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2012-11-10 08:25:14 AM  
Nice Don Johnson jacket!

//love that song! Thanks, Sub!
 
2012-11-10 09:09:56 AM  
"...their seminal live concert recording 'Alchemy Live' restored to pristine high definition visual clarity..." but we're going to post it here in 480p for your convenience.
 
2012-11-10 09:21:38 AM  

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: "...their seminal live concert recording 'Alchemy Live' restored to pristine high definition visual clarity..." but we're going to post it here in 480p for your convenience.


Just a guess here but I bet they're giving you a SD preview hoping you'll buy the actual DVD.
 
2012-11-10 09:22:33 AM  
People badmouth Jimmy Carter, but he was responsible for some outstanding music.
 
2012-11-10 09:30:44 AM  
I approve of this.
 
2012-11-10 09:34:53 AM  
Every performance of that song and Money for Nothing is totally different. They truly are masters of their instruments.
 
2012-11-10 09:38:48 AM  
Cheers, subby. Aside from being a premier guitarist, Knopfler is a criminally underrated songwriter. Get Lucky is one of the best albums released in the last decade.
 
2012-11-10 10:18:58 AM  

Drexl's Eye: Aside from being a premier guitarist, Knopfler is a criminally underrated songwriter.


Those. Which is why it's such a shame that he got voice lessons from Bob Dylan.
 
2012-11-10 11:30:52 AM  
I like this one, too, of Single-Handed Sailor:

LinkLink

And some of his newer material is outstanding:

Link

And to just turn it and let it go, all seven Dire Straits lined up in one clip:

Link
 
2012-11-10 01:16:17 PM  
Outstanding performance, yet painful to watch. One, because wow...I suck as a guitarist. B, because that was some bad white boy "dancing" that accompanied the song.
 
2012-11-10 01:42:19 PM  
subby here.
yay it got greenlighted!

I noticed a few different things about this version v.s. the original: the hi-hat is louder. and i can make out a few extra things in Knopfler's vocals (mostly at the end of one or two lines) that aren't as clear in the orig. Also MK's lead guitar is a bit quieter/less pronounced in this new version.

Upon listening to other 1981-1983 Dire Straits live recordings, I'm wondering if Knopfler only hired Hal Lindes for his chick-appeal / pretty-boy good looks, because he's really not that super great of a guitarist.. (which is probably why he's low in the mix for most of the album, save for "private investigations" and "two young lovers" and the ending of "industrial disease".) David K. was a better rhythm guitarist, and Jack Soni was better at solos.

Also, since it was an anniversary release with remastered audio and video (and a 50 minute bonus documentary "Arena 1980" filmed around the time of "making movies") why wouldn't they release the full alchemy concert with "industrial disease", "twisting by the pool", and the 14 min "portobello belle" for the complete-ists ??? I can understand not releasing them in the era of vinyl, since that would equal one extra side, making it a 5 sided 3LP set lol.
maybe the tapes got damaged, or were lost? I have no idea.

However, there being no overdubs, there was a few 'greenies' as Mark says in an interview at the time. and by listening to the Hammersmith 83 bootleg on youtube (it's been taken down, sadly) there was a few greenies in the middle solo part of "portobello belle" (which is probably why they faded it out after about 4:40 on the "money for nothing " compilation.). (but it's a great duet between the wonderful Mel Collins and MK!)

Sure, there was no overdubs of any kind, but that doesn't mean they didn't do some editing.... ;-)
as per the youtube bootleg, here's what they cut out or changed:
1. MK talking to the crowd at the beginning of "romeo and juliet" (unintelligible on the bootleg, while his other monologues and vocals on the same bootleg are clear).

2. the speech before "tunnel of love" which appears in the video, but not the album.

3. The beginning of industrial disease is faded out at the end of "once upon a time in the west", and faded in on "expresso love".

