Comfort and Joy (album)

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Comfort and Joy
Comfort and joy soundtrack.jpg
Soundtrack album by
Released27 July 1984 (1984-07-27)
RecordedAIR Studios, London,
March 1984
GenrePop, jazz
ProducerMark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler chronology
Comfort and Joy
The Princess Bride

Comfort and Joy is the third soundtrack album by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released in 1984 by Vertigo Records. The album contains music composed for the 1984 film Comfort and Joy, written and directed by Bill Forsyth.


Although the album consists of only three original pieces written for the film, additional songs from the Dire Straits album Love Over Gold were used throughout the film. According to a review of the film by Philip Gillett, director Forsyth once acknowledged in an interview that he was "trying to mirror the tone" of the album by featuring the tracks "Telegraph Road" and "Private Investigations".[1] Dialogue in the film also makes reference to the band and song lyrics. After the main character Allan "Dicky" Bird's car has been vandalized, a colleague quips, "I hear the seven deadly sins and the terrible twins came to call on you"—a direct quote from the song "It Never Rains". Bird responds, "Dire Straits!"

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler.

Side one
  1. "Comfort" (Theme from Comfort and Joy) – 2:28
  2. "Joy" – 4:20
Side two
  1. "A Fistful of Ice-Cream" – 4:42


  • Mark Knopfler – producer
  • Neil Dorfsman – engineer
  • Matt D'Arbanlay-Butler – assistance engineer

Release history[edit]

The Comfort and Joy soundtrack was released as a three-song 12" vinyl record in 1984. It has never been released in CD format, but the songs were issued in CD as b-side of some CD singles. [2]


  1. ^ Gillett, Philip (31 July 2005). "Comfort and Joy: the anatomy of melancholy". Off Screen. Retrieved 23 November 2012.
  2. ^ "Comfort and Joy". Discogs. Retrieved 23 November 2012.

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