A blast from the past this morning. Here’s a much younger Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits in a live performance of their breakout hit “Sultans of Swing“, filmed in Basel, Switzerland in 1992. It’s noteworthy for a very long, extended guitar solo by Mark Knopfler, which showcases his genius on that instrument like no other Dire Straits track I’ve heard. Note, too, how the group follows his musical lead as he “departs” from the by-then-traditional tune, improvising and flowing naturally with his variations. It’s a virtuoso performance by all concerned.
They make it look so effortless, don’t they?