(yes, # 2 and 3 were already known)

4. and most interestingly, They switched the audio ending of "Solid Rock" from the 2nd Hammersmith date to the day before. The rest of the audio of the concert was from the 2nd night. (and all the video was from the 2nd night too).
Really good editing/splicing there, i only noticed when I heard the bootleg. And i always wondered why at the end of Solid Rock in the video, it initially looks like MK accidentally backed into a camera man and hurt himself somehow, you can see it on his face, but he also holds his hands up to his ears, which had always perplexed me. Turns out, on the day it was filmed (the 2nd day) the ending was particularly dissonant! (as can be heard in the bootleg). so what you see is his reaction to the dissonance, but what you hear is the better ending from the previous day!

also, another thing that bugged me, was you can briefly see in the "saturday night at the movies" intro on the video, that MK plays a rather large-bodied guitar (circa 40's/50's ??) in a clip. Yet it never appeared again in the video. I wonder what song that was from..... perhaps "portobello belle"
 
2012-11-10 01:51:54 PM  

Drexl's Eye



Get Lucky is one of the best albums released in the last decade.

I agree. I didn't even bother with "Shangri-La" or "Kill to get Crimson".
There are a lot of great songs on "Get Lucky", but I'm not a fan of the lame shuffle-blues that he seems to do a lot of these days ("you can't beat the house", maybe "cleaning my gun").
I also don't like "remembrance day". While full of good intentions and heart, but with the chorus of names, it's like a he tore a page from the Roger Waters songwriting book, from his 'list songs', like "home" from "radio kaos".

also, "the car was the one" sounded like it had a lot of potential, if he just stretched it out some. it's like a sketch, instead.
and "before gas and tv" just sounds....... forced.

that being said, i LOVE the rest of it:
Border Reiver" , "Hard Shoulder", "Monteleone", "Get Lucky", "So Far from the Clyde", "Piper to the End", being some of the best songs he's written since "Sailing to Philadelphia !!
 
2012-11-10 01:53:16 PM  
Dear Jerk

People badmouth Jimmy Carter, but he was responsible for some outstanding music.

i hope you're being a funny, satirical troll with that one :p

D.S. are british.

(well, except Guy Fletcher and Hal lindes)
 
2012-11-10 02:16:28 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: Drexl's Eye


Get Lucky is one of the best albums released in the last decade.

I agree. I didn't even bother with "Shangri-La" or "Kill to get Crimson".
There are a lot of great songs on "Get Lucky", but I'm not a fan of the lame shuffle-blues that he seems to do a lot of these days ("you can't beat the house", maybe "cleaning my gun").
I also don't like "remembrance day". While full of good intentions and heart, but with the chorus of names, it's like a he tore a page from the Roger Waters songwriting book, from his 'list songs', like "home" from "radio kaos".

also, "the car was the one" sounded like it had a lot of potential, if he just stretched it out some. it's like a sketch, instead.
and "before gas and tv" just sounds....... forced.

that being said, i LOVE the rest of it:
Border Reiver" , "Hard Shoulder", "Monteleone", "Get Lucky", "So Far from the Clyde", "Piper to the End", being some of the best songs he's written since "Sailing to Philadelphia !!


I loved Shangri-La, but thought Kill to Get Crimson was a collossal snooze-fest. I'm warming to the new album, but it's taking some time. Corned Beef City is the standout track, I guess, but I find that a lot of his stuff has to grow on me for awhile.

CSB: my dad is quite an accomplished guitar player. He's sorta-pals with Richard Bennet, and last time we were in The UK he sat in for an unrehearsed set with Steve Phillips at a pub in Robin Hood's Bay. Crappy iPad video, but it's here if you're interested.
 
2012-11-10 02:48:13 PM  
drexy's eye


I loved Shangri-La, but thought Kill to Get Crimson was a collossal snooze-fest. I'm warming to the new album, but it's taking some time. Corned Beef City is the standout track, I guess, but I find that a lot of his stuff has to grow on me for awhile.

CSB: my dad is quite an accomplished guitar player. He's sorta-pals with Richard Bennet, and last time we were in The UK he sat in for an unrehearsed set with Steve Phillips at a pub in Robin Hood's Bay. Crappy iPad video, but it's here if you're interested.


lol i hear ya, re: KTGK.
I looked at the lyrics from the new double album. a lot of them seem to be those blues shuffle crap, and the lyrics on those and some of the others seem simplistic. overly simplistic, even. It's almost as if he doesn't care as much anymore. He used to be a very good lyricist.

Richard Bennett seemed like a cool guy when I saw him in concert with MK in 2007.

Steve Phillips from Notting Hillbillies?

thanks for the link.
 
