Dire Straits, Money For Nothing (1988)
Now here’s an example of where the vinyl is not as good as the CD – for space issues (presumably) you lose the version of Telegraph Road, a highlight of this compilation. But this record is also an example of the compilation-attempt not being as good as the original albums – I’d take the first four Dire Straits albums (certainly the first two) over this. I have all of them (in fact I have everything by the band – no shame, great music, even if it all went a big pear-shaped, for the most part, for album number five – I’m a fan of On Every Street though). I know that Dire Straits will never be cool again. And I don’t give a fuck about that. That’s not a reason to admire music, that’s just something that happens in and around music (or – in a lot of cases it doesn’t). But I can’t vouch for this compilation in any big way now. Beyond the fact that way back when, the cassette-tape version of this was a staple for me. Growing up. I loved it. I was of the era/generation that was perfectly served by this hits collection, at least to begin with. It was concocted to sell the band’s earlier music to those caught by the ubiquity of Brothers In Arms and this compilation’s title track and that video. So in that sense it worked. This was my ticket back to the good stuff. A destination I’m happy to revisit.
Sample Track: Tunnel Of Love
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