Dire Straits – Love Over Gold

Published on 30 March 2019 by

      Dire Straits – Love Over Gold is the fourth album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 20 September 1982 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album produced two singles: “Private Investigations”, which reached the number 2 position on the UK Singles Chart, and “Industrial Disease”, which reached the number 9 position on Billboard’s Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks in the United States. The album reached the number one position on album charts in Australia, Austria, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, and the United Kingdom, and the number 19 position in the United States. Love Over Gold was certified gold in the United States, platinum in France and Germany, and double-platinum in Canada and the United Kingdom

      Stephen Thomas Erlewine:  Adding a new rhythm guitarist, Dire Straits expands its sounds and ambitions on the sprawling Love Over Gold. In a sense, the album is their prog rock effort, containing only five songs, including the 14-minute opener “Telegraph Road.” Since Mark Knopfler is a skilled, tasteful guitarist, he can sustain interest even throughout the languid stretches, but the long, atmospheric, instrumental passages aren’t as effective as the group’s tight blues-rock, leaving Love Over Gold only a fitfully engaging listen. ‘

      L.A. Smith:  This Mark Knopfler-dominated release from Dire Straits (as if there were any other kind) features the ringing guitar work and clever lyrics we’ve come to expect from the band over time. The dark, moody gravel of Knopfler’s voice mutters, mumbles, and muses through songs like “Telegraph Road” and “Private Investigations” and virtually giggles through the silly patter of “Industrial Disease.” The title track and “It Never Rains” are solid, if unremarkable offerings from the band that has come to represent the epitome of one man’s vision of good ol’ rock & roll.’


Dire Straits – Love Over Gold Tracklist

  1. Telegraph Road – 0:00
  2. Private Investigations – 14:16
  3. Industrial Disease – 21:01
  4. Love over Gold – 26:54
  5. It Never Rains – 33:12


Mark Knopfler – vocals, guitar
Hal Lindes – guitar
Alan Clark – keyboards
John Illsley – bass
Pick Withers – drums



Australia Albums Chart: 1
Austria Albums Chart: 1
Italy Albums Chart: 1
New Zealand Albums Chart:  1
Norway Albums Chart:  1
Sweden Albums Chart:  2
UK Albums Chart:  1
US Billboard 200:  19

Dire Straits - Love Over Gold

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