Alchemy: Dire Straits Live

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is an interesting contrast on this 94-minute double-disc live album recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983 between the music, much of which is slow and moody, with Mark Knopfler's muttered vocals and large helpings of his fingerpicking on what sounds like an amplified Spanish guitar, and the audience response. The arena-size crowd cheers wildly, and claps and sings along when given half a chance, as though each song were an up-tempo rocker. When they do have a song of even medium speed, such as "Sultans of Swing" or "Solid Rock," they are in ecstasy. That Dire Straits' introspective music loses much of its detail in a live setting matters less than ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
There is an interesting contrast on this 94-minute double-disc live album recorded at London's Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983 between the music, much of which is slow and moody, with Mark Knopfler's muttered vocals and large helpings of his fingerpicking on what sounds like an amplified Spanish guitar, and the audience response. The arena-size crowd cheers wildly, and claps and sings along when given half a chance, as though each song were an up-tempo rocker. When they do have a song of even medium speed, such as "Sultans of Swing" or "Solid Rock," they are in ecstasy. That Dire Straits' introspective music loses much of its detail in a live setting matters less than that it gains presence and a sense of anticipation. Alan Clark's keyboards help to fill out the sound and give Knopfler's spare melodies a certain majesty, but Dire Straits remains an overgrown bar band with a Bob Dylan fixation, and that's exactly how the crowd likes it. [The CD version of the album contains one extra track, "Love Over Gold," which adds a needed change of pace to the otherwise slow-moving first disc.]
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  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 075992508520
  • Catalog Number: 25085

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dire Straits Primary Artist
John Illsley Bass
Alan Clark Keyboards
Mel Collins Saxophone
Joop de Korte Percussion
Mark Knopfler Guitar, Vocals
Hal Lindes Guitar
Tom Mandel Keyboards
Terry Williams Drums
Technical Credits
Mark Knopfler Producer
Mick McKenna Engineer
Mike McKenna Engineer
Nigel Walker Engineer
Brett Whiteley Artwork
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ....just another one of your deals

    Two years before they stumbled into MTV stardom, on the heels of their “Money For Nothing” video, Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits released one of the finest live recordings in rock. The dramatic sweep of Knopfler’s lengthy guitar work rises and falls, carrying the emotion of the strongest offerings, combining with lyrics that are quite poignant. Sultans of Swing and some of the shorter songs provide the obligatory rave-ups, but it is the drawn out emotions in Tunnel Love and the quiet power of Romeo and Juliet that linger for days. (I teach high school English and inevitably find myself humming Romeo and Juliet in the classroom)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great band, great music

    Dire Straits is one of the most talented instrumental bands around!! They are one of the few bands that sound just as good (if not better) live than in studio. Knopflers guitar playing is unreal. If you enjoy real music this is one cd I would highly recommend.

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