Dire Straits 1978 debut self-titled vinyl record album “Dire Straits”, boldly signed on the cover in black marker by Mark Knopfler.

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British quartet Dire Straits launched their fruitful career in 1978 with an impressive self-titled debut studio album. This album features nine tracks composed by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler who blended elements of American roots music with a distinct guitar style and a reserved, husky vocal for an appealing overall style which found receptive audiences worldwide. The multi-platinum selling Dire Straits album topped the album charts in several countries and reached the Top 5 in several more, including the US and the UK.

“Sultans of Swing” is the best and most popular track on the album, a true masterpiece from beginning to end.