Dire Straits ‎– Alchemy - Dire Straits Live

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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, along with Dire Straits - ExtendeDancEPlay and the Mark Knopfler - 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.

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VERY 11, 818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo VERY 11, 818 243-1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
QP-416 Dire Straits Al Chemy Live Vol. 2(Cass, Album, Unofficial) QP (2) QP-416 Saudi Arabia 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-4, 818 245-4, 818 244-4, 818 244-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part One & Part two (2 MC)(2xCass, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo, Eurogram, S.A., Eurogram, S.A. 818 243-4, 818 245-4, 818 244-4, 818 244-4 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album + Box) Vertigo 818 243-2 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-2, 818 244-2, 818 245-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album + Box) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-2, 818 244-2, 818 245-2 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, Club + Box) Vertigo 818 243-2 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
9 25085-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, Tar + Box) Warner Bros. Records 9 25085-2 US 1984 Sell This Version
9 25085-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, Tar + Box) Warner Bros. Records 9 25085-2 US 1984 Sell This Version
VERYC 11 (818 244-4) / VERYC 11 (818 245-4) Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCass, Album) Vertigo VERYC 11 (818 244-4) / VERYC 11 (818 245-4) Greece 1984 Sell This Version
VERYC 11 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCass, Album) Vertigo VERYC 11 UK 1984 Sell This Version
818 244-4, 818 245-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCass, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 818 244-4, 818 245-4 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCass, Album) Vertigo 818 243-4 Australasia 1984 Sell This Version
VOD-2-3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP) Vertigo VOD-2-3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
8182431 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP) Vertigo 8182431 Colombia 1984 Sell This Version
8182431, 818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 8182431, 818 243-1 Brazil 1984 Sell This Version
818 244-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo 818 244-1 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1, 818 243/1, 818243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-1, 818 243/1, 818243-1 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
A20-TGO-818 2431.7 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo A20-TGO-818 2431.7 Peru 1984 Sell This Version
3220168, 818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) PGP RTB, Vertigo, Philips 3220168, 818 243-1 Yugoslavia 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1Q Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo 818 243-1Q Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1-25085, 9 25085-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 1-25085, 9 25085-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
1-25085, 9 25085-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 1-25085, 9 25085-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1, 818 244-1, 818 245-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-1, 818 244-1, 818 245-1 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
LPR-23041-A2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo LPR-23041-A2 Mexico 1984 Sell This Version
20 PP 78/79 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo 20 PP 78/79 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo 818 243-1 Israel 1984 Sell This Version
20.059-A, 20059 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo, Polydor 20.059-A, 20059 Venezuela 1984 Sell This Version
9 25085-1 G, 1-25085 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, All) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 25085-1 G, 1-25085 US 1984 Sell This Version
VOT-2-3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Club) Vertigo VOT-2-3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
W1-25085 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Club, CRC) Warner Bros. Records W1-25085 US 1984 Sell This Version
9 25085-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Club, gat) Warner Bros. Records 9 25085-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
9 25085-1 G, 1-25085 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 25085-1 G, 1-25085 US 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1, DAR 506 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-1, DAR 506 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1, 818 244-1, 818 245-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-1, 818 244-1, 818 245-1 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
VOT-2-3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo VOT-2-3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
VERY 11, 818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo VERY 11, 818 243-1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 Portugal 1984 Sell This Version
VERY 11, 818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo VERY 11, 818 243-1 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
VOD-2-3335, VOT-2-3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo VOD-2-3335, VOT-2-3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1, 818 244-1, 818 245-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-1, 818 244-1, 818 245-1 France 1984 Sell This Version
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818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1Q Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1Q Germany 1984 Sell This Version
20.059-A Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 20.059-A Venezuela 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1, 818 244-1, 818 245-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-1, 818 244-1, 818 245-1 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
1-25085 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Promo, Qui) Warner Bros. Records 1-25085 US 1984 Sell This Version
VERY 11 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Gat) Vertigo VERY 11 Ireland 1984 Sell This Version
VOD-2-3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Gat) Vertigo VOD-2-3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
818 582-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album) Vertigo 818 582-4 Netherlands 1984 Sell This Version
818 582-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album) Vertigo 818 582-4 France 1984 Sell This Version
818 582-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album) Vertigo 818 582-4 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
MC DAR 506 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album) Vertigo MC DAR 506 South Africa 1984 Sell This Version
818 582-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album) Vertigo 818 582-4 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
VOT4-2-3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Vertigo VOT4-2-3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
VOT4-2-3335, VOT4 2 3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Vertigo, Vertigo VOT4-2-3335, VOT4 2 3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
9 25085-4 G, 4-25085 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, Dol) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records 9 25085-4 G, 4-25085 US 1984 Sell This Version
VOT4-2-3335, VOD4-2-3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, Dol) Vertigo, Vertigo VOT4-2-3335, VOD4-2-3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, Dol) Vertigo 818 243-4 Australasia 1984 Sell This Version
