Private Investigations (album)

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Private Investigations
Compilation album by Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler
Released 7 November 2005 (2005-11-07)
Genre Roots rock
Length 81:30 (CD)
135:52 (2CD)
137:57 (2CD-USA)
Label Mercury
Vertigo
Warner Bros. (USA)
Dire Straits chronology
Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits
(1998)
Private Investigations
(2005)
Mark Knopfler chronology
One Take Radio Sessions
(2005)
Private Investigations
(2005)
All the Roadrunning
(2006)

Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler is a compilation album by Dire Straits and British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released in 2005 by Mercury and Vertigo internationally, and Warner Bros. in the United States. Named after their 1982 hit single, the album consists of material by Dire Straits, with songs selected from the group's six studio albums (excluding the 1979 album Communiqué) from 1978 up through the group's dissolution in 1995. It also features work from the solo career of the group's singer, songwriter, and guitarist Mark Knopfler, including some of his soundtrack material.

The only previously unreleased track on the album is "All the Roadrunning", a duet with country music singer Emmylou Harris. The United States version omits "Darling Pretty", but adds "Skateaway".

Release[edit]

Private Investigations was released in four different versions:

  • A single disc (grey cover)
  • A two-disc compilation (blue cover)
  • A two-disc compilation with a booklet (gold cover)
  • A two-disc LP with tracks from the single disc CD version

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

In his review for AllMusic, Thom Jurek gave the album four out of five stars, writing, "This is not only a fine collection for fans because of its wonderful sequencing, but the best introduction to the man and the band that one could ask for."[1]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler, except where indicated.

Single disc version[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Sultans of Swing"   5:48
2. "Love Over Gold"   6:18
3. "Romeo and Juliet"   6:00
4. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) 8:10
5. "Private Investigations"   5:59
6. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 8:24
7. "Brothers in Arms"   6:57
8. "Walk of Life"   4:08
9. "On Every Street"   5:03
10. "Going Home (Theme from Local Hero)"   5:00
11. "Why Aye Man"   4:09
12. "Boom, Like That"   5:49
13. "What It Is"   4:56
14. "All the Roadrunning" (featuring Emmylou Harris) 4:49
Total length:
81:30

Two-disc version[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Telegraph Road"   14:20
2. "Sultans of Swing"   5:48
3. "Love Over Gold"   6:18
4. "Romeo and Juliet"   6:00
5. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) 8:10
6. "Private Investigations"   5:59
7. "So Far Away"   5:07
8. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 8:24
9. "Brothers in Arms"   6:57
10. "Walk of Life"   4:08
11. "Your Latest Trick"   6:29
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Calling Elvis"   6:24
2. "On Every Street"   5:03
3. "Going Home (Theme from Local Hero)"   5:00
4. "Darling Pretty"   4:30
5. "The Long Road (Theme from Cal)"   7:21
6. "Why Aye Man"   4:09
7. "Sailing to Philadelphia" (featuring James Taylor) 5:29
8. "What It Is"   4:56
9. "The Trawlerman's Song"   5:02
10. "Boom, Like That"   5:49
11. "All the Roadrunning" (featuring Emmylou Harris) 4:49
Total length:
135:52

Two-disc version (USA)[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Length
1. "Telegraph Road"   14:20
2. "Sultans of Swing"   5:48
3. "Love Over Gold"   6:18
4. "Romeo and Juliet"   6:00
5. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) 8:10
6. "Skateaway"   6:35
7. "Private Investigations"   5:59
8. "So Far Away"   5:07
9. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 8:24
10. "Walk of Life"   4:08
11. "Your Latest Trick"   6:29
Disc two
No. Title Length
1. "Calling Elvis"   6:24
2. "On Every Street"   5:03
3. "Going Home (Theme from Local Hero)"   5:00
4. "The Long Road (Theme from Cal)"   7:21
5. "Why Aye Man"   4:09
6. "Sailing to Philadelphia" (featuring James Taylor) 5:29
7. "What It Is"   4:56
8. "The Trawlerman's Song"   5:02
9. "Boom, Like That"   5:49
10. "Brothers in Arms"   6:57
11. "All the Roadrunning" (featuring Emmylou Harris) 4:49
Total length:
137:57

Charts[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2005) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[2] 35
Austrian Albums Chart[3] 44
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[4] 14
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[5] 32
Danish Albums Chart[6] 5
Dutch Albums Chart[7] 23
Finnish Albums Chart[8] 17
French Compilations Chart[9] 4
German Albums Chart[10] 36
Greek Albums Chart[11] 8
Irish Albums Chart[12] 10
Italian Albums Chart[13] 21
New Zealand Albums Chart[14] 17
Norwegian Albums Chart[15] 5
Portuguese Albums Chart[16] 3
Spanish Albums Chart[17] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[18] 15
UK Albums Chart[19] 20
Chart (2010) Peak
position
Swedish Albums Chart[20] 3

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Belgium (BEA)[21] Platinum 50,000*
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[22] Platinum 40,000^
Ireland (IRMA)[23] 2× Platinum 30,000x
New Zealand (RMNZ)[24] Platinum 15,000^
Portugal (AFP)[25] Platinum 20,000x
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[26] Platinum 80,000^
Sweden (GLF)[27] Gold 30,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[28] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[29] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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