From their first album ”Dire Straits”
Released 1978

Music video by Dire Straits performing Wild West End. (C) 1978 Mercury Records Limited

Dire Straits – Wild West End [1978]

Music in this video
Wild West End
Dire Straits
Wild West End
Mark Knopfler
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Piccadilly Circus Station, West End, London, W1J 9HP, United Kingdom, Pret, Pret A Manger, Canada, Canadian Flag, Trafalgar , blue sky, The National Gallery, A very lively place in London. Everything centers the area. Christmas angels are particularly festive!
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The first time I truly heard Wild West End was on the way out to grab a newspaper on Coast Guard Road, Emerald Isle, NC. Nothing like this song to place one right in the sweet spot of a vacation relaxation groove.

Next up, a few live versions of the seminal song, News. Dire Straits is required listening for any knob with ears, but especially those wannabe gear heads. Mark Knopfler is on everyone’s best guitar maestro shortlist for good reason. If you have waited on the sidelines for so many Durham cool music articles to make a purchase for porch, car, or boat now is the time to click on one of the tasty selections below. Your ears will thank you and your porch party friends will say hell yeah!

The title refers to an area of London. Lead guitarist Mark Knopfler moved to the capital after completing an English degree at Leeds University. Like most tourists – foreign and domestic – he enjoyed walking around the West End, always with an eye on the ladies. He spots one particularly attractive young woman in Shaftesbury Avenue; another song on this album, “In The Gallery,” had its genesis in a different sort of encounter in that same street. “Wild West End” runs to 4 minutes 42 seconds.


Today 04-17-2020 is a Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits Friday in COV-19 block 17, cell 27,594,432 A.   We find ourselves in need of Mark’s guitar sound-the perfect antidote for too much isolation. Listen along with me to Brother’s in Arms, replete with strings and the rest of Dire Straits-each integral to the whole.  Can you imagine a world without Mark Knopfler?   We would have to imagine him into existence.

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Mark Knopfler-New York 2019 (Madison Square Garden).


Mark Knopfler-New York 2019 (Madison Square Garden). Muchas gracias a thepriceyoupay, Sean Roche, Nelly D, btragal, Mary flaherty, Befriended Stranger, Beatles1000 y Diederick90, sin ellos no hubiera sido posible hacer este concierto. Setlist: 01 Why Aye Man: 02:06 02 Corned Beef City 11:23 03 Sailing To Philadelphia 15:58 04 Once Upon a time in the West 23:22 05 Romeo and Juliet 30:28 06 My Bacon Roll 41:53 07 Matchstick Man 52:15 08 Band presentation 56:20 09 Done With Bonaparte 1:04:53 10 Heart full of holes 1:10:35 11 She’s Gone 1:17:40 12 Your Latest Trick 1:19:12 13 Postcards from Paraguay 1:24:23 14 On Every Street 1:29:35 15 Speedway at Nazareth 1:34:44 16 Money for nothing 1:42:45 17 Wherever I Go 1:54:14 18 Going Home-Local Hero 2:00:37



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Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (Alchemy Live)


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Mark Knopfler – Why Aye Man (Live, Get Lucky Tour 2010)


“Mark Knopfler performing ‘Why Aye Man’ live in Glasgow, Scotland (SECC, 21 May 2010) as part of the Get Lucky tour in 2010. The official live recording of the full concert can be purchased in 320kpbs MP3 format here:…

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Mark Knopfler & Emmylou Harris – If This Is Goodbye (Real Live Roadrunning | Official Live Video)

Real Live Roadrunning is a concert film recorded live on 28th June 2006 at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Los Angeles towards the end of Mark and Emmylous’ tour in support of their critically acclaimed album, All the Roadrunning.

Mark Knopfler and Emmylou Harris
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Time Out Of Mind


Time Out Of Mind · Steely Dan Gaucho ℗ 1980 Geffen Records Released on: 1984-01-01 Producer: Gary Katz Studio Personnel, Mixer: Elliot Scheiner Associated Performer, Drums: Rick Marotta Associated Performer, Tenor Saxophone: Michael Brecker Associated Performer, Alto Saxophone: David Sanborn Associated Performer, Guitar: Mark Knopfler Associated Performer, Background Vocalist: Patti Austin Associated Performer, Background Vocalist: Valerie Simpson Associated Performer, Horn Arranger: Rob Mounsey Associated Performer, Guitar: Steve Kahn Associated Performer, Trumpet, Flugelhorn: Randy Brecker Associated Performer, Background Vocalist: Leslie Miller Associated Performer, Background Vocalist: Michael McDonald Composer Lyricist: Walter Becker Composer Lyricist: Donald Fagen

The story behind Mark Knopfler’s featured guest appearance is more a testament to founders Fagen and Becker’s studio band management style (see dictatorial and maniacal) than Mark Knopfler’s considerable natural musical acumen.  Mark’s work on Sultan’s of Swing made a very favorable impression with Fagen and Becker, and thus, he was chosen to play the solo on Time out of Mind.  Ten hours of exasperating studio time recording was culled down to 15 seconds of intro guitar solo work. “It was a strange experience,” Knopfler recalled, “Like getting into a swimming pool with lead weights tied to your boot.”

Notorious slave drivers, there’s no wonder that Steely Dan achieved many miraculous feats over their career.

Paul Langan

Dire Straits – Wild West End [1978]


Wild West End
Dire Straits
Wild West End
Mark Knopfler
Licensed to YouTube by
WMG, UMG (on behalf of Warner Records Label); ASCAP, CMRRA, UMPG Publishing, LatinAutorPerf, UMPI, LatinAutor – UMPG, UNIAO BRASILEIRA DE EDITORAS DE MUSICA – UBEM, and 9 Music Rights Societies

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