Tag: Dire Straits

Tuesday 12/27/22 11am ET: Classic Greatest Hits LP: Dire Straits – Money For Nothing (1988)

Money for Nothing is a greatest hits album by British rock band Dire Straits released on October 17, 1988, featuring highlights from the band’s first five albums.

  1. “Sultans of Swing” 5:46
  2. “Down to the Waterline” 4:01
  3. “Portobello Belle 4:33
  4. “Twisting by the Pool 3:30
  5. “Tunnel of Love” 8:10
  6. “Romeo and Juliet” 5:56
  7. “Solid Rock” 3:19
  8. “Where Do You Think You’re Going? 3:30
  9. “Walk of Life” 4:08
  10. “Private Investigations” 5:50
  11. “Telegraph Road 11:59
  12. “Money for Nothing 4:06
  13. “Brothers in Arms 4:49

Sunday 7/31/22 1pm ET: Feature LP: Dire Straits (1978)

Dire Straits is the debut studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on June 9, 1978 by Vertigo Records internationally, Warner Bros. Records in the United States and Mercury Records in Canada. The album has the hit single “Sultans of Swing”, which reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached the top of the album charts in Germany, Australia and France, number 2 in the United States and number 5 in the United Kingdom. Dire Straits was later certified double platinum in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

  1. “Down to the Waterline” 3:55
  2. “Water of Love” 5:23
  3. “Setting Me Up” 3:18
  4. “Six Blade Knife” 4:10
  5. “Southbound Again” 2:58
  6. “Sultans of Swing” 5:47
  7. “In the Gallery” 6:16
  8. “Wild West End” 4:42
  9. “Lions” 5:05

Mark Knopfler – vocals, lead and rhythm guitars
David Knopfler – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
John Illsley – bass guitar, backing vocals
Pick Withers – drums

Sunday 6/26/22 1pm ET: Feature LP: Dire Straits – Communique (1979)

Communiqué is the second studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released on June 5, 1979. The album produced the single “Lady Writer”, which reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 51 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached number one on album charts in Germany, New Zealand, and Sweden, number 11 in the United States and number 5 in the United Kingdom. Communiqué was later certified gold in the United States, platinum in the United Kingdom and double-platinum in France.

  1. “Once Upon a Time in the West” 5:14
  2. “News” 4:11
  3. “Where Do You Think You’re Going?” 3:43
  4. “Communiqué” 5:42
  5. “Lady Writer” 3:38
  6. “Angel of Mercy” 4:29
  7. “Portobello Belle” 4:21
  8. “Single-Handed Sailor” 4:42
  9. “Follow Me Home” 5:42

Mark Knopfler – vocals, lead and rhythm guitars
David Knopfler – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
John Illsley – bass guitar, backing vocals
Pick Withers – drums
Barry Beckett (credited as B. Bear) – keyboards and producer

Saturday 3/5/22 9m ET: Feature LP: Dire Straits – Making Movies (1980)

Making Movies is the third studio album by British rock band Dire Straits released on October 17, 1980 by Vertigo Records internationally, Warner Bros. Records in the United States and Mercury Records in Canada. The album featured the single “Romeo and Juliet,” which reached #8 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached #1 on album charts in Italy and Norway, #19 in the United States and #4 in the United Kingdom. Making Movies was later certified platinum in the United States and double-platinum in the United Kingdom.

1. “Tunnel of Love” 8:11
2. “Romeo and Juliet” 6:00
3. “Skateaway” 6:40

1. “Expresso Love” 5:12
2. “Hand in Hand” 4:48
3. “Solid Rock” 3:19
4. “Les Boys” 4:07

Mark Knopfler – vocals, guitar
John Illsley – bass guitar, vocals
Pick Withers – drums, vocals

Roy Bittan – keyboards
Sid McGinnis – guitar (uncredited)

Sunday 11/14/21 3pm ET: Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985)

Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on May 13, 1985 through Vertigo Records internationally and through Warner Bros. Records in the US. It spent a total of 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart (including ten consecutive weeks between January 18 and March 22, 1986), nine weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the US and 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Albums Chart. Brothers in Arms was the first album certified ten-times platinum in the UK and is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history. It is certified nine-times platinum in the US and is one of the world’s best-selling albums, having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

The album won a Grammy Award in 1986 for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards; the 20th Anniversary Edition won another Grammy in 2006 for Best Surround Sound Album. Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It was also among ten albums nominated for the best British album of the previous 30 years by the Brit Awards in 2010, ultimately losing to (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis.

