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Dire Straits – digging deeper…

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Dire Straits’ legendary album, Love Over Gold is now available at a low price on the iTunes Store for a limited time only.

Dire Straits, like every band with a long and distinguished career of making great music, has released several ‘Greatest Hits’ packages, the songs that every fan loves. But every fan of a band with a long musical history also likes the lesser known tracks, tracks that are their secret passion, the gems from the back catalogue.

We’ve gone deep into the wonderful Dire Straits back catalogue to bring you 20 of what we consider to be the ‘undiscovered gems’, the tracks that excite us every bit as much as the hits. Let us know what are your favourite Dire Straits ‘undiscovered’ tracks…not Mark’s solo material though, because we will be doing this all again on a playlist dedicated to MK.

57 Comments

57 Comments

  1. Rose Heredia

    August 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

    Wild West End is my favorite song – but then there are Mark’s soundtracks, Local Hero being my all time favorite music and movie. And the Cal material, Long Road – is very beautiful.

    • perry c scott

      September 12, 2015 at 5:17 am

      Eastbound Train! Flip side of Sultans of Swing first 45.

  2. Anrhony Lesurf

    August 28, 2014 at 6:13 pm

    Dire Straits have been my life inspiration, playing drums and going on tour for the first time in the USA ..im very proud to have found straits from early on and influence my career so strongly. aNT Lesurf. Angelo Tristan Band uk.

  3. Chris

    August 28, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    I love the Badges, Posters, Stickers or T-Shirts track. I first heard it from a friend at Uni over 25 years ago – he had it on an EP record. It’s a song that I think most people have never heard and would be worthy of putting on a playlist!

    • Freddy-O

      August 31, 2014 at 3:01 am

      I agree completely. I love that song and I wish the EP it’s on, “Twisting by the Pool”, would get released on CD.

      • Galley

        August 4, 2015 at 4:11 pm

        All four of the tracks from the Twisting By The Pool EP are available on CD. Three of the tracks were released on the Twisting By The Pool CD-Video disc. Badges, Posters, Stickers And T-Shirts was included on the You And Your Friend CD-Single.

  4. nick mac

    August 28, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    hi, great list, but no ” It Never Rains”?

  5. Rustykahl

    August 28, 2014 at 11:10 pm

    I agree with No. 6. It’s one of my most loved Straits tracks.

  6. Oleg

    August 28, 2014 at 11:36 pm

    Millioneer”s blues.

  7. Ranjeet Menon

    August 29, 2014 at 12:53 am

    Why Worry?, Skateaway and News are my favorite ones from this list. Their extraordinary skills are amply visible in these songs, from the peppy News to the easy going Skateaway to the moody Why Worry?. Mark is simply mind blowing on the guitar in all these songs.

    • Olls

      May 21, 2015 at 5:35 pm

      Skateaway and Expresso Love have always been my favourite Dire Straits songs.

  8. jan

    August 29, 2014 at 9:03 am

    Why cannot find on spotify directly? What album name?

  9. Bart van de Ven

    August 29, 2014 at 3:39 pm

    Great list!!! I really miss Ride across the river. There is a great live version of the song on YouTube (posted by granada28). Also Where do you think you’re going gets me running.

    • Bengt

      November 20, 2017 at 10:35 pm

      Totalt agree!!

  10. dwight

    August 30, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    Good list but I would consider Down To The Waterline (great haunting guitar) and Once Upon a Time in the West.

    • Trific

      May 6, 2016 at 10:22 pm

      Absolutely agree: Once upon a time in the West is my favourite track, but I can’t choose between the album (communiqué) version or the live one from alchemy. Both brilliant , but both have such a completely different feel to them – that it is even possible to do this to the same song shows mk’s genius!

  11. Heiner

    August 30, 2014 at 8:15 pm

    Remember the “On every street” tour concert at Berlin, Waldbühne. Unforgettable the Chris White sax on “Your latest Trick” and “Brothers in Arms”. Important part of the Dire Straits sound.

  12. Tim Adams

    September 18, 2014 at 6:25 pm

    Iron Hand one of the the best Straits song ever.

  13. Nancy pitts

    October 4, 2014 at 1:32 am

    I love Walk of Live 1976. I shared it so many times on facebook I know I drove people crazy. There is a commercial on tv playing this music and made me want to hear it again.

  14. DJ Control

    October 29, 2014 at 2:27 pm

    “Skateaway,that’s all!”

  15. George

    November 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    i love hand in hand.

  16. Timothy Schoonover

    January 28, 2015 at 11:42 pm

    I would love to hear demos from “Brothers in Arms”. I would like to hear how those classics developed 🙂

  17. aziz

    February 24, 2015 at 5:39 pm

    mangfique chansons de MR MK

  18. aziz

    February 24, 2015 at 5:42 pm

    its very beautiful sings of MK

  19. baybee alexis

    September 11, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    MK ,,is simply the Best,,,forever i will love this band,,,more power,,,God bless,,my hugs and kisses,,

  20. Judith

    September 12, 2015 at 10:20 pm

    Down to the Water Line and Wild West End bring back some of my best memories of my wild best friend!

