Brothers in Arms (album)

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Brothers in Arms
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Studio album by Dire Straits
Released 13 May 1985 (1985-05-13)
Recorded November 1984 – March 1985
Studio AIR Studios, Montserrat
Genre
Length 55:07[Note 1]
Label
Producer
Dire Straits chronology
Alchemy
(1984)Alchemy1984
Brothers in Arms
(1985)
Money for Nothing
(1988)Money for Nothing1988
Singles from Brothers in Arms
  1. "So Far Away"
    Released: 8 April 1985
  2. "Money for Nothing"
    Released: 24 June 1985
  3. "Brothers in Arms"
    Released: 14 October 1985
  4. "Walk of Life"
    Released: 30 December 1985
  5. "Your Latest Trick"
    Released: 21 April 1986

Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released on 13 May 1985 by Vertigo Records internationally, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. It charted at number one worldwide, spending 10 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart (between 18 January and 22 March 1986), nine weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States, and 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Albums Chart. Brothers in Arms was the first album certified 10-times platinum in the UK[2] and is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history, is certified nine-times platinum in the United States, and is one of the world's best-selling albums, having sold over 30 million copies worldwide.[3][4][5][6]

The album won two Grammy Awards in 1986, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards.[7][8] Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.[9] Brothers in Arms would become Dire Straits' final album until they reunited and recorded 1991's On Every Street.

Recording[edit]

Brothers in Arms was recorded from November 1984 to March 1985 at AIR Studios on the island of Montserrat, a British overseas territory in the Caribbean.[10] The album was produced by Mark Knopfler and Neil Dorfsman. Knopfler became aware of Dorfsman through his 1981 recording of the Wanderlust album by jazz vibraphonist Mike Mainieri. In 1982, Knopfler asked Dorfsman to work with him on the 1982 Dire Straits album, Love over Gold, and his 1983 soundtrack album Local Hero.[11] Brothers in Arms was one of the first albums recorded on a Sony 24-track digital tape machine. The decision to move to digital recording came from Knopfler's constant striving for better sound quality. "One of the things that I totally respected about him," Dorfsman observed, "was his interest in technology as a means of improving his music. He was always willing to spend on high-quality equipment."[11]

Before arriving at Montserrat, Knopfler had written all the songs and rehearsed them with the band. The studio lineup included Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), Terry Williams (drums), Alan Clark (piano and Hammond B3), and Guy Fletcher, who was new to the band, playing a synth rig that consisted of a huge new Yamaha DX1, a couple of Roland keyboards, and a Synclavier. The studio itself was small, with a 20-by-25-foot (6 m × 8 m) recording space that offered virtually no isolation. "It was a good-sounding studio," Dorfsman later recalled, "but the main room itself was nothing to write home about. The sound of that studio was the desk," referring to the Neve 8078 board.[11]

Knopfler and Dorfsman utilised the limited space to best effect, placing the drum kit in the far left corner, facing the control room, miked with Sennheiser MD421s on the toms, an Electro-Voice RE20 and AKG D12 on the kick drum, a Shure SM57 and AKG C451 with a 20 dB pad on the snare, 451s for overheads and the hi-hat, and Neumann U87s set back a little to capture "some kind of ambience".[11] They placed the piano in a tight booth in the far right corner of the studio, miked with AKG C414s. The Hammond B3 was placed nearby, with its Leslie speaker crammed into an airlock next to the control room. Illsley's bass amplifier was recorded inside a small vocal booth with a Neumann FET 47 and a DI unit. Knopfler's amplifiers were miked with 57s, 451s, and Neumann U67s. Fletcher's synths were placed in the control room.[11]

