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Bird Noises (Remastered) [Import]

Midnight Oil Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (23 Jun 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: IMPORT
  • ASIN: B00022VMU8
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 280,361 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No Time For Games
2. Knife's Edge
3. Wedding Cake Island
4. I'm The Cure

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Re-mastered classic 1980 EP....Originally released as a 12-inch vinyl EP in 1980, Bird Noises helped to pave the way for the phenomenon that is Midnight Oil. Says rock historian Ian McFarlane, 'The EP continued the development heard on Head Injuries, with No Time For Games and I'm The Cure being particularly impressive. Bird Noises also boasts the anomalous but delightful Shadows-like instrumental Weddingcake Island.'

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4.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic EP. 8 Mar 2014
By Agma
Format:Audio CD
I managed to pick up this "EP" along with "Head Injuries" when I was passing through Melbourne last year. This 4 track little EP is barely 15 minutes in length but it's indeed a marvelous effort from this legendary Aussie group from all the way back to their early 1980 period.

The first song is "No time for games" and straight away you are taken aback by the raw, energized and old-school production:- the song ultimately transmits into a passively familiar and enjoyable Midnight Oil opener. "Knife's Edge" to start with reminds me of a tongue-in-cheek Devo track but it's frenetic character develops the song into another trademark Oil song. "Weddingcake Island" is a nice and truly pleasant ballad which is a little different to the usual mill with it's usual intricate sounds and vibe; this of-course finally leads into the final track "I'm the cure", which is a rocker with intent and displays the Oil's youthful spirit with class.

If you're into classic rock or have an existing interest/occasional fan-ship of Midnight Oil you should have a look at this short little maestro. After giving it a dozen or so spins this morning I can really see what the inspiration morphed into on their "Diesel & Dust" album which arrived 7 years down the line.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Let's rock!" 6 April 2000
By Brian May - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This EP, released in 1980, is something of an oddity. Its four songs are an eclectic assortment and it is probably the first recording that widened Midnight Oil's scope. After this, listeners would no longer be able to pigeonhole the band. It opens with the most characteristic Oils song, the terrific rocker "No Time For Games", which deals with the angst of youth in the face of middle class conformity and parental expectations. "Knife's Edge" is a similar in your face rock song, with a brilliant driving rhythm. With "Wedding Cake Island" the EP becomes a bit more indefinable. A tropical/Hawaiian-like instrumental, this is a gorgeous track, complete with a melody (very unusual for the Oils!) "I'm the Cure" is a strange one. Presumably about drugs, the vocals are spoken very slowly, almost slurred. To the non fan it might sound sick - however it is very insighftul. It's an uncomfortable song - I'm not sure if I like it, but I can't deny its impact. "Bird Noises" is very good. It foreshadows the brilliance that would follow in two years' time, with the album "10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1".
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird Noises 18 Jun 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The classic early oils sound, grungy and powerful. No Time for games absolutely rocks, Garrett's voice wails. If you want to get in touch with what it was like to be an oils fan in the early 80s, get this record.
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4.0 out of 5 stars God is Hiding in This Teacup 12 Feb 2008
By Jack Baker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Released between Head Injuries and A Place Without a Postcard, this 4 song EP is a quick snapshot of where Midnight Oil was at in 1980. To my mind, the music on "No Time For Games", "Knife's Edge", and "The Cure" is similar to what the Oils would release a year later on Postcard, but perhaps a little less refined. There's also the gorgeous "Wedding Cake Island", a surf inspired instrumental that showcases the compositional skills of guitarist Martin Rotsey and multi-instrumentalist Jim Moginie. Midnight Oil has never gotten the respect that they deserve as musicians, especially Moginie, who in my opinion is one of the most underrated musicians to emerge over the course of my lifetime. Bird Noises is not Midnight Oil's best work, but it remains an interesting curio in the history of this fine group.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Worst Oils Album 19 July 2010
By Brian M. Anderson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There has to be a weakest Oils album in their long and great career and this one is easily the least memorable. I used to own a cassette of this album but it was eaten by my Sony Walkman. I think it was trying to tell me something. Before other people flame me for this, just know Midnight Oil was and still is my favorite band of all time. I've seen them in Concert in BEFORE they were well known with their Diesel and Dust release. I know every song in the Oil's catalog and I can tell you definitively this is unfortunately the worst. It doesn't even hold a candle to their other EP, Species Deceases. I can't think of another album they put out that is this bland. Can any of the reviewers here honestly name one album they consider worse than this one?
1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat trivial 6 July 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Bird Noises is an okay EP. The production and sound quality is very good (better than Head Injuries, and much better than Place Without a Postcard). But there are only four songs on the disc, and none are very memorable. The songs are so-so, mediocre.
I'd put this at the bottom of Midnight Oil releases to get.
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