818 244-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, Dol) Vertigo 818 244-4 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
VOT4-2-3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, QC-) Vertigo VOT4-2-3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
W4-25085 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Club) Warner Bros. Records W4-25085 US 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(LP, Album) Vertigo 818 243-1 Taiwan 1984 Sell This Version
VERY 11 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(LP, S/Sided, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Vertigo VERY 11 UK 1984 Sell This Version
818 243-1, SEL-RP 618 Dire Straits Alchemy-Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-1, SEL-RP 618 South Korea 1984 Sell This Version
77000, 818582-4 Dire Straits Alquimia - Dire Straits En Vivo(Cass, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo 77000, 818582-4 Argentina 1984 Sell This Version
VERYC11 Dire straits alchemy(2xCass, Dlx) Vertigo VERYC11 UK 1984 Sell This Version
8182431, 818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo 8182431, 818 243-1 Brazil 1986 Sell This Version
818 243-1, 751116 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-1, 751116 Portugal 1986 Sell This Version
818 243-2, 818244-2, 818245-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album + Box) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-2, 818244-2, 818245-2 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Vertigo 818 243-1 Portugal 1988 Sell This Version
818 582-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, RE) Vertigo 818 582-4 Brazil 1989 Sell This Version
CDEPR 1467 A2, 818243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album) PolyGram Discos, S.A. De C.V., Vertigo CDEPR 1467 A2, 818243-2 Mexico 1989 Sell This Version
DARCD 506 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album) Vertigo DARCD 506 South Africa 1991 Sell This Version
818 582-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album) Vertigo 818 582-4 Poland 1994 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album + CD, Album, RE) Vertigo 818 243-2 Brazil 1995 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album) Vertigo 818 243-2 Australia 1996 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album) Vertigo, Helicon Records 818 243-2 Israel 1996 Sell This Version
DGCD 1 40/41 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE) Vertigo DGCD 1 40/41 South Africa 1996 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Vertigo 818 243-2 Canada 1996 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Vertigo 818 243-2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RM) Vertigo 818 243-2 Argentina 1996 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RM) Vertigo 818 243-2 UK & Europe 1996 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RM) Vertigo, PolyGram 818 243-2 Brazil 1996 Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Vertigo (3) 818 243-2 Russia 1996 Sell This Version
818243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RM) Vertigo 818243-2 Venezuela 2000 Sell This Version
CDM 0101-576/577 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album) CD-Maximum CDM 0101-576/577 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
none Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, Unofficial + DVD-V, Unofficial) None On Label (Dire Straits) none Europe 2005 Sell This Version
UICY-93731/2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, Ltd, Num, RE, RM, SHM) Vertigo UICY-93731/2 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
460502601051 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Vertigo 460502601051 Russia 2009 Sell This Version
UIGY-9523 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(SACD, Album, RE, RM, SHM) Vertigo UIGY-9523 Japan 2012 Sell This Version
UIGY-9638 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(SACD, Album, Ltd, RE, RM, SHM) Vertigo UIGY-9638 Japan 2014 Sell This Version
UICY-25674/5 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, SHM) Vertigo UICY-25674/5 Japan 2016 Sell This Version
9848805 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Vertigo 9848805 Europe 2018 Sell This Version
NR 185 Dire Straits Alchemy (Dire Straits Live Part 1)(Cass, Album) Star NR 185 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-4, 818243-4 Dire Straits Alchemy (Dire Straits Live Part 1)(Cass, Album) Universal, Vertigo 818 243-4, 818243-4 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
MG 0185 Dire Straits Alchemy (Dire Straits Live Part 1)(Cass, Album) MG Records (2) MG 0185 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
MG 0186 Dire Straits Alchemy (Dire Straits Live Part 2)(Cass, Album) MG Records (2) MG 0186 Poland Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-4 Dire Straits Alchemy (Dire Straits Live Part 2)(Cass, Album, RE) Universal, Vertigo 818 243-4 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
1400 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live Part Two(Cass, Album, Unofficial) Peacock (4) 1400 Thailand Unknown Sell This Version
W2 25085, none Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album) Warner Bros. Records, Columbia House W2 25085, none US Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-2, 818 244-2, 818 245-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album + Box) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-2, 818 244-2, 818 245-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-2, 818 244-2, 818 245-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album + Box) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-2, 818 244-2, 818 245-2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
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818 243-2, 818244-2, 818245-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album + Box, Sli) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo 818 243-2, 818244-2, 818245-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
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9848805 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Vertigo 9848805 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Vertigo 818 243-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, RM) Vertigo 818 243-2 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Vertigo 818 243-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, RM, RP) Vertigo 818 243-2 UK & Europe Unknown Sell This Version
9 25085-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, RE, Tar + Box) Warner Bros. Records 9 25085-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Vertigo (3) 818 243-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
TIG 1640 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCass, Album) Tig 2 TIG 1640 Australia Unknown Sell This Version
VERYC 11, 818 244-4, 818 245-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCass, Album) Vertigo, Vertigo, Vertigo VERYC 11, 818 244-4, 818 245-4 Unknown Sell This Version
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8182431, 818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Vertigo, Vertigo 8182431, 818 243-1 Brazil Unknown Sell This Version
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818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Box + 2xCD, Album, RP, Sli) Vertigo 818 243-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Box + 2xCD, Album, RP, Sli) Vertigo 818 243-2 France Unknown Sell This Version
818 582-4 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, Dol) Vertigo 818 582-4 Turkey Unknown Sell This Version
818 243-2 Dire Straits Alchemy ↔ Dire Straits Live(Box + 2xCD, Album, Sli) Vertigo 818 243-2 France Unknown Sell This Version

