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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 (57 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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Mark Knopfler is one of greatest rock guitarists in the world and this live album, which more or less marked the end of Dire Straits as an act, is a great recording of the man at his best. It also marks the evolution of soulful depth in Knopfler's playing - he has always been technically brilliant, but here you will find a maturity of feeling that continued on into his later solo career. The artful and often blistering guitar work on 'Calling Elvis', 'You and Your Friend' and 'Brothers in Arms' in particular stand out for me, but all ten tracks are classic examples Mark Knopfler's unique, creative and virtuoso talent. Among the rest of the band, Paul Franklin's amazing pedal steel guitar playing features significantly on several tracks.
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If your a Dire Straits fan then this is a must have record. Dire Straits will always be no 1 for me.
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Pleased with my purchase. Tends to beg the question as to do we all rely too much on e bay????????????
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