During the recording of "Money for Nothing", the signature sound of Knopfler's guitar may have been enhanced by a "happy accident" of microphone placement. Knopfler was using his Gibson Les Paul going through a Laney amplifier. While setting up the guitar amplifier microphones in an effort to get the "ZZ Top sound" that Knopfler was after, guitar tech Ron Eve, who was in the control room, heard the "amazing" sound before Dorfsman was finished arranging the mics. "One mic was pointing down at the floor," Dorfsman remembered, "another was not quite on the speaker, another was somewhere else, and it wasn't how I would want to set things up—it was probably just left from the night before, when I'd been preparing things for the next day and had not really finished the setup."[11] What they heard was exactly what ended up on the record; no additional processing or effects were used during the mix.[11]

According to a 2006 Sound on Sound magazine interview with the co-producer/engineer of the album, Neil Dorfsman, then-permanent drummer Terry Williams' performance was thought unsuitable for the desired sound of the album during the first month of the recording sessions. He was therefore temporarily replaced by one of the most popular jazz session drummers of the time, Omar Hakim, who re-recorded the album's drum parts in two days and then left. Terry Williams' improvised crescendo at the beginning of "Money for Nothing" was used on the record. Williams would be back in the band for the music videos and the tour.[11]

Composition[edit]

"Money for Nothing" was one of the most played music videos on MTV during the era. It is one of only two Dire Straits songs on a studio album to not be solely credited to Mark Knopfler – Sting was given a co-writing credit.

"Walk of Life" was a number 2 hit for the band in the UK in early 1986 and a number 7 hit in the United States later that year. The song was nearly left off the album, but was included after the band out-voted producer Neil Dorfsman.

On the second side of the album, three songs ("Ride Across the River", "The Man's Too Strong" and "Brothers in Arms") are lyrically focused on militarism.

"Ride Across the River" uses immersive Latin American imagery, accompanied by synthesized pan flute, a reggae-influenced drum part and eerie background noises. "The Man's Too Strong" depicts the character of an ancient soldier (or war criminal) and his fear of showing feelings as a weakness. "Brothers in Arms" deals with the senselessness of war.

Artwork[edit]

The guitar featured on the front of the album cover is Mark Knopfler's 1937 National Style 0 Resonator. The Style 0 line of guitars was introduced in 1930 and discontinued in 1941. The photographer was Deborah Feingold.[12] The back cover features a painting of the same guitar, by German artist Thomas Steyer. A similar image was also used, with a similar color scheme, for the 1989 album The Booze Brothers by Brewers Droop.

Release[edit]

Brothers in Arms was one of the first albums directed at the CD market, and was a full digital recording (DDD) at a time when most popular music was recorded on analog equipment. It was also released on vinyl (abridged to fit on one LP) and cassette. Producer Neil Dorfsman says the digital multitrack was mixed on an analog board with the resulting two track mix re-digitized via a Prism A/D converter and recorded on a DAT machine.

Brothers in Arms was the first album to sell one million copies in the CD format and to outsell its LP version. A Rykodisc employee would subsequently write, "[In 1985 we] were fighting to get our CDs manufactured because the entire worldwide manufacturing capacity was overwhelmed by demand for a single rock title (Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms)."[13]

It was remastered and released with the rest of the Dire Straits catalogue in 1996 for most of the world outside the United States and on 19 September 2000 in the United States. It was also released in XRCD2 format in 2000, then the 20th Anniversary Edition was issued in Super Audio CD format on 26 July 2005 (becoming the 3000th title for the SACD format) and DualDisc format with DVD-Audio 24 bit/96 kHz track on 16 August 2005, remixed in 5.1 by Chuck Ainlay[14] and winning a Grammy for Best Surround Sound Album at the 48th Grammy Awards ceremony.[15]

In 2006, a half-speed-mastered vinyl version of the album was issued. Mastered by Stan Ricker, this version consists of four sides on two 33 1/3 rpm discs, containing the full-length songs on vinyl for the first time.

In 2013, a hybrid SACD mastered from the original tapes was released by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.

In 2014, a new master was released in Japan on SHM-SACD - it's made from the original tapes and contains the original LP length of the album: 47:44 min.

