Private Investigations (album)

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Private Investigations
Private Investigations - Warner.jpg
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-U.S.A.)
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 the third 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 Artist; original album Length
1. "Sultans of Swing"   Dire Straits; Dire Straits, 1978 5:48
2. "Love over Gold"   Dire Straits; Love over Gold, 1982 6:18
3. "Romeo and Juliet"   Dire Straits; Making Movies, 1980 6:00
4. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II) Dire Straits; Making Movies 8:10
5. "Private Investigations"   Dire Straits; Love over Gold 5:59
6. "Money for Nothing" (Single edit, featuring Sting; Knopfler, Gordon Sumner) Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms, 1985 4:07
7. "Brothers in Arms"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 6:57
8. "Walk of Life"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 4:08
9. "On Every Street"   Dire Straits; On Every Street, 1991 5:03
10. "Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero"   Mark Knopfler; Local Hero soundtrack, 1983 5:00
11. "Why Aye Man"   Mark Knopfler; The Ragpicker's Dream, 2002 4:09
12. "Boom, Like That"   Mark Knopfler; Shangri-La, 2004 5:49
13. "What It Is"   Mark Knopfler; Sailing to Philadelphia, 2000 4:56
14. "All the Roadrunning" (featuring Emmylou Harris) Mark Knopfler; All the Roadrunning, 2006 4:49
Total length:
77:13

Two-disc version[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Artist; original album Length
1. "Telegraph Road"   Dire Straits; Love over Gold 14:20
2. "Sultans of Swing"   Dire Straits; Dire Straits 5:48
3. "Love over Gold"   Dire Straits; Love Over Gold 6:18
4. "Romeo and Juliet"   Dire Straits; Making Movies 6:00
5. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Rodgers and Hammerstein) Dire Straits; Making Movies 8:10
6. "Private Investigations"   Dire Straits; Love over Gold 5:59
7. "So Far Away"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 5:07
8. "Money for Nothing" (featuring Sting) Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 8:24
9. "Brothers in Arms"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 6:57
10. "Walk of Life"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 4:08
11. "Your Latest Trick"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 6:29
Disc two
No. Title Artist; original album Length
1. "Calling Elvis"   Dire Straits; On Every Street 6:24
2. "On Every Street"   Dire Straits; On Every Street 5:03
3. "Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero"   Mark Knopfler; Local Hero soundtrack 5:00
4. "Darling Pretty"   Mark Knopfler; Golden Heart 4:30
5. "The Long Road"   Mark Knopfler; Cal soundtrack 7:21
6. "Why Aye Man"   Mark Knopfler; The Ragpicker's Dream 4:09
7. "Sailing to Philadelphia" (Extended Album Version) (featuring James Taylor) Mark Knopfler; Sailing to Philadelphia 5:53
8. "What It Is"   Mark Knopfler; Sailing to Philadelphia 4:56
9. "The Trawlerman's Song"   Mark Knopfler; Shangri-La 5:02
10. "Boom, Like That"   Mark Knopfler; Shangri-La 5:49
11. "All the Roadrunning" (featuring Emmylou Harris) Mark Knopfler; All the Roadrunning 4:49
Total length:
135:52

Two-disc version (U.S.A.)[edit]

Disc one
No. Title Artist; original album Length
1. "Telegraph Road"   Dire Straits; Love Over Gold 14:20
2. "Sultans of Swing"   Dire Straits; Dire Straits 5:48
3. "Love Over Gold"   Dire Straits; Love Over Gold 6:18
4. "Romeo and Juliet"   Dire Straits; Making Movies 6:00
5. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Rodgers and Hammerstein) Dire Straits; Making Movies 8:10
6. "Skateaway"   Dire Straits; Making Movies 6:35
7. "Private Investigations" (Edit) Dire Straits; Love over Gold 5:59
8. "So Far Away"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 5:07
9. "Money for Nothing" (featuring Sting) Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 8:24
10. "Walk of Life"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 4:08
11. "Your Latest Trick"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 6:29
Disc two
No. Title Artist; original album Length
1. "Calling Elvis"   Dire Straits; On Every Street 6:24
2. "On Every Street"   Dire Straits; On Every Street 5:03
3. "Going Home (Theme of the Local Hero)"   Mark Knopfler; Local Hero soundtrack 5:00
4. "The Long Road"   Mark Knopfler; Cal soundtrack 7:21
5. "Why Aye Man" (Radio Edit) Mark Knopfler; The Ragpicker's Dream 4:09
6. "Sailing to Philadelphia" (Extended Album Version) (featuring James Taylor) Mark Knopfler; Sailing to Philadelphia 5:53
7. "What It Is"   Mark Knopfler; Sailing to Philadelphia 4:56
8. "The Trawlerman's Song"   Mark Knopfler; Shangri-La 5:02
9. "Boom, Like That"   Mark Knopfler; Shangri-La 5:49
10. "Brothers in Arms"   Dire Straits; Brothers in Arms 6:57
11. "All the Roadrunning" (featuring Emmylou Harris) Mark Knopfler; All the Roadrunning 4:49
Total length:
137:57

Charts[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
Chart (2016) Peak
position
Polish Albums (ZPAV)[21] 4

Certifications[edit]

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

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

References[edit]

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