REVIEW

 

DIRE STRAITS
Leeds 1978: Original Tape & interview [no label 1CD Torrent: 152944 & 152954]

You win some, you lose some. No matter how exciting other Dire Straits performances from this period might be, be they the 1977 demos that surfaced elsewhere, or the BBC live disc in their official discography, the fact is they could also be deadly dull at times - and this show, excellent sound quality notwithstanding, is proof of that. The band just doesn’t seem to get into the set. They hit the right notes and they keep the right beat, but song after song floats by without an iota of the energy that made Dire Straits such an exhilarating concert experience. And, without that, what was the bulk of their repertoire but a clutch of post-Pub Rock blues, struggling to survive in the world of Punk Rock? It’s all one long yawn, and even the closing “Sultans of Swing” doesn’t salvage things. - Dave Thompson

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October 3, 2008