  1. “So Far Away” 5:12
  2. “Money for Nothing” 8:26
  3. “Walk of Life” 4:12
  4. “Your Latest Trick” 6:33
  5. “Why Worry” 8:31
  6. “Ride Across the River” 6:58
  7. “The Man’s Too Strong” 4:40
  8. “One World” 3:40
  9. “Brothers in Arms” 6:59

Mark Knopfler – guitars and vocals
John Illsley – bass guitar and vocals
Alan Clark – keyboards
Guy Fletcher – keyboards and vocals
Omar Hakim – drums
Terry Williams – drum intro on “Money for Nothing”
Michael Brecker – saxophone on “Your Latest Trick”
Randy Brecker
Malcolm Duncan
Neil Jason
Tony Levin – bass on “One World”
Jimmy Maelen
Mike Mainieri
Dave Plews
Jack Sonni – guitar synthesizer on “The Man’s Too Strong”
Sting – vocals on “Money for Nothing”

Tuesday 5/18/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 80’s

2 – 6pm ET

Featuring tunes from Pablo Cruise, Def Leppard, Dire Straits, Little Richard, Madonna, Stevie Nicks, KT Oslin, Neil Diamond, Janet Jackson, Was (Not) Was, Fleetwood Mac, Lou Gramm, Irene Cara, Genesis, and more . . .

Friday 12am ET: Feature LP: Dire Straits – Private Investigations (2005)

Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler is the third compilation album by Dire Straits and British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released in 2005 by Mercury and Vertigo internationally, and Warner Bros. in the United States. Named after their 1982 hit single, the album consists of material by Dire Straits, with songs selected from the group’s six studio albums (excluding the 1979 album Communiqué) from 1978 up through the group’s dissolution in 1995. It also features work from the solo career of the group’s singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mark Knopfler, including some of his soundtrack material.

1. “Telegraph Road” 14:20
2. “Sultans of Swing” 5:48
3. “Love Over Gold” 6:18
4. “Romeo and Juliet” 6:00
5. “Tunnel of Love” 8:10
6. “Skateaway” 6:35
7. “Private Investigations” 5:59
8. “So Far Away” 5:07
9. “Money for Nothing” 8:24
10. “Walk of Life” 4:08
11. “Your Latest Trick” 6:29

1. “Calling Elvis” 6:24
2. “On Every Street” 5:03
3. “Going Home” 5:00
4. “The Long Road” 7:21
5. “Why Aye Man” 4:09
6. “Sailing to Philadelphia” 5:53
7. “What It Is” 4:56
8. “The Trawlerman’s Song” 5:02
9. “Boom, Like That” 5:49
10. “Brothers in Arms” 6:57
11. “All the Roadrunning” (featuring Emmylou Harris) 4:49

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

This week we feature music from; Beach Boys, Tavares, Olivia Newton-john, Electric Light Orchestra, Tubes, Elton John, Dan Hartman, Police, Eagles, Hot, Dire Straits, Badfinger, Cat Stevens, Boston, Chic, Bad Company and more . . . 

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70s

This week on the Sounds of The 70’s:  Paul McCartney & Wings, Neil Sedaka, Elton John, Pilot, Dire Straits, Bee Gees, Dawn, Linda Ronstadt, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Joe Cocker, Doobie Brothers and more . . .

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on Sounds of The 80’s:  Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Murphy, Kenny Rogers, Dire Straits, Robert John, Prince, Ramones, Air Supply, Steely Dan, America, Boston, Elton John, Poison, Stevie Nicks, Queen, Men At Work and many many more .. . 

