Dire Straits

Profile:
British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, David Knopfler, John Illsley and Pick Withers. The group first split up in 1988 but reformed in 1991 and then disbanded again in 1995.

Full-time band members:
Mark Knopfler – lead guitar, lead vocals (1977–1995)
John Illsley – bass guitar, backing vocals (1977–1995)
Alan Clark – keyboards (1980–1995)
Guy Fletcher – synthesizer, backing vocals (1984–1995)
David Knopfler – rhythm guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (1977–1980)
Pick Withers – drums, percussion (1977–1982)
Terry Williams (3) – drums (1982–1989)
Jack Sonni – rhythm guitar (1985–1988)
Hal Lindes – rhythm guitar, backing vocals (1980–1985)

Touring/session members:
Joop de Korte – percussion
Mel Collins – saxophone
Tommy Mandel – keyboards
Chris White – saxophone
Chris Whitten – drums, percussion
Phil Palmer – guitar
Paul Franklin – pedal steel guitar
Danny Cummings – percussion
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9102 021 Dire Straits — Dire Straits Dire Straits Dire Straits (Album) Vertigo 9102 021 UK 1978 Sell This Version
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CN 3179/S In Concert-182 — Dire Straits Dire Straits / The Motors Dire Straits / The Motors - In Concert-182(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3179/S UK 1978 Sell This Version
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WBMS 109 Live - The Warner Bros. Music Show — Dire Straits Dire Straits Live - The Warner Bros. Music Show Warner Bros. Records WBMS 109 US 1979 Sell This Version
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6360170 Communiqué — Dire Straits Dire Straits Communiqué (Album) Vertigo 6360170 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
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RK 17 The Robert Klein Hour - Show #17 (October 14, 1979) — Dire Straits Robert Klein Featuring Monty Python, Dire Straits & John David Souther Robert Klein Featuring Monty Python, Dire Straits & John David Souther - The Robert Klein Hour - Show #17 (October 14, 1979)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. RK 17 US 1979 Sell This Version
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TBS-CP-19-A/B, TBS-CP-19 Live From Central Park (Hour No. 1) — Dire Straits Dire Straits / Daryl Hall & John Oates Dire Straits / Daryl Hall & John Oates - Live From Central Park (Hour No. 1)(LP, Transcription) Télémédia Communications, TBS Syndications TBS-CP-19-A/B, TBS-CP-19 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
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STAR 5140 Making Movies — Dire Straits Dire Straits Making Movies (Album) Vertigo STAR 5140 Zimbabwe 1980 Sell This Version
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RKS2 The Robert Klein Radio Show (November 2, 1980) — Dire Straits Robert Klein Featuring Dire Straits / Mink DeVille / Doc Pomus Robert Klein Featuring Dire Straits / Mink DeVille / Doc Pomus - The Robert Klein Radio Show (November 2, 1980)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) Froben Production RKS2 US 1980 Sell This Version
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138 Best Of BBC Rock Hour 138 — Dire Straits Graham Parker And The Rumour / Dire Straits Graham Parker And The Rumour / Dire Straits - Best Of BBC Rock Hour 138(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 138 UK 1980 Sell This Version
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Series #15 Show #8 Innerview — Dire Straits Dire Straits Innerview(LP, Transcription) Innerview Series #15 Show #8 US 1980 Sell This Version
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none King Biscuit Flower Hour — Dire Straits Dire Straits / Thin Lizzy Dire Straits / Thin Lizzy - King Biscuit Flower Hour(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour, DIR Broadcasting none US 1981 Sell This Version
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RKRS-15 The Robert Klein Radio Show (February 1, 1981) — Dire Straits Dire Straits / Mink DeVille Dire Straits / Mink DeVille - The Robert Klein Radio Show (February 1, 1981)(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) Froben Production RKRS-15 US 1981 Sell This Version
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KB/BOB 374 Best Of The Biscuit — Dire Straits Dire Straits / Loverboy Dire Straits / Loverboy - Best Of The Biscuit(LP, Promo, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Promo, Tra) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. KB/BOB 374 US 1981 Sell This Version
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6359 109 Love Over Gold — Dire Straits Dire Straits Love Over Gold (Album) Vertigo 6359 109 UK 1982 Sell This Version
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# 345 A B.B.C. Rock Hour # 345 (Version Dire Straits B.B.C. Rock Hour # 345 (Version "A")(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength # 345 A US 1982 Sell This Version
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RR 82-16 Retro Rock — Dire Straits Dire Straits Retro Rock(LP, Transcription) Clayton Webster Corporation RR 82-16 US 1982 Sell This Version
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none King Biscuit Flower Hour: The Prince's Trust Fund Rock Gala Starring Dire Straits — Dire Straits Dire Straits King Biscuit Flower Hour: The Prince's Trust Fund Rock Gala Starring Dire Straits(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) D.I.R. Broadcasting Corp. none US 1983 Sell This Version
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CN4114/S Rock Profile — Dire Straits Dire Straits / Phil Collins Dire Straits / Phil Collins - Rock Profile(2xLP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN4114/S UK 1983 Sell This Version
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818 244-1 Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part One — Dire Straits Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part One (Album) Vertigo 818 244-1 Argentina 1984 Sell This Version
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818 243-4 MC 2 Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part Two — Dire Straits Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part Two (Album) Vertigo 818 243-4 MC 2 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
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040 269 2 Alchemy - Dire Straits Live — Dire Straits Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 040 269 2 1983 Sell This Version
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BC 512 A B.B.C. Rock Hour # 512 (Version Dire Straits B.B.C. Rock Hour # 512 (Version "A")(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength BC 512 A US 1984 Sell This Version
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548 Best Of The Biscuit — Dire Straits Dire Straits Best Of The Biscuit(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) ABC Rock Radio Network 548 US 1984 Sell This Version
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OTR 85-42 Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner — Dire Straits Mary Turner (4), Dire Straits Mary Turner (4), Dire Straits - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner Westwood One OTR 85-42 US 1985 Sell This Version
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none King Biscuit Flower Hour — Dire Straits Dire Straits King Biscuit Flower Hour King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1985 Sell This Version

