Dire Straits ‎– Alchemy – Dire Straits Live


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.

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Vertigo Records ‎– 818 243-1 Stereo Vinyl 2 x LP 1984

Side 1.

  1. Once Upon A Time In The West

  2. Romeo And Juliet

Side 2.

  1. Expresso Love

  2. Private Investigations

  3. Sultans Of Swing

Side 3.

  1. Two Young Lovers

  2. Tunnel Of Love

Side 4.

  1. Telegraph Road

  2. Solid Rock

  3. Going Home – Theme From ‘Local Hero’

Engineer – Nigel Walker
Engineer [Assistant] – Jeremy Allom
Producer, Written-By – Mark Knopfler
Recorded By – Mick McKenna

Additional information

Weight 5 kg
Cover Condition

Mint (M)

LP Condition

Mint (M)