Artist Dire Straits
Venue Pathway Studios, Islington (London), UK
Date 24th July 1977
Source Soundboard
Format 1CD-R
  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
Additional comments

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 (written by David Knopfler, never released afterwards) 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 releas ed on the first album. The recording plays a bit too fast, apart from that pretty good sound quality. For a speed corrected and more complete version, see this bootleg: More early demos. Click here for a picture of the original tape received by Charlie Gillett, taken from the forum of his own site. It also lists the exact recording date which is 24th July 1977 instead of 27th July 1977 as other sources used to say. 

Some communication on the official site of late Charlie Gillett