Dire Straits – Alchemy promo-only Quiex II audiophile 2 LP set

A promo-only pressing of Alchemy by Dire Straits, pressed on high quality Quiex II vinyl.


Offered for sale is a promo-only pressing of Dire Straits’ live album, Alchemy, pressed on high quality Quiex II vinyl.

Few people will argue that the pressing quality of American records in the late 1970s and early 1980s was particularly good, but for a few years in the mid-1980s, Warner Brothers and Elektra pressed promotional copies of a few high-profile albums on high quality Quiex II vinyl, which was much better than the stuff they were using for the records they were shipping to the stores.

Quiex II had a better dynamic range and was quieter than the regular vinyl, but only those in the radio industry got to hear them.

Among the albums released on Quiex II vinyl during the 1980s were three titles by Dire Straits – Love Over Gold, Brothers in Arms, and the 2 LP live album, Alchemy.

Alchemy only reached #46 on the American charts but was certified gold.  The album did better in Britain, where it reached #3 and was certified platinum.

About this copy: This copy of Alchemy is an original 1984 promotional pressing, issued on Quiex II audiophile vinyl.  This is indicated by the sticker on the cover which says “Quiex II Limited Edition Pressing.”  These pressings were sent only to radio stations for promotional use and were not sold in stores.

While the labels are the same as those of the stock pressings, the Quiex II vinyl can be identified by holding the records up the light, as Quiex vinyl is translucent, and the vinyl used for the stock pressings is not.

The cover is VG+ and has a bit of general wear and a couple of corner bends.  There are three stickers on the cover – the Quiex II sticker, a sticker that says “Specially Priced Live 2 LP Set” and a sticker that indicates that the record is a promotional item.

The two records are VG++, with sleeve scuffs but no scratches or significant marks.  The original black plastic inner sleeves are included.

A nice copy of a terrific LP.

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