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on 13 October 2007
Cons
1) It's one of those live albums that was edited down from a much longer concert, or even concerts, and feels a bit short.
2) It's a shame they never took the chance when remastering to do a proper job of the fade in to Expresso Love which seems to contain 30 seconds or more of the tail end of 'Industrial Disease' - some other dodgy fades between tracks.
3) It's also a pity they didn't take the opportunity to add in a few more songs to pad out the two discs - there's only two songs over a single CD's worth of material here.
Pros
That said, this is an excellent live album and the performances are infinitely superior to the live (though not very a-live) tracks that came bundled at the end of a so-so 'greatest hits' type release a few years ago (I think it the 'Sultans of Swing' compilation).
Definitely worth the very small amount of money you have to pay for this once over-priced work - it's a must buy for any DS fan and well worth revisiting.
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on 10 October 2008
I've had this album SOME years now, to find it's still available is great news. Backed up the album, and bought the VHS tape of the show.
WHY oh WHY, can I not get it on DVD? I don't want to lose it to equipment outdating. How much does it cost to convert tape to DVD, and will it let me?

THIS is THE definitive Dire Straits. Forget all the other albums, start with this, and then find other albums with less repeats on them.
Dire Straits greatest annoyance, is repeating many tracks, on many albums. Chances are you will end up with some tracks several times.

ALCHEMY will have your favourite version of any track that's on it though, GUARANTEED!

One of the best albums in the world. Where's the DVD !!!!
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on 14 August 2015
I'm a long time fan of Dire Straits and have, or have had, many of their albums. Was really looking forward to Alchemy but I'm disappointed. Not by the music, but by the sound quality. I know it's live, and not a studio album. But the sound is so flat and lifeless, with no real bass and no bite at the high end. Perhaps I'm just fussy but for me the quality of the sound is important, and this just isn't up to scratch, even compared to live albums I've got by other artists. Can't see that I'm going to be listening to this album very much.
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on 21 November 2015
Fast delivery perfect
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on 23 May 2015
A fantastic concert.
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on 30 July 2009
Initially had this item back in the late 80's on vinyl but it was destroyed when some idiot left it next to a radiator. Now listening to this classic is great bringing back good memories of childhood, worth every penny.
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on 9 September 2012
Bought this Dire Straits album for a relative who like me enjoys a bit of Mark Knoppfler guitar picking. Alchemy has some of DS great tracks and being live you get the atmosphere free! Recommended!
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on 9 July 2011
This has to be a must for any fan of Dire Straits but also a good listen for anyone who likes live music, as the recording is top notch and shows how things should be done. Excellent album.
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on 3 July 2015
brilliant
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on 19 June 2015
excellent
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