Blockbuster Brothers in Arms Helped Define 1980s, Catapulted Dire Straits to Arena Status: Ranked #351 on Rolling Stone's List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time
The Ultimate Version of the Audiophile Standard, Mastered from the Original Master Tapes: Mobile Fidelity 180g 45RPM 2LP Set Captures Nuances, Textures, and Finite Information
Digital clone of Sony 1630 U-Matic digital master
There are hit records. And then there are blockbusters. One of the world's best-selling records, a winner of two Grammy Awards, an era-defining reference statement, an MTV favorite, and a set that catapulted an already-acclaimed band to arena status, Dire Straits' Brothers in Arms is the kind of epic spectacular that comes around only once or twice a decade. Surpassed only in fame and visibility during the period by Michael Jackson's Thriller, the 1985 album remains idiosyncratic for its covetable combination of adventurous songwriting, precision-based performances, and reference-caliber fidelity.
Mastered from the original master tapes, pressed on 45RPM LPs at RTI, and possessing a richness befitting the album's stellar reputation, Mobile Fidelity's numbered-edition 180g 45RPM 2LP set of Brothers in Arms breathes with transparent highs, atmospheric heft, and lifelike tonalities. This is the ultimate-sounding version of this audiophile favorite ever made.
The sense of realism this edition delivers will leave slack-jawed even the most hard-to-please audiophiles. As the recipient of the Grammy for Best-Engineered Recording, the album has always been a go-to sonic standard, but never has it sounded so reach-out-and-touch-it realistic as it does on this analog pressing. All of the hallmark characteristics – ample spaciousness, ideal balances, widescreen dynamics, immersive depth, lush production – are here in spades. As is music-making of enviable proportions.