- Audio CD (July 26, 2005)
- 20th Anniversary Edition edition
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, Hybrid SACD - DSD
- Label: Universal UK
- ASIN: B0009A21R6
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (577 customer reviews)
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Brothers in Arms (20th Anniversary Edition)
20th Anniversary Edition
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Import only SACD pressing. 20th anniversary limited edition of Dire Strait's 1985 album in the Hybrid/SACD format - 5.1 Surround Sound, packaged in a standard jewel case. Features the same nine tracks as the original version. Mercury. 2005.
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Update: I emailed Mobile Fidelity customer service, which replied: "We are aware of this issue and unfortunately exchanging for another copy will not resolve it. The problem is that due to the large amount of bass on this record, it is rather difficult to track. Replacing his record with another copy of the same will not solve the problem as what you are hearing is not a defect. We have re-cut the side at a lower level and with less bass to use as replacements for those who are unable to track the original. If you are able to provide a US shipping address, I'd be happy to ship a replacement copy of LP 1 to you."
I did receive the replacement LP 1, but it still skips in exactly the same spot. Not in a high-bass passage, but in a relatively quiet spot between verses. My gear is not high end, but is good quality and has no trouble tracking any other record in my 600 LP collection.
Haven't had a chance to do a full listen comparison to my 1st press of the album but I'm liking what I'm hearing! :)
180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - 093624937715
Half Speed Mastering by Stan Ricker - Limited Edition - Pressed at Plated at RTI
WOW!!! The sound was excellent, deep bass, great depth of soundstage, smooth rich tone and great dynamics! There is a reason they cut this Album on four full sides!"
Whatever you think of Knopler’s songwriting depth and the communicativeness of his delivery, there’s no denying the exquisite—though now sounding dated— mid-1980’s production quality. The sound quality of this album immediately attracted audiophiles back then and continues to do so today.
Even on his worst day, I wouldn’t bet against Bob Ludwig cutting at the Masterdisk lathe and the “RL MASTERDISK” original is still a potent sounding record. Stan Ricker’s half-speed cut, spread out over four sides, doesn’t attempt to re-create the original’s brash, forward and echoey sound. It’s somewhat drier, less “tinkly” and definitely gives musical images greater weight and more body. For instance, “Walk of Life” comes off far less “carnival-like” and I think that makes it a much better song. Ricker gives the album a warmer, more mature feel, with the half-speed mastering trading some brashness and edginess for greater true transient detail and a more burnished overall presentation.
. Dire Straits' biggest-selling album-in fact, one of the biggest-selling albums world-wide of all time-Brothers In Arms helped musically define a decade. This superb album spent the grand total of 203 weeks in the UK charts and a respectable 55 weeks in the US charts (where it sold 7 million copies alone).
"Brothers In Arms" was pretty much the success story of the 80's and was primarily fuelled by a slate of huge hit singles like the classic "Money For Nothing" (No.1 US, No.4 UK '85), "Walk Of Life" (No.2 UK '86, No.7 US '85) and "So Far Away" (No.19 US '86, No.20 UK '85). "Money For Nothing," the song that helped immortalize the phrase “I want my MTV,” hit #1 and won the Grammy® for Best Rock Performance.
Today, Brothers In Arms remains a rock essential - and now is offered as a completely uncompressed two-disc vinyl album for the ultimate in fidelity!
The instruments are sharper and the whole soundstage is much more full than the studio pressing. It also seems as if there is more music. I do not remember the extended lead in for the first song on side two ("Walk Of Life") as well as the trailing notes for the last song on side 3 ("Ride Across The River"). I'm not a big fan of bloated bass, and even though the bass is considerably more full than the studio pressing, it was also more musical.
1/2 Speed Mastered by Stan Ricker on High Performance 180 Gram Vinyl... Because Sound Matters! Plating and Pressing at R.T.I. Dire Straits'