On the Night

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On the Night
Live album by Dire Straits
Released 10 May 1993 (1993-05-10)
Recorded Nîmes, France
Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 1992
Genre Roots rock
Length 75:33
Label Vertigo
Warner Bros. (USA)
Producer Guy Fletcher, Neil Dorfsman, Mark Knopfler
Dire Straits chronology
On Every Street
(1991)
On the Night
(1993)
Encores
(1993)

On the Night is the second live album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released on 10 May 1993 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. The album features many of the band's later hits, including the singles "Walk of Life" and "Money for Nothing".

Recording[edit]

On the Night was recorded in May 1992 at Les Arenes in Nîmes, France, and at Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, The Netherlands—concerts that were part of the On Every Street Tour, which included 216 shows in Europe, North America, and Australia, and sold 7.1 million tickets.[1][2]

Release[edit]

On the Night was released on 10 May 1993 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States.

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars (CD) [3]

In his review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album two out of five stars, writing that the album "works sporadically, offering enough good material to interest fans but not enough to win back the commercial audience earned by Brothers in Arms."[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler, except where indicated.

No. Title Length
1. "Calling Elvis"   10:25
2. "Walk of Life"   5:06
3. "Heavy Fuel"   5:23
4. "Romeo and Juliet"   10:05
5. "Private Investigations"   9:43
6. "Your Latest Trick"   5:35
7. "On Every Street"   7:01
8. "You and Your Friend"   6:48
9. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 6:28
10. "Brothers in Arms"   8:54
Total length:
75:33

Personnel[edit]

Music
Production
  • Guy Fletcher – producer
  • Neil Dorfsman – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Mark Knopfler – producer
  • Ronald Prent – assistant engineer
  • Peter Brandt – assistant engineer
  • Appie van Els – assistant engineer
  • Andre den Besten – driver, Eurosound Mobil 4
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Sutton Cooper – artwork
  • Paul Cummins – artwork
  • Ross Halfin – photography
  • Mark Leialoha – photography
  • Guido Karp – photography
  • Roger Ressmeyer – photography (Science Photo Library)[4]

Video[edit]

On the Night
Video by Dire Straits
Released 11 May 1993 (VHS),
23 November 2004 (DVD)
Recorded Nîmes, France
Rotterdam, Netherlands
May 1992
Genre Roots rock
Length 94:00
Label Universal
Producer Paul Cummins

On the Night video was released on 11 May 1993 by Universal Music internationally, and included all of the songs from the CD plus three additional tracks: "The Bug", "Solid Rock", and "Wild Theme". "The Bug" was placed between "Romeo and Juliet" and "Private Investigations", while the other two tracks were placed at the end. The three omitted tracks were released separately on the Encores EP. The concert film was released in a PAL-format DVD in the United Kingdom, VideoCD in the Netherlands, and a region-free NTSC DVD importable from Canada on 23 November 2004.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler, except where indicated.

No. Title Length
1. "Calling Elvis"    
2. "Walk of Life"    
3. "Heavy Fuel"    
4. "Romeo and Juliet"    
5. "The Bug"    
6. "Private Investigations"    
7. "Your Latest Trick"    
8. "On Every Street"    
9. "You and Your Friend"    
10. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting)  
11. "Brothers in Arms"    
12. "Solid Rock"    
13. "Local Hero – Wild Theme"    
Total length:
94:00

Personnel[edit]

Music
Production
  • Paul Cummins – producer
  • Gilly Tarrant – assistant producer
  • Graham Brennan – editor
  • Christine Strand – live director
  • Robert Collins – live sound engineer
  • Chas Herington – lighting design
  • Ian Baker – video post production
  • Dave Southwood – video post production

Charts[edit]

Chart (1993) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[6] 5
Austrian Albums Chart[7] 1
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[8] 33
Dutch Albums Chart[9] 2
European Albums Chart[10] 1
French Albums Chart[11] 1
German Albums Chart[12] 7
Hungarian Albums Chart[13] 27
New Zealand Albums Chart[14] 10
Norwegian Albums Chart[15] 5
Swedish Albums Chart[16] 14
Swiss Albums Chart[17] 5
UK Albums Chart[18] 4
US Billboard 200[19] 116

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Austria (IFPI Austria)[20] Gold 25,000x
France (SNEP)[21] Platinum 300,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[22] Gold 25,000x

*sales figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ "On Every Street tour 1991/92". Mark Knopfler Info. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Shelton, Sonya. "Dire Straits Biography". Musician Guide. Retrieved 25 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "On the Night". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  4. ^ On the Night (booklet). Dire Straits. Burbank, California: Warner Bros. Records. 1983. p. 7. 945259-2. 
  5. ^ "On the Night (DVD)". Discogs. Retrieved 8 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Dire Straits – On the Night". Australian-charts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  7. ^ "Dire Straits – On the Night – Austriancharts.at". Austriancharts.at (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  8. ^ "100 Albums". RPM 57 (22). 12 June 1993. ISSN 0033-7064. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  9. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Dire Straits – On the Night". GfK Dutch Charts (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  10. ^ "Hits of the World: Eurochart Hot 100". Billboard 105 (28): 37. 10 July 1993. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  11. ^ "InfoDisc: Tous les "Chart Runs" des Albums classés depuis 1985 dans le Top Albums Officiel". InfoDisc (in French). Retrieved 5 March 2013.  Locate DIRE STRAITS under the drop-down menu and click OK.
  12. ^ "Top 100 Longplay". Charts.de (in German). Media Control. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  13. ^ "Archívum: Kereső – Előadó/cím Szerint". Mahasz (in Hungarian). Lightmedia. Retrieved 5 March 2013.  Search for Dire Straits and click Keresés.
  14. ^ "Chart.org.nz – Dire Straits – On the Night". Chart.org.nz. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  15. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Dire Straits – On the Night". Norwegiancharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Dire Straits – On the Night". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  17. ^ "Dire Straits – On the Night – Hitparade.ch". Hitparade.ch (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "1993-05-22 Top 40 Official UK Albums Archive | Official Charts". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  19. ^ "On the Night – Dire Straits: Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 
  20. ^ "Austrian album certifications – Dire Straits – On the Night" (in German). IFPI Austria. Retrieved 5 March 2013.  Enter Dire Straits in the field Interpret. Enter On the Night in the field Titel. Select album in the field Format. Click Suchen
  21. ^ "French album certifications – DIRESTRAITS – On the Night" (in French). InfoDisc. Retrieved 5 March 2013.  Select DIRESTRAITS and click OK
  22. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Dire Straits; 'On the Night')". Hung Medien. Retrieved 5 March 2013. 

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