Transmission Impossible



Formed in London in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, his brother David Knopfler, John Illsley and Pick Withers, Dire Straits were active from 1977 to 1988, and again from 1991 to 1995. The band remain of the world's best-selling music artists, with album sales of over 100 million. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018.

This triple disc CD set celebrates the huge success and popularity of Dire Straits, which still resonates today; but as the band - or at least its erstwhile leader – appear to have ruled out any chance of a reunion, this live collection goes some way to allow fans the chance of re-living the magic that was Dire Straits in concert.

DISC ONE of the set features an early show from the group, recorded for FM Radio Broadcast at The Old Waldorf, in San Francisco, on 31st March 1979, shortly before the release of their second album Communique.

DISC TWO brings the story up to July 1981, when Dire Straits played at the Festival Park in Werchter, Belgium, while still touring and promoting their third record, the extraordinary Making Movies, released the previous October.

DISC THREE concludes the set with the famed and marvellous set they performed in June 1988, at Wembley Stadium, as headliner of the Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert, during which the band were joined on stage by Eric Clapton.


1. Down To The Waterline
2. Six Blade Knife 
3. Once Upon A Time In The West 
4. Lady Writer 
5. Water Of Love 
6. In The Gallery 
7. News 
8. What's The Matter Baby? 
9. Lions 
10. Sultans Of Swing 
11. Wild West End 
12. Where Do
You Think You're Going 
13. Eastbound Train 
14. Southbound Again 
1. Once Upon A Time In The West 
2. Expresso Love 
3. Down To The Waterline 
4. Skateaway 
5. Romeo And Juliet 
6. News 
7. Private Investigations 
8. Sultans Of Swing 
9. Angel Of Mercy 
10. Tunnel Of Love 
1. Walk Of Life 
2. Sultans Of Swing 
3. Romeo And Juliet 
4. Money For Nothing 
5. Brothers In Arms 
6. Wonderful Tonight 
7. Solid Rock