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The year was 1985. Punk has had its day. The new romantics were hanging on like grim death. N-n-n-n-n-n-n-n-Nineteen had a stranglehold on the number one slot for a number of weeks. Do they know its Christmas had finally, finally stopped being played on air, and the horror that was to be named Stock, Aitken and Waterman was yet to emerge from Satan's back passage.
When some people buy their first album, they prefer to forget or deny it years later. I don't find myself in that position. 1985 proved to be a banner year for great albums. Born in the USA, Songs from the big chair, Hounds of Love, Eliminator and what was to be the very first CD I bought with my very own cash from a summer job, the incomparable Brothers in Arms.
Bongos and Chimpanzees
I'd never really listened to Dire Straits before. I was kind of aware of Telegraph road and Romeo and Juliet, but I always thought of them much as I did 70's Fleetwood Mac. Then along came a little something called MTV, and the first video they ever played changed all that.
That screaming red Stratocaster. The thumpingly great drum intro. Sting howling. And then the stinging lyrics about a workin' man musing enviously about rock stars. Knopfler later claimed that he'd been in New York and overheard some meathead grumbling, and Money for Nothing was born.
The album would become a juggernaut, going on to sell 30 million copies worldwide. This puts it among such greats as Nevermind, The Wall, Supernatural, Born in the USA and Led Zeppelin IV. Not bad for an album that most people only know the one track from.
So, does that mean only the one track is worth listening to? Far from it.
1. "So Far Away" 5:12
A very odd choice to start the album with, So far away is wistful, a bit melancholy, a bit bluesy. It is a great example of a calming track, but you'd normally expect to see it at the end.
2. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 8:26
There's not much I can add to this one. The signature guitar riff is technically a pain to learn. Knopfler uses a mixture of pick and fingerpicking; this means his thumb and index finger hold a standard guitar plectrum, but his other fingers separately pluck lower strings. I WILL master it one day.
3. "Walk of Life" 4:12
If So far away is melancholy-reflective, this one is happy-reflective. There's heavy use of a synth in this, and rock n' roll style playing. Listen carefully, and you can hear the direction that the success of the album allowed Knopfler to take. Yee and haw.
4. "Your Latest Trick" 6:33
We're back in blues territory again. What helps this track stand out is a fantastic Saxophone intro. In fact, it is so good that it became the Sax player's in-store riff of choice. Their own stairway to heaven.
5. "Why Worry" 8:31
If there's one track on here that could be marked out as the weakest, it's this one. Although I don't mind listening to it, it is almost forgettable. And that's not a good thing.
6. "Ride Across the River" 6:58
A Guevarra-ish tale of Guerrilla warfare, RATR is a natural companion to the song that would go on to provide a fantastic finish to the album.
7. "The Man's Too Strong" 4:40
With a raucous feel to it accompanied by some crunchy rock guitar work, the inclusion of this one helps raise the tempo of what is an increasingly slower back end.
8. "One World" 3:40
A bit of a puzzler, this one. A bit of this, a bit of that. Some great lyrics, fire that comes and goes. It seems to be about frustration and loneliness. And a touch of anger.
9. "Brothers in Arms" 7:00
A song that raises gooseflesh on my arms. Haunting riffs underlay a tale of loss. Although the dying singer makes much of the courage of his fellow brothers in arms, it is at its heart an anti-war song. As much as I love Money for Nothing, this remains the best track on the album for me.
Up the swanny
Mark Knopfler wrote every track except Money for Nothing, the credit for which he shares with Sting. He also co-produced the Album. The band's lineup changed a lot throughout the years, with John Illsey on bass and Alan Clarke on keyboards providing the most stability.
As a country, England has always punched for above its weight worldwide when it comes to producing some of the best Guitarists the world has ever seen. Jimmy Paige, Jeff Beck, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards, Ritchie Blackmore, Dave Gilmour and Mark Knopfler.
Knopfler is most recognised for playing a red Fender Stratocaster, but he's also made use of a number of others, including a Gibson Les Paul and a much-used Strat "copy" by Schecter.
Dire Straits broke up in 1988, reformed, then broke up for good in 1995 with Knopfler pursuing a solo career which included a number of forays into US country music. Not something you'd have thought a brummie rock guitarist would gravitate towards.
The Album is an absolute must-have for anyone who is into rock, and particularly any rock guitarist. Amazon are currently offering an MP3 download for £3.99.
Almost twenty years later, I am still listening to it.
Brothers In Arms was the fifth album by Dire Straits. Released back in 1985, it has gone on to become one of the best-selling albums of all time, with further accolades including it being Grammy award winning and the first CD to sell a million copies and outsell its vinyl version, as well as also featuring on many "Greatest Albums Ever" lists.
At the time of the album's release, Dire Straits had already enjoyed success with previous albums and single releases such 'Sultans of Swing' and 'Romeo and Juliet' and had recorded and toured almost incessantly. Frontman, guitarist and songwriter Mark Knopfler, with his own style of finger-picking guitar playing, producing a unique and unmistakable sound that has forged a well deserved and rewarding career.
I first became aware of the band around 1980 after just starting senior school. The album 'Making Movies' was the first album I bought by the band, as it featured 'Romeo and Juliet' and 'Tunnel of Love' which I loved. The latter in particular striking a chord with me as I loved the reference to Whitley Bay's Spanish City fairground which I often visited. Mark Knopfler had grown up in his mother's hometown, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, after being born in Glasgow and has often made reference to places and things I can identify with, being from the same area myself.
The album contains a mix of their catchy rock n roll tracks and some mellower folk influenced tracks. What it achieves overall though is a good blend of their unique sound, prodcued by Mark Knopfler and Neil Dorfsman.
So Far Away
Money For Nothing
Walk of Life
Your Latest Trick
Ride Across The River
The Man's Too Strong
Brothers In Arms
I think I am more a fan of Dire Straits ballads or more mellower tracks than I am the big catchy numbers, however, that's not to say I dislike them, as the earlier 'Tunnel of Love' is one of my favourite all-time Straits songs.
Here however, it is those slower ballads that are the definite stand outs for me, with the exception maybe of the big hit 'Money For Nothing'. I have always felt that this track should have began to get on my nerves after a few listens, but it never has, despite being played to death on radio and TV over the years. The reason I think it hasn't, I believe is largely down to the intro. Who can forget Knopfler's fellow Geordie, Sting, singing "I want my MTV..." at the start, as some ethereal sounds accompany him with interspaced drum rolls, before it suddenly stops and Knopfler come in with that catchy riff.
I credit this intro as the reason why I never tire of hearing this song. In the same way that some of Dire Straits intro's on their quieter tracks give me goosebumps, 'Money For Nothing' has a similar appeal, but in a more uplifting way.
Sting is actually credited as writing the song with Knopfler, as the "I want my MTV..." hook is the same as The Police's hit, (Sting's former band) 'Don't Stand So Close To Me'.
Unfortunately I cannot say the same about 'Walk of Life'. It is unbelievably catchy but I have never been able to enjoy this track. Its hook stays in your head long after the song has ended and I personally find it somewhat irritating. No doubt others will disagree but it is a weak moment on the album for me. The brilliance of some of the other tracks however, more than makes up for this. Indeed when you have tracks such as 'So Far Away', 'Your Latest Trick', 'Why Worry' or my favourite track, the beautiful 'Brothers In Arms', then you can forgive there being a weak link or two.
