Dire Straits ‎– Money For Nothing

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836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp) Vertigo, Phonogram 836 419-2 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
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836 419-4, 69153 Dire Straits Dinero Por Nada = Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Vertigo, PolyGram 836 419-4, 69153 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
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836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp) Vertigo 836 419-2 Australasia 1988 Sell This Version
P2 36419 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Club) Vertigo P2 36419 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
W2 25794, W2-25794 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Club) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W2 25794, W2-25794 US 1988 Sell This Version
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25794 (spine), 9 25794-2 (on disc) Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Club, BMG) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 25794 (spine), 9 25794-2 (on disc) US 1988 Sell This Version
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28PD-513 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Promo) Vertigo 28PD-513 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
INT 836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Vertigo INT 836 419-4 Philippines 1988 Sell This Version
VERHC 64, 836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Vertigo, Phonogram, Vertigo, Phonogram VERHC 64, 836 419-4 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
CASS. 31019, 836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Vertigo, Vertigo CASS. 31019, 836 419-1 Ecuador 1988 Sell This Version
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9 25794-4, 4-25794 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 25794-4, 4-25794 US 1988 Sell This Version
VT 0011188, 836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Vertigo, Polygram VT 0011188, 836 419-2 Indonesia 1988 Sell This Version
VERHC 64, 836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Vertigo, Phonogram, Vertigo, Phonogram VERHC 64, 836 419-4 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
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836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Bla) Vertigo 836 419-4 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
VERHC 64, 836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Chr) Vertigo, Vertigo VERHC 64, 836 419-4 Finland 1988 Sell This Version
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836 419-4, VERHC 64 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Chr) Vertigo, Vertigo 836 419-4, VERHC 64 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
W4 25794, 4-25794 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Club) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records W4 25794, 4-25794 US 1988 Sell This Version
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836 419-4, VERHC 64 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, CrO) Vertigo, Vertigo 836 419-4, VERHC 64 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, CrO) Vertigo 836 419-4 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-4, 836 419 4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, CrO) Vertigo, Vertigo 836 419-4, 836 419 4 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
VERHC 64, 836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, CrO) Vertigo, Vertigo VERHC 64, 836 419-4 UK, Europe & US 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Dol) Vertigo 836 419-4 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
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220531, 836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) PGP RTB, Philips 220531, 836 419-1 Yugoslavia 1988 Sell This Version
25PP-261 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo 25PP-261 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
VERH 64, 836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Vertigo VERH 64, 836 419-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo 836 419-1 Portugal 1988 Sell This Version
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DIREL 1, 836.419 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Phonogram DIREL 1, 836.419 South Africa 1988 Sell This Version
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VERH 64, 836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Vertigo VERH 64, 836 419-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Phonogram 836 419-1 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
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836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo 836 419-1 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
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836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo 836 419-1 Finland 1988 Sell This Version
SLPXL 37275 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Gong SLPXL 37275 Hungary 1988 Sell This Version
VERH 64, 836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Vertigo VERH 64, 836 419-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-1, 836419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, PolyGram 836 419-1, 836419-1 Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
20.071 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo 20.071 Venezuela 1988 Sell This Version
VERH 64, 836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Vertigo VERH 64, 836 419-1 Scandinavia 1988 Sell This Version
DIREL 1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo DIREL 1 Zimbabwe 1988 Sell This Version
843 419 1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo 843 419 1 Mexico 1988 Sell This Version
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VERH64, 836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Phonogram VERH64, 836 419-1 Ireland 1988 Sell This Version
1-25794, 925794-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 1-25794, 925794-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Phonogram 836 419-2 Guatemala 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo 836 419-1 UK & Europe 1988 Sell This Version
L.P.-31019, 836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Vertigo L.P.-31019, 836 419-1 Ecuador 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-1, VERH 64 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Vertigo 836 419-1, VERH 64 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo 836 419-1 Argentina 1988 Sell This Version
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VERH 64, 836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo, Vertigo VERH 64, 836 419-1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
1-25794, 925794-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp, All) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 1-25794, 925794-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
1-25794, 9 25794-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp, Club) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 1-25794, 9 25794-1 US 1988 Sell This Version
1-25794, 9 25794-1, 9 W1-25794 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp, Club) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 1-25794, 9 25794-1, 9 W1-25794 US 1988 Sell This Version
836 419-1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp, Promo) Vertigo, Phonogram 836 419-1 Greece 1988 Sell This Version
8929 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) DVC 8929 Poland 1989 Sell This Version
AS 022 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) ASTA AS 022 Poland 1989 Sell This Version
836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Whi) Vertigo, Music India Ltd. 836 419-4 India 1989 Sell This Version
LN/VRL-32-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Vertigo LN/VRL-32-4 Bolivia 1989 Sell This Version
9 25794-2, W2 25794 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 25794-2, W2 25794 US 1990 Sell This Version
11 1039 2 311 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp) Supraphon 11 1039 2 311 Czechoslovakia 1990 Sell This Version
200 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Peachy 200 1990 Sell This Version
ВТА 12582 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(LP, Comp) Балкантон ВТА 12582 Bulgaria 1990 Sell This Version
DIRECD 1 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp) Vertigo, Phonogram DIRECD 1 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
PHCR-1121 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE) Vertigo PHCR-1121 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
1362 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, RE, Unofficial) Takt Music 1362 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
273 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, RE, Unofficial) B.W. 273 Poland 1991 Sell This Version
0127 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Delta (5) 0127 Poland 1992 Sell This Version
836 419-4, VERHC 64 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Vertigo, Vertigo 836 419-4, VERHC 64 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Album, Comp, Club, RM) Vertigo 836 419-2 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE) Vertigo, PolyGram 836 419-2 Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE) Vertigo, PolyGram 836 419-2 Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Vertigo, Mercury 836 419-2 Australasia 1996 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Vertigo, PolyGram 836 419-2 Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Vertigo 836 419-2 UK 1996 Sell This Version
PHCR-1459 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE, RM) Vertigo PHCR-1459 Japan 1996 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE, RM, RP, SBM) Vertigo 836 419-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE, RM, RP, SBM) Vertigo 836 419-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
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836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RM) Vertigo 836 419-2 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Unofficial, SBM) Vertigo (3), Mercury Records Ltd. (London) (2) 836 419-2 Russia 1996 Sell This Version
CD 27330013 D Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, S/Edition, Gol) Zounds Gold CD 27330013 D Europe 1997 Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Vertigo (3) 836 419-2 Bulgaria 1997 Sell This Version
27330013D Dire Straits Money for nothing(CD, Album, Comp, 24 ) Zounds Gold 27330013D Germany 1997 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits "Money For Nothing" (Greatest Hits)(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Off-Beat (7) none Pakistan Unknown Sell This Version
F-050 Dire Straits Money For Nothing Vol 1(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Fonograf El Ba F-050 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
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VERHC 64 , 836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp) Vertigo, Phonogram VERHC 64 , 836 419-2 UK, Europe & US Unknown Sell This Version
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0074 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Promo) Not On Label 0074 Italy Unknown Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, RE) Vertigo 836 419-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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CD-065, ISRC CN-C09-2000-314-00/V.J6, ROD 9182S 20 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Unofficial) BMG Eurodisc Ltd., BMG Eurodisc Ltd., Zomba Recording Corporation CD-065, ISRC CN-C09-2000-314-00/V.J6, ROD 9182S 20 China Unknown Sell This Version
836 419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Vertigo (3), Phonogram (2) 836 419-2 Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
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836 419-2, INT 836419-2 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Vertigo (3), Vertigo (3), Phonogram (2), Phonogram (2) 836 419-2, INT 836419-2 Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
BTMC 7409 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp) Балкантон BTMC 7409 Bulgaria Unknown Sell This Version
VERHC 64, 836 419-4 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Cle) Vertigo, Vertigo VERHC 64, 836 419-4 UK, Europe & US Unknown Sell This Version
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427-353-014 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) Bross Records (BR) 427-353-014 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
10126 Dire Straits Money For Nothing(Cass, Comp, Unofficial) GPC (3) 10126 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
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AndresChile

