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Midnight Oil Audio CD
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Midnight Oil were more than just a rock & roll band. From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, challenged the concepts of “business as usual” and broke new ground.

To see Midnight Oil in full flight was to experience the full visceral, transcendent, kinetic power of live rock & ... Read more in Amazon's Midnight Oil Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Feb 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B00004SKNH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,784 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb material from the Oils... 22 April 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This is easily the best of Midnight Oil's albums, far superior to its three predecessors and also its successor (Red Sails in the Sunset). The guys rock harder on this than on some of their other albums.
The opening track 'Outside World' starts amicably, and breaks into the next track 'Only The Strong' which really starts the pace. The next tracks 'Short Memory', 'Read About It', 'Scream In Blue', 'US Forces', 'Power & The Passion', 'Maralinga', 'Tin Legs and Tin Mines' are all among the finest tunes the Oils wrote and performed. The last track 'Somebody's Trying to Tell Me Something' sound a bit on the weird side when you first here it. Its a good song once you get used to it but not as good as the rest of the album.
Peter Garrett's vocals are driving throughout and the lyrics are excellent. It is that along with their live shows that makes Midnight Oil my favourite Australian band by a long way.
Although 'Diesel and Dust' was a bigger hit and another personal favourite of mine, this one comes out on top. Buy this one and 'Scream In Blue' live and you won't be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Oils rock with a passion... 24 April 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
And this album still grows on me, 21 years since its original release. Joyful listening throughout.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!! 17 Mar 2012
Format:Audio CD
Forget 'Best Of' compilations - this is the best place to start! A fantastic album through and through, with no filler and all killer! Stand outs are 'Short Memory', 'Only The Strong' and 'Read About It'. Great production too - and without a doubt my favourite Oils album!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raw, dynamic, challenging Oils 23 Jan 2011
By Joe
Format:Audio CD
There is an unfortunate review of this album on Amazon that I think will completely mislead people. This is the Oil's fourth album, long before the worldwide commercial success of Diesel & Dust, and as a result it still has the raw, twin guitar led sound of their early days. If you want the smooth, produced, big choruses of their later records, you will have bought the wrong record, but what you will get is, I think, far more exciting and ultimately rewarding.

The key factor being that this album is a stayer..it warrants repeated listens and before long you realise that behind all the committed political lyrical posturing, and Peter Garret's (admittedly acquired taste) vocal style, there are some fantastic tunes and huge riffs. US Forces and Read About It were fearsome live favourites for many years after this came out, but there is also haunting beauty in Scream in Blue and Tin Legs & Tin Mines....and Power and the Passion was a huge hit in Oz and remains something of a radio classic to this day.

One of the album's most interesting factors is the band's first significant use of keyboards...employed to great effect alongside the crashing angry guitars. The result is a record that sounds, to my ears, unique evokes an eerie, desolate (but beautiful) mood throughout.

This album is not to everyone's taste, but if you like bands like the Clash you may find a lot in here to enjoy... if you like electrifying, passionate raw rock music, you may well enjoy the whole record!
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