1985's Brothers In Arms Has Sold More Than Nine Million Copies in U.S. Alone, Ranked #352 on Rolling Stones List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
There are hit records. And then there are blockbusters. One of the worlds 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 Jacksons Thriller, the 1985 album remains idiosyncratic for its covetable combination of adventurous songwriting, precision-based performances, and reference-caliber fidelity.
"Comparing the original Bob Ludwig mastered LP (Warner Brothers WB 9-25264-1) with this double 45rpm edition is easy: there is no comparison This version features explosive dynamics, super-tight and deep bass, pristine "crystalline" highs Inner detail resolution mesmerizes, the guitars transients are oh-so-cleanly rendered and there's even air and space if you're a fan of the music and the sound, this is the vinyl version to have. It rocks!. BTW: this sealed copy was perfectly pressed by RTI and I do mean perfect." - Michael Fremer, www.analogplanet.com, Music 9/11, Sound 9/11
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed on 45RPM LPs at RTI, and possessing a richness befitting the albums stellar reputation, Mobile Fidelitys numbered limited-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 characteristicsample spaciousness, ideal balances, widescreen dynamics, immersive depth, lush productionare here in spades. As is music-making of enviable proportions.
While its easy to speculate that the colossal success of Brothers In Arms relates to its timingits release during an era obsessed with catchy singles, flashy MTV videos, and whistle-friendly melodiesreasons for the albums 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 Knopflers resonant finger-picked guitar riff and Stings 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 Why Worry.
Perfection abounds, not only in the manner in which the band nails its pop hooks and uptempo boogies with debonair flairbut 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 theyre made of honey butter. Dire Straits would never play with such effortless again.
Experience this era-defining classic in the best-possible fidelity!
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