Dire Straits – Dire Straits

Published on 3 March 2019 by

     Dire Straits is the debut album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 7 October 1978 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced the hit single “Sultans of Swing”, which reached the number 4 position on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached the number one position on album charts in Australia and France, the number two position in the United States, and the number five position in the United Kingdom. Dire Straits was certified double-platinum in both the United States and the United Kingdom. In a retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album four out of five stars, calling it “remarkably accomplished for a debut”.Erlewine praised Knopfler’s “spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling” and his “inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album.” “Dire Straits” is much more than just a well-done debut album; it is as essential a component of the band’s and Mark Knopfler’s body of work as any of its successors. I disagree with those who are saying that this is the “real” Dire Straits; to me, this band still defies categorization, and every one of their records first and foremost expresses the state of their musical development at the time it was recorded. But regardless where you place this particular album in their catalog, one thing is for sure: It is one of those few timeless and definite classics that will forever have a validity of their own and whose importance, if anything, only grows with the passage of the years.


Dire Straits Tracklist

  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

Billboard Albums

Year Album Chart Peak
1979 Dire Straits The Billboard 200 2

Dire Straits - Dire Straits

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