In 2015, the album re-entered the UK Album Charts at #8 following the record being made available at a discounted price on digital music retailers. The album has spent a total of 356 weeks on the UK Album Charts.[16]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Q 5/5 stars[17]
Record Mirror 1/5 stars[18]
Sounds 3/5 stars[19]

Reviews of Brothers in Arms from the UK music press were generally negative. In a scathing review for NME, Mat Snow said, "Dire Straits are so tasteful as to be entirely flavourless, so laid back as to bore me horizontal". He continued, "So do you seriously want to hear about the further adventures of Mark Knopfler's mawkish self-pity, his lugubriously mannered appropriation of rockin' Americana, his thumpingly crass attempts at wit? Can anybody really be moved, stimulated or entertained by the tritest would-be melodies in history, the last word in tranquilising chord changes, the most cloying lonesome playing and ultimate in transparently fake troubador sentiment ever to ooze out of a million-dollar recording studio?"[20] Eleanor Levy of Record Mirror was similarly dismissive, succinctly stating, "West Coast guitars reeking of mega bucks and sell out stadium concerts throughout the globe. Laid back melodies. Dire Straits – summed up... This is like any other Dire Straits album quarried out of the tottering edifice of MOR rock."[18] The reviews from the UK's other two music papers were less harsh, with Jack Barron of Sounds feeling that "it's only a halfway decent album because it has only halfway decent songs... Knopfler has distilled his sonic essence, via blues, to appeal to billboard romantics with cinemascope insecurities. And he can pull it off well... but not often enough here."[19] Melody Maker's Barry McIlheney observed that Knopfler had recently explored different creative directions with his work on movie soundtracks and on Bob Dylan's Infidels, and bemoaned that "unfortunately for the rest of us, this admirable spirit of adventure fails to materialise when it comes to Brothers in Arms. Instead it sounds just a bit too like the last Dire Straits album, which sounded not unlike the last one before that, which sounded suspiciously like the beginning of a hugely successful and very lucrative plan to take over the world known as AOR... the old rockschool restraints and the undeniably attractive smell of the winning formula seem to block out any such experimental work and what you end up with is something very like the same old story."[21]

In the U.S. reviews of Brothers in Arms were more positive. Writing for Spin magazine, E. Brooks noted that "Mark Knopfler may be the most lyrical of all rock guitarists, and when the intensity of his words approaches that of his ravishing stratocaster licks, the song soars. That doesn't happen as often as I'd like on this new album by a band I've cared about for a long time, but I find myself returning to certain cuts the way one might come back to a favorite chair." He singled out the "haunting ballad" "Your Latest Trick", the "acerbic satire of vid-rock culture" in "Money for Nothing" and the "outstanding craftsmanship in the words and music" of the title track, which was "not a new message, but at least something other than sex, cars, or drugs is being talked about here. Take that and the quality of the musicianship, and you've got a lot."[22] Debby Bull gave the album a mixed review for Rolling Stone magazine, praising the "carefully crafted" effort, writing, "The record is beautifully produced, with Mark Knopfler's terrific guitar work catching the best light". Although she found the lyrics literate, Bull noted that the scenarios "aren't as interesting as they used to be on records like Making Movies". Despite the production values and notable contributions from guest artists like drummer Omar Hakim and the Brecker Brothers, Bull concluded that "the music lacks the ache that made Knopfler's recent soundtracks for Comfort and Joy and Cal so powerful."[23] In Rolling Stone's end-of-year round-up of 1985's key albums, Fred Schruers said that "Knopfler's nimble, evocative guitar style and gentle vocalizing are still as appealing as the were on previous scenario-rich albums".[24]

