Dire Straits (album) by Dire Straits

Dire Straits
Dire Straits by Dire Straits
Year: 1978
Overall rank: 641st   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 493 votes)
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Accolades:
Award Top 20 albums of 1978 (13th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (149th)
Award Top 1,000 albums of all time (641st)
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Dire Straits bestography

Dire Straits is ranked 3rd best out of 14 albums by Dire Straits on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Dire Straits is Brothers In Arms which is ranked number 231 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 8,610.

Dire Straits album bestography « Higher ranked (577th) This album (641st) Lower ranked (675th) »
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Dire Straits track list

Track ratingsTrack ratings The tracks on this album have an average rating of 81 out of 100 (all tracks have been rated).

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Average Rating: 
78/100 (from 493 votes)
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This album is rated in the top 3% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a mean average rating of 77.0/100. The trimmed mean (excluding outliers) is 78.1/100. The standard deviation for this album is 14.2.

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100/100
From 03/17/2020 00:37
(To Boltzmann) The guy comes here to make a superficial and wrong comment on an album, not that I am fanatic for any artist, but we must have the minimum of consistency when commenting, if you don't have a solid and impartial opinion, better be silent , but how to take seriously someone who says: "Best songs of all time:
1. Justify My Love - Madonna "...

You must learn to play a musical instrument before commenting on this album, before continuing to rate Kanye West's albums!
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60/100
From 03/12/2020 11:25
Nothing here of value that hasn't been done before... that's not to say the things that have been done before on here are of any value either.
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From 08/14/2019 12:30
This band's debut album features one of the greatest electric guitar classics due to its impressive collection of perfectly arranged guitar phrases, all of which make "Sultans of Swing" a song even recognized by those who don't know what is an electric guitar. The first track "Down to the Waterline" already has many characteristics of "Dire Straits Sound", the mix of Western, Country and Rock, always with the technical characteristic of "Chicken Pickin '", the excellent "Water of Love" already had a type of resonator acoustic guitar called "Dobro", very exciting sound this instrument would be widely used in the band recordings, other very good tracks like "Six Blade Knife" and "In the Gallery" but that track that really inspires me is the wonderful ballad "Wild West End" with its very tranquil mood and the guitar phrases in the spaces between vocals, and once again the use of "Dobro".
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Rating:  
75/100
From 07/10/2019 17:25
75/100

im disappointed with this album :(
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Rating:  
85/100
From 03/31/2019 10:44
Used to listen to have all of their albums as a kid but not really a band I'd want to listen to now. Listening to this now, I can't really remember it apart from the obvious. But it's an enjoyable listen. A great sound. Production is lovely. Bass and drums very nice and actually a nice groove in parts. Great to stick on, on a Sunday morning and let the world go by. And one of the great singles of the late 70s.
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60/100
From 03/09/2019 16:03
Best track: "Sultans Of Swing"
Weakest track: "Six Blade Knife"
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85/100
From 11/01/2018 11:14
I rate this album at 85, but it would be 10 points lower without Sultans of Swing.
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70/100
From 11/22/2017 19:56
Not a fan of this album, too stripped back for me.
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75/100
From 09/15/2016 22:41
This is there first and best album IMHO. Although DS has so many great songs scattered across all there albums that you could make 2-3 best of albums.
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80/100
From 06/05/2016 17:56
Debut album from Dire straits is a mellow late night record. Obviously influenced by Bob Dylan(who isn't?) and J.J.Cale, it's full of great laid back tracks. Down to the waterline, six blade knife, and, water of love, are all good, but the centrepiece is off course the glorious, sultans of swing, a great track, probably Mark Knopfler's best ever composition. All in all, a very good start.
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Best Albums of 1978
1. Darkness On The Edge Of Town by Bruce Springsteen
2. Parallel Lines by Blondie
3. This Year's Model by Elvis Costello
4. The Cars by The Cars
5. Van Halen by Van Halen
6. Die Mensch·Maschine [The Man-Machine] by Kraftwerk
7. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
8. Music For 18 Musicians by Steve Reich
9. The Kick Inside by Kate Bush
10. 3rd by Big Star
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13. Dire Straits by Dire Straits
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16. The Modern Dance by Pere Ubu
17. Chairs Missing by Wire
18. Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! by Devo
19. Outlandos D'Amour by The Police
20. Excitable Boy by Warren Zevon
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