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Live At The BBC

20 Aug. 2013 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1995
  • Release Date: 20 Aug. 2013
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Copyright: (C) 1995 Windsong International Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 45:57
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  • ASIN: B00FQHRFAU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,906 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A. K. Sheikh VINE VOICE on 11 Jun. 2000
Format: Audio CD
It's hard to imagine that Dire Straits ever played to half-empty halls, or that they were anything other than a slick well-oiled musical touring machine. This album demonstrates that even bands with success the size of Dire Straits' have to start somewhere.

The main chunk of the album (all bar the last track, "Tunnel of Love") is taken from their debut British tour. Opening, as their first album did, with "Down to the Waterline" you can hear how "organic" the interplay of the four musicians was. Mark Knopfler's lead guitar has a nice rough edge to it that makes his guitar lines leap out.

Pick Withers' strong backbeat makes "Six Blade Knife", a brooding studio track, a fairly big rock beast here, with a great guitar solo in the mid section and a finale that builds and builds before coming crashing down - the band did this to great effect in stadiums (where Knopfler didn't forget the words, like he does here!), but you can hear Knopfler experimenting with dramatic endings at this early stage.

"Water of Love" provides a good break with some great slide guitar. The rhythm section (all four of them!) is right on the money on this track. John Illsley's playing is intelligent, Withers' timekeeping excellent and David Knopfler's guitar playing solid and Mark's lead/rhythm playing is something special.

"Wild West End" also benefits from the live treatment, coming over much better than it did in the studio. It's rough and ready, but it's very tight - and very good. Knopfler should have written someting like this in the eighties.

This is probably the only generally available recording of a band announcing their debut single to a silent house.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Brian Davidson on 29 May 2011
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This CD contains 8 live songs.The first 7 of these are from a live performance recorded in 1978 and consists of the whole of their debut album minus 'In The Gallery' , 'Southbound Again' and 'Setting Me Up' but with the interesting inclusion of 'What's The Matter Baby?' ,a song written by David Knopfler and Mark Knopfler.

The final track is a live version of 'Tunnel of Love' recorded in the early 1980's ( for The Old Grey Whistle Test ) which let's the CD down in my opinion! "Tunnel of Love" is a gem of a song but unfortunately this particular version sounds quite ponderous and Knopfler's guitar sounds slightly out of tune;it dosen't help that it lasts for over 11 minutes! I believe that it would have greatly improved matters if this track had been replaced by some of (or perhaps even all of) the three songs that weren't aired from their first album.

Thankfully the rest of the CD is excellent. My favourites are a much improved 'Six Blade Knife' and also 'Lions' as well as the aforementioned 'What's The Matter Baby?' which is lively ,tight and full of great guitar (in common with the two previously mentioned tracks).This CD manages to capture a much rawer,grittier sound and the essence of the songs jumps out of the speakers .

Mark really digs in on his old Strat to good effect. It also sounds to my ears that Mark is probably using one of his rosewood necked Fender Stratocasters as the guitar sound seems warmer and slightly darker than ,for example, the Strat tone on the aforementioned version of 'Tunnel of Love' (where he plays a maple necked Schecter Strat).

Listening to this recording has got me wondering wistfully what some of Dire Straits' studio recordings would have sounded like if they had not been so intensely produced.
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I listen Dire Straits every days and this Live at the BBC was very important to ad to my library. Live version is always the best way to listen rock music, and Mark with his band was very good to do this. Good quality of the record.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jan. 2009
Format: Audio CD
In `Live at the BBC' you hear some masters of their craft producing music of the highest order. Recorded early in their career and before the success of `Brothers in Arms' this live album shows Dire Straits at their most fresh. This CD has a small selection of tracks from their first couple of albums and as you may expect `Sultans of Swing' really stands out amongst the tracks on offer. The booklet has a short essay, as well as some pictures and makes for an interesting read. This isn't the best place to go for your first taste of Dire Straits, but if you have their other albums and want to hear them in their early days, then this is well worth getting. Some solid performances and a great package.

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