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Dire Straits: Alchemy Live [DVD] [2010]

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  • Actors: Dire Straits
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: French, English, Italian, Spanish, German, Portuguese
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Commercial Marketing
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2010
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003C1SPX8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Alchemy was a double live album originally released in 1984 with an accompanying VHS, now released on DVD and Blu-ray for the first time and contains the following:.

Main Content (90 minutes)
Alchemy Live
23rd July 1983, Hammersmith Odeon, London
***Intro*** (Saturday Night At The Movies)
1.    Once Upon a Time in the West
2.    Expresso Love
3.    Romeo & Juliet
4.    Private Investigations
5.    Sultans of Swing
6.    Two Young Lovers
7.    Tunnel of Love
***Encore***
8.    Telegraph Road
9.    Solid Rock
10.    Going Home - Theme from 'Local Hero'
***Credits***

Bonus Content (79 minutes)
Live TV Performances
•    Tunnel Of Love (The Old Grey Whistle Test 29/11/1980)
•    Sultans of Swing (The Old Grey Whistle Test 16/05/1978)

Documentary
BBC Arena: Dire Straits [58 mins] 22/12/1980

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I must say that I was really looking forward to this release eventually becoming available on dvd. I originally bought the records when they came out, then the cds and the video. I even remember the concert being shown on television sometime around 1983 and I recorded it on Video 2000!
Although the music will be familiar to many it is really pleasing that this excellent concert has been released on dvd. The music quality is fine and the picture quality has obviously also been worked on. I am not concerned that the blue ray version may not be up to the usual standard or that the screen format 4:3 may not appeal to many, just that the concert is now available in a digital format. People really have to remember that it is now 27 years since this was recorded so it can't be expected to be as good as a modern equivalent concert.
This appeared after the band had recorded 4 studio albums. There was a, therefore, a large amount of material that could have been performed. The tracks chosen are a good cross section at the time and pre-date the hugely successful "Brothers in Arms" and "On Every Street" albums. This is the band in an earlier, less commercial phase and every band member appears right in the zone. It really is a classic concert and will be an excellent companion to the "On The Night" dvd. In particular the version of "Romeo and Juliet" takes on another dimension compared to the original studio track. "Tunnel of Love" and "Telegraph Road" are also highlights, but really the entire concert is superb.
The extras included are 2 studio tracks recorded for television at the time and a very interesting documentary. The 8-page inlay also gives good retrospective information. All in all an excellent package.
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Ok, the lighting isn't brilliant; but it's on stage and recorded in the eighties so let's not dwell on that! Alchemy was the first live album released by a British band and should be used as a yard stick for how a concert should be done!
Make no mistake, this is Dire Straits at their very best! They show with effortless ease just how polished they were as a band and what consumate musicians they are! I have owned the cassette tape, the cd (twice), the VHS video and now this dvd and have never tired of listening and watching them!
The only (very personal) complaint is that in producing the dvd some of the 'in between bits'have been cut: I really miss Knopfler's drawn out "Thaaaaankyoooou' after Private Investigations leading into Sultans of Swing; but hey ho, you can't have everything!
If you like live music and some good old fashioned foot stomping, get up and dance rock, then buy this dvd!
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Alchemy live is a brilliant concert recorded in London in the Summer of 1983 and it is great this gig is finally on DVD. Mark Knopfler's guitar playing is sublime and there are some great 'live' versions of classic songs like Romeo and Juliet, Sultans of Swing, Tunnel of Love and Telegraph Road. Yes the concert looks dated and the fashion is very 80s but Dire Straits were a band that loved music and playing, and were never bothered about fitting in. Some of the songs are timeless and Once upon a time in the West, Expresso Love and Private Investigations still sound good. This DVD is good value for money because you also get an interesting Arena documentary made in 1980 and two extra performances. This is a great concert to see and listen to a great band on the verge of superstardom before they recorded their Brothers in Arms album. Some people will not appreciate this concert, will sneer at the dated clothes and Mark Knopfler's receding hairline and headband, but they have cloth ears and for those people who appreciate good lyrics, great guitar licks and accomplished playing-this DVD is a must.
5 stars-great stuff.
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Dire Straits - Alchemy Live... You know what it is because you've probably seen it before, you've heard the DVD has great sound quality but the picture isn't really up to DVD standard? You've heard right!
The point is though, the picture is perfectly watchable and is still a big step up from the VHS you saw this on in the first place. The sound quality on this DVD is absolutely right on the money. You can hear things going on here that you've never picked up on the audio versions, Vinyl,CD,Cassette or otherwise. you literally are placed in the crowd.
There are some great reviews on here regarding this item so I have no need to go into any great detail as I would simply be repeating what others have said. I can wholeheartedly recommend this item to anyone who enjoys music and for fans of Dire Straits I would say it is an absolute essential for your collection.
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1984 - Hammersmith - 1h30m - 10 songs - once upon a time in the west, expresso love, romeo juliet, private investigations, sultans of swing, two young lovers, tunnel of love, telegraph road, solid rock, going home. Extras - tunnel of love and sultans of swing from OGWT, plus BBC Arena documentary 1980 1 hour.
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I bought the DVD version of this, and generally it's a solid buy. The gig itself is fantastic, and the best performance they ever committed to video/tape - it's leagues ahead of later releases like On The Night. The band is tight as hell; great solos, Knopfler puts a lot into his vocals, and the songs themselves are timeless. Romeo and Juliet especially stands out in this environment; I thought the studio recording was a little bit thin, but here it's glorious, replete with beautiful melodies on guitar, keyboards and bass, with some wonderfully shot footage from outside the venue intertwined with the sound.

You also get a cool sixty minute documentary filmed while they were recording Making Movies, it's interesting in hindsight to see them only eighteen months into their success, worried about how long they would last. It's full of live performances of their early stuff, and also in the extras are a couple of BBC performances from Old Grey Whistle Test, not exactly rare but welcome in this quality nonetheless.

Picture wise, people are right to say it hasn't improved particularly from the original VHS; it's clear and more than adequate, but in the age of high definition doesn't exactly push the boundaries of restoration. They also left out Love Over Gold from the concert, which isn't that great a loss since they only played three minutes of it. Otherwise, this is the band in all their glory, probably their prime, and anyone into the first four albums will enjoy it.
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