Dire Straits – Sultans Of Swing (Alchemy Live) – Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

Uploaded on Apr 20, 2010

The most eagerly anticipated release from Dire Straits — their seminal live concert recording ‘Alchemy Live’ restored to pristine high definition visual clarity, remixed in PCM Uncompressed Stereo and Digital 5.1 Surround Sound — available on Limited Deluxe Edition DVD and Hi Def Blu-ray for the very first time.

Mark Knopfler Cancels Shows in Russia

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Mark Knopfler canceled two concerts in Russia on Thursday to protest what he sees as the government’s harassment of human rights groups there, the BBC reported.

Mr. Knopfler, the former Dire Straits frontman, said he was calling off his performances planned for June in Moscow and St. Petersburg because Russian authorities had searched the offices of several organizations, among them Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International. He called the searches a “crackdown.”

“I hope the current climate will change soon,” he wrote on his Web site. He added, “I have always loved playing in Russia and have great affection for the country and the people.”

Human rights groups and other non-governmental organizations have complained recently about unwarranted searches by prosecutors, the justice ministry and tax officials. But Russian officials say the searches are routine and legal. Pavel Chikov, a member of the country’s presidential Human Rights Council, said about 2,000 organizations have been inspected and searched in the last month.

Literature in Songs: Romeo and Juliet, Dire Straits LIVE (On the Night, 1993) HD

Literature in Songs: Romeo and Juliet, Dire Straits

Much have been said about the Beauty and the Beast references in Meatloaf’s “I would do anything for love (but I won’t do that)” and shared The Greens Keepers’ “Lotion”, which draws in the book/film The Silence of the Lambs.

Today I was humming “Romeo and Juliet” by Dire Straits, a rather sad song from 1981 about lost love.

A love-struck Romeo sings the streets a serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song that he made.
Finds a streetlight, steps out of the shade
Says something like, “You and me babe, how about it?”

Juliet says, “Hey, it’s Romeo, you nearly gave me a heart attack!”
He’s underneath the window, she’s singing, “Hey la, my boyfriend’s back.
You shouldn’t come around here singing up to people like that…
Anyway, what you gonna do about it?”

Rather than a literal interpretation of Shakespeare’s play, the lyrics indicate that a man is pining for a woman who once loved him–presumably the love of his life–though it didn’t work out. The Romeo and Juliet in the song didn’t die; rather they broke up and lived on. The first two verses (above) are the man remembering how things used to be. The line, “He’s underneath the window, she’s singing, ‘Hey la, my boyfriend’s back’ ” is a reference not only to the balcony scene in “Romeo and Juliet” but also a 1963 pop-song by The Angels, “My Boyfriend’s Back”. If the song is at all autobiographical (and I haven’t found any indication either way) the Angels song might indicate when the original romance took place, ie. in the sixties. Now it’s 2013, and poor Romeo hasn’t gotten over Juliet yet.

Romeo and Juliet's Blues

Romeo and Juliet’s Blues

I’ve often thought the relationship described in “Romeo and Juliet”, if it had been allowed to run it’s course rather than been cut short by the characters’ untimely death, would have burned out. A different interpretation of this song is that it’s a sort of sequel, Mark Knopfler’s (singer/songwriter of Dire Straits) extrapolation of events if things had turned out differently for Romeo and Juliet, ie. they had lived.

Juliet, when we made love, you used to cry.
You said, “I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you ’til I die”.
There’s a place for us, you know the movie song.
When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?

However, I think of all they would have gone through to be together and maybe true love would have prevailed.  Grab a tissue and have a listen. The song itself is a gem.

Have a great weekend!

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold SHM-SACD reissue & Live DVD & Blu-Ray reissue

Dire Straits – Love Over Gold SHM-SACD reissue
Released date: July 20, 2011

Originally released in 1982. Reissued by Universal Music Japan (cat. nbr.UIGY-9505) and featured the high-fidelity SHM-SACD format.

Two-channel SACD layer only, to secure enough reflectance and not to compress DSD file. Label of the disc is printed with a special green ink called ‘Onsho Shiyou,’ which minimizes diffuse reflection. Carefully selected master audio is used, from existing DSD files to newly converted from analog tapes.

Buy SHM-SACD from Amazon.com

Alchemy: Dire Straits Live DVD & Blu-Ray reissue
Release date: May 03, 2010

The legendary live concert is released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The picture of the original record have been restored by restoration specialist and live concert director Dick Carruthers (Led Zeppelin, Paul McCartney, Van Morrison).

The audio was mixed by Chuck Ainlay, winner of the 2006 Grammy Award for Best Surround Sound Album (Brothers In Arms – 20th Anniversary edition).

The bonus contains live TV performances including Tunnel Of Love (The Old Grey Whistle Test 29/11/1980), Sultans of Swing (The Old Grey Whistle Test 16/05/1978) and Documentary BBC Arena: Dire Straits (22/12/1980).

DVD is available at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de; Blu-Ray at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.de

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