Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits

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Sultans of Swing:
The Very Best of Dire Straits
Compilation album by Dire Straits
Released 10 November 1998 (1998-11-10)
Recorded 1978–1992
Genre Roots rock
Length 78:59
Label Mercury
Warner Bros. (USA)
Dire Straits chronology
Live at the BBC
(1995)
Sultans of Swing
(1998)
Private Investigations
(2005)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]

Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits is the second greatest hits compilation by the British rock band Dire Straits, released on 10 November 1998 by Mercury Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album was originally released, featuring liner notes by Robert Sandall, as both a one disc edition and two disc edition. The second disc contains live performances. The release is named after the band's 1978 hit single of the same name. The compilation was re-released together with a DVD in 2002. The DVD features the music videos of all the songs on the first disc, in addition to short interviews with Mark Knopfler about each song.

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler, except track 9, written by Knopfler and Sting.

Disc one
  1. "Sultans of Swing" (from Dire Straits, 1978) – 5:50
  2. "Lady Writer" (from Communiqué, 1979) – 3:49
  3. "Romeo and Juliet" (from Making Movies, 1980) – 6:05
  4. "Tunnel of Love" (from Making Movies, 1980) – 8:14
  5. "Private Investigations" (from Love over Gold, 1982) edit – 5:54
  6. "Twisting by the Pool" (from ExtendedancEPlay, 1983) – 3:36
  7. "Love over Gold" (live, from Alchemy: Dire Straits Live, 1984) – 3:40
  8. "So Far Away" (from Brothers in Arms, 1985) edit – 4:03
  9. "Money for Nothing" (from Brothers in Arms, 1985) single edit – 4:09
  10. "Brothers in Arms" (from Brothers in Arms, 1985) edit – 4:55
  11. "Walk of Life" (from Brothers in Arms, 1985) – 4:12
  12. "Calling Elvis" (from On Every Street, 1991) edit – 4:41
  13. "Heavy Fuel" (from On Every Street, 1991) – 5:01
  14. "On Every Street" (from On Every Street, 1991) edit – 4:39
  15. "Your Latest Trick" (live, from On the Night) – 5:41
  16. "Local Hero/Wild Theme" (live, from On the Night, DVD version) – 4:23
Disc two

The following tracks were recorded live at the Royal Albert Hall on 23 May 1996 by Mark Knopfler.

  1. "Calling Elvis" – 9:05
  2. "Walk of Life" – 5:28
  3. "Last Exit to Brooklyn" – 2:23
  4. "Romeo and Juliet" – 7:30
  5. "Sultans of Swing" – 13:14
  6. "Brothers in Arms" – 8:54
  7. "Money for Nothing" – 6:37

Charts[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[2] 4
Austrian Albums Chart[3] 5
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[4] 3
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[5] 6
Canadian Albums Chart[6] 60
Danish Albums Chart[7] 8
European Albums Chart[8] 3
Finnish Albums Chart[9] 1
French Compilations Chart[10] 1
German Albums Chart[11] 6
Irish Albums Chart[12] 10
Italian Albums Chart[13] 4
Netherlands Albums Chart[14] 6
New Zealand Albums Chart[15] 6
Norwegian Albums Chart[16] 2
Portuguese Albums Chart[17] 4
Spanish Albums Chart[18] 4
Swedish Albums Chart[19] 7
Swiss Albums Chart[20] 3
UK Albums Chart[21] 6

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Argentina (CAPIF)[22] Platinum 60,000x
Australia (ARIA)[23] Platinum 70,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[24] Gold 25,000x
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[25] Platinum 42,743[25]
France (SNEP)[26] Platinum 300,000*
Germany (BVMI)[27] Gold 250,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[28] Platinum 15,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[29] Platinum 50,000*
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[30] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[31] Platinum 50,000x
United Kingdom (BPI)[32] 2× Platinum 600,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[33] 4× Platinum 4,000,000*

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

References[edit]

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