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VintageMetal

VintageMetal

April 27, 2018
referencing Alchemy - Dire Straits Live, 2xLP, Album, Club, VOT-2-3335
Just picked up a mint copy of this and was pleasantly surprised. Excellent pressing and SOS sounds amazing !
wishbook

wishbook

March 23, 2014
referencing Alchemy - Dire Straits Live, 2xCD, Album, W2 25085, none
2 people *want* a club edition of this album? Really??
wishbook

wishbook

March 23, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Alchemy - Dire Straits Live, 2xCD, Album + Box, 818 243-2
The US "target" pressing that's currently catalogued as two different CD's came packaged together.
Dorstlesser

Dorstlesser

February 10, 2014
edited over 5 years ago
referencing Alchemy - Dire Straits Live, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 818 243-1

Seriously, how can you give this less than 5 stars?! Nobody sounds like the Dire Straits, so fucking uncool and so cool at the same time XD

But seriously, such catchiness, many instrumentations, much dynamics, wow.
Music-Maestro

Music-Maestro

August 15, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Alchemy - Dire Straits Live, 2xLP, Album, Gat, VERY 11, 818 243-1
Did you know there's also a Video-CD (2CD) of Alchemy? Made in Malaysia, Universal.
And just in case you're looking for this one: drop me a note.
garkax

garkax

May 5, 2013
referencing Alchemy - Dire Straits Live, 2xLP, Album, Gat, VERY 11, 818 243-1
La versión del "Tunnel of Love" lo tiene todo, es PERFECTA!
vgonis

vgonis

November 13, 2012
referencing Alchemy - Dire Straits Live, 2xLP, Album, Gat, VERY 11, 818 243-1

