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Brothers In Arms (Remastered 1996)

Dire Straits

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Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for "Money for Nothing," a sardonic attack on MTV. But what kept the record selling was Mark Knopfler's increased sense of pop songcraft -- "Money for Nothing" had an indelible guitar riff, "Walk of Life" is a catchy up-tempo boogie variation on "Sultans of Swing," and the melodies of the bluesy "So Far Away" and the down-tempo, Everly Brothers-style "Why Worry" were wistful and lovely. Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them. Though they couldn't maintain that consistency through the rest of the album -- only the jazzy "Your Latest Trick" and the flinty "Ride Across the River" make an impact -- Brothers in Arms remains one of their most focused and accomplished albums, and in its succinct pop sense, it's distinctive within their catalog. [In 2005 Mercury released a 20th anniversary limited edition version of Brothers in Arms in the Hybrid/SACD format.]

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
So Far Away (Remastered 1996)
00:05:05

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Mercury Records Limited

2
Money For Nothing (Remastered 1996)
00:08:25

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sting, ComposerLyricist - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Mercury Records Limited

3
Walk Of Life (Remastered 1996)
00:04:08

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Mercury Records Limited

4
Your Latest Trick (Remastered 1996)
00:06:29

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Mercury Records Limited

5
Why Worry? (Remastered 1996)
00:08:23

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Mercury Records Limited

6
Ride Across The River (Remastered 1996)
00:06:57

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Mercury Records Limited

7
The Man's Too Strong (Remastered 1996)
00:04:38

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Mercury Records Limited

8
One World (Remastered 1996)
00:03:36

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Mercury Records Limited

9
Brothers In Arms (Remastered 1996)
00:06:59

OMAR HAKIM, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer - Alan Clark, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Guy Fletcher, Synthesizer Programming, AssociatedPerformer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dire Straits, MainArtist

℗ 1996 Mercury Records Limited

Album review

Brothers in Arms brought the atmospheric, jazz-rock inclinations of Love Over Gold into a pop setting, resulting in a surprise international best-seller. Of course, the success of Brothers in Arms was helped considerably by the clever computer-animated video for "Money for Nothing," a sardonic attack on MTV. But what kept the record selling was Mark Knopfler's increased sense of pop songcraft -- "Money for Nothing" had an indelible guitar riff, "Walk of Life" is a catchy up-tempo boogie variation on "Sultans of Swing," and the melodies of the bluesy "So Far Away" and the down-tempo, Everly Brothers-style "Why Worry" were wistful and lovely. Dire Straits had never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them. Though they couldn't maintain that consistency through the rest of the album -- only the jazzy "Your Latest Trick" and the flinty "Ride Across the River" make an impact -- Brothers in Arms remains one of their most focused and accomplished albums, and in its succinct pop sense, it's distinctive within their catalog. [In 2005 Mercury released a 20th anniversary limited edition version of Brothers in Arms in the Hybrid/SACD format.]

© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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