On October 7, 1978.

Dire Straits first album

On Octoebr 7, 1978, “Vertigo” label released the self titled Dire Straits debut studio album. It was recorded February – March 1978, at the “Basing Street Studios”, London, and was produced by Muff Winwood. The album featured the hit single “Sultans of Swing”, which became band’s trademark and helped the album to be certified 2 x Platinum in US and UK.


  • Mark Knopfler– vocals, lead, rhythm guitars
  • David Knopfler– rhythm guitar, vocals
  • John Isley– bass, vocals
  • Pick Withers– drums

Track listing:

All compositions by Mark Knopfler.

  1. Down to the Waterline
  2. Water of Love
  3. Setting me Up
  4. Six Blade Knife
  5. Southbound Again
  6. Sultans of Swing
  7. In the Gallery
  8. Wild West End
  9. Lions



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