Knopfler's distinct guitar intro on 'So Far Away' forms the basis for the track as the riff is repeated on the chorus throughout, as Knopfler sings of being in love and being alone because "You're so far away from me". Just as his guitar playing is distinctive, so too are his vocals, which at times sound as if he is almost talking. But it works and it works very well, adding to the band's uniqueness. I must add that whilst singing the praises and talents of Mark Knopfler, credit has to be given also to the other band members. Guy Fletcher provides some haunting keyboards as does Alan Clark. John Illsley backing up the rhythms on bass with Terry Williams on drums, although another drummer, Omar Hakim, was used for most of the album after the co-producer felt he was better suited to the sound he wanted to achieve. It was Williams however, who featured on tour and in videos.
I cannot help but see Knopfler as the main voice and sound of Dire Straits and he did write all the songs here, but it was as a band they recorded and performed these great tracks.
As I mentioned the intro's to Straits songs, the intro to 'Your Latest Trick' is different in that it is a saxophone played by Michael Brecker, of whom it was said sounded like he was ripping his own heart out as he played, such is the feeling. Once again it is a memorable intro and has became widely used by people trying out saxophones in music shops over the years. That's the thing with Dire Straits melodies - they stick in your mind. Just like the intro to 'So Far Away' it repeats throughout the song.
'Why Worry' is almost a lullaby with its there, there, I will make it better- type lyrics - "I'll chase away those restless fears that turn your blue skies into grey" whilst 'The Man's Too Strong' is reminiscent of Springsteen's style. The album divides into two sections comprising of drive-time classics and memorable melancholy magnificance. ( I don't apologise for all those adjectives as it deserves them.)
The stand out track here for me has to be the sheer brilliance that is the title track, 'Brothers In Arms'. Everytime I hear it I get goosebumps from start to finish, it is just a hauntingly beautiful ballad. Lyrically, it is one of the best songs Mark Knopfler has ever written. The opening lyrics: "These mist covered mountains, are a home now for me" setting the mood perfectly for what follows. It is haunting both lyrically and musically. Knopfler's gentle guitar riff halfway through as he sings "There's so many different worlds, so many different suns. And we have just one world, but we live in different ones" sends shivers down my spine.
The track builds then comes back down again towards the end. "Let me bid you farwell, every man has to die". The guitar break is beautiful and brings the album to a poignant end.
It is because of the the greatness of this last track alone that I can forgive 'Walk of Life' being here and why I have to give this album five stars. In fact if all the other tracks were poor, the title track would still make this a worthwhile purchase! But there are other tracks on here which I highlighted that are very good too.
Dire Straits were unique in their own right at a time when a lot of new music was appearing and boundaries were being broken. One critic said that although they weren't going to break boundaries, they are capable of breaking your heart if you listen close enough. Given the amount of emotion contained here, I would maybe agree that is a pretty apt description.
This is the fifth album released in 1985 by Dire Straits and I would call it their masterpiece. As one of the best selling British albums of all time it's an album that is still critically acclaimed today and it is frequently shortlisted by experts in the music business as being one of the best albums ever produced. For those who are unfamiliar with the band lead vocalist and guitarist Mark Knopfler has a dark and almost deadbeat kind of voice. Sometimes he half-mumbles the words, sometimes he belts them out in a mid-Atlantic accent and drunken hobo drawl. He has a unique style and vocal tone and every song on this album is a perfect fit with his voice.
'So Far Away' is a great song for chilling out to and has a really relaxed style. I think this track has that 1980's romance movie soundtrack kind of feel. It is a song that charms you because it can make you feel calm and at ease. The percussion performs as a soft hi-hat clicking and the guitars have a smoky, tired style. It's not a song that is particularly stunning on it's own but it's a brilliant way to open this album as it makes us appreciate the warm voice of the lead singer and the intimate, meaningful instrumentals.
'Money for Nothing' is one of the band's better known tracks and this in part was helped by Sting's contribution to the song. Sting's refrain of "I want my MTV" has a haunting and almost creepy effect at the opening of the track. This follows with dramatic drums and guitars that have something important to contribute. Knopfler's vocals are performed with gusto and there is a slightly gung-ho or comedic tone to them. Sting also joins in further on in the song and his light and airy voice is a nice antidote to Knopfler's deep-pitched and grouchy voice. The lyrics are clever, sardonic and insightful and are similar in style to early Fish-penned Marillion tracks. A very catchy and entertaining track with lots of different sounds and meanings to rediscover each time you play it.
'Walk of Life' is a upbeat track whose happy tune you'll pick up before the hipster influenced lyrics. It's kind of a mix of new and old as it definately has an old school 1950's rock and roll feel to it. Knopfler's mid-western drawl is great for just slinging the lyrics around. He sounds like a real cool guy on this song! Definately a song that'll put a smile on your face and have you toe-tapping in no time!
'Your Latest Trick' is a song whose saxophone melody steals the limelight. It's a beautiful and memorable composition, sexy but tinged with sadness and it frames the song. Knopfler's vocals sound dusty and old and are perfect at representing the lyrics. The voice weaves a compelling story and the music captures the atmosphere of this story perfectly. I really feel like I'm pulled into this imaginary world when I hear this song. Fantastic track.
'Why Worry' is a gentle, reassuring song. The guitars have a tangled romance and are like an echo to the main vocal. The beginning of the song has a lullabuy kind of style which makes me feel the message is rather more a father to a daughter rather than a lover to his other half, although either could be valid. It's a lovely song that makes me feel warm and safe. The latter half of the song has a slightly indulgent instrumental section that sounds a bit like the random turns old time Genesis songs used to feature.
'Ride Across the River' has a theme of war (which is also explored in other songs on the album). Here the lyrics have a bold style and in the persona of the song there is a pride in his having to fight. Brass instrumentals sounds like the fanfare of war and the chorus is a promise of success in battle. The music and sound effects pull us into the landscape where this soldier is living and fighting. To me there is a Native American Indian feeling to the song as there is a high degree of pan-piped music and wistful, spiritual melodies that seem appropriate to this culture.
'The Man's Too Strong' is has a country rock feel. The guitars and drums hit out quite heavily at the chorus but hte verses are softer and more folk based. The character in the track is a dark and complicated soul and the mean spirited lyrics really bring him to life. Perhaps not the most compelling melody but wonderful words.
'One World' has the most 'rock' style on the album. It is a sexy, slick track that has a sharp percussion beat, slippy guitars and a bad boy vocal style. The lyrics express dissatisfaction with life and there is talk of needing an "antidote to blues". It's a short track that fades away before it really has the chance to imprint itself on your memory though.
'Brothers In Arms' is actually the song that made me buy this album. I first heard it featured in an episode of 80's classic show Miami Vice where it was used to signify a character's tragic story and it literally had me in tears. The track has serious and intelligent themes which are war, it's effect on those involved, fraternity and spiritual recovery. The lyrics are written from a soldier's perspective as they undergo their "baptisms of fire" and the ideas transmitted are heart-wrenching. It's lyrically stunning - like a poem, an intimate diary entry or the words captured as they surface in a suffering heart. The music has a dusky, slow and sad style which conjures up the lonesome landscapes where armies are forced into combat. It's a rather haunting track and I can't hear it too often as I find it quite upsetting but it's a brilliant track.
