Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler

Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler

by Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler

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While not radically divergent, Mark Knopfler’s work as a solo artist and within Dire Straits have long been looked at through separate windows, a view that’s changed for the better on this two-CD compilation chronicling the singer-guitarist’s entire career. The first disc is largely given over to Dire Straits’ greatest hits, with appearances by the usual suspects -- “Sultans of Swing,” “Money for Nothing,” and the like -- as well as somewhat lesser-aired tunes, the latter category highlighted by a full 14 minutes of “Telegraph Road.” Disc 2 delves a bit more deeply into Knopfler’s post-band work, bringing together album tracks like “Calling Elvis” and the jaunty “Boom like That” and a smattering of the guitarist’s evocative soundtrack material. His themes for Local Hero (the appropriately windswept “Going Home”) and “Cal” (the purposefully heartstring-tugging “The Long Road”) attest to his preeminence among rock soundtrack composers. In addition to the backward glances, Private Investigations offers one glimpse of what’s yet to come, in the form of “All the Roadrunning,” a keening track culled from an upcoming collaboration with Emmylou Harris that makes the future look bright indeed.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2005
Label: Warner Bros / Wea
UPC: 0093624989127
catalogNumber: 49891
Rank: 27253

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Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Dire Straits was always Mark Knopfler’s concept, so a combined overview is a good idea. The producers concentrated on longer band and solo songs that showcase Knopfler’s composing and guitar skills and omit some of his satirical efforts like Industrial Disease and Heavy Fuel. I wish there were a couple more songs from the Straits’ first two albums when they were a bare bones quartet. However, unlike Sultans of Swing, the Dire Straits single CD best of, this double disc set does contain Telegraph Road, probably their best moment. Fans of live music should note this set is all studio recordings. 4 ½ stars.
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