Category Archives: DIRE STRAITS


Artist: Dire Straits
Album: Brothers In Arms (20th Anniversary Edition)
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalogue #: 49377-2
Format: MP3@320 kbps
Sound Quality: HIGH
Size: 124,13 MB
Type: Album
Country: USA
Release Date: 2005
Original Release Date: 1985
Language: English
Time: 55:13
Genre: Pop/Rock
Styles: Classic Rock, Rock & Roll, Album Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock
Album Review:
Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released in 1985. The first half of the album is a development of their unique brand of arena rock which had evolved in their music since the 1980 album Making Movies, while the second half consists of more folk-influenced material. The whole album maintains the original Dire Straits’ bluesy and laid back guitar-based sound whilst retaining a more lavish and bombastic production and overall sound. It is the band’s best-selling album, and one of the top 10 best-selling albums in UK music history.
Brothers in Arms was one of the first albums to be directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. It was also released on vinyl and cassette.
Brothers in Arms was the first album to sell one million copies in the CD format and to outsell its LP version. A Rykodisc employee would subsequently write, «[In 1985 we] were fighting to get our CDs manufactured because the entire worldwide manufacturing capacity was overwhelmed by demand for a single rock title (Dire Straits’ Brothers in Arms).»
It was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world outside the United States and on September 19, 2000 in the United States. It was also released in XRCD2 format in 2000, then the 20th Anniversary Edition was issued in Super Audio CD format on July 26, 2005 (becoming the 3000th title for the SACD format) and DualDisc format with DVD-Audio 24 bit/96 kHz track on August 16, 2005, remixed in 5.1 by Chuck Ainlay and winning a Grammy for Best Surround Sound Album.
In 2006, a half-speed-mastered vinyl version of the album was issued. Mastered by the renowned Stan Ricker, this version puts the full-length songs on vinyl for the first time. In order to do this, the album spans four sides on two 33 1/3 rpm discs.
All songs written by Mark Knopfler, except where indicated.
Track listing
1. So Far Away – 5:11
2. Money for Nothing (Knopfler, Sting) – 8:27
3. Walk of Life – 4:12
4. Your Latest Trick – 6:34
5. Why Worry – 8:31
6. Ride Across the River – 6:58
7. The Man’s Too Strong – 4:40
8. One World – 3:40
9. Brothers in Arms – 7:00
Band Personnel
* Mark Knopfler: guitars, vocals
* John Illsley: bass, vocals
* Alan Clark: keyboards
* Guy Fletcher: keyboards, vocals
* Terry Williams: drums
Additional Personnel
* Omar Hakim: drums
* Jack Sonni: guitar
* Michael Brecker: saxophone
* Randy Brecker: horn
* Malcolm Duncan: tenor saxophone
* Neil Jason: bass
* Tony Levin: bass
* Jimmy Maelen: percussion
* Michael Mainieri: background vocals
* Dave Plews: horn
* Sting: vocals on «Money for Nothing»