FIRST NIGHT AT HAMMERSMITH ODEON 1983
 
Artist Dire Straits
Venue Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK
Date 22nd July 1983
Source Audience
Format 2CD-R
Tracks CD 1
  1. Once upon a time in the west
  2. Industrial disease
  3. Expresso love
  4. Romeo and Juliet
  5. Love over gold
  6. Private investigations
Tracks CD 2
  1. Sultans of swing
  2. Twisting by the pool
  3. Two young lovers
  4. Portobello Belle
  5. Tunnel of love
  6. Telegraph Road
  7. Solid rock
  8. Going home *

* guest players Hank B. Marvin & Bruce Welsch?
 

Additional comments

Pretty nice sound quality. This night was one of the two nights being recorded (22nd & 23rd July) for the famous Alchemy album. Great versions! I listened closely to this recording and I can not find any complete song that is 100% identical to the official Alchemy album. But I discovered that the last part of Solid rock of this recording (22nd July) is the same as the last part of Solid rock on Alchemy.

Listening closely to the recording of 23rd July, it's 100% clear that this is the recording that was used for the Alchemy album. Except for the last part of Solid rock which is without a doubt very different. Just compare Alchemy which these two samples:

Solid rock - sample bootleg recording 22nd July 1983
This is exactly the same ending as the recording on Alchemy.


Solid rock - sample bootleg recording 23rd July 1983
The music building up to that very last part is the same as on Alchemy, but the final part is clearly different.


So, I think that this is the case:
The Alchemy recording is completely taken from 23rd July, except for the last part of Solid rock which was taken from the night before. Some sources mention guest players Hank B. Marvin & Bruce Welsch as guest players on Going home on the concert of 22nd July 1983, but I wonder if that's correct as they are not introduced by Mark Knopfler and I also can not hear them on the recording, so it's most likely incorrect information.