On May 13, 1985.


On May 13, 1985, “Vertigo” label released “Brothers in Arms”, the fifth Dire Straits studio album. It was recorded November 1984 – March 1985, at “AIR Studios” in Montserrat, and was produced by Neil Dorfsman and Mark Knopfler. In 1986 “Brothers in Arms” won two “Grammy Awards”, and also won “Best British Album” at the 1987 “Brit Awards”. “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked “Brothers in Arms” at number 351 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of all Time”. The album was ranked at number 51 on “Q” magazine list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”. The album was certified 9 x Platinum in the US by the “RIIA”. It became the seventh best-selling album in UK chart history, and with total sale of more than thirty million copies worldwide, “Brothers in Arms” is one of the world’s best-selling albums ever.


  • Mark Knopfler– lead vocals, guitars
  • Alan Clark– keyboards
  • Guy Fletcher– synthesizer, backing vocals
  • John Illsley– vocals, bass
  • Neil Jason– bass
  • Tony Levin– bass
  • Omar Hakim– drums
  • Terry Williams– drums
  • Jimmy Maelen– percussion
  • Michael Mainieri– vibraphone
  • Jack Sonni– guitar
  • Michael Brecker– tenor saxophone
  • Malcolm Duncan– tenor saxophone
  • Randy Brecker– trumpet
  • Dave Plews – trumpet
  • Sting– backing vocals
  • Neil Dorfsman – engineer
  • Steve Jackson – engineer assistant
  • Bruce Lampcov – engineer assistant
  • John Dent – mastering
  • Thomas Steyer – painting
  • Sutton Cooper – photography
  • Deborah Feingold – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Mark Knopfler, except where noted.

  1. So Far Away
  2. Money for Nothing – Mark Knopfler, Sting
  3. Walk of Life
  4. Your Latest Trick
  5. Why Worry
  6. Ride Across the River
  7. The Man’s Too Strong
  8. One World
  9. Brothers in Arms

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