2012-11-10 02:53:48 PM  
How can someone so talented not understand the concept of enunciation? I can't imagine what it must have been like to be the audio engineer in the studio recording their albums. How I envision it:

Engineer: Try that again, Mark. This time, try to be a tiny bit clearer.
Knopfler: Whazzatfulrpprrr fourtaaaiii
Engineer: Better. OK. Once again, and let's remember- words have endings AND beginnings.
Knopfler: Whazzafulple fourtaimmphsshph
Engineer: Try this: a BAND was PLAY ing DOUB ell FOUR time. Let's just talk it out this once. Leave the guitar off. After me: A
Knopfler: A
Engineer: Band
Knopfler Whasszzarhndplmff
Engieeneer: Band. Buh. Buh. Buh. Aaaaaa NNNNN Duh
Knopfler: Buhghslj
Engineer: Good. Now aaaaaaaa
Knopfler: aaaaaaaaaa
Engineer: Excellent- I think you're getting it. Try one more go? Cue playback.... And:
Knopfler: Whazzatfulrpprrr fourtaaaiii
Engineer: Sigh
 
2012-11-10 03:03:10 PM  
I like this version better:
Link
 
2012-11-10 03:22:41 PM  
That ain't workin'.
 
2012-11-10 03:33:51 PM  
tillerman35 [TotalFark]



How can someone so talented not understand the concept of enunciation? I can't imagine what it must have been like to be the audio engineer in the studio recording their albums. How I envision it:

Engineer: Try that again, Mark. This time, try to be a tiny bit clearer.
Knopfler: Whazzatfulrpprrr fourtaaaiii
Engineer: Better. OK. Once again, and let's remember- words have endings AND beginnings.
Knopfler: Whazzafulple fourtaimmphsshph
Engineer: Try this: a BAND was PLAY ing DOUB ell FOUR time. Let's just talk it out this once. Leave the guitar off. After me: A
Knopfler: A
Engineer: Band
Knopfler Whasszzarhndplmff
Engieeneer: Band. Buh. Buh. Buh. Aaaaaa NNNNN Duh
Knopfler: Buhghslj
Engineer: Good. Now aaaaaaaa
Knopfler: aaaaaaaaaa
Engineer: Excellent- I think you're getting it. Try one more go? Cue playback.... And:
Knopfler: Whazzatfulrpprrr fourtaaaiii
Engineer: Sigh


I've a huge fan of MK, but even i found this totally hilarious! +1 to you!
 
2012-11-10 03:46:32 PM  
here's an amusing intro to "Twisting by the Pool" live in 1982

Link
 
2012-11-10 04:11:12 PM  
Third_Uncle_Eno:

Steve Phillips from Notting Hillbillies?

thanks for the link.


Yep. Really nice, unassuming guy. Knopfler had been in there a few weeks before to film a clip for a documentary about his guitar style.

One of the things I admire about Knopfler is that he surrounds himself with top-shelf musicians who have no ego. Great players, great people. Hell, Richard Bennett has played with everyone - he's the famous lead on Steve Earle's "Guitar Town" among hundreds of other tunes, and you couldn't hope to meet a nicer guy. 

For what it's worth, I've seen hundreds of shows, and for my money the Knopfler / Emmylou Harris tour a few years back was as damn near a perfect concert as you can get.
 
2012-11-10 04:27:01 PM  
Drexl's Eye


oh, i read your post wrong. Steve Phillips sat in with your dad and the band, not Richard.

Ever meet the Knopfler man himself?
 
2012-11-10 06:32:01 PM  
I don't get it.
There is no autotune, no eunichs carrying one of them onto the stage in a giant egg, no one with anything shooting out of their bra.
Where are all the dancers. Don't you need 40 or so moving in lock step?

They actually seem to be singing. And playing their own instruments.

There are no explosions.

How is this entertainment.

/Loved it by the way.
 
2012-11-10 08:28:37 PM  
Awesome. Thanks Subby! Thanks Al Gore!
 
2012-11-10 08:50:22 PM  
In terms of pure musicianship, I'd place him somewhere behind Hendrix, Beck, and Prince. Clapton and Harrison are only slightly worse.

FYI Keith Richards is actually the 3rd best guitarist on the Stones, which isn't a compliment whatsoever.
 