A serious fan, has no trouble following Dire straits career. The first couple of albums with the "American" sound, then the change in direction with "Making movies" and after that the almost "progressive" attempt with "Love over gold" and the rock 'n' roll intermission with "Dance E.P.". But all these changes, surely baffled many people, trying to categorize them. The "Alchemy-live" double album was a revelation for both fans and casual listeners. Many live albums work as "best of" compilations, and this one does the same, but only as far as the choice of tracks. The reworking of most of their songs, with exquisite keyboards and lengthy guitar solos, blends them together in such a way, that anybody can see the lines joining the dots and the whole picture.
Only one track from each of the first two albums, but transformed in completely new songs, over 12 minutes each. "Once upon a time in the west" set the tone, and in an almost cinematic way, starts the album. "Sultans of swing" is the centerpiece, not just because it is placed in the middle of the concert, but mostly because it proves better than any other track in the album, that a track can be new every time it is played live, even if you have heard it a million times. Four songs come from the "Making movies" album. "Tunnel of love" with it's lengthy intro and powerful climax and "Romeo and Juliet", which becomes even more powerful than the studio recording, on odd thing if one considers the nature of the song. "Expresso love" and "Solid rock" are strong rock 'n' roll tracks placed fittingly, second and last but one, respectively, in order to raise spirits, in this celebration of music. Same goes with "Two young lovers" from "Dance E.P.". And then there are three more songs from "Love over gold" album, their recent hit, at the time. It is the magnum opus "Telegraph road", the almost theatrical and yet mystifying "Private investigations", and for the owners of the CD version of the album (not included in the vinyl version), the lovely "Love over gold". For the concert's end, the band plays magnificently, the theme from the film "Local hero", a Mark Knopfler penned soundtrack, with the appropriate title: "Going home".
An exquisite live recording, that works perfectly for both keen fans and new listeners and set the bar high for any live recording since. (The note on the back sleeve "...contains no re-recordings or overdubs..." says it all!) The video of the show is of the highest quality as well, and perhaps it gives a more accurate picture of the band and tracks, since it didn't have the limitations of vinyl or CD, time wise.
cthulhu303

cthulhu303

August 7, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Alchemy - Dire Straits Live, 2xLP, Album, Gat, 818 243-1

This album has one major strength and one major flaw: Sultans of Swing. Seriously.

It is a cracking concert album, packed with classics, alongside lesser-known songs and filled with (sometimes a little dodgy) extra effects, notes and words to give it a proper live feel, not to mention the enthusiastic crowd. However, ask anyone who has heard it and their answer will invariably mention "that guitar solo," often accompanied by sparkling eyes.

In the mid-eighties, I was at a girl's place for a rather formal reception. It was full of people I did not know, including her family from Germany. At some point, one of her Teutonic cousin's boyfriend, who was at the same table, started talking about his new car (a red Volkswagen Golf 2 GTI) and the sound system in it. He convinced my mother to go have a listen to the live Dire Straits album in his cassette player -- this one.
My mother came out of the car a changed woman. She would keep bringing up that solo whenever talking about DS.

It took a while to get the record, then to finally get round to listening to it, not to mention get it -- I had swiflty moved to electronic music, taking Dire Straits and tons of others for granted and not paying them the attention they deserved.
Once I did, though, there was no way back. Yes, it is a fine concert album and yes, everything on this album is in the shadow of what possibly remains the most impressive version of Sultans Of Swing the band ever played. Veteran John Ilsley's bassline, Hal Lindes's backing guitar, the soothing keyboards of Alan Clarke and the incomprehensibly energetic drumming of Terry Williams (who basically shows all other drummers of all time how hard they suck), all fuse into something that is more than the sum of its parts. The long come-down, then the patient build-up to that solo, that ridiculous solo that rips your guts out with its purity, that climaxes with an avalanche of high-pitched notes, reminding of a butterfly's flight, magical and stupid at the same time, the solo that will convince you that, if God played the guitar, he would take lessons with Mark Knopfler.
There are great versions of Sultans around, Mark still gives a nice performance nowadays, but, to my knowledge, it has never again reached the intensity of this recording.

There is no doubt nostalgia now plays a big role in my experience, but it is impossible to hear this one without goosebumps, without tears flowing to my eyes... and without catching myself in the midst of a fucking air-guitar solo. Impossible.
And that is what it is all about, really. Sheer excitement, cascades of emotions provided by the band at the very top of their game, obviously having the best of times and happily sharing the moment.
GalaxyExplorer

GalaxyExplorer

March 29, 2012
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Alchemy - Dire Straits Live, 2xLP, Album, Club, RE, W1-25085

It's an OK performance. But the track selection almost completely ignores their first album, which is by far their best. It's too heavy on tracks from Making Movies, a weak record in my opinion. The sax is just totally out-of-place. Many tracks have too much going on; the band excelled most at spare pub rock, the centerpiece being Knopfler's tasteful guitar licks. Then again, after the surprise success of the self-titled debut, the record companies seemed to exert increasing control over the band with each ensuing album.