I would definately recommend getting this album and I mean the whole thing not just download a couple of tracks. This really needs to be enjoyed as a whole album experience. Once you start to play this album from track one you won't want to stop listening until the very end of the album, trust me!
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****REASONS FOR PURCHASING.****
I actually think this Brothers In Arms CD by Dire Straits, was the very first Album, I ever had in my CD collection. This is the CD I always play, when I am feeling down or a little sad inside. This CD of course has some great feel good songs on board it also, but the tracks "Why Worry" and "Brothers In Arms" from this album really make me cry a lot. Yes! They really do, but I think we all have a CD we like to pull out from our collections and listen to in our quiet times alone, when we are feeling down and this is certainly my one. It is the lyrics and haunting tones in these two tunes that make them feel this way to me. The rest of the album really is great feel good music though.
This is not my top CD I have in my collection, but it certainly is high on my list, is a great album I really enjoy listening to and also one that I highly recommend. I bought this Brothers In Arms CD not long after it was released into the Album chart, as at that time, CDs where just coming on to the market for sale and Brothers In Arms was one of the first Albums to be released onto CD I remember. Well of course back in the eighties Dire Straits where a very successful Rock Group and I could not get enough of their great sounding music to listen to, so of course I had to have this CD to try out for myself and to hear the newest sounds and lyrics from this great rock band.
Well I had already enjoyed some previous music by the group and had also bought a few singles by Dire Straits before this album was released so I was becoming a big fan of this rock group, but was completely won over after buying this particular album. I remember when I first ever played this album I was immediately impressed with each and every one of the great tracks I was hearing, blasting out from my CD players speakers. It was a great mixture of soft rock ballads, full Guitar riffs and excellent catchy lyrics that really won me over to Dire Straits music and had me playing this CD over and over again every single day, at full volume, back in the late eighties, when I was a teen.
I also remember my younger Brother liking Dire Straits also and he used to pinch this CD on me all the time. I caught him many times pretending to play Mark Knopflers great guitar riffs on his imaginary guitar in his bedroom with my CD blaring in the background and I used to go mad at him for taking this album on me, without asking my permission first. It certainly was a cherished album I owned, way back then and no one was allowed to touch it. A few years later I actually bought my Brother a copy of this "Brother In Arms" album by Dire Straits and he was really very pleased and just smiled back at me when I handed it to him.
Well anyway this CD holds some more very important memories to me. In fact it holds lots of memories for me actually. I attended two funerals in the early 1990's that both used the track of the same name from this album "Brothers In Arms" at the end of the service. Brothers In Arms was played at my best friends, Brothers funeral and the other funeral this track was played at, was my very best and dearest friend, who tragically died of cervical cancer at only 24 years old. Well it sure does hold sad memories for me, but I guess it certainly helps me remember my friends and the good times we had together also. Well other important people have sadly passed away from then in my life and sadly this album has turned to one that brings me to tears whenever I play it but I actually think this is a good thing and I really think it's a normal feeling to play songs that hold memories and that also bring back good images in our minds, of our cherished friends and family, that have sadly passed away.
Apart from the few sad songs that play on my emotions on this album there is also other great feel good tracks on it as well. There is actually nine tracks in total on this Brother In Arms Album and each and everyone have great lyrics to them all. There is also excellent solo guitar riffs by Mark Knopfler (the groups lead singer) that really will blow you away if you have never heard him play before. It really is a great rock album that was very popular in it's day and even over twenty years later, is still enjoyed by the younger generation. Just check You tube out. All the young up and coming Guitar players all want to be like Mark Knopfler and enjoy recording themselves playing "Brothers In Arms" on there.
Over the years I have replaced this Brothers In Arms CD a few times as it was digitally re-mastered and updated on several occasions (for the best of course) I actually need to replace the current copy I have, as I have some how managed to get the inlay wet and it's slightly crinkly at the moment. I have certainly had many hours of pleasure out of this album also and I really do seem to play this CD when I am by myself a lot. It certainly is a great album I am pleased to have in my CD collection, as it really is first class instrumental music, at it's very best and has some of the best guitar solos you are ever likely to hear on board it. Well it certainly is another album I can honestly say is certainly worth the £5, that I spent on it, as it truly is excellent rock music. A brilliantly written album that is a pleasure to listen to.
This album also goes down well with all age groups, as some of the songs on it are very well known like "Money For Nothing" and I find, when I play this CD when guests come around, they all know the lyrics to the songs on this Bothers In Arms Album very well indeed! It is a great album for entertaining with or just for listening to on your own, like I do a lot. Well it really is a great album that seems to be enjoyed by most of my friends and family also. A great eighties Album that was very, very popular and still loved and listened to today by me.
***A LITTLE ABOUT DIRE STRAITS.***
Well Dire Straits are a five member Rock Band from the UK. They where formed in 1977 by Mark Knopfler, who is the lead singer, guitarist and song writer of the group. They got the idea for the name of their rock band "Dire Straits" because when they first started out, money was a big issue with them. Well they made it into the limelight and where an instant success and liked by most people in the late seventies. They recorded and produced four successful albums before "Brothers In Arms" and this is when I personally became a huge fan of the group myself because the songs on this album are outstanding and will completely win you over in my opinion.
***SOME INFORMATION ABOUT THIS ALBUM.***
The Album Brothers In Arms was the first album ever on CD to have sales of over one million copies. This was the fifth album that Dire Straits released into the charts on the 13th May 1985. This Album went straight to number one in the UK and also in the US. It made number one also in the album charts in eleven other countries also. There are nine great tracks on this Brothers In Arms Album and in total they last for nearly one hour. The album to date has won three Grammy awards. This album was also voted the 5th best album ever in the UK and that's not surprising, as it is awesome. Songs from this Brothers In Arms Album have been used in Movies and advertisements also.
***THE FRONT COVER TO BROTHERS IN ARMS.***
Well as I have said a few times on my reviews, the front cover to music albums are very important to collectors, as they are designed to catch the customers eye and they are very important to the fans who buy these albums also. Fans of Music albums, like myself, are always excited to see their favourite Pop Groups latest photographs, new emblems on the albums and they really must look very well really for buyers, so that is the point of including album covers and inlays on reviews.
The Front cover to this Brothers In Arms Album looks really good and catches my eye. I always know this is my Dire Straits, Brothers In Arms CD because of the great photograph of the old fashioned guitar that's printed on the cover. The front cover has a lovely sky blue background and set in the middle is a photograph of the National Style 0 Resonator guitar, that seems to be floating in a blue, but cloudy sky.
This photograph is edged in baby pink and highlights the photograph very well. Also printed at the top in the same baby pink colour, is the name of the group Dire straights to the right and to the left the name of this great album ''Brothers In Arms''.
Overall it's a very nice front cover to a music album in my opinion that's very easy to recognise from the famous photograph of it's old style guitar printed on it and I can find it very easily from my collection when I am looking for it also. It really does look great in my CD rack also and is a good front cover to a music album in my opinion.
