Your Latest Trick

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"Your Latest Trick"
Single by Dire Straits
from the album Brothers in Arms
Released 1986
1993 (France)
Format 12" maxi
Recorded 1985
Genre Jazz rock
Length 6:33
Label Vertigo/Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Mark Knopfler
Producer(s) Mark Knopfler, Neil Dorfsman
Dire Straits singles chronology
"Walk of Life"
(1986)
"Your Latest Trick"
(1986)
"Calling Elvis"
(1991)

"Your Latest Trick" is a song by Dire Straits that appeared on the studio album Brothers in Arms, and also on the live album On the Night; the same live version is on Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits. The full-length studio album version was included on the most recent compilation The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler: Private Investigations.

Lyrics and music[edit]

Randy Brecker played the trumpet intro on the cd version, but it's missing on the vinyl version. After that, there is a saxophone intro, played by Michael Brecker, who also plays the saxophone solo. Chris White plays the saxophone on the live version on the Brothers in Arms and On Every Street world tours.

The saxophone introduction to the song is widely used when people are trying out saxophones at music shops,[1] just as Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven is widely used when trying out guitars. It was also used in the theme music for the TVB series File of Justice.

Single release[edit]

"Your Latest Trick" was released as a 12" maxi single on 28 April 1986 as the fifth single from the "Brothers in Arms" album in the UK, as well as in other selected territories including Brazil.[2] The single did not have a US release. It peaked at #26 on the UK charts.

The other songs featured on the single were "Irish Boy" and "The Road", both credited as solo efforts by Mark Knopfler.

Track listings[edit]

7"
  1. "Your Latest Trick"
  2. "Irish Boy" by Mark Knopfler
  3. "The Road" by Mark Knopfler
12" maxi
  1. "Your Latest Trick" — 6:28
  2. "Irish Boy" by Mark Knopfler — 4:36
  3. "The Long Road" by Mark Knopfler — 7:13

Charts[edit]

Chart (1986) Peak
position
Irish Singles Chart[3] 6
UK Singles Chart[4] 26
Chart (1993)1 Peak
position
French Singles Chart[5] 1

1 EP "Your Latest Trick" / "Encores"

Preceded by
"No Limit" by 2 Unlimited
French SNEP
number-one single

29 May 1993 – 3 July 1993
(6 weeks)
Succeeded by
"No Limit" by 2 Unlimited

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mark Knopfler on Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits DVD
  2. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dire-Straits-Your-Latest-Trick/master/23952
  3. ^ Irish Single Chart Irishcharts.ie (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  4. ^ UK Singles Chart Chartstats.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)
  5. ^ "Your Latest Trick" / "Encores", in French Singles Chart Lescharts.com (Retrieved 10 April 2008)

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