Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler [Canada Single Disc]by Dire Straits
While not radically divergent, Mark Knopfler’s work as a solo artist and within Dire Straits have long been looked at through separate windows, a view that’s changed for the better on this two-CD compilation chronicling the singer-guitarist’s entire career. The first disc is largely given over to Dire Straits’ greatest hits, with appearances by the usual suspects -- “Sultans of Swing,” “Money for Nothing,” and the like -- as well as somewhat lesser-aired tunes, the latter category highlighted by a full 14 minutes of “Telegraph Road.” Disc 2 delves a bit more deeply into Knopfler’s post-band work, bringing together album tracks like “Calling Elvis” and the jaunty “Boom like That” and a smattering of the guitarist’s evocative soundtrack material. His themes for Local Hero (the appropriately windswept “Going Home”) and “Cal” (the purposefully heartstring-tugging “The Long Road”) attest to his preeminence among rock soundtrack composers. In addition to the backward glances, Private Investigations offers one glimpse of what’s yet to come, in the form of “All the Roadrunning,” a keening track culled from an upcoming collaboration with Emmylou Harris that makes the future look bright indeed.
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