***BACK COVER TO THE BROTHERS IN ARMS ALBUM.***
The back cover to this Brothers In Arms CD is also a lovely baby blue colour and it has all nine tracks printed in black lettering on the left hand side. All nine tracks are really easy to read, as they are printed in capital letters. At the bottom on the right hand side of this back cover there is also a lovely photograph of the same National guitar, but this time it is coloured in, in lovely pastel shades that form a picture of a landscape. Of course the name of the record company 'Vertigo' is printed on the back cover also. Overall a good clear back cover to this album that's very easy to read the listed tracks printed on it.
***INLAY TO THE BROTHER IN ARMS ALBUM.***
The inlay to this Dire Straits Brothers In Arms CD, is a great little inlay that opens up into a useful eight page booklet. It only has one photograph inside it, that's again of the famous National guitar and all the other pages include useful printed information. There is four great pages in this inlay of printed lyrics to all the nine tracks that are included on this album. I personally find included lyrics are really useful in album inlays, especially if they are all new songs that I don't know the words to.
All the rest of the information included in the Brothers In Arms inlay is about the names of those in the group Dire Straits, producers names, recording studios and all the special "Thank You" from the group themselves. Well it certainly is a great, useful, little inlay booklet, especially with all the songs lyrics printed in it that I really like myself.
***Dire Straits are:***
*Guitars & Vocals - Mark Knopfler
*Keyboards - Alan Clark
*Keyboards & vocals - Guy Fletcher
*Bass & Vocals - John IIIsley
*Drums - Omar Hakim/Terry Williams
(1) So Far Away - 5:12.
(2) Money For Nothing - 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 - 6:55.
***THE ALL IMPORTANT TRACKS ON THIS ALBUM***
Below is a little bit of information about each one of the nine tracks that's included on the Brothers In Arms Album, when the songs where released, who they where written by of course, what they really sound like and what each track means to me personally. They really are all great tracks with great background music and lyrics to them all. Well enjoy the information on them all or skip this part by. It's totally up to you. Well enjoy the read if you continue.
***So Far Away.***
This first track on this Brothers In Arms Album is really excellent. It was written by Mark Knopfler (the lead singer and guitarist of Dire Straits) This song was released into the charts in 1985 as a B-side to the song Walk Of Life, but it reached number 19 in the billboard charts on it's own accord. It runs for just over five minutes and it is an excellent rock song indeed.
Well this great rock song is outstanding in my opinion. I really love this song a lot and I can remember dancing around and going slightly crazy to this in my local disco with my date, when it was first released. Everyone seemed to love this song in the eighties and it was played a lot on the Radio I remember. It sure holds great memories to me indeed! This song begins with Mark Knopfler hitting his electro guitar and playing some pretty excellent, deep bass riffs. Wow! It is excellent and really must be heard. The intro to this song begins with Mark Knopfler playing an excellent solo guitar for around forty seconds, then he gets joined by the rest of the members of Dire straights on keyboards, guitars and he then begins to sing in his deep, sexy and husky voice, the great lyrics to this song and manages to play one on the best guitar tunes ever, all at the same time. Amazing! What talent.
This really is a great sounding, softer rock song with plenty of great guitar riffs, great drum and percussion sounds also throughout it. It really is a very catchy tune indeed that's great to dance with a partner to when you hear this playing I find. Yes! It is one of those great catchy tunes you certainly will love whenever you here it.
The lyrics to this song So Far Away, are sort of romantic ones in my opinion. Mark Knopfler sings a story of being so far away from the love in his life and being fed up with the whole situation really. It really is a very catchy little song that repeats the chorus "So Far Away" a lot through it, but it truly is excellent and I love listening to this a lot. A really enjoyable song that makes you feel great inside, just wanting to get up and dance to this right away and also scream out the chorus "So Far Away" whenever you hear this being played.
***Money For Nothing.***
What a song this one is and has to be one of the best of the eighties. Well Money For Nothing was written by Mark Knopfler and Sting. It was released into the UK charts in June 1985. This song runs for over eight minutes, but of course was shortened for Radio play to 4mins and 38 seconds. Money for nothing reached number four in the UK charts and reached number one in the US and stayed at the top of the Billboard charts for three weeks. This song was a huge international hit for Dire Straits. Sting was asked to provide some backing vocals for this song and the chorus ended up sounding the same tune to his own song "Don't Stand So Close To Me" and is a great touch to this track I personally feel.
Mark Knopfler was inspired to write Money For Nothing when he was in an electrical store one day and when he met a guy working there, who served him. Mark asked him for a piece of paper and wrote down most of the words the guy spoke to him and made it all into this excellent song.
The lyrics to this great song though caused a bit of controversy at the time with some gay men, as it include the line "The little faggot with the earring and the make-up" so the lyrics where sometimes changed for Radio play and the word Mother was used instead of Faggot by the way. On this Brothers In Arms album though, the word "faggot" is still used.
Well now for the sound of this excellent song. It really is truly amazing indeed, in every single way. The first time I ever heard this song, I absolutely loved it. The guitar sounds really have to be heard on this track as they are one of the best you are ever likely to hear. Money For Nothing starts of with the most amazing Guitar riff by Mark Knopfler, who starts this excellent song of. Wow! It is excellent. One of the best guitar riffs ever in my opinion. This great guitar Blast is joined by great drum beats, synthesiser sounds and excellent worded lyrics. This great guitar riff runs right the way through Money For Nothing and is played out in full, whenever it hit's the chorus. It really is an excellent piece of guitar music. You really will be moving when you hear this song. Mark Knopfler sings this song in his very unique voice and Sting sings the backing Chorus throughout this track also, to the tune of his own song "Don't stand so close to me" and this really blends well and contributes to this sound. It really is an excellent rock song of the eighties, that I am sure is remember by most people and an excellent track on the Brothers In Arms album.
The Lyrics to Money for nothing are true eighties ones. The Video to Money for Nothing was the very first Music Video aired on MTV, so I guess that is why the lyrics "I want my MTV" are included in it. Well this song was written by Mark Knopfler, when he was in an electrical store, as I said above and he wrote down all the words the guy working there, was saying to him. He of course made it into this great song. This songs tell a story of things that where new in the eighties, for example, he sings about yo-yos and how to do it, watching MTV and installing fitted kitchens and microwave ovens. All these things mentioned in the lyrics of Money for nothing are certainly telling us about that era. Of course the words Money for nothing and chicks for free is referring to himself at the time.
Money for nothing is certainly one of the most memorable eighties songs. Everywhere you went back then in 1985, this great catchy track was blasting. It really is a great song that brings back great memories of my teenage years.
***Walk Of Life.***
This is another excellent track from this Brothers In Arms Album that I personally love. It was a very successful song and I would be surprised if no one has heard of this great song before. Walk of life was released into the singles chart in December 1984. It reached number two in the UK charts and number seven in the US. This song has been used in television programmes and a had a charity walk named after it also.
