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Format: CD
Sku: 60573288
UPC: 042281824326
UPC 14: 00042281824326
Release Date: 7/23/2002
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Once Upon A Time ~ Dire Straits
2. Expresso Love ~ Dire Straits
3. Romeo & Juliet ~ Dire Straits
4. Love Over Gold ~ Dire Straits
5. Private Investigations ~ Dire Straits
6. Sultans Of Swing ~ Dire Straits

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler (vocals, guitar); Hal Lindes (guitar); Alan Clark (keyboards); John Illsley (bass); Terry Williams (drums).
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Mel Collins (saxophone); Tommy Mandel (keyboards); Joop De Korte (percussion).
Muze PNote Recorded in July 1983.
Muze PNote Laser disc also available on IMAGE ENTERTAINMENT (6305).
Muze PNote ALCHEMY-LIVE captures Dire Straits live sound on a two-CD set. The set draws from their first four albums and includes among its highlights "Sultans of Swing" and "Tunnel of Love."
Muze PNote 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.] ~ William Ruhlmann

Associated Artists and Works

Private Investigations: The Best Of Mark Knopfler ~ Knopfler, Mark

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 06/03/1996
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1984
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 8182432
Music Label Name Label : Vertigo (Germany)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 2
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Live
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00042281824326

Professional Reviews

Q (7/96, p.141)
- 3 Stars - Good - "...admirably recorded...gruelling world tour and Knopfler's theme from Local Hero added to the set..."

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