One of the biggest bands of the 80s gets the reissue treatment with the release of the Alchemy DVD and CDs chronicling Dire Straits concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, London on 23rd July 1983, almost twenty-seven years ago! Captured just before the release of the band’s biggest selling album – Brothers in Arms – and comprising Mark Knopfler (vocals & guitars), John Illsley (bass), Alan Clark (keyboard), Hal Lindes (guitar), Terry Williams (drums), this is Dire Straits in fine fettle playing material largely from the Making Movies and Love Over Gold LPs.

Whilst the video is nothing much to look at, to be honest, the audio is truly excellent as the band delivers such classics as Romeo & Juliet, Private Investigations, Tunnel of Love, Telegraph Road and of course, Sultans to Swing, impeccably to an enthusiastic audience. As always with Dire Straits, it’s the guitar skills of leader Knopfler that is the highlight and he does not disappoint, I’m glad to report.

Also included in this reissue DVD are bonus TV performances of Tunnel of Love and Sultans of Swing as well as a interesting BBC Arean documentary on the band. The Arena doc is very insightful, capturing the band after two grueling years of recording and touring and sets the stage for the personnel changes that the band goes through in the years to come. Fans of the 80s will not want to miss this.

Click here and stand a chance to win a Deluxe Edition of Alchemy. Closing date is 11 July 2010. Hurry!

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