Brothers in Arms
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Musically, this album is more diversified than Dire Straits' prior studio albums; there's a sax in "Your Latest Trick," "Walk Of Life" has a rockabilly feel, and the instrumentation of "Run Across the River" is inspired by the Caribbean setting in which the record was produced - but listen to that song's lyrics and see how they contrast with what at first impression sounds like airy island paradise melodies: "I'm a soldier of fortune, I'm a dog of war and we don't give a damn who the killing is for; it's the same old story with a different name - death or glory, it's the killing game." ("The Man's Too Strong," which deals with a dictator's thoughts upon being brought to trial, is similar in that respect; although the Caribbean sound is replaced by rhythm and steel guitars, with two single guitar riffs, sharp as bullets, accentuating the chorus.Read more ›
So please read my review carefully as I cover other versions as well including which is the best to buy.
I purchased the original CD in 1985 and thankfully still have it.
Out of interest I purchased the 2005 remaster to find out how it sounded and I was horrified to discover the amount of compression and clipping on the 2005 remaster.
Initial A B listening seemed to indicate the 2005 version is brighter and has more punch.
However upon further listening I found the 1985 version was more pleasant and has more musical expression, punch and feel.
The 2005 version is strained and harsh, while the 1985 version is a extremely powerful.
To get hard evidence I ripped both CDs to wav using EAC and then compared the wave forms in Audacity.
This is when I became horrified. The compression and clipping in the 2005 version is extreme and this explains why it sounds so bad.
I used a plugin for Foobar2000 to measure Dynamic Range of the first track on both CDs.
2005 version has a Dynamic Range of 8
1985 version has a Dynamic Range of 20!
See image below.
This explains why the 1985 version sounds soooooo much better and responds so well when you turn it up.
2005 version was mastered by Bob Ludwig, well Bob I think you or whoever made you do this should be arrested and locked up for crimes against music!
Do yourselves a favour and find an original 1985 copy or one that has NOT been remastered or a copy of the 2013 Mobile Fidelity CD/SACD in the mini replica LP gatefold jacket.
Trust me the 1985 version and the 2013 MoFi are so much better than the 2005 remaster.Read more ›
However, very best sound experience possible will come to your ears if you use a "DVD-Audio" player with its six-analog outputs going straight to your receiver's "Multichannel Analog Inputs". (These inputs bypass all the receiver's digital circuitry to keep the high-resolution analog signal intact. By the way, the DVD-Audio surround-sound is presented in 96kHz / 24bit on the disc.
Some readers here may know that there is also a SACD version of this album, but be aware that the SACD has been converted from the DVD-Audio's 24bit studio master. So, in short, this DVD-Audio will give you the very best and truest reproduction of what was crafted originally in the studio.
Well, I do have both the SACD and DVD-A versions (just to show my obsession/love for this CD). The first thing to make clear, the SACD version may or may not have used the same audio source mixes used for the DVD-A version, but they are by no means inferior. The 2 versions truly do sound different. Its hard to describe in words how much additional sonic details come out in the SACD version verses the DVD-A. I have an above average system (not top high end) and I'm able to hear sonic details including guitar passages I've never heard before. One listen to the final song, Brothers in Arms is all it takes though there is not a weak moment song-wise or sound-wise on this SACD. As for the DVD-A, it's still good, but on my system I can't draw out the same details that I'm able to on the SACD version. Maybe has something to do with my DVD player being a SONY SACD/DVD combo player? Or, maybe the SACD version is just that much better. I'll leave that for further debate.Read more ›
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Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits is a classic that can't be passed up. Great guitar work and a must have for easy listening.Published 28 days ago by Homeowner
I have always loved this album. This sacd edition has the best sound I have ever heard. Great separation of instruments and tremendous clarity.Published 1 month ago by jaime p. celline