Live 1978 - 1992 (Remastered) Dire Straits

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  • 1Once Upon A Time In The West (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)12:47
  • 2Industrial Disease (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Mixed And Remastered 2023)05:45
  • 3Expresso Love (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)05:22
  • 4Romeo And Juliet (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)08:08
  • 5Love Over Gold (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)03:26
  • 6Private Investigations (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)07:33
  • 7Sultans Of Swing (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)10:54
  • 8Twisting By The Pool (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Mixed And Remastered 2023)03:41
  • 9Two Young Lovers (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)04:40
  • 10Portobello Belle (Extended Intro / Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Mixed And Remastered 2023)07:31
  • 11Tunnel Of Love / Extract From "The Carousel Waltz" (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)13:55
  • 12Solid Rock (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)05:34
  • 13Telegraph Road (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)12:56
  • 14Going Home - Theme From "Local Hero" (Live At Hammersmith Odeon, London / 1983 / Remastered 2023)05:05
  • 15Calling Elvis (Live Version / Remastered 2023)10:29
  • 16Walk Of Life (Live Version / Remastered 2023)05:03
  • 17Heavy Fuel (Live Version / Remastered 2023)05:22
  • 18Romeo And Juliet (Live Version / Remastered 2023)10:03
  • 19Private Investigations (Live Version / Remastered 2023)09:42
  • 20Sultans Of Swing (Live Version / Mixed And Remastered 2023)11:51
  • 21Fade To Black (Live Version / Mixed And Remastered 2023)04:13
  • 22Your Latest Trick (Live Version / Remastered 2023)05:30
  • 23When It Comes To You (Live Version / Mixed And Remastered 2023)05:52
  • 24I Think I Love You Too Much (Live Version / Mixed And Remastered 2023)06:49
  • 25You And Your Friend (Live Version / Remastered 2023)06:43
  • 26On Every Street (Live Version / Remastered 2023)06:52
  • 27Two Young Lovers (Live Version / Mixed And Remastered 2023)05:09
  • 28Tunnel Of Love (Live Version / Mixed And Remastered 2023)15:38
  • 29Telegraph Road (Live Version / Mixed And Remastered 2023)12:04
  • 30Money For Nothing (Live Version / Remastered 2023)06:27
  • 31Brothers In Arms (Live Version / Remastered 2023)08:48
  • 32Your Latest Trick (Live At Les Arenes, Nimes / France / 1992 / Remastered 2021)05:43
  • 33The Bug (Live At Les Arenes, Nimes / France / 1992 / Remastered 2021)05:25
  • 34Solid Rock (Live At Les Arenes, Nimes / France / 1992 / Remastered 2021)05:21
  • 35Local Hero / Wild Theme (Live At Les Arenes, Nimes / France / 1992 / Remastered 2021)04:19
  • 36Down To The Waterline (Live At The BBC / Remastered 2023)04:10
  • 37Six Blade Knife (Live At The BBC / Remastered 2023)03:47
  • 38Water Of Love (Live At The BBC / Remastered 2023)05:29
  • 39Wild West End (Live At The BBC / Remastered 2023)05:12
  • 40Sultans Of Swing (Live At The BBC / Remastered 2023)06:38
  • 41Lions (Live At The BBC / Remastered 2023)06:17
  • 42What's The Matter Baby? (Live At The BBC / Remastered 2023)03:19
  • 43Tunnel Of Love (Live At The BBC / Remastered 2023)11:56
  • 44Down To The Waterline (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)06:27
  • 45Six Blade Knife (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)05:41
  • 46Once Upon A Time In The West (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)05:50
  • 47Lady Writer (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)03:43
  • 48Lions (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)05:55
  • 49Sultans Of Swing (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)06:46
  • 50Les Boys (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)06:21
  • 51Portobello Belle (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)04:26
  • 52News (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)03:56
  • 53What’s The Matter Baby (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)03:13
  • 54Setting Me Up (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)03:37
  • 55In The Gallery (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)06:51
  • 56Solid Rock (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)04:24
  • 57Southbound Again (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)04:37
  • 58Where Do You Think You’re Going? (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)04:42
  • 59Wild West End (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)05:36
  • 60Twisting By The Pool (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)03:58
  • 61Good Morning Little Schoolgirl (with Phil Lynott) (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)02:38
  • 62That’s Alright Mama (with Phil Lynott) (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)01:57
  • 63Nadine (with Phil Lynott) (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)03:47
  • 64Keep On Knocking (with Phil Lynott) (Live At The Rainbow / Dec 1979)06:20
  • Total Runtime06:52:13

Info for Live 1978 - 1992 (Remastered)

Newly remastered! Dire Straits – Live 1978-1992, a unique set of live performances by Dire Straits, a band that straddled the globe in the eighties and nineties with their sophisticated rootsy guitar rock wedded to literate story-telling lyrics.

