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Dire Straits - Alchemy (1984) (2 SHM-CD 2008)

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Japanese-only two disc SHM-CD (Super High Material CD) paper sleeve pressing of this classic 1984 album. SHM-CDs can be played on any audio player and delivers unbelievably high-quality sound. You won't believe it's the same CD! Universal. 2008

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, "Expresso Love," which adds a needed change of pace to the otherwise slow-moving first disc)...W. Ruhlmann

Listening to Knopler's guitar work on a studio album sends chills, he is amazing. The only thing better is hearing him live. Alchemy is a fantastic live album. What he does live on Sultans of Swing and Telegraph Road alone is worth it, but the whole damn thing is great. If you are a Dire Straits fan this is essential...K. Ligore

Codec: flac
High Fidelity CD Formats
Size: 597 MB
Genre : Rock
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Tracklist:

CD 1

01 Once upon a Time in the West 13:01
02 Expresso Love 5:45
03 Romeo and Juliet 8:17
04 Love over Gold 3:27
05 Private Investigations 7:34
06 Sultans of Swing 10:54

CD 2

01 Two Young Lovers Intro: The Carousel Waltz 4:49
02 Tunnel of Love 14:29
03 Telegraph Road 13:37
04 Solid Rock 6:01
05 Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero 6:05

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