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Brothers In Arms (20th Anniversary Edition) [SACD]

Dire Straits Audio CD
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Brothers In Arms (20th Anniversary Edition) + Dark Side of the Moon (30th Anniversary Edition)
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1. So Far Away
2. Money For Nothing
3. Walk Of Life
4. Your Latest Trick
5. Why Worry
6. Ride Across The River
7. The Man's Too Strong
8. One World
9. Brothers In Arms

Product Description


Dire Straits' fifth album will probably be remembered as the record that ushered in the CD generation, and therefore (depending on your affiliations) a work of extreme evil or an object lesson in craftsmanship. In truth though, it's neither. Inevitably, some moments haven't dated so well. "Money For Nothing", Mark Knopfler's satire of the MTV generation, seems as vacant as its target; while the jukebox jive of "Walk Of Life" could have used a little roughing up. In fairness though, such low points constitute a minority. In latter years, indie bands such as Gomez and Spiritualized have eagerly cited JJ Cale and Dr John as pivotal influences on their work. Perhaps so, but it's the less fashionable Knopfler and his intuitive feel for the fretboard who comes closer. You needn't dig too deep to identify the roots of beauties such as "So Far Away" and "Why Worry". --Peter Paphides

Product Description

Import only SACD pressing. 20th anniversary limited edition of Dire Strait's 1985 album in the Hybrid/SACD format - 5.1 Surround Sound, packaged in a standard jewel case. Features the same nine tracks as the original version. Mercury. 2005.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SACD Review June 23 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've waited a long time for this album to be available on SACD. The wait was definitely worth it. This is reference quality audio that beats any vinyl in my collection.
I dare you to listen to Money for Nothing and not get chills. The surround mix is fantastic,using all speakers to great effect.
My advice, rush out and buy this one. It may be the best SACD out there.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. April 6 2013
By Lord P.
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First off, I'd like to clarify that this review is for the SACD 5.1 mix specifically.

To speak quickly about the content of the album, it's a classic plain and simple. There was a lot of fluff that came out of the 80's (not that I didn't enjoy a lot of it) and one may be quick to dismiss this album as just that if they were to know it simply for the famed "Money For Nothing" track. But the content on this album is solid beginning to end, and although 80's synth driven in many respects, it's a complex offering. And don't think synth driven is a bad connotation in my books. It's a product of the 80's where a lot of this technology and the likes was being experimented with, and the sound is fitting; I couldn't think of having it any other way. And in general I mean c'mon, you've got a steel body guitar rocketing up through the clouds to the heavens on the front cover... you know you're in for something good. Most of my review though is to look more at the sonic aspects of this re-release.

I also have the Redbook CD 2 channel version of this album and it is indeed great, but...
This multichannel mix is absolutely shocking.

I have a fairly extensive catalog of DVD-A's and SACD's and everyone goes on about Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon as being some sort of multichannel reference of which all other recordings should be measured. I've heard the DSOTM SACD, and I'm going to have to assume then that all these people have not heard this Dire Straits release.

If you have a good surround setup in which to listen to this recording on, then you are in for a serious treat. Normally very high res stuff runs the risk of sounding hard edged, synthetic, sterile. Even a regular CD runs into these issues.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great... Excellent Sound ! ! ! Feb. 8 2006
Format:Audio CD
Hi people,
As Rick before me, I find this new SACD version of "Brothers In Arms" very well done. The sound is even clearer than the already amazing original one (recorded in DDD at that time).
Mark Knopfler's guitar sound just like a caress and it is such a joy for your ears. Don't wait and go get it as soon as you can. Good listening and see you at the next show of Mark Knopfler, Dom.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A True Work of Art July 7 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I began listening to Dire Straits through my mother 4 years ago when I was 10, the first album being Brothers in Arms. The first four songs were indeed trademarks of Dire Straits (and very good ones too), but the ones which most influenced me were 'Ride Across the River' and 'Man's too Strong'. Listening to Mark Knopfler's husky and deep voice sing the melancholy and intense songs is something to enjoy. I think my favourites are the two above, because of the beautiful lyrics, and the intensity in which Mark Knopfler sings them, especially 'Man's too Strong'. I know it isn't a particular favourite of most people, but I enjoy the old, even ancient theme of 'Man's too Strong' and the rebellious, powerful tone of 'Ride Across the River'. The story of the 'war criminal' in 'Man's too Strong' is really terrific, especially the way 'the sun rose in the courtyard' at his hearing. The fast-paced strum of the guitar accentuates Dire Straits' skill with music and I think they truly achieved something. They don't sing empty words for singing's sake, but sing of real stories or even poetic pieces of writing, the vocals are true and the music does not simply flaunt loud noise or screaming wails, but they parade the joy of music in both melancholic, 'worth-it' tones like 'Brothers In Arms' another favourite of mine, and cheerful boisterous tunes like 'Walk of Life'.
All in all, I admire Dire Straits' fantastic music, and "Brothers in Arms" is another celebration of their beautiful music, one of the albums I most enjoy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I first bought the original issue of this CD back in 1986. When the remaster version was out, I also bought one as this is a great CD. After comparing the two, I found that the sound of the original version is more natural, and the sound of the remastered version is good, but it lacks the depth of sound which you can feel when listening the two version back to back. From my experience, the remaster version of certain CDs did enhance the sound quality of it, but to this one, the origianl version retains the charisma of the songs, so I gave 4 stars to the remastered version and 5 stars to the original version (which is still available).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars nothing dire about this! July 9 2004
Format:Audio CD
From the fun Money for Nothing (socio-commentary on their on business) and Walk of Life to the mournful, heart-hurting Brothers in Arms, this album is perfect. It shows the range of this group. Brothers in Arms has been was used in 1985 for Miami Vice episode "Out Where the Buses Don't Run" - on of the best Vice episodes and then then turnaround and you find it used again in 2002 for West Wing for the post funeral segments of Mrs Landingham's funeral, showing it's timeless appeal.
No one Dire Straits and this album just could not get any better.
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Published 1 month ago by realboss
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
It is absolutely amazing to hear brothers on arms in 5.1 surround. One of my favourite SACD's. Almost as good as Wish you were here
Published 1 month ago by Todd Grams
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
very good cd and lot of good songs on it
Published 1 month ago by Claude Couillard
5.0 out of 5 stars This SACD sounds awesome.
A must for Dire Straits fans. This SACD sounds awesome.
Published 2 months ago by Pierre Coach
5.0 out of 5 stars A superb remaster by Bernie on 2 - 200 gram lp's!
Similar to my review of "On Every Street", excellent remaster and a quiet pressing on 2 - 200 gram lp's, ditto for "On Every Street"! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Greg B.
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible audiophile sound quality!!
The sound of this disk is true audiophile!
I could not believe how much better the sound quality is compared to the original! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dana Stephen
5.0 out of 5 stars A great mix of a great album
I only knew a few songs but this sounds so good I'm sure I'll listen to it a lot. Thx.
Published 6 months ago by Kevin Meldrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb sound
I listen to it on my OPPO BDP105 and the sound is simply amazing, I feel like having the real band in front of me
Published 7 months ago by Pierre Longpre
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS CD!!! Instrumentals are fantastic!
Ordered this CD for "Brother's In Arms" not realizing the CD had a few songs that I grew up with so that was a pleasant surprise. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Julie
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Best Sounding Records I Own
If you can find the 2LP release from 2006 get it. It is remarkable. One of the best recordings I own fantastic sound. Unfortunately the vinyl has some flaws. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Seeker
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