  21. Dario Palladino

    October 23, 2015 at 8:26 pm

    In The Gallery
    Where Do You Think You Are Going
    Don’t forget these!
    These guys inspired all my life, the strength of the emotions contained in each song is outstanding.

  22. Purushotham

    December 5, 2015 at 4:11 pm

    Single-handed Sailor, Six-blade Knife Water of Love are all excellent songs.

  23. Paul

    December 5, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Hand in Hand

  24. vittore panciera

    December 5, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Single handed sailor is one of my favorites, but I’d like to listen the studio version of “what’s the matter baby”.

  25. David

    December 5, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    Wild West End has to be on that list. I would have put Ride Across The River and Planet of New Orleans there too.

  26. Phil mayer

    February 20, 2016 at 9:13 pm

    Lady writer, Brothers in arms, sheer brilliance.

  27. Vladimir Lucic

    February 21, 2016 at 1:26 am

    ..my favourite song is “News”..(from Communique)

  28. Periphery

    February 21, 2016 at 9:51 pm

    Down to the Waterline…. And my favorite DS deep track, “Angel of Mercy”.

  29. Marianne

    February 21, 2016 at 11:44 pm

    Expresso Love, Why Worry……Great List!!!!! Thank you!!!!

  30. Jef Sterckx

    February 25, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Machtig !!! Nostalgi

  31. Christine Teale

    February 28, 2016 at 1:56 am

    My favourites from your List are: “Why Worry?”, “Portobello Belle”, and “How Long?”.

  32. Steven Pryce

    May 6, 2016 at 10:38 pm

    Undiscovered ? Most of us know them all but the ones not usually mentioned that I like are Skateaway,Down to the Waterline & On every street

  33. Kevin McCarney

    May 7, 2016 at 1:19 am

    Angel of Mercy, Wild West End, Solid Rock, It never Rains, Live Portobello Belle, Latest Trick, Planet of New Orleans.

  34. Claus

    May 7, 2016 at 3:30 am

    The Best Songs are( but all Songs are great and make me happy all the Time) Telegraph Road, Tunnel of Love, Wild West End, Local Hero, Sultans of Swing, Calling Elvis, Private Investiation, Twisting by the pool,The Bug, Solid Rock, Brothers in Arms, And mutch more Songs i Like all of Dire Straits, and Mark Knopfler Solo Music to, Golden Heart, Tracker, Salining to Philadelphia, Darling Pretty, Coyote, And the Great Song, Hillfarmer Blues!!!!!!!!

  35. Jerry De Zwart

    August 19, 2016 at 11:46 pm

    Water of Love from their first album goes strait to the heart with those subtle Knopfler riffs, and Eastbound Train rocks the Underground!

  36. Emilio

    August 20, 2016 at 4:33 am

    FADE TO BLACK missing !!!!!

  37. George

    August 20, 2016 at 8:18 am

    Once upon a time in the west , you and your friend Telegraph road of course.

  38. Sue DeStratis

    September 25, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Will never forget Marks performance at the 70th birthday party for Nelson Mandela with Eric Clapton playing “Brothers in Arms” with teary eyes….Saying; “Thank you very much” (an Elvis expression) ” Best party we’ve ever been to” Then Eric sings “Wonderful Tonight” I love the video Chet Atkins & Friend….you can see the great connection Mark & Chet have. That picking style of Chet’s that Mark uses in his style of playing…is really, really quite unique. Luv U Mark! Sara K.:) @—-{—-{—-{———–

    • Roger

      September 9, 2017 at 5:43 pm

      Brothers in Arms at the Nelson Mandela concert is the best rendition ever

  39. Willo

    October 22, 2016 at 10:57 pm

    Surely Lady Writer and Hand in Hand should be there. Always thought Lady Writer was one of the best DS songs.

    Skateaway is class.

    Gravy train with Sonny Landreth live. Magic stuff BTW.

    Good list. Love The Bug, Expresso Love.

  40. Jordy

    April 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Planet of New Orleans?
    Lions?
    6 blade knife?
    Not a great selection of non hits here.

  41. Filipe

    April 2, 2017 at 9:53 am

    Communiqué should definitely be on that list!

  42. raffaele carozza

    May 14, 2017 at 8:50 am

    “Skateaway”, definitely!! But why not “Les Boys”? Anyway these are just preferences.
    They are all beautiful!

  43. Nadine

    August 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    The Long Highway

  44. Pat Ryan

    August 29, 2017 at 6:07 pm

    Lions . Bothers In Arms.

  45. Wanderlei Rocha

    August 29, 2017 at 11:31 pm

    Theo

    Why worry, brothers in arms, Walk of life, Romeo & juliet, Sultans of swing … The best, I

  46. Wanderlei Rocha Brazil

    August 29, 2017 at 11:33 pm

    Direito Straits ! Simply the best

  47. Bj Bulmer

    August 30, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Where do you think you are going? Communiqué

  48. Atul

    August 31, 2017 at 2:59 am

    Great list. Three atmospheric tracks that should have made the list- Iron hand, where do you think you’re going and follow me home.

  49. Alfred

    November 21, 2017 at 7:44 am

    It never rains!

  50. Art S.

    January 21, 2018 at 7:40 pm

    Great list but “Planet Of New Orleans” should be on there. Amazing song

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