ABBA Gold: Complete Edition is a curious release — with two discs of material, it’s probably too much for casual listeners seeking only ABBA‘s biggest chart hits (available instead on the single-disc Gold: Greatest Hits), while more serious fans will have already invested in the four-disc Thank You for the Music box set, rendering this package almost totally irrelevant. There’s undoubtedly great music here, of course — the problem is just that it’s unlikely to fill the needs of most consumers. [ABBA Gold was released on LP in 2014.]
During the recording of “Money for Nothing”, the signature sound of Knopfler’s guitar may have been enhanced by a “happy accident” of microphone placement. Knopfler was using his Gibson Les Paul going through a Laney amplifier. While setting up the guitar amplifier microphones in an effort to get the “ZZ Top sound” that Knopfler was after, guitar tech Ron Eve, who was in the control room, heard the “amazing” sound before Dorfsman was finished arranging the mics. “One mic was pointing down at the floor,” Dorfsman remembered, “another was not quite on the speaker, another was somewhere else, and it wasn’t how I would want to set things up—it was probably just left from the night before, when I’d been preparing things for the next day and had not really finished the setup.” What they heard was exactly what ended up on the record; no additional processing or effects were used during the mix.
According to a Sound on Sound magazine interview with Neil Dorfsman, the performance of then-permanent drummer Terry Williams was considered to be unsuitable for the desired sound of the album during the first month of the recording sessions. Williams was temporarily replaced by jazz session drummer Omar Hakim, who re-recorded the album’s drum parts during a two-day stay before leaving for other commitments. Both Hakim and Williams are credited on the album, although Williams’ only contribution was the improvised crescendo at the beginning of “Money for Nothing“. Andy Kanavan was briefly with the band as a drummer. Williams would be back in the band for the music videos and the promotional concert world tour which followed the album’s release.
“Money for Nothing” was one of the most-played music videos on MTV following its release. It is one of only two Dire Straits songs on a studio album not to be solely credited to Mark Knopfler (the other being “The Carousel Waltz” which opens Making Movies), with guest vocalist Sting given a co-writing credit due to the melody of the repeated “I want my MTV” (sung by Sting) in the song’s fadeout echoing the melody of the Police’s “Don’t Stand So Close to Me“.
“Walk of Life” was a number two hit for the band in the UK in early 1986 and a number seven hit in the United States later that year. The song was nearly left off the album, but was included after the band out-voted producer Neil Dorfsman.
On the second side of the album, three songs (“Ride Across the River”, “The Man’s Too Strong” and “Brothers in Arms“) are lyrically focused on militarism. “Ride Across the River” uses immersive Latin American imagery, accompanied by synthesized pan flute, a reggae-influenced drum part and eerie background noises. “The Man’s Too Strong” depicts the character of an ancient soldier (or war criminal) and his fear of showing feelings as a weakness. “Brothers in Arms” deals with the senselessness of war
- PerformerKishore Kumar
- Duration- NA,
- Release Dt- 30th Oct 2017,
- Artist-SHANKAR – JAIKISHAN,