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Released: October 1978

Rating: 4.144 (average of 9 ratings)

Genre: album rock

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. Down to the Waterline
  2. Water of Love
  3. Setting Me Up
  4. Six Blade Knife
  5. Southbound Again
  6. Sultans of Swing
  7. In the Gallery
  8. Wild West End
  9. Lions


sales in U.S. only 2 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated 600,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 9 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 2
peak on U.K. album chart 5

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Sultans of Swing (2/10/79) #4 US, #8 UK, #46 AC


Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more.

Dire Straits
Dire Straits
“Dire Straits’ minimalist interpretation of pub rock had already crystallized by the time they released their eponymous debut. Driven by Mark Knopfler’s spare, tasteful guitar lines and his husky warbling, the album is a set of bluesy rockers. And while the bar band mentality of pub-rock is at the core of Dire Straits – even the group’s breakthrough single, Sultans of Swing, offered a lament for a neglected pub rock band – their music is already beyond the simple boogies and shuffles of their forefathers, occasionally dipping into jazz and country” (Erlewine).

“Knopfler also shows an inclination toward Dylanesque imagery, which enhances the smoky, low-key atmosphere of the album. While a few of the songs fall flat, the album is remarkably accomplished for a debut, and Dire Straits had difficulty surpassing it throughout their career” (Erlewine).

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Last updated April 6, 2008.