ITEM: VINYL 2xLP|
TITLE: Alchemy: DIRE STRAITS Live
COUNTRY PRINTED: OZ
CAT No: VERTIGO, 818 243-1
COVER: Gatefold (Grade at NEAR MINT)
LABELS: (Grade at NEAR MINT+)
Record #1:(Grade at EXCELLENT+ to NEAR MINT-)
Record #2:(Grade at NEAR MINT-)
All songs written by Mark Knopfler except as indicated.
1. "Once Upon A Time In The West" 13:01
2. "Romeo and Juliet" 8:22
1. "Expresso Love" 5:41
2. "Private Investigations" 7:40
3. "Sultans of Swing" 10:48
1. "Two Young Lovers" 4:51
2. "Tunnel of Love (Mark Knopfler, Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II)" 14:38
1. "Telegraph Road" 13:19
2. "Solid Rock" 5:32
3. "Going Home – Theme from 'Local Hero" 4:58
Alchemy: Dire Straits Live is the first live album by British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1984. It features their best-known tracks up to that point, often featuring reworked arrangements and extended improvisational segments.
The cover image is taken from a painting by Brett Whiteley.
COMMENT #2: Biography by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the group built their sound upon the laid-back blues-rock of J.J. Cale, but they also had jazz and country inflections, occasionally dipping into the epic song structures of progressive rock. The band's music was offset by Knopfler's lyrics, which approximated the winding, stream-of-conscious narratives of Bob Dylan. As their career progressed, Dire Straits became more refined and their new maturity happened to coincide with the rise of MTV and the compact disc. These two musical revolutions from the mid-'80s helped make Dire Straits' sixth album, Brothers in Arms, an international blockbuster. The band -- along with Eric Clapton, Phil Collins, and Steve Winwood -- become one of the leaders of a group of self-consciously mature veteran rock & rollers in the late '80s that designed their music to appeal to aging baby boomers. Despite the band's international success, they couldn't sustain their stardom, waiting a full six years to deliver a follow-up to Brothers in Arms, by which time their audience had shrunk significantly.
Knopfler (born August 12, 1949) was always the main force behind Dire Straits. The son of an architect, Knopfler studied English literature at Leeds University and worked briefly as a rock critic for the Yorkshire Evening Post while at college. He began teaching English after his graduation, leading a pub rock band called Brewer's Droop at night. By 1977, Mark was playing with his brother David (guitar) and his roommate John Illsley (bass). During the summer of 1977, the trio cut a demo with drummer Pick Withers. A London DJ named Charlie Gillett heard the demo and began playing "Sultans of Swing" on his BBC show Honky Tonkin'. Following a tour opening for Talking Heads, the band began recording their debut for Vertigo Records with producer Muff Winwood in early 1978. By the summer, they had signed with Warner in America, releasing their eponymous debut in the fall. Thanks to the Top Ten hit "Sultans of Swing," Dire Straits was a major success in both Britain and America, with the single and album climbing into the Top Ten on both sides of the Atlantic.
Dire Straits established Dire Straits as a major force on album-oriented radio in America, and their second album, Communique (1979), consolidated their audience, selling three million copies worldwide. As the group was recording its third album, Knopfler left the band to pursue a solo career; he was replaced by former Darling member Hal Lindes. Like its predecessor, Making Movies was a sizable hit in America and Britain, even though the band was criticized for musically treading water. Nevertheless, the record went gold on the strength of the radio and MTV hits "Romeo and Juliet" and "Skateaway." Dire Straits followed the album two years later with Love Over Gold, an album filled with long, experimental passages, plus the single "Private Investigations," which became a number two hit in the U.K. The album went gold in America and spent four weeks at number one in Britain. Shortly after the release of Love Over Gold, former Rockpile drummer Terry Williams replaced Withers.
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