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Dire Straits emerged during the post-punk era of the late '70s, and while their sound was minimalistic and stripped down, they owed little to punk. If anything, the band was a direct outgrowth of the roots revivalism of pub rock, but where pub rock celebrated good times, Dire Straits were melancholy. Led by guitarist/vocalist Mark Knopfler, the ... Read more in Amazon's Dire Straits Store

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  • Audio CD (3 Jun 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B000024CPB
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 15,598 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  4. Romeo And Juliet (Live Version)10:05Album Only
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Listen  8. You And Your Friend (Live Version) 6:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
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This live album finds Mark Knopfler well into his decadent phase: prosperous, internationally acclaimed, and long past remembering the hard times and hungry years from which his band originally drew both its name and its attitude. Where the first three Dire Straits albums evinced a gritty determinism, an acknowledgement of their unfashionability coupled with an urgent desire to remake the world on their own terms, this seems bloated and self-congratulatory, so that even "Romeo And Juliet" (arguably Knopfler's greatest achievement as a songwriter--and undoubtedly his most popular) sounds vaguely perfunctory; while other, lesser tracks ("Heavy Fuel", "On Every Street") are merely inconsequential, the songs little more than excuses upon which to hang extended lead-guitar noodling. Sting makes a dutiful appearance on "Money For Nothing"--but somehow those lyrics seem less ironic than they used to, less savage: more a bald statement of fact. And that's scary. --Andrew McGuire

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By arvidcross@lineone.net on 9 Jan 2000
Format: Audio CD
The final release by the hugely successfull group is the best. Recorded live in France and Holland the nine piece band reach new standards in quality on a tour. In the early years, gigs were just an example of how great Mark Knopfler is on the guitar. On the night features the best pedal steel player in the world, Paul Franklin, Guitarist Phil Palmer of Eric Clapton and Tina Turner fame and Saxophonist Chris White. These 3 musicans are all the best in their field and fit in with ease. Probably the greatest coup of this album is Mark tempting drummer Chris Whitten away from Paul McCartney's band. Whitten's part in the album is easily overlooked but the quality of his drumming is simply sensational.
The opening track seems average until the group stops and Mark breaks into one of the best solos ever played on the guitar. Walk of Life is a great song but Paul Franklin's solo at the end turns it into a classic. The heartbreaker Romeo and Juliet is simply the best song ever composed. The whole group produces so many emotional highs and lows in this ballad that every man or woman who has been in a failed relationship knows that Romeo and Juliet sums it up completely. Money for Nothing is miles better than the original and the album ends with the brilliant Brothers in Arms. The Last minute of the album has two of the most emotional solos from Paul and Mark. The closing melody of the flute brings to an end the greatest live album from the greatest live band. Take it from someone who was there.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Themis-Athena on 7 Sep 2006
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There are voices, both human and instrumental, that you will always be able to pick out of a crowd of thousands. Mark Knopfler and his guitar are an example of that, and "On The Night" is one of the best albums ever released by Knopfler and friends. Recorded during their 1992 tour at two concerts in Nimes and Amsterdam, the album shows that Dire Straits were a class act right to the end. While the band underwent multiple transformations in membership over the course of its existence, Mark Knopfler has always had the gift to surround himself with first rate musicians -- this is true for the people who have joined him on his more recent solo releases and tours, and it was likewise true with regard to Dire Straits, in whatever configuration they existed at any given time. And yet, the excellence of the people who join him on stage and in the studio only serves to enhance the brilliance of the guy whose middle name might, for all intents and purposes, be "Fender Strat," and whose laid back, understated, gruff vocals are as crucial and distinctive to the typical Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler sound as is his guitar play. Like all great musicians, he thrives on the live atmosphere, and not bound by the restraints of studio recording, he and the band delve into the songs, particularly their instrumental sections, with an energy and deep feeling for each piece that lesser musicians are far from achieving even at the height of their careers.

The record opens, as did the band's shows, with a powerful "Calling Elvis," and it is something like a live "best of Dire Straits" album (personally, I'd have wished they would also have included "Sultans of Swings" and "Telegraph Road;" which would of course have made it a "top 12" instead of the "top 10" song collection, though).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 May 2000
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On The Night is one of the best live albums that you will find on the planet. We all thought that we had heard the best live performance from the Straits when Alchemy was released in '84, some 16 years ago. The band undoubtably sound more polished 12 years on, but the quality of the songs get enhanced with every note that comes from the band as a whole.
The most atmospheric track on the CD is You and Your Friend. A favourite track of mine from "On Every Street", but the inclusion of this track on the live album makes it very special.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 April 2000
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This quite simply the best live CD I have ever heard. If I could recomend one CD to some up Dire Straits this would be it. Mark Knofler is outstanding on guitar throughout especialy on Brothers in Arms at the end. The supporting band is also superb. If I had one critism it would be the slight move towards a country music style especialy on Walk of Life. Other than this buy it it will provide you with hours of listening joy.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Feb 2002
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Dire Straits' album 'On the Night' certainly constitutes a neatly polished summary of the band's lengthy career, making it a good introduction to their work, though it is nothing more than this. It is indeed pleasing to hear live versions of classics such as 'Money for Nothing' and the somewhat understated gem 'On Every Street', though by contrast to similar releases, such as 'Alchemy' and even 'Live at the BBC', this album simply fails to make the grade. By the time it was recorded it seems that the band had become somewhat of a commercial machine and although the renditions are lively they lack the upbeat spontaneity and the 'rough around the edges' feel that enhanced their performances in previous years. Accuracy is perhaps a problem here and playing the album leaves a sense that something is missing. To be fair, the live act was somewhat formulaic throughout their history, as listening to any two live albums will tell you, though it is clear that the passion has faded and there is no sign of any track extending to the epic 11-minute long-haul of 'Alchemy's' 'Sultans of Swing', which becomes something in its own right, not simply a version of a great song. In addition to this, although the period ties up with their 'On Every Street' album and thus the heavy influence of their more recent work is understandable, several tracks are missing, such as the anthemic 'Sultans of Swing', which could easily have replaced weaker inclusions such as 'You and Your Friend'. In the album's defence however, it does represent a snap-shot of most of the band's best works performed in a convincing way that is very true to the original studio recordings and is a pleasant route into the music of one of the best recording artists of all time.Read more ›
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