Brothers in Arms

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/25/2006
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624937715
  • Catalog Number: 49377
  • Sales rank: 26,753

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 So Far Away (5:12)
  2. 2 Money for Nothing (8:25)
  3. 3 Walk of Life (4:12)
  4. 4 Your Latest Trick (6:33)
  5. 5 Why Worry (8:30)
  6. 6 Ride Across the River (6:58)
  7. 7 The Man's Too Strong (4:40)
  8. 8 One World (3:40)
  9. 9 Brothers in Arms (6:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dire Straits Primary Artist
Sting Vocals
Michael Brecker Horn
Omar Hakim Drums
John Illsley Bass, Vocals
Jimmy Maelen Percussion
Randy Brecker Horn
Alan Clark Keyboards
Guy Fletcher Keyboards, Vocals
Neil Jason Bass
Mark Knopfler Guitar, Vocals
Tony Levin Bass
Mike Mainieri Background Vocals
Dave Plews Horn
Terry Williams Drums
Technical Credits
Neil Dorfsman Producer, Engineer
Malcolm Duncan Contributor
Mark Knopfler Producer
Bob Ludwig Mastering
Graham Meek Transfer Assistant
Robert Sandell Liner Notes
Jack Sonni Contributor
Chuck Ainlay Producer
Thomas Stever Artwork
Chris Myring Transfer Assistant
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best Dire Straits!

    I've been a Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits fan for a long time. He is a virtuous guitarist in my opinion, but on this CD his song writing is superb as well. Although this is not the newest Dire Straits CD and has been out for a long time, it is still the best in my view and well worth getting a hold of. It will be one you will listen to a lot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant at times, boring in others

    I've got to admit, that I don't like the album as a whole. There are just too many slow, downbeat tracks, and they're too long. I'm not going to be hard on it though, because when it rocks, its a great album. Obviously Money For Nothing and Walk Of Life were massive hits for Dire Straits, and the major appeal of the album. Despite being straight ahead rock, the lyrics are thoughtful in Walk Of Life, an ode to a busker, and scalding in Money For Nothing. So Far Away is another pop hit, and like REM's Everybody Hurts, Knopfler knowingly stripped down the lyrics to make them universally relevant. Brothers In Arms, the last track on the album, is excellent- words describing the harrowing nature of war are made all the more dramatic by the eerie keyboards and Knopflers solo. The solo itself is like the mumbled words of the imaginary soldier, sapped of strength and energy, but still able to make a passionate statement. I recommend it for that.

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