific group called "Dire Straits" in the process. Of course, as I think back upon it, I was familiar with their hit "Sultans Of Swing", but never really paid much attention until hearing this terrific album and Mark Knopfler's unbelievably stirring, crisp and innovative guitar solos. Soon I was down at the music shoppe buying all their other albums. By that time I was familiar with their unique and unforgettable sound and also their very introspective lyrics. I came to love all their albums as much as "Love Over Gold", and I was pleased when they recently released this anthology of many of their hits, even including a theme from Knopfler's "Local Hero" movie score.
I really like all the cuts here, from "Sultans Of Swing' to "Romeo And Juliet" to "Lady Writer". In each, Knopfler's distinctive twanging guitar sound echoes in my house till all hours of the morning, along with "Private Investigations, " Tunnel Of Love", and "So Far Away". My own personal favorites here are the live version of "Love Over Gold" and "Money For Nothing". In the time since the band was actively recording in the mid 1980s, Knopfler has become a kind of institutionalized artistic force everywhere one looked, writing soundtrack music for (among other films) "Local Hero" and "Cal", performing both alone and with Dire Straits, and collaborating with other artists, as well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 3, 2007
Format: Audio CD
While this was as good a compilation of Dire Straits as you could find for a time, the recent "Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler" ups the ante for two reasons. First and foremost, on that 2-disc collection, the Dire Straits songs are included in their full length versions (edited versions are here for "Money For Nothing" in particular), and the live cuts - especially "Love Over Gold" - are replaced with studio versions. Since Dire Straits were always a product of studio perfections and the belief that great things last longer than 4 minutes, losing almost half of "Money For Nothing" just isn't acceptable.

Secondly, the "Private Investigations" set has its second disc devoted to the best of Mark Knopfler's solo career. Since that was madly uneven, it beats his spotty solo albums. Here, "Local Hero" is the only solo track, and again in a live version.

While I have long been a fan of Dire Straits ("Love Over Gold" and "Brothers In Arms" were the two CD's I often used to show off - gawd I'm Getting Old - the brand new CD player and its spanking new technology), "Sultans Of Swing - The Very Best Of" under represents the band. On the other hand, "Private Investigations" leaves off "Heavy Fuel" and the goofy "Twisting By The Pool." That was the first time Knopfler showed off his sense of humor prior to (the also missing) "Industrial Disease." ("Private Investiagtions" also completely ignores the "Communique" album).

I have a few personal favorites here. The shock of hearing "Sultans Of Swing" during the period of all things Clash or Sex Pistols has never worn off.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Eerik Lehto on August 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Best of collections are always easy way to start listening some band or artist, but seldom the real fan of the artist is not getting very much out of those best of collections, if all the formerly published records are already on the CD rack.
This CD is not the usual "the best of" -collection. The real value is on the Bonus disc. Live recording from Wembley stadium is just amazing and worth of buying! I bought this version even I had the same cd without Bonus disc! Live disc contains a legendary live versions of Sultans of Swing and Brothers in Arms recorded in very high quality. You may have heard the live version of Sultans of Swing in Alchemy live, but this is better, extremely professional sound quality and amazing specimen of skill in quitar playing by Mark Knopfler, more feeling, more ambience. Even you are serious fan or just freshman in listening Dire Straits, I really recommend this one. You'll get comprehensive collection of their music with one of the best live recordings ever!
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