Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Dire Straits - Money For Nothing (1988)


I owned several of their recordings back in the '80s, but I never considered myself a huge fan of Dire Straits. Mainly because leader Mark Knopfler is a can't-miss guitarist but is a hit-or-miss songwriter.  I will admit his good stuff is really good: I liked Sultans Of Swing from the get-go, danced in my bedroom to my Twisting By The Pool EP, and played the crap out of my Brothers In Arms cassette back in the summer of 1985.  It's when they become more of a jam band (non-melodic one or two chord noodling) or try to knock off Springsteen's Thunder Road that doesn't do much for me. As it stands, this compilation is just okay and would have been helped with the addition of following three tracks:
But, once again, the record label did not seek out my opinion.

No liner notes, just lyrics.  Below, I've marked my favorites with a ✔ and tracks I skip with a ✘.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #62

Tracks:  12 tracks, 67 minutes.

Sultans of Swing19784
Down To The Waterline1978

Portobello Belle (Live)1984
Twisting By The Pool1983
Tunnel Of Love1980
Romeo And Juliet1980

Where Do You Think You're Going1979
Walk Of Life19857
Private Investigations1982
Telegraph Road (Live)1984
Money For Nothing19851
Brothers In Arms1985

Missing Top 40 hit: So Far Away (#19, 1986)

Personal Memory Associated with this CD: None

1 comment:

  1. We are in agreement on this one though I actually like the tracks from the Making Movies album ("Tunnel Of Love" + "Romeo and Juliet") and would also include "Skateaway" from it.

    I also enjoy the title track from Brothers In Arms but never need hear "Walk Of Life" ever again.