Dire Straits ‎– Brothers In Arms

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Warner Bros. Records ‎– 49377-2
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Hybrid, DualDisc, Remastered, Multichannel, DVD-A, 20th Anniversary Edition
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Two-sided disc: CD & 5.1 Surround Sound DVD Audio, Dolby Surround DVD Video (Only sound - Black, blank video picture)
This disc plays 3 ways: Advanced Resolution Surround (as DVD Audio), Dolby Digital Surround, Standard Resolution CD

℗ 2005 Mercury Records Ltd.
© 1996, 2005 Mercury Records Ltd.

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  • Barcode (Text): 0 9362-49377-2 2
  • Barcode (String): 093624937722
  • ASIN: B0009WFF7M

Other Versions (5 of 334) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
VERH 25 Dire Straits Brothers In Arms(LP, Album) Vertigo VERH 25 UK 1985 Sell This Version
MFSL 2-441 Dire Straits Brothers in Arms(2xLP, Album, TP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFSL 2-441 US Unknown Sell This Version
824 499-2 Dire Straits Brothers In Arms(CD, Album, RM, Unofficial) Vertigo (3) 824 499-2 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
CDM 0101-578 Dire Straits Brothers In Arms(CD, Album) CD-Maximum CDM 0101-578 Russia 2001 Sell This Version
VERH 25 Dire Straits Brothers In Arms(LP, Album) Vertigo VERH 25 UK 1985 Sell This Version

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Burk45

Burk45

May 16, 2018
The CD side of this dual disc has been compressed to death. Booklet says, "CD: 24-bit High Resolution Digital Remastering by Keith Blake". In fact, the CD side of this dual disc is much louder and much more compressed than the "standard" 1996 remaster by Bob Ludwig. Money for Nothing is bleeding in the ears, and "The man's too Strong" lost all its power.

The DVD side plays as Surround sound Audio DVD, and as Dolby Digital Surround Video-compatible DVD, and as Stereo 24 bit/48kHz PCM Video-compatible DVD. The Stereo track of the DVD side seems to be the same mastering as the CD side.

The only selling point is the surround mix of this disc. But also this surround mix is really compressed, I'd say, even more than the 1996 remasters.
Most of the surround channels is reverb and ambience. If you play the surround mix, mixed-down to stereo in your DVD player, (or the stereo mix) and feed it through a Dolby Prologic II Music decoder, you get even more of the surround feeling than with the discrete Dolby Digtal surround on the DVD-side, at least for some tracks.

However, the surround mix kind-of immerses the listener into the music, which is what it's all about. It does not provide more of analytical separation of instruments, which would be even more fun. Say, if backing vocals would purely come through the rear channels. Or, if all the keyboards and "sugar" like tambourines and percussions, would come through the rear channels exclusively.

Unfortunately, most of the surround mixes we get are anxious and chicken-hearted, not to be too different than the standard stereo. So, you get the vocal center front, and most of the instruments all from the front, and only some reverb from the rears.
It sounds familiar, but like a lost chance.
Surround is different than stereo, so don't mix surround just like stereo with reverb and ambience from the rears.

The best sounding edition still is the original 1985 CD edition, with no obvious compression applied.
The "rockers" like Money for Nothing or One World are loud on the original 1985 edition, but have the punch and bite of high dynamic range, when drum beats really cut through. The softer songs like "Why Worry" are really softer than the rest of the songs.
The original 1985 edition therefore is quite low in volume, but once you crank up your stereo, you get the fun of high dynamic range.
But, the 1985 edition is probably too low in volume for car stereo or the portable MP3 player. The 1996 remaster "rectifies" this, however, sacrifices some of the listening fun, especially on "The man's too strong", but also on Money for Nothing, especially if you are listening to the 1996 remaster and the 1985 original back to back.
Interrestingly, the 1996 remaster and the 1985 original CDs play in perfect syncronicity through out the album, once you aligned the first snare drum hits of "So Far Away".
The 2005 Keith Blake remaster of this dual disc, however, does not remain in sync. He probably cut some few secons of silence in between songs...
This 2005 Keith Blake remaster is much to loud and way too compressed to be any fun. It urges you to turn down the volume, while the 1985 original wants you to turn up the volume. The 2005 remaster is bleeding in the ears.

The 2005 surround remix is a novelty, but also fun to listen to. But, still, it could have been done much better, more like a 360° soundscape surrounding the listener. Also, compression could habe been a little to substantial less, to take full advantage of dynamics.

Unless you have 5.1 surround equipment, avoid this release like the plague.