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Dire Straits - Alchemy Dire Straits Live - (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (2010)

Dire Straits - Alchemy Dire Straits Live - (20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) (2010)


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LP

Side one

1. "Once Upon a Time in the West"   13:01

2. "Romeo and Juliet"   8:22


Side two

1. "Expresso Love"   5:41

2. "Private Investigations"   7:40

3. "Sultans of Swing"   10:48


Side three

1. "Two Young Lovers"   4:51

2. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II)   14:38


Side four

1. "Telegraph Road"   13:19

2. "Solid Rock"   5:32

3. "Going Home: Theme of the Local Hero"   4:58


CD

"Love over Gold", which had been released as a separate single in 1984, was added into the track list for the CD release, and the fade outs between sides 1 and 2 and sides 3 and 4 have been removed. A number of tracks had their length increased for the CD releases, and the track order is slightly different: "Romeo and Juliet" and "Expresso Love" are in reversed order.


Disc one

1. "Once Upon a Time in the West"   13:01

2. "Expresso Love"   5:45

3. "Romeo and Juliet"   8:17

4. "Love over Gold"   3:27

5. "Private Investigations"   7:34

6. "Sultans of Swing"   10:54


Disc two

1. "Two Young Lovers"   4:49

2. "Tunnel of Love" (Extract from "The Carousel Waltz" by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II)   14:29

3. "Telegraph Road"   13:37

4. "Solid Rock"   6:01

5. "Going Home – Theme from 'Local Hero'"   6:05

Outtakes

Three more songs were recorded live but not included on the official album release: "Industrial Disease," "Twisting by the Pool" and "Portobello Belle".


An edited version of "Portobello Belle" and a remixed version of "Telegraph Road" were included on the CD version of the compilation Money for Nothing, released in 1988 (Money for Nothing was re-mastered in 1996 as part of the "Dire Straits Re-Mastered" series. The album was then deleted to make way for the Sultans of Swing - The Best of Dire Straits CD released shortly after).



Dire Straits Band Members / Musicians

Mark Knopfler – guitar, vocals

Alan Clark – keyboards

John Illsley – bass guitar, backing vocals

Hal Lindes – guitar, backing vocals

Terry Williams – drums

Mel Collins – saxophone

Tommy Mandel – keyboards

Joop de Korte – percussion


Mark Knopfler – producer

Mick McKenna – recording engineer

Nigel Walker – engineer

Jeremy Allom – assistant engineer

Brett Whiteley – artwork (adapted from Alchemy 1974)

C More Tone Studios – design



Alchemy: Dire Straits Live is a double album and the first live album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 8 February 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 songs from the band's first four albums, the ExtendedancEPlay EP and Mark Knopfler's Local Hero soundtrack. Many of the songs have reworked arrangements and extended improvisational segments. The album cover is taken from a painting by Brett Whiteley.

Alchemy: Dire Straits Live was remastered and reissued with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world outside the United States and was remastered and re-released in the USA on 8 May 2001.

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