AndresChile

April 12, 2019
referencing Money For Nothing, LP, Comp, 25PP-261
is that the real tracklist of this japanese pressing ?
streetmouse

streetmouse

March 15, 2019
edited about 1 month ago
referencing Money For Nothing, LP, Comp, 1-25794, 925794-1

Dire Straits swept into the 1980’s like a whirlwind of far too sweet cotton candy, giving everyone, as did the band Boston, a reason to dust off their air-guitar and play it to the high heavens. I’m not saying that the music wasn’t good, I am saying that it was entirely overplayed on FM radio at that time, was calculated and formulated to push all of listener’s buttons during those years, and like the sugar high it produced, after a number of years left this listener with nothing but a headache. A headache so bad, that even once Mark Knopfler and his terrycloth headband had left the group most listeners had washed their hands of anything that sounded remotely sonically close to that of Dire Straits.

I’ve chosen this collection, as it simply defines who Dire Straits where, it’s an assemblage from beginning to end that mainlines the elements of Americana roots music with a very original and distinct guitar driven style, along with a vocal delivery that is deceptively appealing, almost matter of fact and entirely compelling. Again, as with the band Boston, Dire Straits was directly aiming at those who lived in white American suburbia. Knopfler’s songs revolve around everything that’s mundane, the silliness about issues that have been put to musical verse since time immemorial, the need for money, the need for finding a girl when one doesn’t look or move like Mick Jagger, those every-man problems, yet unlike the common man blue collar experiences Bruce Springsteen had been laying down, Dire Straits (who is actually Mark Knopfler) do it without the sincerity of soul.

