LDB Vintage Series #018

Hi there! After closing both my Master and Special series I took a break from seeding, enjoying life and most of all
preparing for a new series! This is not going to be as frequent as my previous ones, I'll be seeding shows from time
to time so don't expect massive volumes here.

Why a "vintage" series? Because music in the 70's and 80's was really something...so different, so special with "that" kind
of sound which you don't find anymore. That was the era of real music without the internet, of long tours and enjoyable live
shows spanning from metal to new wave, progressive, jazz, fusion, pop. So many bands were born and disappeared during those
two decades.

I am then celebrating the 70's and the 80's and their unmistakeable sound in this LDB Vintage Series. You will find many bands
I have never seeded in the past but that I still enjoy listening to. Most of these come from low generation tapes that were traded
around that period, many radio broadcasts and overall lots of surprises.

Hope you will enjoy this new series!

Dusseldorf, Philipshalle
February 13, 1979

01.Intro / Down to the Waterline
02.Six Blade Knife
03.Once Upon a Time in the West
04.Lady Writer
05.Single-Handed Sailor
06.Water of Love
07.In the Gallery
08.Follow Me Home
10.What's the Matter Baby
12.Sultans of Swing / Encore Break
13.Wild West End
14.Where Do You Think You're Going?
15.Eastbound Train
16.Southbound Again
17.Angel Of Merci

TT 86:50

Lineage: Unknown recording device > n generation tape > TEAC Tape Deck AD-RW900 > Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D >
HD > SoundForge Pro 10.0 > CD Wave > FLAC Frontend (level 6)

Mark Knopfler (guitar, vocals)
David Knopfler (guitar)
John Illsley (bass)
Pick Withers (drums)

Third show into the Communiqué Tour and a mere three days before their Rockpalast show. I have never seen this one circulating
so I thought it would be a good addition to the Vintage Series. How can we possibly talk about the 70's / 80's without mentioning
The Dire Straits? The first two tours in the 70's were stunning, pure, raw, classy. That was also the last tour featuring David
Knopfler. That was still a time where the band was playing small venues. After that, the band begun to be huge in the 80's and lost
a bit of momentum (IMO). When I saw them on the last tour in 1992, the magic seemed to be gone.

In this show they played 5 (!) encores, included the rarely played Angel of Mercy.

Honestly I regret that the band have split up. I think they could have done much more if they stayed together. Never really understood
why Knopfler never wanted to bring the boys back...

Soundwise this is ok but not great. Music comes out clear although a bit boomy. I would rate 8 out of 10.