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Dire Straits Studio And Live Recordings On 2 Discs.
on 18 October 2010
On it's own the one disc collection is a very good introduction to the music of Mark Knofler and Dire Straits.
Lady Writer is not often included in the band's other collections and really stands out, while Love Over Gold, Your Latest Trick and from Local Hero, Wild Theme are all live recordings which maintain their high standards.
My favourite is Sultans Of Swing, what a debut single, as far as I am concerned on a par with The Animals' House Of The Rising Son, The Byrds' Mr Tambourine Man and Jimi Hendrix's Hey Joe.
Now add disc 2 which is a live concert at the Royal Albert Hall, London, featuring 7 songs.
Calling Elvis is an improvement on the studio version, Walk Of Life is next, then a lovely gentle Last Exit To Brooklyn which runs into Romeo And Juliet.
Sultans Of Swing clocks in at over 13 minutes, thats definitely OK with me, then nearly 9 minutes of Brothers In Arms.
Finally Money for Nothing rounds off the concert in which the band and Mark in particular, have the audiance enjoying every moment.
Any Dire Straits fan who wants 2 hours 20 minutes of their music need look no further.