Sunday 11/14/21 3pm ET: Dire Straits – Brothers In Arms (1985)

Brothers in Arms is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on May 13, 1985 through Vertigo Records internationally and through Warner Bros. Records in the US. It spent a total of 14 non-consecutive weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart (including ten consecutive weeks between January 18 and March 22, 1986), nine weeks at number one on the Billboard 200 in the US and 34 weeks at number one on the Australian Albums Chart. Brothers in Arms was the first album certified ten-times platinum in the UK and is the eighth-best-selling album in UK chart history. It is certified nine-times platinum in the US and is one of the world’s best-selling albums, having sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

The album won a Grammy Award in 1986 for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical and Best British Album at the 1987 Brit Awards; the 20th Anniversary Edition won another Grammy in 2006 for Best Surround Sound Album. Q magazine placed the album at number 51 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. It was also among ten albums nominated for the best British album of the previous 30 years by the Brit Awards in 2010, ultimately losing to (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis.

  1. “So Far Away” 5:12
  2. “Money for Nothing” 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

Mark Knopfler – guitars and vocals
John Illsley – bass guitar and vocals
Alan Clark – keyboards
Guy Fletcher – keyboards and vocals
Omar Hakim – drums
Terry Williams – drum intro on “Money for Nothing”
Michael Brecker – saxophone on “Your Latest Trick”
Randy Brecker
Malcolm Duncan
Neil Jason
Tony Levin – bass on “One World”
Jimmy Maelen
Mike Mainieri
Dave Plews
Jack Sonni – guitar synthesizer on “The Man’s Too Strong”
Sting – vocals on “Money for Nothing”