I've heard good things about Dire Straits. I'm planning to get an album or two by them soon. Could I have a couple of links for your favorites? I could look for them myself but I'm not sure where to start. I'm really starting to get into quite a bit of 70s and 80s music. I started with Fleetwood Mac (who I now consider one of my favorite bands), then The Eagles, Pink Floyd and to some extent Queen.
Dire Straits is awesome. And the first album you should probably buy is an easy choice, because it is the album that was a MAJOR smash in the early 80's: Brothers In Arms
. It doesn't have all of their major hits on it...but it the strongest overall record - not a filler song on it.
Another possibility might be Money For Nothing
, which is sort of a 'best of' compilation. Most of the hits are on there. That might be a good one if you don't know anything about them and just want to test them out. But I do like their albums - back in the 80's we did not have iTunes...and you bought an entire album. So albums are kind of the more authentic way of listening to this music - the way we did.
One very important thing to note about Dire Straits, however, is that they were an AWESOME live band. Mark Knopfler is considered to be one of the best guitarists around...and so the live jams at the end of songs are a not-to-be-missed experience. If you notice on YouTube, alot of their live music is 10+ minutes long. That's cus on songs such as Sultans of Swing and Telegraph Road, they cut loose at the end just let it happen. Probably their best known live album is called Alchemy Live
...this was a hugely popular double album and was made as a CD and as a DVD. Here is Sultans of Swing off that album:
Here is Telegraph Road:
The songs are long...so you have to have the time to just sit and let the music wash over you, listen to the story...and let Mark Knopfler amaze you. This isn't clubbing music.
But this was an amazingly talented band - one of the key bands of the 80's (they started in the 70's...but the 80's was their peak) that all of us of a certain age respected...and still respect to this day.
Oh...and by the way, if you really want to see what the 80's in rock was like, you might consider purchasing the DVD set of Live Aid. Anyone who was alive on that day will tell you that Queen ruled the universe that day (they turned in the most amazing set that I am aware of any band ever turning in, EVER)...but Dire Straits easily took second place - they had an amazing set too.