Top reviews from the United States. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. This album consists of eight songs, the first seven recorded in and the eighth in I must admit that I was not a fan of this album on first hearing, but I grow fonder of it with every listen. The performances are simply the songs from the studio albums, but they carry that live feel that Knopfler feeds off of - they aren't just lifted off the records and played over.
I find these recordings to be particularly enjoyable due to Knopfler's shy and brief descriptions and introductions for each song. To hear Knopfler describe a song as a "strange idea" always makes me chuckle. The liner booklet is sans lyrics but includes a nice retrospective, two-page history of the band and brief information regarding these recordings, written by Charlie Gillett in It also includes one picture of each band member.
The overall album art flows well, consisting mainly of sepia-tone and grayscale themes if that's important to someone like you, or like me. My favourite tracks, out of eight, are "What's the Matter Baby? Overall, this is a stripped-down recording, laid back and you could really picture any of these songs played in places that Knopfler has haunted over the years.
It's not the greatest live album ever or the best release from Dire Straits but it provides a more intimate look into the then-four man band before they were famous. Incredibly rich sound and some of my favorite tracks from Dire Straits.
The only thing that would be better would be a time machine to travel back and be at the show, but until I get my hands on one, this will do. Just fantastic. One person found this helpful. This is a must-have for DS listeners. If you listen to cut 7 "What's The Matter Baby" it is an earlier version of "Expresso Love" and I think this progression is informative for musicians , to hear the maturity from this record to "On The Night' and "Alchemy" which are more complex versions of some song ideas.
Early recordings for one of the most unique and talented bands of the modern era. The beauty of these recordings is that you can hear how good this band is, and how an exec walking into a club and hearing Dire Straits would flip out.
A must-hear for fans. If your a Dire Straits fan this is a must have CD. Super clean recording and a bit of a different take on each song, love number 4 Wild West End. Bought this for my dad, a big Dire straits fan after I heard it on radioparadise.
It's awesome,if you like dire straits,you'll love this. Packaged well, great music. See all reviews. Top reviews from other countries. Every now and then a record comes along that just blows you away. When I first heard it on a jukebox in a London pub back in the late 70s I just had to find out what the record was and go and buy it, which I did.
The band wasn't at all showbizzy but attracted huge crowds wherever they played. The reason for this was that they were one of the few bands around, then or now, that could actually play, in my opinion, better live. This CD is a great early example of that. If you like Dire Straits you will love this CD. Great price too and the order was delivered before expected date.
This CD contains 8 live songs. The first 7 of these are from a live performance recorded in and consists of the whole of their debut album minus 'In The Gallery' , 'Southbound Again' and 'Setting Me Up' but with the interesting inclusion of 'What's The Matter Baby? I believe that it would have greatly improved matters if this track had been replaced by some of or perhaps even all of the three songs that weren't aired from their first album. Thankfully the rest of the CD is excellent. This CD manages to capture a much rawer,grittier sound and the essence of the songs jumps out of the speakers.
Mark really digs in on his old Strat to good effect. It also sounds to my ears that Mark is probably using one of his rosewood necked Fender Stratocasters as the guitar sound seems warmer and slightly darker than ,for example, the Strat tone on the aforementioned version of 'Tunnel of Love' where he plays a maple necked Schecter Strat.
Listening to this recording has got me wondering wistfully what some of Dire Straits' studio recordings would have sounded like if they had not been so intensely produced.
I have all of Dire Strait's albums but just recently I have found myself playing and enjoying 'Live at the BBC ' more than most of the others and so I therefore recommend it to any fan of the group! Tracks from their first album, played in quite a low-key way, but with plenty of youthful energy that faded by the time they made Brothers In Arms.
I agree with other reviewers that the last track is a waste of time. For some reason they tacked on a terrible recording of 'Tunnel of Love' from a few years later. It sounds like Mark's guitar is being played down a tunnel a hundred yards away. For many Dire Straits fans, Mark's guitar licks are the main draw, so it's baffling why anyone should think this recording would be appropriate here.
But the rest of the CD is good. Report abuse. Rarely am I moved to leave a music review but with this I make an exception. In my opinion this is one of the best live cds ever It is raw and real and the reproduction is amazing especially on a good hi fi system, so much so you feel you are actually there in the front row. Amazing tracks and live performance. Mark Knopfler's introductions are a little 'unsophisticated' - but the music makes up for it. This is when the band had soul - Pick Withers on drums - one of the most underrated, talented, pocket-players ever.
Nice recording - all the early classics on there. Pages with related products. See and discover other items: live classic rock albums , bbc music. Back to top. Get to Know Us. Make Money with Us. Amazon Payment Products. The studio versions of the first six songs were released on Dire Straits.
Live at the BBC was released on 26 June , the year in which the group officially disbanded. This album was a means to end the legal contract, before Mark Knopfler began his solo career still signed to Mercury. The album features one unreleased song, "What's the Matter Baby? It is the only song to appear on a Dire Straits album not written exclusively by Mark Knopfler; while two other Dire Straits songs list Knopfler sharing writing credits — " Tunnel of Love " from Making Movies with Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II and " Money for Nothing " from Brothers in Arms with Sting — but in both cases the song itself was entirely written by Knopfler, with only a small contribution to the backing or arrangement by the other credited artist.
The riffs and general structure of "What's the Matter Baby? In his review for AllMusic , William Ruhlmann gave the album three and a half out of five stars, writing, "It's a modest effort from a modest band and, in that sense, a better representation of them than Alchemy or on the Night, both of which reflected their worldwide popularity. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Dire Straits. Retrieved 1 December Hung Medien. Retrieved 4 May UK Albums Chart.
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