Dire Straits ‎– Alchemy - Dire Straits Live

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Vertigo ‎– VERY 11, Vertigo ‎– 818 243-1
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2 × Vinyl, LP, Album, Gatefold
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Credits

Notes

© 1984 Phonogram Ltd ℗ 1984 Phongram Ltd
Scrooge McDuck © Walt Disney Productions
Artwork by Brett Whiteley © Adapted from 'Alchemy 1974'
Sleeve: (818 243-1)
Disc 1: (818 244-1)
Disc 2: (818 245-1)

Comes housed in a gatefold sleeve and with black inner sleeves.
Publishers:
A1, B1, B2, C1, D1, D2, D3: Rondor Music (London) Ltd / Chariscourt Ltd.
A2, B3: Rondor Music (London) Ltd / Straightjacket Songs
C2: Rondor Music (London) Ltd / Straightjacket Songs (Intro "The Carousel Waltz" published by Chappell Music Ltd)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Matrix / Runout (LP 1 cat #): 818244-1
  • Matrix / Runout (LP 2 cat #): 818245-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped variant 1): 818244 A // 4 ▽ 420 Z 1 1 4 5
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped variant 1): 818244 B // 3 ▽ 420 Z 1 1 4 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, C-side, stamped variant 1): 818244 A // 3 ▽ 420 Z 1 1 4 9
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, D-side, stamped variant 1): 818244 B // 3 ▽ 420 Z 1 6 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped variant 2): 818244 A // 4 ▽ 420 Z 1 2 2 2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped variant 2): 818244 B // 3 ▽ 420 Z 1 2 11
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, C-side, stamped variant 2): 818245 A // 2 ▽ 420 Z 1 1 1 4
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, D-side, stamped variant 2): 818245 B // 3 ▽ 420 Z 1 7 1 U
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A-side, stamped variant 3): 818244 A // 4 ▽ 420 Z 1 4 4 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, B-side, stamped variant 3): 818244 B // 3 ▽ 420 Z 1 4 19
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, C-side, stamped variant 3): 818245 A // 2 ▽ 420 Z 1 1 19
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, D-side, stamped variant 3): 818245 B // 3 ▽ 420 Z 1 7 1 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout, A, B, C & D-sides, etched, all variants): SOUND CLINIC

Other Versions (5 of 130) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
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
818 243-1 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(LP, Album) Vertigo 818 243-1 Taiwan 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
VOT4-2-3335 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(Cass, Album, Club, Dol) Vertigo VOT4-2-3335 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
TIG 1640 Dire Straits Alchemy - Dire Straits Live(2xCass, Album) Tig 2 TIG 1640 Australia Unknown Sell This Version

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Music-Maestro

Music-Maestro

August 15, 2013
edited over 4 years ago
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
La versión del "Tunnel of Love" lo tiene todo, es PERFECTA!
vgonis

vgonis

November 13, 2012

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.