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Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms 180g 45RPM 2LP
Dire Straits - Brothers in Arms 180g 45RPM 2LP

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Sold More Than Nine Million Copies in U.S. Alone, Ranked #351 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time

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.

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.

While it's easy to speculate that the colossal success of Brothers in Arms relates to its timing – its release during an era obsessed with catchy singles, flashy MTV videos, and whistle-friendly melodies – reasons for the album's chart-busting success primarily owe to the expertly crafted songs and memorable playing turned in by a group hitting its creative peak. Not to mention the spatial dimensions that cause instruments and vocals to naturally float in a fixed area.

Anchored by "Money for Nothing," a caustically themed smash immediately identifiable via Mark Knopfler's resonant finger-picked guitar riff and Sting's "I want my MTV" vocal refrain, Dire Straits' fifth album is stuffed with bluesy signatures, jazz-rock motifs, clever lyrics, and organic accents. Diversity and consistency also extend to the songs' moods. Singing with his trademark light-to-the-touch timbre, Knopfler conjures feelings of poignancy, peacefulness, and mellowness, channeling wistfulness on the Top 10 single "So Far Away" and somber assurance on "Why Worry."

Perfection abounds, not only in the manner in which the band nails its pop hooks and uptempo boogies with debonair flair – but also in the control room. Iconic session jazz drummer Omar Hakim supplies fluid beats and solid rhythmic foundations while Knopfler and Co. comb over grooves so smooth it seems that they're made of honey butter. Dire Straits would never play with such effortless again.

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  5 of 5 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Absolutely Amazing May 26, 2016
Reviewer: Harry Maddox from Roswell, GA United States  
One of the best I have ever heard.  The sound and clarity on this LP may very well be the best ever.  Sit back, close you eyes and immerse yourself in this unbelievable experience.  You can't miss with this one.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Outstanding January 11, 2016
Reviewer: Heinz B. from Zurich Switzerland  
I was touched as much as when I listened the very first time to MOFI’s super vinyl pressing of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon. Haven’t known that my quite well-aged sound system is still able to reproduce such a try, well balanced and powerful bass, lively and colourful mid frequencies accompanied by sparkling cymbals even at lower listening levels. Contrary to other Dire Straits recordings I didn’t like the Brothers in Arms album very much in the past because of the mostly poor CD and LP pressings I listened to. Honestly, I even considered it as overrated until I listened to this outstanding 180g 45rpm 2LP edition. This pressing is by far the best vinyl I purchased in a decade. One of my very favourites and an absolute must have for audiophiles.

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  4 of 4 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Wow! Mofi nailed it July 7, 2015
Reviewer: Michael Rees from Gahanna, OH United States  
This is by far one of, if not the best pressings. Forget about original pressings. The crisp, clear spacial sound is amazing. Enjoy!

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  6 of 6 people found the following review helpful:
5 of 5 Good job Mofi! A must buy! April 27, 2015
Reviewer: Ron Brenay from Mesa, AZ United States  
I have heard a number of pressing for this incredible album and Mofi has smashed a grand slam home run! DEAD quiet surface noise and dynamics galore! Love this record and would recommend it to anyone!

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