Love Over Gold is the fourth album by British rock band Dire Straits.
Due to its lengthy atmospheric instrumental passages, the album has been cited as the band's foray into progressive rock.
"Private Investigations" was released as the lead single from the album in Europe, which reached #2 in the UK. "Industrial Disease" was, instead, the lead single in USA, only reaching #75 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1983.
In 1986, Love Over Gold had sold 4.4 million copies in Europe, whereas the album had only reached gold status in the United States by that stage.
It was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world on Vertigo Records outside the US and in 2000 in the United States. The remastered CD also features slightly altered cover art; the album title is rendered underneath the band name, both in larger type, rather than arranged across the top. The image of lightning is also somewhat zoomed in and made brighter, making for a more purple colour. It is the only remastered Dire Straits CD with altered cover art.
The album was the last on which drummer Pick Withers played.
"Private Dancer", a song originally planned for the album, was