Dire Straits Alchemy 1983

Alchemy is the first live album released by Dire Straits.

It was recorded at the Hammersmith Odeon in London on  the 22nd and 23rd July 1983. It was released in March 1984.

Dire Straits may not have the best image in the 2010s but listening to this excellent album shows why they were so popular in the 1980s.

Dire Straits Alchemy

Dire Straits Alchemy

Set List

Disc 1:

  1. Once Upon A Time In The West – 13:01 (originally on the studio album Communiqué)
  2. Expresso Love – 5:33 (Making Movies)
  3. Romeo And Juliet – 8:17 (Making Movies)
  4. Love Over Gold – 3:40 (Love Over Gold)
  5. Private Investigations – 7:34 (Love Over Gold)
  6. Sultans Of Swing – 10:55 (Dire Straits)

Disc 2:

  1. Two Young Lovers – 4:49 (on an EP)
  2. Tunnel Of Love – 11:54 (Making Movies)
  3. Telegraph Road – 13:43 (Love Over Gold)
  4. Solid Rock – 5:59 (Making Movies)
  5. Going Home – 6:03 (Mark Knopfler’s theme tune from the film Local Hero)

These songs from the first four studio albums have been given more energy in a live environment. The band are allowed to stretch out and properly rock.

My only problem is that the Local Hero theme is a weak way to finish such an exciting live album.

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