22 Songs, 2 Hours 18 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

From clean-edged guitar romps to expansive cinematic pieces, Mark Knopfler has explored an exceptionally wide swath of creative terrain. Private Investigations brings coherence to his forays into rock, blues, folk and symphonic modes. It detours into Knopfler’s film soundtrack contributions (“Going Home,” “The Long Road”) to help provide a bridge into his ‘90s solo output. A fine survey of Knopfler’s growth as a songwriter.

EDITORS’ NOTES

From clean-edged guitar romps to expansive cinematic pieces, Mark Knopfler has explored an exceptionally wide swath of creative terrain. Private Investigations brings coherence to his forays into rock, blues, folk and symphonic modes. It detours into Knopfler’s film soundtrack contributions (“Going Home,” “The Long Road”) to help provide a bridge into his ‘90s solo output. A fine survey of Knopfler’s growth as a songwriter.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
209 Ratings

209 Ratings

Music Monger ,

Good Stuff, But...

Private Investigations is a good anthology of Dire Straits's work (Much better than the partial album of the Sultans of Swings set that iTunes has put out).
It has all of the great stuff like "Tunnel of Love", "Brothers In Arms", and they've even got the full, eight-and-a-half-minute version of "Money for Nothing" (Sultans of Swing only had the shortened version). However, it seems to be missing a few essentials. Why isn't "Twisting by the Pool" on here?
It also isn't in chronological order.
Plus, annoyingly enough, they've slapped on about eight or ten solo compositions from the guitarist Mark Knopfler, as well as a duet with Emmylou Harris on "All the Roadrunning". (I guess that's why it's called "Private Investigations: The Best of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler" See, unless you're a rabid Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler fan, this greatest hits set isn't for you.
Private Investigations has some good stuff, but you're best of with Sultans of Swing: The Very Best of Dire Straits. Unfortunately, that's only available on iTunes in its partial album format, so go out to a CD store and get the complete version of Sultans of Swing.
Recommended Tracks:
"Sultans of Swing"
"Tunnel of Love"
"Money for Nothing"
"Brothers In Arms"

haasbag ,

A Classic from a Classic

Not only do you get the 14 + minute version of Telegraph Road, but the long version of Money for Nothing (perhaps the best song of the Eighties). This more than makes up for the previous Dire Straits Greatest hits packages which did not include the long versions of these classics. Also, this is the only place where you can find Mark Knopfler's solo work in addition to the Dire Staits material. Perhaps the only omission is some of the colaborative work that Knopfler has done over the years, along with the Notting Hillbillies work.

Knopfler is undoubtedly one of the greatest guitarists of this generation and this is an appropriate tribute to his body of work!

For Everyman ,

Private Investigations Digs deep and broad

Do you remember the first time you listened to Love Over Gold? A song - an album - where telling the full story in words and music supersceded any commercial concerns, and drew the listener deep into complex, intertwining guitar riffs, overlaid with meaningful vocals calling quietly for change in the face of foaming commercialism. This new compilation pulls the most intimate Knopfler aside the playful MTV-nod, the polished Sultan, the gritty vocalist and driving soloist. It is a joy to listen to this compilation - a must-have for those seeking a better understanding of Knopfler's genius. He still doesn't give a damn about any trumpet-playing band...

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