Dire Straits – Alchemy: Dire Straits Live (1984) [Japanese Limited SHM-SACD 2012 # UIGY-9523]
PS3 Rip | ISO | SACD DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 89:13 minutes | Scans included | 3,58 GB
or FLAC(converted with foobar2000 to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Scans included | 1,71 GB
Reissue features the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format (fully compatible with standard SACD player, but it does not play on standard CD players). DSD Transferred by Manabu Matsumura.
There is an interesting contrast on this 94-minute double-disc live album (recorded at London’s Hammersmith Odeon in July 1983) between the music, much of which is slow and moody, with Mark Knopfler’s muttered vocals and large helpings of his fingerpicking on what sounds like an amplified Spanish guitar, and the audience response. The arena-size crowd cheers wildly, and claps and sings along when given half a chance, as though each song were an up-tempo rocker. When they do have a song of even medium speed, such as “Sultans of Swing” or “Solid Rock,” they are in ecstasy. That Dire Straits’ introspective music loses much of its detail in a live setting matters less than that it gains presence and a sense of anticipation. Alan Clark’s keyboards help to fill out the sound and give Knopfler’s spare melodies a certain majesty, but Dire Straits remains an overgrown bar band with a Bob Dylan fixation, and that’s exactly how the crowd likes it.
01 – Once Upon A Time In The West
02 – Romeo And Juliet
03 – Expresso Love
04 – Private Investigations
05 – Sultans Of Swing
06 – Two Young Lovers
07 – Tunnel Of Love
08 – Telegraph Road
09 – Solid Rock
10 – Going Home: Theme From ‘Local Hero’
DSD Transferred from analogue master tapes by Manabu Matsumura (Universal Mastering Studios, Tokyo).