More recent legacy reviews have praised the record. Reviewing the remastered Dire Straits albums in 1996, Rob Beattie of Q awarded Brothers in Arms five stars out of five, and claimed that "repeated listening reveals it as a singularly melancholic collection – see the guitar slashing of "The Man's Too Strong" and the title track, where joy is as sharp as sorrow".[17] In his retrospective review for AllMusic, Stephen Thomas Erlewine gave the album four out of five stars, crediting the international success of the album not only to the clever computer-animated video for "Money for Nothing", but also to Knopfler's "increased sense of pop songcraft". The "indelible guitar riff" on "Money for Nothing", the catchy up-tempo boogie of "Walk of Life", the melodies of "So Far Away" and the Everly Brothers-style "Why Worry", the jazzy "Your Latest Trick", and the flinty "Ride Across the River"—Dire Straits had "never been so concise or pop-oriented, and it wore well on them." Erlewine concluded that the album remains "one of their most focused and accomplished albums, and in its succinct pop sense, it's distinctive within their catalog".[1] In a 2007 review for BBC Music Chris Jones called Brothers in Arms "a phenomenon on every level... a suite of Knopfler's very fine brand of JJ Cale-lite".[25]

Accolades[edit]

In 1986, Brothers in Arms won two Grammy Awards at the 28th Grammy Awards, and also won Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards.[7][8] In 2000, Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever.[9] In 2003, the album ranked number 351 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the "500 Greatest Albums of All Time".[26]

In November 2006, the results of a national poll conducted by the public of Australia revealed their top 100 favourite albums. Brothers in Arms came in at number 64 (see "My Favourite Album"). Brothers in Arms is ranked number 3 in the best albums of 1985 and number 31 in the best albums of the 1980s.

As of June 2012, Brothers in Arms is the seventh-best-selling album of all-time in the UK, the third-best-selling album of all-time in Australia, the 18th-best-selling album of all-time in France and the 109th-best-selling album in the United States.[27] In the Netherlands, the album used to hold the record for longest run ever on the Dutch Album chart with 269 weeks (non-consecutive) but lost it to Adele's 21 in 2016.

British music journalist Robert Sandall wrote:

Looked at now with 20/20 vision of hindsight, the image on the sleeve of Brothers in Arms seems uncannily prophetic: that National steel guitar heading up into the clouds—a shiny 6 stringed rocket devoid of any obvious means of propulsion—describes, better than any words can, what happened to Dire Straits after the release of their 5th studio album. Up till the summer of 1985 success had, for them, come as a by-product of the music making process. They had never courted celebrity, chased fads, or played safe. Dire Straits had been loved and respected as one of the few bands to have maintained strong and credible links with the multifarious roots of rock and roll at a time—remember all the desperate pop posing of the early 80s?—when roots were emphatically not a fashionable place to be."[28]

Track listings[edit]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler, except where indicated. The track lengths on the LP version differ from the lengths on the CD and cassette versions, due to the limitations of the vinyl medium. The full tracks would not all fit on a single disc.

CD and cassette[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "So Far Away" 5:12
2. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 8:26
3. "Walk of Life" 4:12
4. "Your Latest Trick" 6:33
5. "Why Worry" 8:31
6. "Ride Across the River" 6:58
7. "The Man's Too Strong" 4:40
8. "One World" 3:40
9. "Brothers in Arms" 7:00
Total length: 55:07

Original single LP[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "So Far Away" 3:59
2. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 7:04
3. "Walk of Life" 4:12
4. "Your Latest Trick" 4:46
5. "Why Worry" 5:22
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "Ride Across the River" 6:58
7. "The Man's Too Strong" 4:40
8. "One World" 3:40
9. "Brothers in Arms" 7:00
Total length: 47:21

Double LP[edit]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "So Far Away" 5:12
2. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 8:27
Side two
No. Title Length
3. "Walk of Life" 4:12
4. "Your Latest Trick" 6:34
Side three
No. Title Length
5. "Why Worry" 8:31
6. "Ride Across the River" 6:58
Side four
No. Title Length
7. "The Man's Too Strong" 4:40
8. "One World" 3:40
9. "Brothers in Arms" 7:00

Personnel[edit]