The background sound of this track if very uplifting in my opinion. It is quite fast passed indeed and certainly makes you move you feet to the rhythm of this one. It really is very catchy indeed. Well Walk Of Life starts of with Guy Fletcher playing the main tune over and over, on the keyboard, for around thirty seconds before being joined by Mark Knopfler and John IIIsley on guitar. As always it really is the greatest guitar rift to accompany this song. The bass, keyboards and guitar sounds really are the best from them all during this song. There is further great solo guitar sounds throughout this also. It certainly is a very catchy and a very fast passed tune that is accompanied by excellent lyrics. A very unusual song, but it really blends very well together to create this famous track that I really enjoy listening to.
The lyrics to Walk Of Life are really good. Mark Knopfler sings a story of one man named Johnny who in days gone by used to walk from town to town, telling all the locals about the great adventures and things he had come across on his travels. It really is a lovely tale, made into a fun sort of story. Walk of life is what this was called over the years by travellers. Well the lyrics are extremely catchy in Walk Of Life and the chorus is short. This song does not repeat it's self at all and I think it's very nicely sang and performed by Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits. A great catchy track with a fast beat throughout it indeed, that is certainly worth listening to.
***Your Latest Trick.***
I absolutely love this song. This excellent track was written by Mark Knopfler, the man with many talents. It was released into the UK charts in 1986 and reached number 26. It was a number one single in France. This song has a famous saxophone introduction to it that is now widely used in music shops because of this excellent piece of music that Mark Knopfler wrote for it. Despite it's low chart position this really is a very well know song and outstanding piece of softer rock music that is very recognisable.
Well now for the sound of Your Latest Trick. The sound from the background instruments throughout this whole track is nothing but fantastic. This song starts of with the greatest saxophone solo you are ever likely to hear and that's the truth. This amazing piece of music played at the start of Your Latest Trick lasts for around fifty seconds before being joined by Mark Knofler on his electro guitar and softly singing the great lyrics to this song. I love it! It's really beautiful indeed! It really is a lovely romantic rock song in my opinion. The beat throughout this fantastic song is continuous and perfectly performed. Mark Knopfler sings this really brilliantly also. He really shows deep emotions singing this track. The saxophone continues on through the chorus also, only stopping when Mark Knopfler stops singing and it really is beautiful. Lots of keyboard, light drum beats and other great little instrumental sounds, all compliment the backing sound beautifully indeed. It's an excellent soft rock song I am so pleased is on this Brothers In Arms album, as I love this so much. Incredible!
Well apart from this excellent background music throughout The Latest Trick Mark Knopfler not only plays his guitar beautifully, but he sings this song note perfectly in a softer, quieter voice, that's very sexy indeed in my opinion. He sings a song of having a friend who has taken him for ever single thing he has. It really is a lovely story and never repeats itself once, apart from the chorus, which says. "All I can do, is hand it to you" "and your latest trick" which to me is very well written indeed. This really is an excellent soft rock song by Dire Straits that is really great to listen to because of the great saxophone sounds through it and of course the lyrics are very meaningful also. Well it is an excellent song that I highly recommend listening to if you never have before because you will be blown away by the excellent piece of music played on the saxophone.
This is one of the songs on the Brothers In Arms Album that leads me to tears every single time I hear it played. I usually get My Brothers In Arms album out and play it when I am feeling low, just to hear this amazing song and to help me think about the good times I had with my long, gone friends also. Why Worry was released into the UK charts on the 30th April 1985. I cannot find any information to it's position in the charts, but it was certainly released from the Brother In Arms album. I remember whenever I first ever heard this song, I really liked it immediately. It really is very beautifully written and the background music is outstanding.
Why worry is a very soft rock song indeed. It really is romantic, but very sad also. It starts of with a very gentle, medieval and somewhat Spanish style introduction to it. This introduction is just beautiful to listen to also. It really is. An excellent piece of guitar music indeed. Just beautiful. It lasts for over one minute and it is very gentle and relaxing listening to this. After the amazing introduction to this track a great keyboard sound loudly joins Mark Knopfler, gently dies down and fades when he first starts singing the beautiful and meaningful lyrics. It really is incredible indeed. Well Mark starts singing in a very gentle, but deep and husky voice that is so unique indeed and I really do not think anyone else could sing this song in such away as he does. It really is amazing. There is a beautiful chorus to this song also and plenty of great instrumental pieces from a piano and of course Mark Knopflers electric guitar. Towards the end of the song it again becomes another excellent instrumental piece of guitar music, piano sounds and other little instruments, that make this song a true masterpiece in my opinion. It is incredible and under rated in my eyes. One of my favourites songs ever written.
The Lyrics, I personally think, are what make me cry along to this song. Yes it can be romantic in it's own little way, but I find the lyrics to be really sad ones and bring back memories of my best friend every time I hear it, as it meant a lot to us. Well this song tells the most beautiful story ever of feeling down and always having a special someone around when you are feeling this way, to help pick you back up again. The chorus is really beautiful also "But Baby I'll wipe away those tears" so you can see that it really is a sad song indeed because of this chorus. Well this to me is an excellent soft rock song that I really love. It would be in my top ten favourite songs ever. I just love it so much because of the special memories it holds. I think if you buy this Bothers In Arms CD you will see exactly what I am talking about.
***Ride Across The River.***
Ride Across The River is another excellent song by Dire Straights. It was released into the charts on the 8th August 2000, but no information is available that I can find, of how well this song did in the charts, but it was released from the Brother In Arms Album. This song last for 4.57 minutes and it is another great piece of music by Dire Straits in my opinion. It was again written by Mark Knopfler.
Ride Across The River Starts of with gentle cymbal sounds that get joined by the keyboard and Mark Knopfler on his electro guitar in a continuous, enjoyable and softer beat. There is loads of different little instruments used in this some what unusual style rhythm. To me this is slightly reggae music with a twist of soft rock music to it also. It also has a great guitar piece in the middle of it and Mark really gives it all on his guitar in this piece. It is amazing. Another very relaxing piece of music indeed, that I love listening to and a great track on this album.
The lyrics to Ride Across the river are good ones also. That really help make this great song, I guess. Mark Knopfler really does not sing a long story in this song, but little ones in between the great instrumental pieces of music. The story tells a sad tale of men marching into different battles around the world and paying with their lives. It is a good song on the Brothers In Arms CD that I am glad is included because of the great guitar riffs, especially at the end of this track.
***The Mans Too Strong.***
This great song by Dire Straits was released on the 19th September 2000, but there is no chart entry that I can find for this track. It lasts for 4.40 minutes and is another excellent song to listen to on the Brothers In Arms Album, that I personally love. It was written by the lead singer and guitarist, the great Mark Knopfler.
The Mans Too Strong to me sounds like a real country type of rock song, that is another excellent piece of Music written by Dire Straits that I really love to bits. It truly is outstanding to listen to this track on this album. It starts of slightly quieter and gets slightly louder towards the chorus. The introduction starts of with Mark Knopfler strumming gently on his electro guitar and a harmonica can be heard in the back ground at times also. The introduction soon gets joined by Mark Knopflers excellent deep voice and he sings this song perfectly. It really is great. This song really livens up with great drum roars when he sings the chorus to this great track. The harmonica gives this song great sound also throughout it. The end of The Mans Too Strong is a gentler piano and guitar melody, that again livens right up, at the very end, to fade to a gentle strum from Mark Knopfler on his guitar. It really is a lovely song indeed and must be heard on this album.
