Rolling Stone 500 Greatest Albums of All Time – Rated 352/500!
2006 Grammy Award Winner for Best Surround Sound Album!
Brothers In Arms by Dire Straits, one of the best known rock albums of the ’80s and one of the most sought after rock albums for a Surround Sound edition, is now available on 5.1 Super Audio CD! Brothers In Arms features 9 songs written by Knopfler, including one that was co-written by Sting who provides guest vocals on the album as well. It was originally released in 1985 and this SACD marks the albums 20th Anniversary. The SACD of Brothers In Arms follows last year’s release of Knopfler’s most recent album entitled Shangri-La in Surround Sound SACD and DVD-A + CD Double Disc.
Propelled by Mark Knopfler’s literate songs, gruff vocals, and spidery guitar work, Dire Straits had overcome initial skepticism for their resistance to ’70s new wave accents in favor of their rootsy traditionalism. This 1985 album captures the band consolidating a far more epic style than the concise shuffles and ballads that the original scrappy quartet had reeled off, their ambitions fueled by the larger canvas afforded by the compact disc. One of the first albums to exploit the format’s longer playing time, Brothers in Arms was initially released in separate versions for CD/cassette and edited LP, and the band became digital poster boys on a world tour sponsored by CD hardware interests.
Critics that had once warmed to the band sniffed at the marketing, but the album remains their best known, noteworthy for the MTV staple «Money for Nothing» and the breezy rock shuffle «Walk of Life,» as well as for the wistful «So Far Away,» the plot-driven narratives of «Ride Across the River,» and the title song of course. The album is an amazing mix of styles and moods, but produced without a fault all the way through. This was the showpiece album for this group of hard working musicians, and proved Mark Knopfler one of the worlds greatest guitarists. And now for the 20th anniversary of the album we get a limited edition SACD version that sounds incredible and reeks of sonic integrity.
«Mark Knopfler started writing «Money for Nothing» when he overheard a New York appliance salesman’s anti-rock-star, anti-MTV rant. The song, of course, became a huge MTV hit, and this album shows off Knopfler’s incisive songwriting and lush guitar riffs on «Walk of Life» and «So Far Away.» – www.rollingstone.com
• Super Audio CD
• SACD Multi-Channel SACD Layer
• SACD Stereo SACD Layer
• This Hybrid SACD contains a ‘Red Book’ Stereo CD Layer which is playable on most conventional CD Players!
• 20th Anniversary Edition
• Re-Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound
• Mixed by Chuck Ainlay, Assisted by Rupert Coulson and Jon Bailey
• Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering & DVD, Maine
• Made in the EU
1. So Far Away
2. Money For Nothing
3. Walk of Life
4. Your Latest Trick
5. Why Worry
6. Ride Across the River
7. The Man’s Too Strong
8. One World
9. Brothers In Arms