Royal Albert Hall 2008

25 May 2008, Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Quality: very good Audience


Very good sounding recording, recorded from the front row in the arena field, almost in front of Mark Knopfler.
The good news: great sound pick up from drums and Mark's main amps/speakers for his electric guitars!
The bad news: since the first row doesn't really get to hear the main PA, there was a separate monitor for most sound and there was an intermittent fault whereby this cut-out for 5 to 10 seconds every 20 - 30 seconds (same thing happened on the first show of this tour during the first few songs). During the first two songs, there was a photographer who was walking around the front and would stop in front of this speaker. And during the encores, the crowd came forward and also blocked sound from the speaker. Of course, both have effect on the sound and the vocals are really on the background from Brothers in arms on. But apart from that, a really good sounding recording of the complete show. Each of the six shows at the Royal Albert Hall were in aid of a charity and Mark Knopfler made a donation to that specific charity. The charity of this show was for Kidney Research UK.


CD 1

1. Cannibals

2. Why aye man

3. What it is

4. Sailing to Philadelphia

5. True love will never fade

6. The fish and the bird

7. Hill farmer's blues

8. Romeo and Juliet

9. Sultans of swing

10. Band introduction

11. Marbletown


CD 2

1. Postcards from Paraguay

2.  Speedway at Nazareth

3. Telegraph road

4. Brothers in arms

5. Our Shangri-la

6. So far away

7. Going home