Original masters used for Dire Straits and Knopfler half-speed vinyl

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Mark Knopfler / Local Hero half-speed mastered vinyl

Abbey Road mastering engineer Miles Showell has confirmed to SDE that the forthcoming vinyl reissues of both Dire StraitsBrothers in Arms and Mark Knopfler‘s Local Hero soundtrack were half-speed mastered from the very original master tapes.

We can hopefully provide more details on this soon (which tapes, how they were located etc.), but Miles confirmed the tape situation after some SDE enquiries and said he was particularly pleased with Local Hero which required some detective work to track down the original master.

In essence, even if you are sceptical about benefits of half-speed mastering, the sources for the mastering of these two titles were as good as they could be (better than previous reissues) and so, in theory, they should sound about as good as they can on vinyl. Brothers in Arms was cut at 45PRM while Local Hero was done at 33RPM.

Both albums are released on 19 March 2021.

Brothers in Arms 2LP half-speed mastered vinyl

Side 1

  1. So Far Away
  2. Money For Nothing

Side 2

  1. Walk Of Life
  2. Your Latest Trick

Side 3

  1. Why Worry
  2. Ride Across The River

Side 4

  1. The Man’s Too Strong
  2. One World
  3. Brothers In Arms

Local Hero half-speed mastered vinyl LP

Side 1

  1. The Rocks And The Water
  2. Wild Theme
  3. Freeway Flyer
  4. Boomtown (Variation Louis’ Favourite)
  5. The Way It Always Starts
  6. The Rocks And The Thunder
  7. The Ceilidh And The Northern Lights

Side 2

  1. The Mist Covered Mountains
  2. The Ceilidh: Louis’ Favourite / Billy’s Tune
  3. Whistle Theme
  4. Smooching
  5. Stargazer
  6. The Rocks And The Thunder
  7. Going Home: Theme Of The Local Hero

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