Yes, Dire Straits lace all of their material with outstanding hooks, and even when his stories attempt to produce the reality of truth, they simply fall short, as he’s no Bob Dylan, even with the snarl in his vocals, and he’s no Bruce Springsteen, as his material hides a bitterness that’s not readily present on the first couple of listens. That being said, Dire Straits picked the most formative years for both disco and punk to make their emergence, an aspect not lost on kids coming of age, kids who couldn’t relate to either of those concepts, sounding like nothing else that was being released during those confusing years. To that end, there are those who claim that Dire Straits got themselves pigeonholed, with that being the reason Knopfler eventually left the band. What Dire Straits did, was to subtly release the same album over and over again, meaning that every album was in effect simply another in a series of greatest hit guitar chords. The band was nearly unstoppable, where by the time Brothers In Arms was released in 1985, they were a headlong wave rushing at the coast, with an album featuring “Money For Nothing,” “Walk Of Life” and the haunting “Brothers In Arms,” where a mere year later, they would crash onto the shoreline and the rocks with On Every Street, a high water mark on the musical coastline; then as all waves do, backed off into nothingness, a ten year run that left them nearly forgotten to the wind.

The question here is, “What happened?” How could a band this big be abandoned, have been in nearly everyone’s music collection and be so forgotten? Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, their music still resonates today, yet Dire Straits were a flash in the pan, one that certainly made them a ton of money, yet has left them to fall between the cracks, to be forgotten to the ages. Knopfler and his band of guitar gunslingers were a breath of clean fresh air, filled with dizzying guitar emancipations, Knopfler was a virtuoso at crafting mini dramas with lyrical and guitar flourishes, material that was consuming, polished beyond brightness, so was well crafted that Dire Straits became transparent, an embodiment ‘of’ the times and not of the music, a band who rose and died with MTV, nearly boring, as fans finally came to terms with the fact that there was not a single kernel of truth found within these grooves, where nearly over night millions of copies of Dire Straits albums found their way into second hand music stores, where with so many for sale, they sold for but a dollar or two a piece.

Dire Straits were mainstream from the time they first stepped foot in the studio, it’s just that that mainstream-ness took awhile to assimilate. So, if you’re looking back, wondering what all the hoopla was about, or if you find your collection lacking a single album from Dire Straits, may I suggest that you find your way to the collection of Money For Nothing, a staggering collection of that cotton candy guitar sweetness that defined Dire Straits … where in the end, with it’s consistent sting of hits, is the only album you’ll ever need.

Post Script: One would think that will all of Dire Straits platinum hits, that their compilations albums would be rather highly rated, when in fact, these are pretty much middle of the road also. I’m rating this album highly, not because I play it, or consider it to be that good well into the 21st Century, but because at the time, I did manage to play it quite often.

*** The Fun Facts: As to the band’s name, to be in dire straits is to be in a very bad situation, one that is difficult to fix. The phrase was first used by sailors to describe a narrow or tight difficult to maneuver channel of water. The Latin definition for ‘dire’ is ‘terrible or fearsome.’

Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue claimed that the song “Money For Nothing” was about Motley Crue’s outrageous lifestyle, saying that members of Dire Straits were in a store that sold televisions, and every TV was playing Motley Crue videos.

Review by Jenell Kesler
schiefer.ts

schiefer.ts

October 2, 2018
referencing Money For Nothing, LP, Comp, 836 419-1
Matrix / Runout (Side A, my Variant ): 836 419 - 1 X 1Y 320 V 3
Matrix / Runout (Side B, my Variant ): 836 419 - 1 2Y 320 3 F D
indy_73

indy_73

July 19, 2018
referencing Money For Nothing, CD, Comp, 836 419-2
Which pressing of this album (on CD or LP) is considered to be the best ?...
jopla2

jopla2

May 6, 2018
referencing Money For Nothing, LP, Comp, 843 419 1
See the sub-notes. Version with fake privately made cover was merged with the genuine copy. The fake cover doesn't turn official no matter how many times you claim it's official or a promo.
Lindiana

Lindiana

August 25, 2017
referencing Money For Nothing, LP, Comp, 836 419-1, VERH 64
Why is this release blocked from sale in the market place, it is not a bootleg is it?
radi0

radi0

July 20, 2017
referencing Money For Nothing, CD, Comp, 836 419-2
Great compilation LP. Essential 1988 CD with great, audiophile-grade dynamics.
ds11111

ds11111

May 18, 2017
referencing Money For Nothing, LP, Comp, 843 419 1
Unofficial home-made cover. Not a genuine promo cover. Created and printed in 2017 by a person in Mexico. It is a fake cover.
wattman050

wattman050

October 12, 2015
referencing Money For Nothing, LP, Comp, 836 419-1
The Dire Straits are one of my all time favorite band. Mark Knopfler's style is unique. His timing, it's like talking while singing, or singing while talking and he really tells you a story. Strong lyrics, great music. And yes, he isn't the greatest singer in the world and he hasn't got the best band availible behind him, but it just fits with the sound of a screaming stratocaster and the way the music is made. Exactly the reason why it works so great.

This album is a great compiliation of their work (1978-1988 at least). Almost all the songs you want is on this album. Almost all, because if I could I would replace 'Where you think you're going' for 'Telegraph Road'. But that wouldn't fit on a LP I guess. So lets leave this album the way it is. Near perfect.

But still, if you like them, you should get all their albums and see this as an amazing summary.