|All Artists: Dire Straits|
Title: On the Night
Members Wishing: 3
Total Copies: 0
Release Date: 9/23/2003
Genres: Pop, Classic Rock
Style: Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
On the Night
Genres: Pop, Classic Rock
Asian only All Code / VCD (viewable on all DVD players). All tracks recorded live in concert. 14 tracks including, 'Calling Elvis', 'Walk Of Life', 'Heavy Fuel', 'Romeo & Juliet', 'The Bug', 'Private Investigations', 'Your... more »
Asian only All Code / VCD (viewable on all DVD players). All tracks recorded live in concert. 14 tracks including, 'Calling Elvis', 'Walk Of Life', 'Heavy Fuel', 'Romeo & Juliet', 'The Bug', 'Private Investigations', 'Your Latest Trick', 'On Every Street', 'You And Your Friend', 'Money For Nothing', 'Brothers In Arms', 'Solid Rock', 'Local Hero' & 'Wild Theme'. HVN. 2001.
Dire Straits' last great live outing.
Themis-Athena | from somewhere between California and Germany | 05/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are voices, both human and instrumental, that you will always be able to pick out of a crowd of thousands. Mark Knopfler and his guitar are an example of that, and "On The Night" is one of the best albums ever released by Knopfler and friends. Recorded during their 1992 tour at two concerts in Nîmes and Amsterdam, the album shows that Dire Straits were a class act right to the end. While the band underwent multiple transformations in membership over the course of its existence, Mark Knopfler has always had the gift to surround himself with first rate musicians - this is true for the people who have joined him on his more recent solo releases and tours, and it was likewise true with regard to Dire Straits, in whatever configuration they existed at any given time. And yet, the excellence of the people who join him on stage and in the studio only serves to enhance the brilliance of the guy whose middle name might, for all intents and purposes, be "Fender Strat," and whose laid back, understated, gruff vocals are as crucial and distinctive to the typical Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler sound as is his guitar play. Like all great musicians, he thrives on the live atmosphere, and not bound by the restraints of studio recording, he and the band delve into the songs, particularly their instrumental sections, with an energy and deep feeling for each piece that lesser musicians are far from achieving even at the height of their careers.
The record opens, as did the band's shows, with a powerful "Calling Elvis" (a tradition Knopfler carried over into his solo days), and it is something like a live "best of Dire Straits" album (personally, I'd have wished they would also have included "Sultans of Swings" and "Telegraph Road;" which would of course have made it a "top 12" instead of the "top 10" song collection, though). Highlights include an incredibly soulful "Romeo and Juliet," one of the greatest love songs ever written in rock history, a very dark "Private Investigations," which goes from a slow, moody start to almost 5 minutes' worth of instrumental featuring a number of hard, edgy riffs, only to end on pensive notes again, and of course, "Brothers in Arms," to this day probably Dire Straits' greatest trade mark piece besides "Sultans of Swings," with a guitar solo which gives me goose bumps every time I listen to it.
"We need Dire Straits back," none other than Don Henley proclaimed during the last show of his own 2001 "Inside Job" tour, "to counter all the crap that's playing on the radio now." "On the Night" more than proves his point. But even if that's not going to happen, I'll at least take Knopfler solo, with whoever he chooses to play, and I hope he doesn't decide to stop touring any time soon.
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