Dire Straits

Universal Music Division Mercury Records
Release date
6 Jun 2001
Running length
9 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Down To The Waterline 4:04 191,782
2 Water of Love 5:25 136,214
3 Setting Me Up 3:20 102,746
4 Six Blade Knife 4:13 150,464
5 Southbound Again 3:01 106,625
6 Sultans of Swing 5:47 880,999
7 In The Gallery 6:16 104,350
8 Wild West End 4:43 110,769
9 Lions 5:04 105,206

About this album

Dire Straits is the self-titled debut album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in October 1978 (see 1978 in music) by Phonogram Records and in the United States by Warner Bros. Records.

Dire Straits’s first album was an anachronism even when it debuted in 1978. It was a droplet of minimalist pub rock in a sea of punk. But against the odds, it succeeded, buoyed by lead guitarist and singer Mark Knopfler’s gruff, Dylanesque delivery and the major hit single Sultans of Swing. Knopfler’s lyrics paint a vivid picture of the London nightlife while taking time elsewhere to touch on subjects as diverse as obscurity in the art world, the versatility of a knife, and playing the fool in a relationship. Dire Straits’s debut album proved to be one of their strongest and most enduring throughout their 17-year career.

The album was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world outside the U.S. and on September 19, 2000 in the United States. For 2010 release of an anniversary album is planned. It will be devoted the 30 anniversary of the edition of a vinyl.

The cover image is taken from a painting by Chuck Loyola, while the Dire Straits Fender icon was designed by Geoff Halpern.

The original version of the album contained a slightly shorter version of “Sultans of Swing”, omitting the last seconds of the guitar solo at the end of the song, but the full-length version was included on the remastered edition of the album.

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  • mordwyr

    Whoa. Just heard this album for the first time today. Blown away by how good it is -- I've always known a few hits from "Brothers in Arms", but I never knew they could be this good!

    12 Jun 2:42am Reply
  • roldki

    Fabulous. this was the album that first got me into them and even still I think it overshadows everything else they did in terms of quality and the overall vibe. It's a masterpiece.

    5 Jul 2014 Reply
  • JMFG2112

    David has no talent? lol. Too much internet for today, I'm leaving.

    27 Feb 2014 Reply
  • russthefan

    This is my most played album

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • werty36

    WatsonPepeLives: David has no talent, Pick was tired by touring. They have changed their style but it could be only better in 1985

    26 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Anpashishir

    Surely a Masterpiece of Mark Knopfler...best of the best of his numbers...every turning gives different tastes of real Musica...

    11 Jul 2012 Reply
  • risothebest

    First and best.

    5 May 2012 Reply
  • Irlandese64

    Bought this album brand-new in '78 after I fell in love with 'Sultans of Swing'. Discovered this was chock-FULL of gems. Still my favorite.

    25 Mar 2012 Reply
  • rOnieAirhead

    The bast band ever...

    29 Feb 2012 Reply
  • prominence_la

    Fine, fine sound. I feel criminal for not knowing about this album sooner.

    10 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Stuart_92

    Love it, has a nice chilled out sound to it.

    18 Dec 2011 Reply
  • WatsonPepeLives

    THIS is the GENUINE Straits sound: no keyboards, no saxophones, no silly percussion, no slide guitar (wtf!), no hit wonders,...I wish David and Pick never left the band

    26 Jul 2011 Reply
  • Wildebrand

    Can anybody recommend me some other artists or albums that sound like this?

    12 Jun 2011 Reply
  • DeanR1966

    where's love over gold.........awsome

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • cafe1000

    where is communicate ???? lol

    19 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Benrachmian

    One word: WOW

    17 Jan 2011 Reply
  • Szopen715

    Dear God, this album have sooo much good vibrations, simply awesome!

    4 Dec 2010 Reply
  • Wildebrand

    Love the sound of this and Communiqué. I wish they'd've made more albums like this

    21 Oct 2010 Reply
  • bryantee

    Incredible album. It has a timeless sound, like it might have been recorded this year.

    14 Oct 2010 Reply
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