- 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,421 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
On The Night Live
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DIRE STRAITS On The Night (1993 UK 10-track CD album recorded live at the Les Arenes in Nimes France and at Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam Netherlands during the 1992 On Every Street Tour picture sleeve booklet)
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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).Read more ›
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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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The second live and final album from Dire Straits includes all the hits and classics.Published 2 months ago by Darren Read
Disappointing recording , poor production - vocals indistinct music almost blurry, crowd noise appears to have been added later.
Not worth buying or listening to