Sunday, May 3, 2009

Dire Straits - The Demos

Pathway Studios, Islington (London), UK, July 27th, 1977


1. Wild west end
2. Sultans of swing
3. Down to the waterline
4. Water of love
5. Southbound again
6. In the gallery
7. Six blade knife
8. Setting me up
9. Eastbound train

Demos for Dire Straits' first album. Taken from the original silver pressed bootleg "Early demos". Information from the official Mark Knopfler site: "On the 27th of July 1977, Dire Straits recorded the now famous demo tapes of five songs: Wild west end, Sultans of swing, Down to the waterline, Sacred loving and Water of love. In what was probably October 1977, they recorded Southbound again, In the gallery and Six blade knife for BBC Radio London. Finally, on the 9th of November 1977, demo tapes were made of Setting me up, Eastbound train and Real girl. Many of these songs reflected Mark's experiences in Newcastle, Leeds and London, and were to be featured on the first Dire Straits album the following year." The recordings on this CD feature most of these demo songs. Very rare recording and a version of Setting me up that is really different from the version that was later released on the first album. The recording plays a bit too fast, apart from that pretty good sound quality.



  1. Man, I just love this blog! I have just registered a Google account so I could thank you properly for all the great stuff you are putting up on here!!!
    I am downloading each and every of your uploads (unless I already have it, of course!) and so far I love them all --- thanks so much!
    I'd appreciate it if you'd stick to mp3s, flac doesn't make much sense to me to be honest. An mp3 file with a decent bitrate sounds just as good (unless you have gold plated bat ears ;) )and doesn't take ages to download. Just my 2c.
    I love the variety of your uploads: DS, MK, NHs.... live/radio/demos...... and always the best available... This one is a perfect example!
    Again: thanks a lot!!!! I'll comment on the upcoming posts to let you know what I think!

    On a different note: do you have DS - Bremen 1991 and if you do could post it? (please!?)

  2. Thank you very much for your comments, they mean a lot, i'll continue posting interesting shows, whether Soundboard or audience sourced. unfortunately i don't have Bremen 91, but will try to get it, though my collection has very interesting shows from all the tours, OES included.


  3. You are VERY welcome and you're efforts surely deserve the praise!!!

    Bremen would be special to me because I've been to this show and never managed to get a recording, but I know there's a 2CD audience recording circulating so if you could actually find it (thanks for trying by the way :) ) I'd be very grateful! Cheers!