The lyrics to The Mans Too Strong are really sang superbly by Mark Knopfler. His voice is real country and western sounding and fit's this song perfectly. David sings his story of the Civil War and it being lead by a dictator (I am not sure who exactly though) and it tells the story of him being an awful corrupt man. The end verse sings about him being punished for his war crimes. It really is an excellent story and song that I really enjoy listening to. I wish I knew exactly who Mark Knopfler was referring to in it though. Well an excellent story to this fantastic song that I really love. I am so glad this track is on the Brother In Arms Album also.
One world is another excellent piece of guitar music and of course a great song that I personally enjoy listening to on the Brothers In Arms Album. One World was released in May 1985, but I do not think it entered the UK or US charts. This track lasts for 3.40 minutes and is a great piece of rock music indeed.
One World is really fantastic in my own opinion. It is a song that has great meaning to me personally and brings back lots of great memories of the eighties and early nineties. The beginning of this song starts of with a softer fanfare of guitar, piano and keyboard sounds that play very slowly for around 15 seconds before quickening up to become faster paced and then they get joined by Mark Knopfler singing this incredible catchy song. One World has a very steady beat to it that speeds up and slows down a lot throughout it. It has a great bass guitar riff in the middle of it also, that I really like. Well it really is an excellent piece of great guitar music with deep soul I guess. This will get you moving to the beat of it whenever you hear it played, as its awesome. I love it!
The lyrics to One World are really great also. They tell a story of feeling blue and Mark Knopfler sings this superbly and is looking for his antidote for his blues, from watching TV to finding a reason why they where caused. I guess he just can not find the answer though. Well this really is a very catchy little tune. The lyrics are short to this song, but the guitar pieces certainly make up for it and are a pleasure to listen to indeed. It really is another excellent rock guitar song, that I really like indeed.
***Brothers In Arms.***
The best track was certainly saved for last on this album. This song outshines all the other tracks put together on this album. Oh they are all great tracks indeed, but the song Brothers In Arms is sure in a league of it's own. It is an incredible piece of music and one of the best songs ever written. This song really does stand out above the rest. It is amazing! Brothers In Arms was released into the charts in December 1984 and reached number 16 in the UK chart. It really is surprising to me that it did not make number one, but you will notice a lot of top one hundred songs never did either. This song has been used in many Movies and TV shows over the years because it really is an outstanding and very popular song indeed! If you have never heard Brothers In Arms before, I am going to suggest that you go buy this album right away. You really do not know what you are missing.
Brothers In Arms is another song that brings tears to my eyes. It really is one of those very haunting and sad introductions to a song, that really makes it feel this way though.. I remember when I first ever heard this song played. I truly was amazed by it's excellent background music and fantastic lyrics. This song starts of with the sounds of a fierce thunderstorm and soon gets joined with a somewhat sad sounding guitar tune that is very slowly played. It is also accompanied by deep bass guitars riffs also. It really is very slow and an outstanding introduction to one of the best rock songs ever written. Well after this haunting and somewhat eerie introduction, that lasts for around thirty seconds, Mark Knopfler begins to sing very gently and quietly (if not whispering) this amazing song. It gets accompanied by an accordion sounding, keyboard sound. It is a very Scottish sounding track indeed. It continues on very slowly to the second verse, where it then gets joined by a steady drum beat and gentle sounds from the electro guitar. Wow! It is incredible sounding indeed. I have listened to this song hundreds of times and it still makes the hairs on my arms stand on end.
Well Brothers In arms carries on to the third verse and there is an excellent guitar riff that plays in the background of this gentle rock sounding tune. The mixture of sounds is outstanding. Truly amazing. The closing of Brothers in arms is an amazing guitar solo, that really concludes this outstanding piece of music. This song really will send shivers down your spine from it's haunting rhythm and outstanding background tune.
The lyrics to brothers in arms are outstanding also, but they always bring tears to my eyes. This song was used at a few funerals I attended and I guess it holds sad memories of those times, but it really is telling the story of Scotland and the Civil Wars there, of long ago and even includes a piece about the current day wars. It is a masterpiece of writing. One of the best songs ever written. Mark Knopfler is a genius and should never be forgotten for producing such outstanding lyrics, giving us all endless hours of entertainment on his guitar and for singing in his very unique and husky voice, that I really adore. Brothers In Arms is outstanding and a real pleasure to listen to overall.
***MY OVERALL OPINION OF BROTHER'S IN ARMS.***
Well what an album Brothers In Arms is and one I am very certainly pleased and happy to own. I really do get endless hours of what I call "My Time" with this album and will peacefully sit and listen to each and everyone of these nine great tracks, over and over again. It is an outstanding album and one of the best eighties albums to be released.
Brothers In Arms, when I listen to it, really does help me remember the great times in my life, especially the ones I had with my passed on friends because of two tracks on it that are really quite sadly performed overall.
These tracks really do refresh my mind and put great thoughts back inside it. Although these songs recall death to me, they bring back the happier times in my life as well. The other seven more up lifting tracks on the Brothers In Arms album are great ones that I am very pleased are included on it also. It really is a great rock album that contains softer rock ballads, to full blown rock guitar riffs. High enjoyable indeed.
Each and everyone of the nine tracks on the Brothers in arms album are unique and all tell their own special little stories. Of course the excellent rock guitar music really helps make these songs also, so between these two great blends, we get one excellent and very enjoyable music album indeed. Brothers in arms certainly is worth every single penny I have spent on it. My copy is tatty and worn, but that shows it is loved I guess.
Dire Straits really are a very talented rock group. Each and everyone of their tracks are amazing and a pleasure to listen to in my opinion. This rock group really can perform on stage, play many musical instruments, write excellent songs and sing very well indeed. This really is what makes them so great. Brothers In Arms was their most successful selling album because of all the excellent and huge hits they had from it. It certainly is the best album I have in my collection by Dire Straits and one I listen to a lot.
Would I recommend this album? Well I guess if you have read this review you will already know that I certainly would highly recommend it to everyone. If you like rock music and have never heard of Dire Straits, then I certainly would say 'buy a copy' It really is excellent indeed. The group perform extremely well and are a real pleasure to listen to. You really will be won over if you listen to Brother In Arms (the song) All nine songs on this album tell great little stories indeed also. It really is worth checking this group and album out for yourselves, to hear what I am talking about.
This album is one you really must have in your CD collections. For rock music lovers, guitar players or just fans of great music, this ones certainly for you. These tracks will certainly change your mood. I guarantee that. Well Brothers In Arms gets 10/10 from me and a big thumbs up. You really must give this great album a listen to, to hear what I am talking about. A truly amazing and a highly enjoyable music album, that has the best of Dire Straits music on board it. £5 really is a cheap price to pay for such excellent entertainment also and for listening to the most amazing guitar and music sounds around in my opinion.
Thank you Dire Straits for writing, producing and performing this Brothers In Arms Album. It really means a lot to me, recalls so much memories in my life and has given me endless hours of entertainment.
