They split in 1988, reformed in 1991, and disbanded again in 1995 after Mark Knopfler launched his solo career full-time. 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. . Alan Clark's keyboards help to fill out the sound and give Knopfler's spare melodies a certain majesty, but Dire Straits remains an overgrown bar band with a Bob Dylan fixation, and that's exactly how the crowd likes it. Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits — Last. The band will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018. The arena-size crowd cheers wildly, and claps and sings along when given half a chance, as though each song were an up-tempo rocker.
There is an interesting contrast on this 94-minute double-disc live album recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983 between the music, much of which is slow and moody, with Mark Knopfler's muttered vocals and large helpings of his fingerpicking on what sounds like an amplified Spanish guitar, and the audience response. Their career spanned 15 years. Cookie information is stored in your browser and performs functions such as recognising you when you return to our website and helping our team to understand which sections of the website you find most interesting and useful. Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler lead vocals and lead guitar , David Knopfler rhythm guitar and backing vocals , John Illsley bass guitar and backing vocals , and Pick Withers drums and percussion. Listen free to Dire Straits — Dire Straits Down to the Waterline, Water of Love and more.
The video has been restored in high definition clarity and audio remixed in stunning 5. That Dire Straits' introspective music loses much of its detail in a live setting matters less than that it gains presence and a sense of anticipation. . . . . .
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