Dire Straits is the debut studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits released on 9 June 1978 by Vertigo Records, internationally, Warner Bros. Records in the United States and Mercury Records in Canada.[4] The album has the hit single "Sultans of Swing", which reached number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and number 8 on the UK Singles Chart. The album reached the top of the album charts in Germany, Australia and France, number 2 in the United States and number 5 in the United Kingdom. Dire Straits was later certified double platinum in both the United States and the United Kingdom.

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Dire Straits
Studio album by
Released9 June 1978 (1978-06-09) (UK)[1]
Recorded13 February – 5 March 1978
StudioBasing Street, Notting Hill, London
Genre
Length41:34
Label
ProducerMuff Winwood
Dire Straits chronology
Dire Straits
(1978)
Communiqué
(1979)
Singles from Dire Straits
  1. "Sultans of Swing"
    Released: May 1978 (UK)
  2. "Water of Love"
    Released: October 1978 (NL) [3]
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