INTERNATIONAL RELEASE DATE: 10th May 2010
Press Release

The most eagerly anticipated release from Dire Straits – Alchemy Live restored to pristine high definition visual clarity, remixed in PCM Uncompressed Stereo and Digital 5.1 Surround Sound –
available on DVD and Blu-ray for the very first time.

Double live album originally released 12th March 1984 with accompanying VHS, debuted in the UK Top 3, spent all but one week of its first seven months in the top 40 and went on, in the afterglow of ‘Brothers In Arms’ to spend more than three years in the top 100. This phenomenal sales history and critical acclaim has solidified Alchemy as
one of the most revered live recordings of all time.

Featuring the seminal hits ‘Sultans Of Swing’ and ‘Romeo and Juliet’ plus a unique encore performances of the Ivor Novello Award-winning ‘Going Home’ from the soundtrack to the film ‘Local Hero’. Demonstrating faultless musicianship, this is a true recording of excerpts of one dire straits performance,
containing no re-recording or overdubs of any kind.

Video has been painstakingly restored from the original film by archive restoration specialist and acclaimed live concert director Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison). Audio remixed by Chuck Ainlay, winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album for his surround production on ‘Brothers In Arms’.

Bonus features include 2 live TV performances from The Old Grey Whistle Test of ‘Sultans Of Swing’ and ‘Tunnel Of Love’. Plus a rare BBC Arena documentary including exclusive interviews with the band and rehearsal footage.

Deluxe Limited Edition DVD is available in digipak slip case special packaging with arrow cut holes and includes the original live double CD album. Blu-ray includes the material from DVD in Hi Def
and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 Surround, plus the original live album as downloadable MP3 audio files.

Check the Alchemy YouTube Channel to view Trailer: http://www.youtube.com/user/officialdirestraits

Visit Mark Knopfler’s website for details and dates of his Get Lucky World Tour (USA 8th April – 9th May / Europe 19th May – 31st July): http://www.markknopfler.com/tour/

Visit John Illsley’s website for details and dates of his Streets Of Heaven Tour (Italy, Germany, France, & UK, 2nd May – 30th June): http://www.johnillsley.com/

 

 

MAIN CONTENT [90 mins]

Alchemy Live
23rd July 1983, Hammersmith Odeon, London

***Intro*** (Saturday Night At The Movies)
1. Once Upon a Time in the West
2. Expresso Love
3. Romeo And Juliet
4. Private Investigations
5. Sultans of Swing
6. Two Young Lovers
7. Tunnel of Love
***Encore***
8. Telegraph Road
9. Solid Rock
10. Going Home - Theme from 'Local Hero'
***Credits***

Mark Knopfler – guitar, vocals
Alan Clark – keyboard
John Illsley – bass
Hal Lindes – guitar
Terry Williams – drums
Mel Collins – saxophone
Joop de Korte – percussion
Tommy Mandel – keyboards

 

BONUS FEATURES [79 mins]

Live TV Performances
• Tunnel Of Love [8:53]
The Old Grey Whistle Test 29/11/1980
• Sultans of Swing [9:43]
The Old Grey Whistle Test 16/05/1978

Documentary
BBC Arena: Dire Straits [58 mins] 22/12/1980

Mark Knopfler - lead guitar, vocals
David Knopfler - rythmn guitar
Pick Withers – drums
John Illsley - bass guitar
Ed Bicknell – manager

Deluxe Edition Bonus Original Live Album
(original sound)

CD 1
1. Once Upon A Time In The West 13:00
2. Expresso Love 5:45
3. Romeo And Juliet 8:17
4. Love Over Gold 3:27
5. Private Investigations 7:34
6. Sultans Of Swing 10:54

CD 2
1. Two Young Lovers 4:49
2. Tunnel Of Love 14:29
3. Telegraph Road 13:37
4. Solid Rock 6:01
5. Going Home 6:05