Brothers in Arms was one of Dire Straits first albums and for my money still rates as one of the best alongside "Making Movies" The album contains one of my favourite Mark Knopfler tracks "Money for Nothing". That's the song which which has been politically corrected and totally ruined in recent years by the removal of the verse about the "faggot" who was a millionaire. The song in its Greatest Hits version just doesn't sound right. Here you get it the way he wrote it. The other big track of this album is "Walk of life" which rattles along nicely and is another one of those songs which regularly turn up on compilation albums. The album finishes with the slow, slightly dirge like track which forms the title, "Brothers in Arms". I must confess I prefer Dire Straits faster work to their slower tracks but it is all delivered with equal aplomb by the highly talented Mr. Knopfler.
Brothers in Arms was the first thing that I ever spent my own hard earned cash on. When I got my first wage packet, back in the dim dark days of 1986, I went to my local Asda and bought it on tape for £4.99, mainly because I had heard the track Brothers in Arms on the radio. Since then I have actually re-purchased it three times, first replacing the tape when I literally wore it out and then buying two cds (replaced the first because it was damaged). I have a very wide taste in music, but this is one album that will always be part of my collection. It is a little on the short side, holding only nine tracks and playing for a total time of 54 minutes, but every track is very easy on the ear. Mark Knopfler's guitar playing has to be heard to be believed, especially on the final track Brothers in Arms. Track 1 - So Far Away A little on the mournful side, with slow guitar riffs. A good opening track. Track 2 - Money for Nothing More upbeat tempo. A cynical song about the rise of MTV with backing vocals from Sting. Was accompanied by a classic computer animated video. "Money for nothing, and your chicks for free" Track 3 - Walk of Life Catchiest tune on the cd. More synthesizer playing than guitar licks but it will get your foot tapping. Track 4 - Your Latest Trick Another mournful song, opening with a solo on the trumpet, before changing to a beautiful saxophone solo. Great track. Track 5 - Why Worry Beautiful intro played on guitar. Another sad song, but with a message of hope and love. "Why worry, there should be laughter after pain, there should be sunshine after rain, these things have always been the same, so why worry now, why worry now" Track 6 - Ride Across the River Slow song with a slightly religious undertone. "I'm a soldier of freedom, in the army of The Man" Track 7 - The Mans Too Strong Great gui
tar playing intro, starts really slow then kicks into an incredible chorus, before ebbing down a little."And I can still here his laughter, and I can still here his song, the mans too big the mans too strong" Track 8 - One World Purely guitar based with some very nice riffs. "Can't get no sleeves for my records, can't get no laces for my shoes, can't get no fancy notes on my blue guitar, I can't get no antidote for....blues" Track 9 - Brothers In Arms The best track on the album. Dramatic intro to another melancholy song. Some real classic guitar playing showing Mark Knopfler's skill to perfection. "These mist covered mountains, are a home now for me, but my home id the lowlands, and always will be. Some day you'll return to, your valleys and your farms, and you'll no longer yearn to be, Brothers in Arms" This album was a departure from the previous works by Dire Straits, and the last album of note, before the band split. It hit number one like a rocket and stayed in the charts for nearly three years. A classic by anyone's standard, even more so in these days of manufactured pop bands and recycled songs. Because of it's age it can frequently be found reduced in Woolworths, or as part of their latest 3 for 2 offer. Get it.
The album cover is blue and most of the songs are blue, so how come this album is one of the biggest selling albums to come out of the UK in recent years? After all, this 1985 offering is the 6th outing for Dire Straits - so why did it take so long for them to gain world-wide recognition? You know, I can't answer those questions. I have a couple of the earlier Straits albums on vinyl, the most often-aired being 'Making Movies' which contains the classic track 'Romeo and Juliet', and of course I own Brothers in Arms, which I regard as the seminal album of this group, and one that deserves a place in everyone's collection. If you haven't got it already, read on - I might just manage to convince you! Brothers in Arms contains 9 tracks in total, and features the well-known singles 'Money for Nothing' and 'Walk of Life', the latter featuring a much younger Sting in the famous opening bars - ' I want my, I want my MTV . . . ' After hearing these two upbeat songs, you would expect to hear more of the same on the album. What you actually get is an album full of soul, great music, great lyrics and superb sounds. The opening love song 'So Far Away' is a moody classic, the petulant vox of Mark Knopfler illustrating exactly the feelings of a fed-up, love-struck lover, separated from his partner. Followed by the aforementioned singles 'Money for Nothing' and 'Walk of Life', these are about as upbeat/poppy as this album gets. Both top tunes, with excellent lyrics - check out the chorus of 'Money for Nothing' which goes like this: "We gotta install microwave ovens Custom kitchen deliveri-e-e-e-ees We gotta move these refrigerators We gotta move these colour TV's" 'Walk of Life' apparently almost wasn't on this album at all, but the band managed to convince the producer, and it was spared. And it's a gr
eat song, with catchy keyboard riffs and the occasional 'woo-hoo' thrown in for good measure. Track 4 - 'Your Latest Trick' - again soulful, bluesy and magnificent. Another pained statement of love lost - my favourite line being " You played robbery with insolence, and I played the blues in twelve bars down Lover's Lane" 12-bar blues? Or twelve bars he played the blues in? Clever stuff! The simple and stunning 'Why Worry' follows. A precursor to the 'Everybody Hurts' type ballad of REM, this is a song that will uplift the saddest soul, and make you feel as if everything can be okay. The vocals fit the lyrics perfectly. Next comes the first of three soldier songs - 'Ride across the River'. Moody and stirring, this is one of the best tracks of this album. Followed by 'The Man's Too Strong', in which clever words and another top tune unite to form another great song. Play this one with the Bass level turned up! The words of the next track say it all - entitled 'One World' and predominantly saying "Can't get no antidote for blues", this is still a track that you can sing/dance along to. Again, the backing and the vocals fit together well, and the guitar of Mr Knopfler really boosts the song . Finally the title track - 'Brothers in Arms'. Thought-provoking and topical, continuing the soldier theme, this track is gently sombre and the lyrics are beautiful. A fantastic ending to a quality album.
This was the phenonmenally succesful album from Dire Straits with the massive hits Walk of Life, and Money For Nothing. Nearly every music fan knows the album whether they like it or hate it... Although the biggest songs are alot of peoples favourites I actaully prefer some of the lesser known tracks on the album. Your Latest Trick is one such song which combines a great sax track, blending in with subtle melodies and not too much guitar. The vocal is also ok with the lyrics being rather good. The other track that I really like is The Man's Too Strong. This is somewhat different from the usual style of Dire Straits. It has some soft lyric and guitar sections, interspersed with huge loud and hard hitting guitar elements on the chorus. If you like the band and don't have this then you should buy it, but if you're a casual observer then I would say give it a miss. Back when it was released it was a little more cutting edge, but these days it all looks a little dated.
