DIRE STRAITS - ALCHEMY LIVE [Blu-ray]
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Alchemy was a double live album originally released in 1984 with an accompanying VHS, now released on Blu-ray for the first time and contains the following:
Main Content (90 minutes) Alchemy Live 23rd July 1983, Hammersmith Odeon, London ***Intro*** (Saturday Night At The Movies) 1. Once Upon a Time in the West 2. Expresso Love 3. Romeo & Juliet 4. Private Investigations 5. Sultans of Swing 6. Two Young Lovers 7. Tunnel of Love ***Encore*** 8. Telegraph Road 9. Solid Rock 10. Going Home - Theme from 'Local Hero' ***Credits***
Bonus Content (79 minutes) Live TV Performances * Tunnel Of Love (The Old Grey Whistle Test 29/11/1980) * Sultans of Swing (The Old Grey Whistle Test 16/05/1978)
Documentary BBC Arena: Dire Straits [58 mins] 22/12/1980
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This is also presented in the original aspect ratio of 4:3, meaning on a high definition TV you will have black bars on the sides. This is perfectly normal. If they were to re-scan the source material to present it in 16:9 you'd be now stuck with around 400 lines of source resolution and it would be ugly, so either zoom in on it or please hold your tongue...this is as good as it gets.
Now for the juice - Chuck Ainlay has gone back to the original master tapes and done an amazing re-mastering of Alchemy as well as an amazing multi-channel surround mix, mastering to 24-bit/96kHz and encoded using the dts Master Audio codec, which is of course lossless.
The surround mix is enveloping and accurately reflects the feel of a live concert. Every single nuance of the performance seems to come across with delightful clarity, from the subtleties of Private Investigations to the all out rock and roll of Sultans of Swing. Until now the best I've ever heard Alchemy sound is on the original German vinyl pressing, but I have a new favourite and it is this Blu-ray disc.
Whether you kick the lights and TV off and flick your receiver into a PURE DIRECT mode, shut your eyes and float away into this amazing concert or watch it at the same time, this one will be sure to be in constant rotation for a long time to come.Read more ›
The second half is better though, the strongest tracks by far are 'Sultans of Swing', 'Tunnel of Love' and 'Telegraph Road'. The 'Going Home' theme is good too. I saw the group live in 1986 and they played a much better concert than this one so I say stick to the original studio albums.
State of the art audio quality when first released on LP, the video and soundtrack for the video release were Digitally Remastered.
The box says "This is a recording from one Dire Straits Performance...It contains no re-recordings or overdubs of any kind". Definately, the band on a great night, with the best possible sonic quality!
Long over-due for an upgrade to DVD.
Most recent customer reviews
Video is pretty good, audio is quite good. Visually a bit dated but the band is great especially Mark Knopler of course. Worth having.Published 6 months ago by Gary Owen
Dire was great. Thid concert was done years ago, but sound is strong, and good to hear older songs, befroe the really became stars.Published 15 months ago by David Tarrington
I was looking for the DVD for a long time and found this Blue Ray, a lot better.
I would recomend it for classic rock fans.
While I agree with the only other current review that this is a great album and the sound quality is fantastic, I was nevertheless disappointed when I first watched it. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2010 by B. Anderson
One of the best live performances ever recorded. All of their material up to 1983
is on this video. Pop it in, sit back and crank it up, you won't be disappointed. Read more
I was abhorred by this concert. It didn't sound like the Dire Straits songs on their record at all. None of the leads were anywhere close to the originals, and the vocals were not... Read morePublished on Nov. 8 2003 by Music Lover