Brothers in Arms (album)

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Brothers in Arms
Studio album by
Released13 May 1985 (1985-05-13)
RecordedOctober 1984 – February 1985
StudioAIR Studios, Montserrat
GenrePop rock[1]
Length55:07 (CD and cassette)
47:21 (LP)
Label
Producer
Dire Straits chronology
Alchemy
(1984)
Brothers in Arms
(1985)
Money for Nothing
(1988)
Singles from Brothers in Arms
  1. "So Far Away"
    Released: April 1985
  2. "Money for Nothing"
    Released: June 1985
  3. "Brothers in Arms"
    Released: October 1985
  4. "Walk of Life"
    Released: December 1985
  5. "Your Latest Trick"
    Released: April 1986

Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits. It was released on 13 May 1985 by Vertigo Records, and by Warner Bros. Records in the United States. It went to number one in the charts in many countries. It was number one on the Billboard 200 in the United States for 9 weeks and was number one on the UK Albums Chart for 14 weeks. It is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history and one of the world's best-selling albums. It sold over 30 million copies worldwide.[2][3][4][5]

The album won a Grammy Award in 1986 for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. The 20th anniversary version of the album also won a Grammy Award in 2006 for Best Surround Sound Album.[6]

Track listings[change | change source]

All songs were written by Mark Knopfler, except where noted. Some of the track lengths on the LP version are different from the lengths on the CD and cassette versions because the full tracks would not all fit on a single vinyl disc.

CD and cassette[change | change source]

No. Title Length
1. "So Far Away"   5:12
2. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 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"   6:59
Total length:
55:07

Original single LP[change | change source]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "So Far Away"   3:59
2. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 7:04
3. "Walk of Life"   4:12
4. "Your Latest Trick"   4:46
5. "Why Worry"   5:22
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Ride Across the River"   6:58
2. "The Man's Too Strong"   4:40
3. "One World"   3:40
4. "Brothers in Arms"   6:59
Total length:
47:21

Double LP[change | change source]

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "So Far Away"   5:12
2. "Money for Nothing" (Mark Knopfler, Sting) 8:26
Side two
No. Title Length
1. "Walk of Life"   4:12
2. "Your Latest Trick"   6:34
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Why Worry"   8:31
2. "Ride Across the River"   6:58
Side four
No. Title Length
1. "The Man's Too Strong"   4:40
2. "One World"   3:40
3. "Brothers in Arms"   6:59
Total length:
55:12

Personnel[change | change source]

Credits adapted from album liner notes.[7]

References[change | change source]

  1. Rose, James (15 September 2015). "30 Years Since: Dire Straits' 'Brothers in Arms' Album". Daily Review. Retrieved 28 October 2019. The opening tracks are pretty conventional pop-rock chart shooters
  2. "Brothers in Arms (album)". RIAA. Retrieved 13 August 2017.
  3. Copsey, Rob (4 July 2016). "The UK's 60 official biggest selling albums of all time revealed". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2 April 2017.
  4. "Queen head all-time sales chart". BBC News. 16 November 2006. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  5. "Mark Knopfler hurt in crash". BBC News. 18 March 2003. Retrieved 2 December 2012.
  6. "Dire Straits: GRAMMY Award History". Grammy Awards. Retrieved 30 January 2019.
  7. Brothers in Arms (liner notes). Dire Straits. Vertigo. 1985. 824 499-2.CS1 maint: others (link)
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 https://web.archive.org/web/20080527141355/http://www.knopfler.net/interview48.html
  9. https://www.songfacts.com/facts/dire-straits/money-for-nothing