It took Mark Knopfler more than six years to craft a followup to Dire Straits' international chart-topper, Brothers In Arms, but though On Every Street sold in the expected multi-millions worldwide on the back of the band's renown and a year-long tour, it was a disappointment. Knopfler remained a gifted guitar player with tastes in folk ("Iron Hand"), blues ("Fade To Black"), and rockabilly ("The Bug"), among other styles, but much of the album was low-key to the point of being background music. The group had long-since dwindled to original members Knopfler and bassist John Illsley, plus a collection of semi-permanent sidemen who provided support but no real musical chemistry. The closest thing to a successor to "Money For Nothing," the big hit from Brothers In Arms, was the sarcastic rocker "Heavy Fuel." It became an album rock radio favorite (though not a chart single), and fans still filled stadiums to hear "Sultans Of Swing," but On Every Street was not the comeback it should have been.
Performance CreditsDire Straits Primary Artist
John Illsley Bass
George Martin Conductor
Alan Clark Strings,Conductor,Keyboards
Guy Fletcher Keyboards,Background Vocals
Manu Katché Percussion,Drums
Mark Knopfler Guitar,Vocals
Technical CreditsDire Straits Producer
Chris White Contributor
Charlie Ainley Engineer
Danny Cummings Contributor
Paul Franklin Contributor
Vince Gill Contributor
Mark Knopfler Composer,Producer
Phil Palmer Contributor
Jeff Porcaro Contributor
Bill Schnee Engineer
Chuck Ainlay Engineer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
On Every Street based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
This album clearly is a HALLMARK, in that it displays groundbeaking melancholic and melodic trancedence, . In my opinion, this album (was) by a long shot,the best album of the 90's/.
This was the last album that Dire Straits did. I remember hearing it called ''a labour of love and it is a labour.'' Some of the songs seem incomplete and others sound like they should be on a different album. There seem to be about 3 different themes running to this album, so it runs a bit disjointed. For all of that though the music is a wonderful goodbye to a group that meant a lot to some of us. My particular favorite is Planet of New Orleans. This one seems to be in keeping with the 2nd theme that the album sets up, and never really completes. On the whole its not as tight as Telegraph Road or Brothers in Arms, but I would argue that, though disjointed, the music is better than the previous albums.
This is the best DS CD of all time! I prefer both Love over Gold, & On the Night with this album. The songs are so amazing. My favorite cuts on this album are Calling Elvis, On Every Street, The Bug, Heavy Fuel, My Parties, & the great Planet of New Orleans. Others are great like When It Comes to You, Fade to Black, & You and Your Friend. In my opinion, the songs I don't like are Iron Hand, Ticket to Heaven, & How Long. In my opinion those 3 are the weakest songs on this album. The tracks I can play over N' over again are The Bug, Heavy Fuel, & My Parties. Go out and buy this CD with Love over Gold, Making Movies, & On the Night.