Saturday 12pm ET: Brit Rock with Dominic Forbes

On Brit Rock this week music from Gary Moore, AC/DC, Jeff Lynne, Extreme, Billy Idol, Faith No More, Fish, Aerosmith,Quireboys, Black Crowes, Stranglers, Boston, Deep Purple, Killers, The Eagles, Chris Cornell, The Fray, Kings Of Leon, U2, The Scorpions, Genesis, Dire Straits, Whitesnake, Sammy Hagar, Frijid Pink, Queen, Cinderella, Foreigner, Russ Ballard, Peter Gabriel, Gun, The Hooters, ZZ Top, Richard Marx, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Rainbow.  Join Dominic Forbes 12pm ET on RadioMaxMusic.  Encore at 12am Sunday morning.

Artist Countdown: Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler Top 40 Hits/Tracks 6pm ET @MarkKnopfler @RadioMax

DireStraitsDire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits’ sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band’s early years, the band’s stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more “rootsy” influence that emerged out of pub rock. Many of Dire Straits’ compositions were melancholic. Dire Straits’ biggest selling album, Brothers in Arms, has sold over 30 million copies.

They also became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide album sales of over 120 million. Dire Straits won numerous music awards during their career, including four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, and two MTV Video Music Awards. The band’s most popular songs include “Sultans of Swing”, “Lady Writer”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, “Telegraph Road”, “Private Investigations”, “Money for Nothing”, “Walk of Life”, “So Far Away”, “Your Latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms”.

Dire Straits’ career spanned a combined total of 15 years. The band originally split up in 1988, but reformed in 1991. Dire Straits disbanded for good in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his career full time as a solo artist. There were several changes in personnel over both periods, leaving Mark Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two original bandmates who had remained throughout the band’s career.

MarkKnopflerMark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British musician, vocalist, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded with his brother, David Knopfler in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler went on to record and produce seven solo albums, and, as during his previous tenure, produced many hit songs.

He has composed and produced film scores for eight films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), and Wag the Dog (1997). In addition to his work with Dire Straits and as a solo artist and composer, Knopfler has recorded and performed with many prominent musicians, including Chet Atkins, The Chieftains, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Bryan Ferry, Emmylou Harris, Jools Holland, Sonny Landreth, Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Sting, and James Taylor, sometimes working as a session musician. He has produced albums for Tina Turner, Bob Dylan, and Randy Newman.

Knopfler is a fingerstyle guitarist and was ranked 27th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. Knopfler and Dire Straits have sold in excess of 120 million albums to date. A four-time Grammy Award winner, Knopfler is the recipient of the Edison Award and the Steiger Award, and holds three honorary doctorate degrees in music from universities in the United Kingdom. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 Money for Nothing  (Dire Straits)
2 Calling Elvis  (Dire Straits)
3 Walk of Life  (Dire Straits)
4 Sultans of Swing  (Dire Straits)
5 Private Investigations  (Dire Straits)
6 Twisting by the Pool  (Dire Straits)
7 So Far Away  (Dire Straits)
8 Heavy Fuel  (Dire Straits)
9 Brothers in Arms  (Dire Straits)
10 Skateaway  (Dire Straits)
11 The Bug  (Dire Straits)
12 Do America  
13 Darling Pretty
14 Romeo and Juliet  (Dire Straits)
15 Cannibals
16 Your Latest Trick  (Dire Straits)
17 Lady Writer  (Dire Straits)
18 Tunnel of Love  (Dire Straits)
19 Industrial Disease  (Dire Straits)
20 This Is Us  (with Emmylou Harris)
21 On Every Street  (Dire Straits)
22 Boom, Like That
23 You and Your Friend  (Dire Straits)
24 Water of Love  (Dire Straits)
25 Imelda
26 Don’t You Get It
27 Rüdiger
28 Sailing to Philadelphia (featuring James Taylor)
29 Privateering  
30 Kingdom of Gold  
31 Donkey Town  (with Emmylou Harris)
32 Six Blade Knife   (Dire Straits)
33 Wild West End   (Dire Straits)
34 Cleaning My Gun
35 Southbound Again   (Dire Straits)
36 Gator Blood
37 In The Gallery   (Dire Straits)
38 Planet of New Orleans   (Dire Straits)
39 Where Do You Think Your Going   (Dire Straits)
40 Beachcombing   (with Emmylou Harris)