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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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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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)

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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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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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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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By Spider Monkey HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 21 Jun. 2009
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After many happy hours watching the DVD of this concert with my best friend it was a foregone conclusion that I'd also buy the CD to add to my collection and I've never regretted it and never get tired listening to it. From the album opener `Calling Elvis' with that constant underlying pedal steel riff and tongue in cheek quacking percussion (you'll know what I mean when you hear it) to the awesome `Heavy Fuel' and `On Every Street' (with more amazing pedal steel from Paul Franklin) this concert has a great selection of tracks from the `On Every Street' album. It also has some firm favourites like `Walk of Life', `Romeo and Juliet', `Private Investigation', `Money for Nothing' and `Brothers in Arms' to round of the track selection in style. Knopflers guitar playing is as tight and inspiring as ever and the tone he manages to wring out of his Pensa Suhr guitars is nothing but breath taking. From the sound of the audience they are obviously enjoying themselves, as are all the musicians and this album never fails to lift my spirits. Sadly this has less tracks than the DVD, mainly due to the restrictions of space on the CD format, but for a slice of live Dire Straits this really can't be beaten and it is still a favourite live album of mine all these years later. Simply incredible.

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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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