Dire Straits
Additional musicians
Production
  • Mark Knopfler – producer
  • Neil Dorfsman – producer, engineer
  • Steve Jackson – assistant engineer
  • Bruce Lampcov – assistant engineer
  • John Dent – mastering
  • Sutton Cooper – photography (sleeve)
  • Deborah Feingold – photography
  • Thomas Steyer – painting

Charts[edit]

Brothers in Arms was a major commercial success worldwide:

  • In Australia, the album was the biggest selling album in 1985 and the second best selling album in 1986. It topped the albums chart for 34 weeks (non-consecutive), and is the album with the second most weeks at number-one in ARIA Albums Chart.
  • In the Netherlands, the album broke the all-time record for the longest chart history, with 269 weeks (non-consecutive).
  • In the UK, the album reached number one on the UK Albums Chart, and remained on the chart for 228 weeks.[29]
  • In the United States, the album reached number one on the Billboard 200 and remained there for nine weeks.
  • The album also topped the charts in Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, New Zealand, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, and Yugoslavia.

Weekly charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position
Australian Albums (Kent Music Report)[30] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[31] 1
Canadian Albums (RPM)[32] 1
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[33] 1
French Albums (SNEP)[34] 111
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[35] 1
Irish Albums (IRMA)[36] 1
Italian Albums (FIMI)[37] 91
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[38] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[39] 1
Spanish Albums (AFYVE)[40] 1
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[41] 1
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[42] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[43] 1
US Billboard 200[44] 1

Singles[edit]

Year Song US US
Rock
Australia Austria Dutch France Italy Norway Sweden Swiss UK
1985 "Money for Nothing" 1 1 4 7 27 34 4
1985 "One World" 8
1985 "So Far Away" 29 22 23 33 4 7 6 20
1985 "Brothers in Arms" 57 59 16
1986 "Walk of Life" 7 6 11 18 20 24 2
1986 "Ride Across the River" 21
1986 "So Far Away" 19
1986 "Your Latest Trick" 1A 26
  • A – reached No. 1 in France in 1993

Awards[edit]

Grammy Awards
Year Winner Category
1985 Brothers in Arms Best Engineered Recording, Non-Classical
1985 "Money for Nothing" Best Rock Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal
2006 Brothers in Arms Best Surround Sound Album

Sales and certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[45] Gold 30,000^
Australia (ARIA)[46] 17× Platinum 1,190,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[47] 4× Platinum 200,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[48] Diamond 1,000,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[49] 2× Platinum 116,784[49]
France (SNEP)[50] Diamond 1,995,300[51]
Germany (BVMI)[52] Platinum 500,000^
Hong Kong (IFPI Hong Kong)[53] Platinum 20,000*
New Zealand (RMNZ)[54] 24× Platinum 360,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[55] 3× Platinum 300,000^
Sweden (GLF)[56] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[57] 6× Platinum 350,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[57]
1996 release
Platinum
United Kingdom (BPI)[58] 14× Platinum 4,300,000[59]
United States (RIAA)[60] 9× Platinum 9,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ The album length of the original LP is 47:21.
Citations
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External links[edit]

Preceded by
Songs from the Big Chair
by Tears for Fears
Billboard 200 number-one album
31 August 1985 – 1 November 1985
Succeeded by
Miami Vice I by Various Artists
Preceded by
Hits 2 by Various Artists
Born in the U.S.A. by Bruce Springsteen
Now That's What I Call Music 6 by Various Artists
UK number one album
25 May 1985 – 7 June 1985
3 August 1985 – 16 August 1985
18 January 1986 – 28 March 1986
Succeeded by
Our Favourite Shop by The Style Council
Now That's What I Call Music 5 by Various Artists
Hits 4 by Various Artists
Preceded by
No Jacket Required by Phil Collins
Be Yourself Tonight by Eurythmics
Listen Like Thieves by INXS
For the Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes
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27 May – 30 June 1985
29 July – 13 October 1985
28 October – 15 December 1985
3 February 1986 – 20 April 1986
Succeeded by
Be Yourself Tonight by Eurythmics
Listen Like Thieves by INXS
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