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simmo506

simmo506

May 2, 2022
I can't say I like ALL of the Dire Straits albums but the one I keep going back to, & one particular track in question, is Love Over Gold ( Digitally Mastered ). "Telegraph Road" is simply a CLASSIC track, Mark Knopfler's guitar playing is up there with any of the guitar heroes around today and is to be highly recommended, if you do not have it.
He could have done BOTH sides with just this track and extended it to 20 minutes, as far as I am concerned.
Never did get to see them live, so am envious of any one who has seen them.
record-maniac

record-maniac

March 19, 2019
To me Dire Straits is the best musical experience i have ever had. Since my youth i was in contact with that fine sound. I´m a kid of the Eighties, and i have heard a lot of eighties bands, but Dire Straits is special to me. The main remarkable thing is the marvellous and precise gitarplay by Mark Knopfler. He combined various music-styles, like Rock-n-Roll, Folkmusic, Countryflair and a little Jazz.
The drumming of the first drummer David "Pick" Withers sounded very jazzy to me in comparison with the drumming of Terry Williams in the Eighties Line-Up. Terry was a very powerful rock-drummer. Former member of Welsh Rock-Band MAN. Whenever i was feeling bad or when i was in bad live-circumstances i have played my Dire Straits-records and i had been healed, rapidly. So Mark, thanks for three decades of finest music.
Bladerunner1858

Bladerunner1858

January 29, 2019
anyone know of Eastbound Train being available on any cd album
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Rich.C

Rich.C

December 23, 2016
Dire Straits are the vehicle for session guitar whiz Mark Knopfler, who first appeared as a member of Bob Dylan's band in the mid-1970s. Dire Straits play well-behaved, rhythm-heavy radio-rock that gets all its personality from Knopfler's J.J. Cale-ish guitars and montone vocals. The classic rock radio staple "Sultans of Swing" may be the best example of the band's art, featuring Knopfler's wry lyrics and laid-back, jiggering guitar lines. Their critical apex came with Making Movies in 1980, and its eerie, neon-lit masterpiece "Skateaway." In 1985, the group attained massive star status with Brothers In Arms which yielded the hits "Money For Nothing" and "So Far Away. For me, brothers in arms was their best hit, former england wicket keeper jack russell had this played at his brothers funeral...a real poignant song and moving video.
Knopfler's solo material is still very dire-straits-esque in structure, by that i mean its still northern, singalong, the type of music you would expect to hear on the itv series auf wiedersehen pet! but he still delivers with his trademark guitar riff and vocals, listen to why aye man and you'll hear what i mean!! Still playing to this day he is an artist worth checking out.
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