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(YouTube)   Excellent remaster of arguably the greatest Dire Straits performance of "Sultans of Swing" ever, from Alchemy Live. A bonafide classic   ( youtube.com) divider line
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2012-11-10 01:42:19 PM  
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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 09:38:48 AM  
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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.
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