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Brothers in Arms

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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
00:05:12

Neil Jason, Bass Guitar - Malcolm Duncan, Saxophone - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Bruce Lampcov, AssistantEngineer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Engineer - Alan Clark, Keyboards - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Terry Williams, Drums - John Dent, MasteringEngineer - Mike Mainieri, Keyboards - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Steve Jackson, AssistantEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Greenberg, AssistantEngineer - Dave Plews, Trumpet - John Levell, AssistantEngineer

© 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 Mercury Records Ltd.

2
Money for Nothing
00:08:26

Neil Jason, Bass Guitar - Malcolm Duncan, Saxophone - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Bruce Lampcov, AssistantEngineer - Sting, Vocals - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Engineer - Alan Clark, Keyboards - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Gordon Sumner, Writer - Terry Williams, Drums - John Dent, MasteringEngineer - Mike Mainieri, Keyboards - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Steve Jackson, AssistantEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Greenberg, AssistantEngineer - Dave Plews, Trumpet - John Levell, AssistantEngineer

© 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 Mercury Records Ltd.

3
Walk of Life
00:04:12

Neil Jason, Bass Guitar - Malcolm Duncan, Saxophone - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Bruce Lampcov, AssistantEngineer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Engineer - Alan Clark, Keyboards - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Terry Williams, Drums - John Dent, MasteringEngineer - Mike Mainieri, Keyboards - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Steve Jackson, AssistantEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Greenberg, AssistantEngineer - Dave Plews, Trumpet - John Levell, AssistantEngineer

© 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 Mercury Records Ltd.

4
Your Latest Trick
00:06:33

Neil Jason, Bass Guitar - Malcolm Duncan, Saxophone - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - Michael Brecker, Saxophone - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Bruce Lampcov, AssistantEngineer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Engineer - Alan Clark, Keyboards - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Terry Williams, Drums - John Dent, MasteringEngineer - Mike Mainieri, Keyboards - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Steve Jackson, AssistantEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Greenberg, AssistantEngineer - Dave Plews, Trumpet - John Levell, AssistantEngineer

© 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 Mercury Records Ltd.

5
Why Worry
00:08:31

Neil Jason, Bass Guitar - Malcolm Duncan, Saxophone - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Bruce Lampcov, AssistantEngineer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Engineer - Alan Clark, Keyboards - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Terry Williams, Drums - John Dent, MasteringEngineer - Mike Mainieri, Keyboards - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Steve Jackson, AssistantEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Greenberg, AssistantEngineer - Dave Plews, Trumpet - John Levell, AssistantEngineer

© 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 Mercury Records Ltd.

6
Ride Across the River
00:06:57

Neil Jason, Bass Guitar - Malcolm Duncan, Saxophone - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Bruce Lampcov, AssistantEngineer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Engineer - Alan Clark, Keyboards - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Terry Williams, Drums - John Dent, MasteringEngineer - Mike Mainieri, Keyboards - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Steve Jackson, AssistantEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Greenberg, AssistantEngineer - Dave Plews, Trumpet - John Levell, AssistantEngineer

© 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 Mercury Records Ltd.

7
The Man's Too Strong
00:04:40

Neil Jason, Bass Guitar - Malcolm Duncan, Saxophone - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Bruce Lampcov, AssistantEngineer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Engineer - Alan Clark, Keyboards - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Terry Williams, Drums - John Dent, MasteringEngineer - Mike Mainieri, Keyboards - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Steve Jackson, AssistantEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Greenberg, AssistantEngineer - Dave Plews, Trumpet - John Levell, AssistantEngineer - Jack Sonni, Synthesizer

© 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 Mercury Records Ltd.

8
One World
00:03:40

Neil Jason, Bass Guitar - Malcolm Duncan, Saxophone - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Bruce Lampcov, AssistantEngineer - Tony Levin, Bass Guitar - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Engineer - Alan Clark, Keyboards - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Terry Williams, Drums - John Dent, MasteringEngineer - Mike Mainieri, Keyboards - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Steve Jackson, AssistantEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Greenberg, AssistantEngineer - Dave Plews, Trumpet - John Levell, AssistantEngineer

© 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 Mercury Records Ltd.

9
Brothers in Arms
00:06:59

Neil Jason, Bass Guitar - Malcolm Duncan, Saxophone - Jimmy Maelen, Percussion - OMAR HAKIM, Drums - Randy Brecker, Trumpet - Bruce Lampcov, AssistantEngineer - Neil Dorfsman, Producer, Engineer - Alan Clark, Keyboards - Mark Knopfler, Producer, Guitar, Vocals, Writer - Terry Williams, Drums - John Dent, MasteringEngineer - Mike Mainieri, Keyboards - Robert Ludwig, MasteringEngineer - Guy Fletcher, Keyboards, Background Vocals - Steve Jackson, AssistantEngineer - John Illsley, Bass Guitar, Background Vocals - Dire Straits, MainArtist - David Greenberg, AssistantEngineer - Dave Plews, Trumpet - John Levell, AssistantEngineer

© 2000 Warner Records Inc. ℗ 1996 Mercury Records Ltd.

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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