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Live at the BBC (Dire Straits album)

Live at the BBC is a live effort by Dire Straits, recorded in-between the release of their first album and Making Movies, their third effort.


The album was released in 1995, the year in which the group officially disbanded. From Mark Knopfler's own words, this album was released because the defunct Dire Straits still owed an album to PolyGram (now Mercury). This album was a means to end the legal contract, before Mark Knopfler began his solo career (still signed to Mercury).

The first seven tracks were recorded for the BBC "Live In Concert" series on July 22nd 1978. Track 8, "Tunnel Of Love" was recorded for the BBC-TV program "Old Grey Whistle Test" on January 31st 1981.

This record features one unreleased song, a co-written track with brother David, "What's The Matter Baby?" It is the only co-written song in Dire Straits history. (There are two other Dire Straits songs on which Mark Knopfler shared writing credits -- "Money for Nothing" and "Tunnel of Love" - but in each case the song itself is entirely by Knopfler with only a small contribution to the backing or arrangement by the other credited artist.)

Track listing

(all songs by Mark Knopfler, except where noted)

  1. "Down to the Waterline" – 4:10
  2. "Six Blade Knife" – 3:47
  3. "Water of Love" – 5:29
  4. "Wild West End" – 5:12
  5. "Sultans of Swing" – 6:38
  6. "Lions" – 5:26
  7. "What's The Matter Baby?" (D. Knopfler, M. Knopfler) – 3:20
  8. "Tunnel of Love" (Intro: "Carousel Waltz" by Rodgers & Hammerstein) – 11:56



This 3rd live album by Dire Straits stayed 1 week in the UK Albums Chart


Year Chart Position
1995 Dutch Albums Chart 15
1995 Switzerland Albums Chart 45
1995 UK Albums Chart 71

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