2012-11-10 09:11:00 PM  
Funbags

lol did you just say Prince?

also, I know a lot of people think that Clapton is overrated, but take a listen to his "Just One Night" live 1979 album, and his guitar work on Roger Waters "pros and cons of hitchhiking" album. (probably the best guitar work he did in the whole decade of the 80's).
 
2012-11-10 10:06:19 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: subby here.
yay it got greenlighted!



tl:dr
 
2012-11-10 10:43:38 PM  
That was awesome.Always,always liked The Dire Straits.
The end sounded like a tribute to Free Bird.

//I hate freebird,but they pulled it off.
 
2012-11-10 10:57:03 PM  
just saw knoffler with dylan at the hollywood bowl like 2 weeks ago. most of what he played was post-dire straights, and was all excellent, great show.
 
2012-11-10 10:58:30 PM  
I know I'm in the minority here but I hate 'SoS' and 'MfN'; just think they are awful, terrible songs.

On the other hand I like I really like 'Makin' Movies' and 'Brothers in Arms' - 'Telegraph Road' is excellent.

Didn't they do a live album called 'Twistin' By The Pool', too?
 
2012-11-10 11:41:12 PM  
Amazing stuff. If the devil ever takes me up on my offer, I might be able to play like that some day.
 
2012-11-10 11:57:10 PM  

douchebag/hater




I know I'm in the minority here but I hate 'SoS' and 'MfN'; just think they are awful, terrible songs.

On the other hand I like I really like 'Makin' Movies' and 'Brothers in Arms' - 'Telegraph Road' is excellent.

Didn't they do a live album called 'Twistin' By The Pool', too?


Agreed, they're overplayed, so it's easy to get sick of them. It's like that's what the radio only knows, that and "walk of life" and occasionally "industrial disease" (it was actually a hit up here in Canada). Heck, I remember "calling elvis" being played in a K-Mart circa 1992.

No, "Twisting by the Pool" was an EP put out a few weeks after "love over gold".
It contained the title track, "Badges Posters Stickers and T shirts", "two young lovers" and 'If i had you".


/when i was a kid i thought it was called "Badgers, Posters, Stickers, T Shirts" lol
 
2012-11-11 12:50:31 AM  

douchebag/hater: I know I'm in the minority here but I hate 'SoS' and 'MfN'; just think they are awful, terrible songs.

On the other hand I like I really like 'Makin' Movies' and 'Brothers in Arms' - 'Telegraph Road' is excellent.


Just overplayed. Need to dig through the deeper songs like 'Ride Across the Rivers, Brothers, Telegraph Road, Single Handed Sailor, etc, which still sound 1/2 as dated as most songs that came out in the early 2000s.

I am a fan of most of his new stuff as well. Very prolific and very concentrated on just the music. Seems to dabble in just about anything he can get his hands on. Latin, skiffle, C&W, etc. However, he is firmly rooted in moody Geordie folk and blues.

And I am not sure about the hate for Shangri-La. The title track and the rest of the california-styled, pick-fed twang did not appeal to me in the slightest, but 5:15am, Song for Sonny Liston, Postcards from Paraguay, and even Stand Up Guy were all great in my book.

Always will love this ode to the unassuming and fits well when discussing Knopfler

Brew the coffee in a bucket
Double straight man and banjo
If you don't got the snake oil
Buster, you don't got a show
Who puts the doh-re-me
In our pockets
Keeps the party going on?
It's the man
Who sells the potions
I'm just one who plays the songs
 
2012-11-11 02:03:04 AM  
CSB time:

I was in the 5th grade when this song came out. The radio station I listened to used to play this song at the same time every morning which was right about the time the school bus arrived to pick me up. Most of the time, I was able to hear the song all the way through before the bus pulled up, but on occasion the bus would pull up in the middle of the song and I'd have to tear myself away so I wouldn't miss the bus.

To this day, Sultans of Swing remains my all-time favorite song.
 
rpl
2012-11-11 03:55:59 AM  
Personally, I always liked this one best.
 
2012-11-11 10:33:40 AM  

rpl: Personally, I always liked this one best.


That's a great version. In some ways better than the posted link.
 
