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Release Date September, Track Listing. Calling Elvis. Mark Knopfler. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. Vertigo , Warner Bros. Love over Gold Extendedance Play Alchemy According to a Sound on Sound magazine interview with Neil Dorfsman, the performance of then-permanent drummer Terry Williams was considered to be unsuitable for the desired sound of the album during the first month of the recording sessions.
Williams was temporarily replaced by jazz session drummer Omar Hakim , who re-recorded the album's drum parts during a two-day stay before leaving for other commitments. Andy Kanavan was briefly with the band as a drummer. Williams would be back in the band for the music videos and the — Brothers in Arms world tour that followed.
Released in May , Brothers in Arms entered the UK Albums Chart at number 1 and spent a total of weeks in the charts,  and sold over 4. Brothers in Arms was the first album recorded entirely digitally due to Knopfler pushing for improved sound quality.
The result was Dire Straits' most commercially successful hit single in the UK, peaking at number two. The album is listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the first compact disc CD to sell a million copies,  and it has been credited with popularising the CD format.
The — Brothers in Arms world tour which followed the album's release was phenomenally successful, with over 2. The band played shows in over different cities.
While playing a night residency at Wembley Arena in London, the band moved down the road to Wembley Stadium on the afternoon of 13 July , to appear in a Live Aid slot,  in which their set included "Money For Nothing" with Sting as guest vocalist.
Live Aid was a unique privilege for all of us. With , tickets sold in Australia and New Zealand it was the biggest concert tour in Australasian music history, until it was overtaken in — by Ed Sheeran. Additionally in , a group that set out from London to Khartoum to raise money for famine relief led by John Abbey, was called "The Walk of Life".
Dire Straits donated the Brothers in Arms Gold disc to the participants in recognition of what they were doing. After the Brothers in Arms tour ended Mark Knopfler took a break from Dire Straits and during he concentrated on solo projects and film soundtracks. Dire Straits regrouped in for the Nelson Mandela 70th Birthday Tribute concert staged on 11 June at Wembley Stadium, in which they were the headline act.
They were joined for their set by Eric Clapton who performed his hit " Wonderful Tonight " with the group and played rhythm guitar on the other songs performed by the band, while guitarist Jack Sonni was absent. Mark Knopfler announced the dissolution of Dire Straits in September He told Rob Tannenbaum in Rolling Stone : "A lot of press reports were saying we were the biggest band in the world.
The Notting Hillbillies' one album, Missing The Notting Hillbillies toured for the remainder of the year, and also appeared on Saturday Night Live. Knopfler would further emphasise his country music influences on his collaboration with guitarist Chet Atkins , Neck and Neck.
Knopfler explained that the latter was an experimental song, and was unsure if they should record it on a following record. This was prior to the time that Knopfler, Illsley and manager Ed Bicknell decided to reform the band the following year.
In early , Dire Straits reunited. Toto drummer Jeff Porcaro performed in place of Williams. It was met with more moderate success and mixed reviews, as well as a significantly reduced audience. However, it sold 8 million copies, reaching number one in the United Kingdom and number 12 in the United States.
The album failed to produce a major hit single in the United Kingdom. The first single release was the opening track " Calling Elvis ", which had a video based on the s television show Thunderbirds.
It charted at number 21 in the UK but dropped out of the charts within four weeks. The follow-up single, " Heavy Fuel ", failed to reach the Top 50 in the UK singles chart, however in the United States the track reached number one on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,  their second song to do so after "Money for Nothing".
Similarly, the album's title track was also relatively unsuccessful, failing to reach the UK Top The final single released from the album and from the band in the UK was " The Bug ", which contains backing vocals by Vince Gill , who was also invited to join the band full-time but declined, and pursued a solo career.
With session drummer Chris Whitten added to the lineup, Dire Straits embarked on a world tour to promote the album which lasted until October The On Every Street Tour featured shows in front of some 7.
This proved to be too much for Dire Straits, and by this time Mark Knopfler had had enough of such massive operations.
This led to the second and final break-up. Bill Flanagan described the sequence of events in GQ : "The subsequent world tour lasted nearly two years, made mountains of money and drove Dire Straits into the ground. When the tour was over, both Knopfler's marriage and his band were gone. Manager Ed Bicknell also said "The last tour was utter misery.
Whatever the zeitgeist was that we had been part of, it had passed. We were changed by it. After the end of the tour, Mark Knopfler expressed a wish to give up touring on a big scale, and took some time out from the music business. A live album, On the Night , was released in May , which documented the tour, again to very mixed reviews.
Nevertheless, it reached the UK Top 5, a rare achievement for a live album. Dire Straits' final album, Live at the BBC , is a collection of live recordings from to , which mostly feature the original line-up of the band. It's self-protection, a survival thing. That kind of scale is dehumanizing. After disbanding Dire Straits, Mark Knopfler started his career as a solo artist, releasing his first solo album, Golden Heart , in March after nearly 20 years of collaborations. Brothers in Arms was certified nine times platinum in the US in August Brendan Croker joined Knopfler during the first half, playing mainly material composed with The Notting Hillbillies.
Illsley came on for a Dire Straits session, toward the end of which, at a Shepherd's Bush concert, Jimmy Nail came on to provide backing vocals for Knopfler's solo composition, " Why Aye Man ". The song appears in the album The Ragpicker's Dream , an album that contains numerous other references to Knopfler's home area in North East England. Featuring material from the majority of Dire Straits' studio albums as well as Mark Knopfler's solo and soundtrack material, it was released in two editions, a single CD with grey cover and a double CD in blue cover.
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