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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6360 162 Dire Straits - Dire Straits album art Dire Straits Dire Straits (Album) Vertigo 6360 162 Portugal 1978 Sell This Version
CN 3179/S Dire Straits - In Concert-182 album art Dire Straits / The Motors Dire Straits / The Motors - In Concert-182(LP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN 3179/S UK 1978 Sell This Version
WBMS 109 Dire Straits - Live - The Warner Bros. Music Show album art Dire Straits Live - The Warner Bros. Music Show Warner Bros. Records WBMS 109 US 1979 Sell This Version
6360 170 Dire Straits - Communiqué album art Dire Straits Communiqué (Album) Vertigo 6360 170 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
RK 17 Dire Straits - The Robert Klein Hour - Show #17 (October 14, 1979) album art 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
7150 034 Dire Straits - Making Movies album art Dire Straits Making Movies (Album) Vertigo 7150 034 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
RKS2 Dire Straits - The Robert Klein Radio Show (November 2, 1980) album art 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
138 Dire Straits - Best Of BBC Rock Hour 134 album art Graham Parker And The Rumour / Dire Straits Graham Parker And The Rumour / Dire Straits - Best Of BBC Rock Hour 134(LP, Transcription) London Wavelength 138 UK 1980 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - The King Biscuit Flower Hour 2/1/81 album art Dire Straits / Thin Lizzy Dire Straits / Thin Lizzy - The King Biscuit Flower Hour 2/1/81(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour, DIR Broadcasting none US 1981 Sell This Version
RKRS-15 Dire Straits - The Robert Klein Radio Show (February 1, 1981) album art 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
KB/BOB 374 Dire Straits - Best Of The Biscuit album art 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
9 23728-1, 1-23728 Dire Straits - Love Over Gold album art Dire Straits Love Over Gold (Album) Vertigo 9 23728-1, 1-23728 US 1982 Sell This Version
# 345 A Dire Straits - B.B.C. Rock Hour # 345 (Version "A") album art Dire Straits B.B.C. Rock Hour # 345 (Version "A")(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength # 345 A US 1982 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - King Biscuit Flower Hour: The Prince's Trust Fund Rock Gala Starring Dire Straits album art 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
CN4114/S Dire Straits - Rock Profile album art Dire Straits / Phil Collins Dire Straits / Phil Collins - Rock Profile(2xLP, Transcription) BBC Transcription Services CN4114/S UK 1983 Sell This Version
818 244-1 Dire Straits - Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part One album art Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part One (Album) Vertigo 818 244-1 Argentina 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-4 MC 2 Dire Straits - Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part Two album art Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part Two (Album) Vertigo 818 243-4 MC 2 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
040 269 2 Dire Straits - Alchemy - Dire Straits Live album art Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live (Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 040 269 2 1983 Sell This Version
BC 512 A Dire Straits - B.B.C. Rock Hour # 512 (Version "A") album art Dire Straits B.B.C. Rock Hour # 512 (Version "A")(LP, Transcription, Ver) London Wavelength BC 512 A US 1984 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - Best Of The Biscuit: Show # 548 album art Dire Straits Best Of The Biscuit: Show # 548(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) ABC Rock Radio Network none US 1984 Sell This Version
VOG4-1-3357 Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms album art Dire Straits Brothers In Arms (Album) Vertigo VOG4-1-3357 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - King Biscuit Flower Hour: Live In San Antonio Part Two album art Dire Straits King Biscuit Flower Hour: Live In San Antonio Part Two(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1985 Sell This Version
OTR 85-42 Dire Straits - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner album art Mary Turner (4), Dire Straits Mary Turner (4), Dire Straits - Off The Record Specials With Mary Turner(2xLP, Transcription) Westwood One OTR 85-42 US 1985 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - King Biscuit Flower Hour: Live In San Antonio Part One album art Dire Straits King Biscuit Flower Hour: Live In San Antonio Part One(LP, Transcription + LP, S/Sided, Transcription) King Biscuit Flower Hour Records none US 1985 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits - Dire Straits album art Dire Straits Dire Straits(Acetate, LP, S/Sided) Pyral none France 1985 Sell This Version

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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
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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