Guests: Vince Gill, George martin
Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler (vocals, guitar); Guy Fletcher (guitar); Alan Clark (keyboards); John Illsley (bass).
Additional personnel: George Martin (conductor); Danny Cummings, Paul Franklin, Vince Gill, Manu Katche, Phil Palmer, Jeff Porcaro, Chris White.
Recorded at Air Studios, London, England.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
In the six-year hiatus between BROTHERS IN ARMS and ON EVERY STREET, Mark Knopfler immersed himself in soundtrack work and occasional collaborations with other artists.
Knopfler was always hugely influenced by country music, and his passion for this genre was predictably inflamed by winning a pair of 1990 Grammys for his work with Chet Atkins on NECK & NECK.
This led to the Scottish guitarist reuniting Dire Straits for what would be the groupís final studio album.
With his trademark twangy guitar in tow, Knopfler indulges his love of the American South with odes to Memphis (the chugging ĹCalling ElvisĹ) and Louisiana (a moody ĹPlanet Of New OrleansĹ).
Throughout STREET, Dire Straits does an impressive job trying on various styles, including infectious rockabilly (ĹThe BugĹ), lush countrypolitan (ĹTicket To HeavenĹ), and Appalachian-flavored folk (ĹIron HandĹ).
Elsewhere, Knopfler does his best Dylan vocal on the film-noir blues of ĹFade To BlackĹ and has fun playing a boor obsessed with material possessions (the lite-jazz-flavored ĹMy PartiesĹ).