Emerging on the club and pub circuit in 1977, Dire Straits were led by charismatic Geordie singer-songwriter, record producer and composer Mark Knopfler, one of the most successful musicians the UK has ever produced, who is often cited as one of the greatest guitarists of all time. Dire Straits’ sound defined the late 70s/early 80s with huge hits such as "Sultans Of Swing", "Romeo And Juliet", "Money For Nothing" and "Walk Of Life". Dire Straits’ 1985 album Brothers In Arms, a global No 1 and double Grammy Award winner, is one of the world’s best selling albums. After releasing their final album ‘On Every Street’ in ’91 and touring in ‘92, Knopfler called time on Dire Straits in 1995 and set off on a new path as a solo artist.

Dire Straits Live 1978-1992 features newly remastered versions of the classic Dire Straits’ live albums Alchemy (‘84) and On The Night (‘93), ‘93’s Encores EP, ‘95’s Live At The BBC, and the previously unreleased Live From The Rainbow Theatre show from ’79, and captures the band’s thrilling heartland rock played with breath taking virtuosity from their first live recordings at the BBC in ’78, through to their final shows in ‘92 in On The Night.

The expanded version of the original double album Alchemy will include unreleased songs from the performance – "Industrial Disease" and "Twisting By The Pool" – as well as "Love Over Gold", and the extended versions of "Telegraph Road", "Solid Rock", "Going Home" and "Portobello Belle".

An expanded version of the original On The Night will include tracks performed during the tour which have never been released, taken from multitrack recordings of shows in Nimes, Rotterdam and Paris: "Tunnel Of Love," "Telegraph Road," "Sultans Of Swing," "Two Young Lovers," "When it Comes To You," and "I Think I Love You Too Much."

Says Mark Knopfler: ‘People will always want you to play songs from the songbook; that’s part of what you’re doing playing live. You’ve got to please yourself but at the same time it’s a celebration. You’re all there to have a good time together. I enjoyed writing the songs, I enjoyed recording them, so I’m going to enjoy playing them. I don’t play anything I don’t want to play, so if I get up there and play ‘Romeo And Juliet’ or ‘Brothers In Arms’, it’s because I want to play them. It’s important to me that it’s important to people, that you’ve created milestones in people’s lives.” [Mark was speaking to journalist and broadcaster Paul Sexton, author of the box set sleeve notes.]

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Mark Knopfler made Dire Straits one of the most successful bands of the middle-Eighties with virtuoso musicianship, wry humor, and a knack for writing popular music that didn’t sacrifice either — as evidenced on hits like “Sultans of Swing,” “Money for Nothing,” and “Romeo and Juliet.” As a solo artist, the British singer-guitarist-songwriter composed scores for films including The Princess Bride. After Dire Straits broke-up in 1995, he released a series of solo albums that received critical acclaim but never matched Dire Straits’ commercial success.

Mark and David Knopfler, sons of an architect, both learned guitar in their teens. Mark became a rock critic at the Yorkshire Evening Post while working for an English degree. He then taught problem students at Loughton College and an adult extension course, worked in South London pub bands, and wrote songs.

By early 1977, Mark was teaching literature part-time and jamming with David (then a social worker) and David’s roommate, John Illsley, a timber broker who was pursing a sociology degree at the University of London. In July 1977, after rehearsing with studio drummer Pick Withers, the group made a five-track demo tape that included “Sultans of Swing.” Critic and DJ Charlie Gillett played “Sultans” on his BBC radio show, “Honky Tonkin’,” and listeners and record companies responded.

The band got an offer to open for Talking Heads on a 1978 U.K. tour, and afterwards, spent 12 days and about $25,000 to record Dire Straits (Number Two, 1979), which eventually sold 3 million copies in the U.S. and approximately 11 million copies worldwide. The album featured Knopfler’s Dylanesque minor-key songs and his limpid mixture of J.J. Cale’s and Albert King’s guitar styles. It also introduced the Dire Straits trademark, a dialogue between Knopfler’s vocals and guitar lines, as heard in the group’s first hit “Sultans of Swing” (Number Four, 1979).

Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett produced the quickly recorded follow-up, Communique (Number 11, 1979), which eventually sold 8 million copies worldwide but produced no significant U.S. or U.K. hits.

During sessions for Making Movies in July 1980, David Knopfler left, and E Street Band pianist Roy Bittan sat in. Along with Knopfler, future Interscope mogul Jimmy Iovine produced the album, which included longer songs with more layered arrangements. The 1980 album hit Number Four in the states, Number 19 in the U.K. and included the minor hit and MTV favorite “Skateaway” (Number 58, 1980) and the story-telling classic “Romeo and Juliet,” which hit Number Eight in the U.K. but didn’t catch on in the U.S. until years later.

Love Over Gold (Number 19, 1982), with no singles-length cuts, went gold and topped the U.K. chart. Later, Withers departed and was replaced by ex-Rockpile drummer Terry Williams. Tommy Mandel also joined.

By 1985, Dire Straits had perfected its radio-ready sounds and released the 26-million-selling, worldwide smash Brothers in Arms, featuring three hit singles: “Money for Nothing,” featuring Sting (Number One), “Walk of Life” (Number Seven), and “So Far Away” ( Number 19). “Money for Nothing” and it’s clever, partially animated video—which mocked both rock stars and the budding music channel—became an MTV staple, ultimately pushing Brothers in Arms beyond 9 million in U.S. sales.

By then, Knopfler had had his hand in a number of outside projects, including producing Aztec Camera’s Knife and Bob Dylan’s Infidels, writing one of Tina Turner’s comeback hits, “Private Dancer,” and scoring films like Local Hero, Cal, The Princess Bride, and Last Exit to Brooklyn. Knopfler’s film music was anthologized on 1993’s Screenplaying.

With Brothers still riding the charts on both sides of the Atlantic, Knopfler continued pursuing his own projects, appearing on Joan Armatrading’s The Shouting Stage, co-producing Randy Newman’s Land of Dreams, and recording with his idol, country guitar master Chet Atkins. (To date, Knopfler and Atkins have won three Grammys for their duet recordings.) In 1988, following appearances at Nelson Mandela’s 70th Birthday Party concert at Wembley Stadium and Knopfler’s tour with Eric Clapton, Dire Straits went on a two-year hiatus.

Knopfler returned to recording with Guy Fletcher and the Notting Hillbillies, a side project with Brendan Croker, Paul Franklin, Ed Bicknell, and Steve Phillips. The group’s debut album, Missing…Presumed Having a Good Time, was a phenomenal hit in the U.K., where it entered the chart at Number Two. It was not nearly as successful in the U.S., peaking at #52, despite an appearance on Saturday Night Live. Meanwhile, Money for Nothing, a Dire Straits greatest-hits compilation, went platinum, peaking at Number 62 in the U.S. but topping the charts in 28 other countries.

Give the group’s high profile in the mid-1980s and the six years that had elapsed between new albums, 1991 On Every Street, was expected to generate great interest. In the U.S., the album peaked at Number 12 and eventually went platinum, but an ensuing tour (captured on 1993’s On the Night) was not a hot ticket and no hit single emerged. Critics have speculated that Brother in Arms may have been a fluke, succeeding commercially as a departure from the group’s usual more laid-back style.

In 1996, a year after quietly closing the book on Dire Straits, Knopfler released his first non-soundtrack solo album, Golden Heart (Number 105). He returned to film scoring in 1998 with Wag the Dog and 1999’s Metroland. In February of 2000, Knopfler made the Queen of England’s New Year’s Honors List and a month later was given an OBE (Order of the British Empire) medal, awarded for outstanding contributions to country, at Buckingham Palace. The year also found him working on the soundtrack to the Robert Duvall /Michael Keaton film Road to Glory.

Knopfler’s Sailing to Philadelphia in 2000 and The Ragpicker’s Dream in 2002, after which he suffered several broken bones in a motorbike accident, forcing him to cancel a subsequent tour. He recovered and recorded Shangri-La (2004) in the Malibu, California studio where the Band had worked. A tour followed, take Knopfler to previously unvisited realms including the United Arab Emirates and India, where he was well-received.

The singer’s biggest solo success came with 2006 album, which debuted at Number 17 in the U.S. (and higher in many parts of the world, including Number One in Denmark and Switzerland) and earned a Grammy nomination for Best Americana/Folk Album—he lost to Dylan’s Modern Times. Knopfler’s prodigious recording pace continued with Kill to Get Crimson in 2007 and Get Lucky in 2009.

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