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1 Oct 2008

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Song Title
Outside World (Remastered Version)
Only The Strong (Remastered Version)
Short Memory (Remastered Version)
Read About It (Remastered Version)
Scream In Blue (Remastered Version)
US Forces (Remastered Version)
Power And The Passion (Remastered Version)
Maralinga (Remastered Version)
Tin Legs And Tin Mines (Remastered Version)
Somebody's Trying To Tell Me Something (Remastered Version)

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Release Date: 1 Sep 2008
  • Label: Sony BMG Music Entertainment
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  • Total Length: 45:57
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  • ASIN: B001GS9IO4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,267 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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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4.0 out of 5 stars But if you're a fan... 28 Sep 2010
Format:Audio CD
The other comment is unfortunate because this is an excellent album and a darn sight better than Men at Work, bless 'em! Midnight Oil are a band with a strong moral code, committed to many important causes, and they are not all talk - as Australians know, the lead singer Peter Garrett became leader of the Nuclear Disarmament Party, was President for Australia's Conservation Foundation and since 2004 has been Minister for the Environment and has had other, related portfolios. Although this is raw rock n'roll, the lyrics are impassioned and powerful. If you like your music extremely melodic and not much else, then you won't like this at all. But if you think music should make a difference, and you don't mind rough and ready rock with heart and soul, you - like me - will respect this band and fall in love with these songs. If this is a bit too raw, try some of their later stuff before giving up. It will be worth it! Rock on, Pete!!!
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