Dire Straits Brothers in Arms on Numbered Edition 180g 45RPM 2LP from Mobile Fidelity
Blockbuster Brothers in Arms Helped Define 80s, Catapulted Dire Straits to Arena Status
The End-All-Be-All Ultimate-Sounding Version of This Audiophile Standard: Mobile Fidelity 180g 45RPM 2LP Captures
Nuances, Textures, Finite Information
1985's Brothers in Arms Has Sold More Than Nine Million Copies in U.S. Alone, Ranked #351 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
There are hit records. And then there are blockbusters. One of the world's best-selling records, a winner of two Grammy Awards, an era-defining reference statement, an MTV favorite, and a set that catapulted an already-acclaimed band to arena status, Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms is the kind of epic spectacular that comes around only once or twice a decade. Surpassed only in fame and visibility during the period by Michael Jackson's Thriller,
the 1985 album remains idiosyncratic for its covetable combination of
adventurous songwriting, precision-based performances, and
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed on 45RPM LPs at RTI, and possessing a richness
befitting the album's stellar reputation, Mobile Fidelity's numbered-edition 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Brothers in Arms breathes with transparent highs, atmospheric heft, and lifelike tonalities.
This is the hand-down ultimate-sounding version of this audiophile favorite ever made.
The sense of realism this edition delivers will leave slack-jawed even
the most hard-to-please audiophiles. As the recipient of the Grammy for Best-Engineered Recording,
the album has always been a go-to sonic standard, but never has it
sounded so reach-out-and-touch-it realistic as it does on this analog pressing. All of
the hallmark characteristics – ample spaciousness, ideal balances,
widescreen dynamics, immersive depth, lush production – are here in spades. As is music-making of enviable proportions.
While it's easy to speculate that the colossal success of Brothers in Arms relates
to its timing – its release during an era obsessed with catchy singles,
flashy MTV videos, and whistle-friendly melodies – reasons for the album's
chart-busting success primarily owe to the expertly crafted songs and
memorable playing turned in by a group hitting its creative peak. Not to
mention the spatial dimensions that cause instruments and vocals to
naturally float in a fixed area.
Anchored by "Money for Nothing," a caustically themed smash immediately identifiable via Mark Knopfler's resonant finger-picked guitar riff and Sting's "I want my MTV" vocal refrain, Dire Straits'
fifth album is stuffed with bluesy signatures, jazz-rock motifs, clever
lyrics, and organic accents. Diversity and consistency also extend to
the songs' moods. Singing with his trademark light-to-the-touch timbre, Knopfler conjures
feelings of poignancy, peacefulness, and mellowness, channeling
wistfulness on the Top 10 single "So Far Away" and somber assurance on
Perfection abounds, not only in the manner in which the band nails
its pop hooks and uptempo boogies with debonair flair – but also in the
control room. Iconic session jazz drummer Omar Hakim supplies fluid beats and solid rhythmic foundations while Knopfler and Co. comb over grooves so smooth it seems that they're made of honey butter. Dire Straits would never play with such effortless again.
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Dire Straits Brothers in Arms Track Listing:
- So Far Away
- Money for Nothing
- Walk of Life
- Your Latest Trick
- Why Worry
- Ride Across the River
- The Man's Too Strong
- One World
- Brothers in Arms