2012-11-11 10:35:48 AM  

tillerman35: How can someone so talented not understand the concept of enunciation? I can't imagine what it must have been like to be the audio engineer in the studio recording their albums. How I envision it:

Engineer: Try that again, Mark. This time, try to be a tiny bit clearer.
Knopfler: Whazzatfulrpprrr fourtaaaiii
Engineer: Better. OK. Once again, and let's remember- words have endings AND beginnings.
Knopfler: Whazzafulple fourtaimmphsshph
Engineer: Try this: a BAND was PLAY ing DOUB ell FOUR time. Let's just talk it out this once. Leave the guitar off. After me: A
Knopfler: A
Engineer: Band
Knopfler Whasszzarhndplmff
Engieeneer: Band. Buh. Buh. Buh. Aaaaaa NNNNN Duh
Knopfler: Buhghslj
Engineer: Good. Now aaaaaaaa
Knopfler: aaaaaaaaaa
Engineer: Excellent- I think you're getting it. Try one more go? Cue playback.... And:
Knopfler: Whazzatfulrpprrr fourtaaaiii
Engineer: Sigh


Thread over, you won the only internet left.
 
2012-11-11 10:39:55 AM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: Dear Jerk

People badmouth Jimmy Carter, but he was responsible for some outstanding music.

i hope you're being a funny, satirical troll with that one :p

D.S. are british.

(well, except Guy Fletcher and Hal lindes)


Yes, but we recognized their music for what it was. You just jumped on the bandwagon after it was rolling.

He then recalled the BBC's refusal to play the band's first single "Sultans of Swing," because there were too many words in it.
"Yeah, there were," Knopfler said. "But they had to play it then, after it was a hit in the USA."
 
2012-11-11 01:10:01 PM  

fatbear



Third_Uncle_Eno: Dear Jerk

People badmouth Jimmy Carter, but he was responsible for some outstanding music.

i hope you're being a funny, satirical troll with that one :p

D.S. are british.

(well, except Guy Fletcher and Hal lindes)

Yes, but we recognized their music for what it was. You just jumped on the bandwagon after it was rolling.

He then recalled the BBC's refusal to play the band's first single "Sultans of Swing," because there were too many words in it.
"Yeah, there were," Knopfler said. "But they had to play it then, after it was a hit in the USA."


holy crap. I heard that story on a cbc evening radio show, and I thought they were trolling or something, because I had never heard that fact before then, and thought it was ridiculous. but this backs them up! thanks sir!

yeah, the album and single maybe just tickled the top 50 in the UK when they debuted then sank without a trace. then they really took off in the States, went to the top 5, THEN the UK pricked up their ears and listened, and it became a top 5 or top 10 hit there too.

I don't know how their debut sold 2 million in the states, yet "Communique", "making movies" and "love over gold" all went Gold. Maybe some people thought Communique was too similar to their debut (but that's what record companies want you to do..... repeat past successes, same formula, etc.) Let's face it, some songs are pretty similar, like "in the gallery" and "once upon a time in the west", "sultans of swing" / "lady writer", "wild west end" / "portobello belle", "six blade knife" / "follow me home", but the others were a departure.

/what's even funnier is the BBC played Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wildside" complete with "even when she was giving head" line, because it wasn't a slang phrase for anything there. It might've been edited on the radio in the US, I'm not sure.
 
2012-11-11 04:06:27 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno:
/what's even funnier is the BBC played Lou Reed's "Walk on the Wildside" complete with "even when she was giving head" line, because it wasn't a slang phrase for anything there. It might've been edited on the radio in the US, I'm not sure.


Wikipedia says it was edited; I honestly don't remember. That was 40 years ago. Things get fuzzy.
 
2012-11-12 04:54:08 PM  
Always thought Romeo and Juliet was a better track than "Sultans of Swing". Hell, even "Once Upon a Time in the West". But neither of them got the airplay, or any other Dire Straights song for that matter. (Money for Nothing doesn't count. Ever...)
 
2012-11-12 05:04:16 PM  

srelan: Always thought Romeo and Juliet was a better track than "Sultans of Swing". Hell, even "Once Upon a Time in the West". But neither of them got the airplay, or any other Dire Straights song for that matter. (Money for Nothing doesn't count. Ever...)


I love DS, but if I never hear MFN ever again, I'd be ok with that.
 
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