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The group recorded an EP which was released under the title Twisting By the Pool in the States and took to the road culminating in a series of shows recorded and filmed at the Hammersmith Odeon in London to create one of the finest live albums ever.
We begin the album with an extended version of the Communique opener "Once Upon a Time In the West" which highlights Knopfler's guitar work and Williams proved to be a worth replacement to Pick Withers as his drumming goes to powerful heights.
Next is the rocker "Expresso Love" which is another great piece and given new life on stage. We then slow down for another Making Movies cut "Romeo and Juliet" highlighting Knopfler's Intro: The Carousel Waltz - Dire Straits - Alchemy - Dire Straits Live (Cassette Steel acoustic guitar playing and superior to its studio counterpart before it ends with Knopfler switching to his classical guitar for the title cut to Love Over Gold which was not on either the original vinyl album or original US cassette and is superb live.
We then have another from Love Over Gold out of "Private Investigations" which is more powerful live and Knopfler again playing his Chet Atkins model classical guitar and just cooks. We end the first disc with an epic version of the band's first hit "Sultans of Swing" which is done with more fire and passion than the studio version, Once I heard this, I never played the studio version again.
Next is an extended version of the Making Movies cut "Tunnel of Love" and begins with a great jam from the band and Mel before going into a fiery version of "Tunnel of Love". Album) close the regular set with the epic "Telegraph Road" which is superior to the version on Love Over Gold. The intro was haunting and once the drums come in, Knopfler straps on the Schepter Stratocaster which he used on much of the album except as noted and takes his soloing to epic heights here and even Williams' drumming is more alive than Withers' simpler drumming though I like both drummers.
Next is the first encore of "Solid Rock" and Knopfler plays his Schepter Telecaster and again Mel Collins adds some sax and a superior version to the original on Making Movies. We close the album with the instrumental "Theme From Going Home" which is ten times superior to the version Mark Knopfler did on his own for the film Going Home this time with his Straits bandmates playing with fire not seen before nor since, Intro: The Carousel Waltz - Dire Straits - Alchemy - Dire Straits Live (Cassette.
A Deluxe Edition should be released to include the songs that were recorded like "Industrial Disease", "It Never Rains", "Twisting By the Pool" and "Portatello Belle" which were all excised due to time constraints on the vinyl record.
Stranger Top Contributor: Blues Music. A good representation of a Dire Straits concert in the late 70's early 80's. Dire Straits was one of my favorites back then and their music stands the test of time. Mark Knopfler stands out on guitar and vocals. Thoughtful lyrics. If you are new to them, start with their first album, Dire Straits, or Making Movies, and move on to this.
You will enjoy their rock-pop-blues sound. But I recently picked this piece of gold up and cannot stop listening to it. The one advantage to being late to discover the works of Mark Knopfler and his group or his later solo work, for that matter is that I have so much to pick from and am busily backfilling with these extraordinary albums.
This is one great live album, and I like live albums. Going have to obtain the video as well. Highly recommend to the uninitiated. If you are a Dire Straits fan you will probably enjoy this. The vocals are a little soft sometimes but generally well produced. I enjoy Mark Knopfler jamming on all the songs and creating a longer version of my favorites. Dire Straits was a great band, even live. But those plastic double cd cases suck.
It was broken when I opened it and it broke more opening it up for disc 2. The Alchemy concert, has to be the best live performance of this band. Far better than the studio versions of the songs. One of my favorite bands of all time. Mark Knopfler is a true musical genius whose music has withstood the test of time. One person found this helpful. See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews.
This album has extraordinary resonance for me. My older sister got Love Over Gold from the library on cassette yes we used to do thatand so I was fully aware of the sounds that DS creates despite only being 10 when that came out. She then got Alchemy Live on double cassette for Xmas the year it was released.
I was We got the video too probably from the local video store. Alchemy brought them into our suburban Surrey living room, songs about Newcastle and Telegraph Roads. A whole world opened up. Both these bands proved their worth by dominating Live Aid in This live album is a snapshot of some extraordinary musicians playing and stretching out some timeless songs. Worth every penny. Dodgy Intro: The Carousel Waltz - Dire Straits - Alchemy - Dire Straits Live (Cassette and fade-ins and all!
Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again. Dire Straits were not as visually spectacular as other bands [like Queen for example] on stage but their musicianship was equally spectacular on record and live.
Brilliant recording of a brilliant band. On the other hand the music is good but as a whole I won't be listening to this album on MP3 or headphones ever again. It's a brilliant piece of music like most of their music. The best track is probably Sultans of Swing. But any fan of Dire Straits will enjoy this album.
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