DIRE STRAITS 1977-1993
Artist Dire Straits
Release date 1991
Recording Basing Street Studios, London UK, 13th February 1978 - 5th March 1978 [2]
Power Station, New York USA / Record Plant, New York, USA, 20th June 1980 - 25th August 1980 [4, 5]
Jam Studios, London UK, 1st October 1982 - 3rd October 1982 [3]
Power Station, New York, USA, 8th March 1982 - 11th June 1982 [7]
Air Studios, Montserrat, West Indies, 2nd November 1984 - 21st December 1984 and 3rd January 1985 - 6th February 1985 [6, 8, 9]
Air Studios, London UK, November 1990 - May 1991 [1, 10, 11, 12, 13]
Format 1CD
Label Vertigo
Cat.no. SND-31
  1. Calling Elvis (radio edit)
  2. Sultans of swing
  3. Twisting by the pool (remix)
  4. Tunnel of love
  5. Romeo and Juliet
  6. Walk of life
  7. Private investigations
  8. Money for nothing
  9. Brothers in arms
  10. Heavy fuel
  11. On every street
  12. The bug
  13. Millionaire blues
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Additional comments Ultra rare promotional CD! This is one of the toughest CD's from Dire Straits to get your hands on. The CD is packed in a normal jewel case. Manufactured and distributed by Nippon Phonogram Co.,Ltd. Tokyo, Japan. Very rare to see a B-side (Millionaire blues) as part of a compilation / promo CD. Over the years, only a couple of them appeared on Eil & Ebay and were sold for very high prices. It took 27 years before I finally could add this CD to my collection (July 2018).

I had some conversations with other fans why this CD has a title called Dire Straits 1977-1993 while it was produced and released in 1991 :

The most logical reason for that; originally, the On every street tour was planned to be so long that it would reach its final concert date somewhere in 1993. This did not happen for various reasons. Due to the economical climate at that time, it resulted in poor ticket sales in Australia and the USA and as a result of that the USA was not visited a second time as planned. Also, playing in South America was cancelled because of the economical risk of shipping the whole crew and equipment over there while there were no guarantees once they got there. All in all, the following countries were originally on the schedule, but were not visited: Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Mexico, Poland, Hungary and Czechoslovakia. So, the tour was shortened and ended in Zaragoza, Spain on 9th October 1992. But that was all not foreseen when this promo CD was released in 1991. So, the title 1977-1993 is most likely referring to the career of Dire Straits with their first live appearance in 1977 until their last planned live performance somewhere in 1993.

Other possibility is that it simply is a misprint and therefor quickly deleted, which would explain why this promo CD is so very hard to get.