Dire Straits – 1984 – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (2012 Japanese SHM-SACD) [FLAC@88.2khz24bit]

Dire Straits – 1984 – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (2012 Japanese SHM-SACD) [FLAC@88.2khz24bit]

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Dire Straits – 1984 – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live

(2012 Japanese SHM-SACD) [FLAC@88.2khz24bit]

Dire Straits

Dire Straits in 1985

Dire Straits were a British rock band formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). Dire Straits’ sound drew from a variety of musical influences, including jazz, folk, and blues, and came closest to beat music within the context of rock and roll. Despite the prominence of punk rock during the band’s early years, their stripped-down sound contrasted with punk, demonstrating a more “rootsy” influence that emerged from pub rock. Many of Dire Straits’ compositions were melancholic. Dire Straits’ biggest selling album Brothers in Arms has sold over 30 million copies, and was the first album to sell a million copies on CD. They also became one of the world’s most commercially successful bands, with worldwide records sales of over 100 million. Dire Straits won four Grammy Awards, three Brit Awards—winning Best British Group twice, two MTV Video Music Awards, and various other music awards. The band’s songs include “Money for Nothing”, “Sultans of Swing”, “So Far Away”, “Walk of Life”, “Brothers in Arms”, “Private Investigations”, “Romeo and Juliet”, “Tunnel of Love”, and “Telegraph Road”. According to the Guinness Book of British Hit Albums, Dire Straits have spent over 1,100 weeks on the UK albums chart, ranking fifth all-time. Their career spanned a combined total of 15 years. They originally split up in 1988, but reformed in 1991, and disbanded for good in 1995 when Mark Knopfler launched his solo career full-time. There were several changes in personnel over both periods, leaving Mark Knopfler and John Illsley as the only two original bandmates who remained throughout the band’s career.

Alchemy: Dire Straits Live

(2012 Japanese SHM-SACD)

Artist: Dire Straits
Title: Alchemy: Dire Straits Live
Format: SACD, Hybrid, Stereo, Album, Reissue, Remastered, SHM-SACD
SACD Mastering: DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo)
Producer: Mark Knopfler
Release Date: March 16, 1984, (Japanese SHM-SACD February 22, 2012)
Recorded: Hammersmith Odeon, London, 22–23 July 1983
Label: Vertigo Records, Universal Records Japan
Catalog: UIGY-9523
Barcode: 4 988005 697707
Genre: Rock, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock, Roots Rock, British Rock, Blues Rock
Duration: 89:13

Alchemy: Dire Straits Live is a double album and the first live album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released on 16 March 1984 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. Recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on 22–23 July 1983, the album features the band’s best-known and fan-favourite songs from their first four albums, the ExtendedancEPlay EP, and the Local Hero soundtrack (composed by Mark Knopfler); many of the songs have reworked arrangements and/or extended improvisational segments. The album cover is taken from a painting by Brett Whiteley.

AllMusic Review by 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.

01 – Once Upon A Time In The West – 13:03
02 – Romeo And Juliet – 8:25
03 – Expresso Love – 5:43
04 – Private Investigations – 7:37
05 – Sultans Of Swing – 10:53
06 – Two Young Lovers – 4:50
07 – Tunnel Of Love – 14:45
08 – Telegraph Road – 13:20
09 – Solid Rock – 5:32
10 – Going Home: Theme From ‘Local Hero’ – 5:05


Dire Straits:

Mark Knopfler – guitar, vocals
Alan Clark – keyboards
John Illsley – bass guitar, backing vocals
Hal Lindes – guitar, backing vocals
Terry Williams – drums

Additional Musicians:

Mel Collins – saxophone
Tommy Mandel – keyboards
Joop de Korte – percussion

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My thanks to the original uploader

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01. Once Upon A Time In The West.flac
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02. Romeo and Juliet.flac
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03. Expresso Love.flac
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05. Sultans Of Swing.flac
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06. Two Young Lovers.flac
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07. Tunnel Of Love.flac
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08. Telegraph Road.flac
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09. Solid Rock.flac
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10. Going Home – Theme From 'Local Hero'.flac
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