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Mixed with blues and a dash of country, Dire Straits were one of the few rock bands to break out in an era dominated by punk and disco. Introspective lyrics with out-of-this-world guitar and drum sounds made them one of the most original rock bands of the 80s.
The opening lines of Dire Straits’ “Brothers In Arms” – “These mist covered mountains / Are now home to me / But my home is the lowlands / And always will be” – describes the career arc of a band who never lost touch with the inspiration and wellspring of creativity with which they began, even as they ascended the heights of worldwide phenomenon under the leadership of lead guitarist Mark Knopfler. More at rockhall.com...
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Alchemy: Live by "Alchemy was a double live album originally released 12th March 1984 with accompanying VHS. It debuted in the UK Top 3, and 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. In Australia, the album reached the twenty-second position of the best selling albums of 1984. The strong Australian association does not stop there - the cover image is taken from a work by Brett Whiteley. 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 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. The video has been painstakingly restored from the original film"--Distributor website.
Call Number: VID DIRE LIVE-A 2010
Publication Date: 2010
On the night
Call Number: VID DIRE ON-THE 2004
Publication Date: 2004
Sheet Music or Scores
Money for Nothing by Sultans of swing -- Down to the waterline -- Portobello Belle -- Twisting by the pool -- Tunnel of love -- Romeo and Juliet -- Where do you think you're going? -- Walk of life -- Private investigations -- Telegraph Road -- Money for nothing -- Brothers in arms. Piano; vocal; chords.
Call Number: M1741.18.D574 M66 1988
Publication Date: 1988
Brothers in Arms by Twentieth anniversary edition of the 1985 album. DualDisc CD with superior audio DVD on reverse.
Call Number: CD DIRE BROT 2005
Publication Date: 2005
Live at the BBC by Recorded live in concert July 22, 1978 for BBC Radio One while the band was still unknown ; plus the song Tunnel of love, recorded for BBC/TV's Old Grey Whistle Test on January 31, 1981
Call Number: CD DIRE LIVE-BBC 1995
Publication Date: 1995
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