On Every Street

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On Every Street
Dire Straits - On Every Street.jpg
Studio album by
Released9 September 1991 (1991-09-09)
RecordedNovember 1990 – May 1991
StudioAIR Studios, London
GenreRoots rock
Length60:16
LabelVertigo
Warner Bros. (US)
Producer
Dire Straits chronology
Money for Nothing
(1988)
On Every Street
(1991)
On the Night
(1993)
Singles from On Every Street
  1. "Calling Elvis"
    Released: 18 August 1991 [1]
  2. "Heavy Fuel"
    Released: 1991
  3. "On Every Street"
    Released: 1992
  4. "The Bug"
    Released: 1992
  5. "You and Your Friend"
    Released: 1992
  6. "Ticket to Heaven"
    Released: 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic2/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork5.2/10[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[4]

On Every Street is the sixth and final studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 9 September 1991 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The follow-up to the band's massively successful album Brothers in Arms, On Every Street reached the top of the UK Albums Chart and was also certified platinum by the RIAA.

History[edit]

On Every Street was released more than six years after the band's previous album, Brothers in Arms, and was Dire Straits' final studio album. It reached number 12 in the United States and number one in the United Kingdom and numerous European countries. The album was produced by Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits.

By this time, the band comprised Knopfler, John Illsley, Alan Clark and Guy Fletcher, and the album features session musicians including Paul Franklin, Phil Palmer, Danny Cummings and American drummer Jeff Porcaro from Toto.

Dire Straits promoted the album with a world tour which lasted until the end of 1992. The group disbanded in 1995, after which Mark Knopfler pursued a solo career.

The album was remastered and reissued with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world, except for the United States, where it was reissued on 19 September 2000.

Track listing[edit]

The album was released on LP, compact cassette, Digital Compact Cassette and CD. The track list below corresponds to the original LP and cassette variants.

The LP version is notable to have the same duration as the CD and cassette versions, being more than one hour long.[5][6] This was achieved by narrowing the grooves, which reduced the sound level.[6] The 2014 pressing of the album comes on two LPs having three songs per side.[7]

All songs written by Mark Knopfler.

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Calling Elvis"6:26
2."On Every Street"5:04
3."When It Comes to You"5:02
4."Fade to Black"3:49
5."The Bug"4:18
6."You and Your Friend"5:59
Side two
No.TitleLength
7."Heavy Fuel"4:57 / 5:10 ^
8."Iron Hand"3:09
9."Ticket to Heaven"4:26
10."My Parties"5:32
11."Planet of New Orleans"7:47
12."How Long"3:53
Total length:60:16

^Certain versions of the album feature a slightly longer version of "Heavy Fuel" (length of 5:10), which includes approximately four measures of additional instrumental music both between the first chorus and second verse, and between the bridge and the third verse.[8] It is unclear if the 5:10 version is the original "uncut" version or if these instrumental passages were simply added afterward to extend the song.

Personnel[edit]

Dire Straits[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

Singles[edit]

On Every Street produced six singles:

  1. "Calling Elvis"
  2. "Heavy Fuel"
  3. "On Every Street"
  4. "The Bug"
  5. "You and Your Friend" (released in France and Germany)
  6. "Ticket to Heaven" (released in The Netherlands)

Charts[edit]

Singles charts[edit]

Year Song UK AUS AUT FRA ITA NLD NOR SWE SWI US
Alt.
US
Main.
Rock
1991 "Calling Elvis" 21 8 8 7 3 2 6 2 25 3
1991 "Heavy Fuel" 55 26 32 22 22 1
1992 "On Every Street" 42 23
1992 "The Bug" 67 44 8
1992 "You and Your Friend" 49
1994 "Ticket to Heaven" 43

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] 2× Platinum 140,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[29] Platinum 50,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[30] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[31] Platinum 90,664[31]
France (SNEP)[32] Diamond 1,000,000*
Germany (BVMI)[33] Platinum 500,000^
Italy 600,000[34]
Latvia (LaMPA)[35][unreliable source?] 2× Platinum  
Netherlands (NVPI)[36] Platinum 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[37] Platinum 15,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[38] 4× Platinum 400,000^
Sweden (GLF)[39] 2× Platinum 200,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[40] 4× Platinum 200,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[41] 2× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[42] Platinum 1,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Calling Elvis".
  2. ^ AllMusic review
  3. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (23 September 2020). "Dire Straits: Dire Straits Album Review". Pitchfork. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  4. ^ "On Every Street".
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  7. ^ "Dire Straits: Brothers in Arms (2014 reissue)". Retrieved 23 January 2021.
  8. ^ Dire Straits - Heavy Fuel @YouTube (song doesn't actually begin until about two seconds in on this video, so subtracted two seconds to get song length of 5:10). Retrieved August 14, 2021.
  9. ^ "Discographie, les contributions | Manu Katché Website". www.manu-katche.com. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
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  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Dire Straits – On Every Street". Hung Medien. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  16. ^ Music & Media, vol. 8, issue 41; Oct 19, 1991
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  19. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
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  25. ^ "Schweizer Jahreshitparade 1991". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
  26. ^ "Jaaroverzichten – Album 1992". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 14 October 2020.
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  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1991 Albums" (PDF). Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 19 November 2021.
  29. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  30. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street". Music Canada. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  31. ^ a b "Dire Straits" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 12 September 2019.
  32. ^ "French album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 19 November 2021. Select DIRE STRAITS and click OK. 
  33. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Dire Straits; 'On Every Street')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  34. ^ "Concerti: Dopo Nove Anni I Dire Straits Tornano in Italia" (in Italian). Adnkronos. 31 July 1992. Retrieved 22 February 2021.
  35. ^ "International Latvian Certification Awards from 1998 to 2001". Latvian Music Producers Association. 1999. Retrieved 10 July 2019 – via Directupload.
  36. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 10 July 2019. Enter On Every Street in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  37. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved 7 January 2020.
  38. ^ "Sólo Éxitos 1959-2002 Año A Año: Certificados 1979-1990". Solo Exitos 1959–2002 Ano A Ano.
  39. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 May 2011. Retrieved 20 October 2020.
  40. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Dire Straits; 'On Every Street')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved 10 July 2019.
  41. ^ "British album certifications – Dire Straits – On Every Street". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 10 July 2019.Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type On Every Street in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
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