This classic album has tracks to suit whatever mood you are in. It ranges from soft, soppy songs, to fast lively tracks, music to sing along to and music just to listen to. The trouble with the faster tracks is the desire to play “air guitar”. Most of us have seen Dire Straights performing a lot of the classic tracks from this album and we know we could play guitar as well, if not better, than Mark Knopfler. A drop of alcohol can improve the performance even more. Don’t ever use a real guitar, the illusion will be ruined for ever. There are four real classic tracks and these are: So Far Away. Money For Nothing. Walk of Life. Brothers In Arms. If you have listened to much music then you will instantly recognise every one of these four tracks. Brothers In Arms is outstanding and I am sure will still be played for many years to come. If you would like the words for each of the tracks then these can be found on: http://www.icmsc.sc.usp.br/~rpleite/brothers.html I have this album in LP format (that is a round black plastic record), but I am very pleased to say that it is available on CD and is a must in every music lovers collection.
This is the first compact disc that i bought, way back in 1987 (£8.99 from Woolworths), just after i bought my first stereo after getting my first job. I originally bought the album because i loved 'Money for Nothing' and 'Brothers in Arms' (it went with my 'Why!' posters, remember those) but i was not prepared for how powerful the whole album would be. Here is a quick rundown 1 - So Far Away - A story of love at a distance, begging to be together 2 - Money For Nothing - Upbeat rose tinted vision of pop stars lives, from the viewpoint of a couple of workmen 3 - Walk Of Life - Another upbeat track about Johnny the busker, playing to make ends meet 4 - Your Latest Trick - Moody, stylish song about the pain of love lost 5 - Why Worry - Almost a lullaby, moody music but upbeat lyrics 6 - Ride Across The River - Fun, Reggae beat, soldiers of fortune marching to war 7 - The Man's Too Strong - A real ballad, powerful acoustic reflection on a mans life and sins 8 - One World - Rock Track, fun nonsense 9 - Brothers in Arms - Most emotional track on the album, which can still bring me to tears now, over thirteen years later. If you ever need a record to explain the futility of war, this is the one. The album is an amazing mix of styles and moods, but produced without a fault all the way through. This was the showpiece album for this group of hard working musicians and proved Mark Knopfler one of the worlds greatist guitarists. If you do not already own this album, go out and find a copy now. Even if you are not whole hearted fans of Dire Straits, you will still appreciate the polish and quality of this album, best enjoyed with mood lighting and a bottle of red.
This was THE album that established the compact disc as the new medium for the 80s and beyond. Although it was not the first album to be released on a CD, it was the one that captured the imagination. Looking at the album now, it has stood the test of time and contains some wonderful tracks, such as “money for nothing”, with Sting giving the high pitched part, “walk of life” and the very atmospheric title track. A great album.
Dire Straits are wuite clearly an albums band, and this album demonstrates this fact perfectly. Brother In Arms unsuprisingly topped the charts in 1985, and stayed in the top 100 for an incredible 196 weeks. This is debatably the best album from Mark Knopfler and company, and the title track is a beautiful mix, with a soothing guitar and soft lyrics. This album is not just for Dire Straits fans, I would recommend to absolutely anyone. Track Listing: So Far Away, Money For Nothing, Walk Of Life, Your Latest Trick, Why Worry, Ride Across The River, The Man's Too Strong, One World and Brothers in Arms.
Brothers in Arms is my favourite album from my all time favourite band. No album in my collection evokes more memories or stirs quite as many emotions as this one does. It came out around the time that I had left school and started by first Job. I was immediately captivated by the single "Money for Nothing" which had a ground breaking computer animated video to go with it. I bought the album on the strength of that single. I used to turn the car stereo up to full volume for the opening riff and (although I am embarrassed to admit it now) play the air guitar as I went along! When I met my future wife three years later I introduced her to the album. The song "Brothers in Arms" became our song and we used to sit in the same car (not while we were going along) having a kiss and a cuddle as we listened to it. Anyhow, Before I lose you all up the sentimental cul de sac of memory lane, I have one or two objective points to make. The secret of the album, indeed the success of Dire Straits, centres upon the talent of Mark Knopfler. He sings like a person who has just swallowed a mouthful of gravel. But he plays the guitar like an angel. Heavy metal, rock and roll, folk and simple ballads are all styles which are well within his grasp. At times he reminds me of Hank Marvin (a big influence on Mark Knopfler's early years) and at other times there is more than a touch of Bob Dylan. His talent on the guitar touches upon the genius. The result is a variety of wonderful music which somehow epitomises the 1980's. I suppose that single "Money for Nothing" summed up the ethos of the decade. But then so did the single "Walk of life", and "Brothers in arms" and...heck, I could list them all! If you have never heard this album before or wonder what I'm making all this fuss about then I encourage you to have a listen. If you enjoy real talent in your musicians then you
will not be disappointed.
If you are going to buy just one Dire Straits album (which is not a compilation but an original) then I would have to recommend Brothers In Arms. This album is perhaps the most famous of Dire Strait's studio albums, and features two of their biggest and best songs ever. My family used to have a copy of this album signed by Mark Knopfler...but it was stolen, to this day I debate over what was worth more; Mark's signature or the classic album. Money For Nothing is the song that everybody knows, with it's unmistakable guitar introduction and the "I want my MTV" maxim that made the song so famous in the 1980s. Money For Nothing is perhaps often noted as being Mark Knopfler's standout track, but i would suggest otherwise...and this album features some of the other great Dire Straits compositions. The albums eponymous Brothers In Arms song is perhaps the best song on the album, and is definitely one of their best songs of all time. Again it is unmistakable from the very first note on Knopfler's guitar and the whispered lyrics that serve to make you think perhaps more than any other song on the album does. It is a good sign off for the album, as Brothers In Arms is one of the greatest songs ever and is definitely one of the best and most beautiful Dire Straits songs (revealing a different side to the Sultans of Swing-esque music). So Far Away is another great song, as is Walk of Life (both of which can be found on the Sultans of Swing compilation). Your Latest Trick is a well known part of the wide Dire Straits catalogue, and is another highlight of the album. Why Worry, Ride Across the River, The Man's Too Strong, and One World offer some incentive to buy the album despite owning compilations, as they are not available on other format. Brothers In Arms is one of the albums of its generation that can rightly be called a 'classic', a tag-on used far too much nowadays. Mark Knopfler is in
inspired form, and the song Brothers In Arms is worthy enough of the money you pay for the whole album. As I said previously, if you only buy one Dire Straits studio album make it this one...a masterpiece from a truly wonderful songwriter. 1. So Far Away (5:12) 2. Money for Nothing (8:26) 3. Walk of Life (4:13) 4. Your Latest Trick (6:34) 5. Why Worry (8:31) 6. Ride Across the River (6:58) 7. The Man's Too Strong (4:40) 8. One World (3:41) 9. Brothers in Arms (6:59)
This album has everything the real rockmusic should have...and more.. Solid tracks, perfectly instrumental, and the lyrics too. Songs like "Money For Nothing" Brothers in Arms" and " Walk Of Life" , is the biggest and best hits in this album, just this songs...beats many many other rockalbums by other artists. . And "So Far Away", "Your Latest trick", is also very very good on their ways...a little bit more slowly and, emotionell on their ways. and the other songs are also great too, after all. But not the most famuos on this album. "One World" are a very cool song , for example. All tracks is very intelligent and genius songs....on this album. 1985 best record. D.S is even best in everything too even the earlier years, whith the other albums... the true fact, nothing´s wrong here
Disc #1 Tracklisting
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 Man's Too Strong
8 One World
9 Brothers In Arms