Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms

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Mastered from the original master tapes, and possessing a richness befitting the album’s stellar reputation.

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Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms

(Numbered Hybrid SACD) or 2LP 180G 45RPM

Dire Straits - Brothers In Arms

Blockbuster Record Helped Define 80s, Catapulted Dire Straits to Arena Status:

Ranked #351 on Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time List

Audiophile System-Testing Sonics: Mobile Fidelity Hybrid SACD Captures Nuances of Mark Knopfler’s Guitar Playing, Textures of Band’s Hallmark Rhythms

Winner of Two Grammy Awards: Best-Engineered Recording and Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group With Vocal

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 favourite, and a set that catapulted an already-acclaimed band to arena status, 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 song writing, precision-based performances, and reference-calibre fidelity.

Mastered from the original master tapes, and possessing a richness befitting the album’s stellar reputation, Mobile Fidelity’s numbered-edition hybrid SACD of Brothers In Arms breathes with transparent highs, atmospheric heft, and lifelike tonalities.

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 here.

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 Dire Straits 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, channelling wistfulness on the Top 10 single “So Far Away” and sombre assurance on “Why Worry.”

Perfection abounds, not only in the manner in which the band nails its pop hooks and up-tempo 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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180G Vinyl, SACD

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Mobile Fidelity

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