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  • Audio CD (1 May 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000026SCQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 152,547 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Midnight Oil - Scream in Blue

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "captaincol" on 10 Dec. 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm gonna keep this short and simple. This is the best live album i've ever heard. It shows the oil's in their prime and captures there sound, song writing and musicianship far better than any of there studio albums (in my opinion). "Read About It", "Dreamworld", "Stars of Warburton"... all the songs on this CD are fantastic and for anyone into Midnight Oil, this is a must-have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MORTEN AASTAD on 29 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
Midnight Oil's only proper live album was recorded at the height of their international fame. A band ignored by oscurity and then by a grunge obsessed America and Europe, Midnight Oil had deserved a far great fame. Legendary in their homeland of Australia, these crusaders of right and wrong knew how to string together heart pounding rock.

And that's what you get on this live recording, great, in your face rock from Down Under.

Not to say that this live album isn't enough, but for someone who never had the fortune of seeing them, even after a visit to Sydney 2000, I feel anyone who want to experience atleast some of the bands live splendour, needs to dig down their pockets and treat themselves to a live DVD as well. Seeing Pete working the stage is such a integral part of the whole Midnight Oil experience.
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By A Customer on 24 April 2004
Format: Audio CD
Superb material from undisputedly the best Australian rock band of all ofthem. The Oils rock with a passion. This is also the best live album Ihave ever listened to. Features some of the best songs from their albumsup to 1990.
I prefer studio albums on the whole but if you buy thisone, '10,9,8,7...' and 'Diesel and Dust' you have got the best of MidnightOil. And to actually see them in concert is even better. Not to bemissed.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Captain Cook on 14 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Live albums are a bit of a contradiction. If you want to enjoy live music, go to a gig - or at least get a video! Listening to this and watching the wallpaper isn't much fun.
Basically most live albums are there just to help revive the fans' flagging memories. This is even more true of MIDNIGHT OIL. The charismatic, larger than life, brow-beating presence of Peter Garrett, is reduced, on this album, to a mere voice...Unless you've seen the man live and he made a lasting impression on you, you won't really be won over by these songs.
The oilers have a cymbal-heavy boppy poppy industrial sound which places you immediately in an Aussie mining camp somewhere in the Western Desert, which is where you don't want to be unless you've got a truck-load of Fosters or Castlemaine XXXX.
Sometimes the music even starts to boogie - like at the start of 'Pwderworks,' until the words come crashing in and impose their own monotonous rhythm - and sometimes it just gets turgid as it tries to keep up with the far flung sentiments of St. Peter(Garrett)'s shiny dome. 'Dreamworld' a fey, hippy-ish melody that grows a hard jangly edge, and the expansive 'Beds Are Burning' come out best.
We get songs about politics, pesticide and pollution, and very little about the humanity these things concern. Pete, why couldn't you have thrown in a few songs about babes and pina coladas?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Screaming the Midnight Oil...live 5 Mar. 2004
By Daniel J. Hamlow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Scream In Blue Live is taken from these five concerts:
1) Hordern Pavilion, Sydney, 1984
2) Brisbane Boondall Centre, 1990
3) Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1982
4) 6th Avenue, NY, NY
5) Our Common Future, Darlinghurst, 1989
The title track, originally on their 10,9,8... album, is presented here as a brief instrumental before launching into another song from that same album, the social and political ills outlined in the punkish "Read About It." The opening guitar playing sounds rougher and less polished compared to the studio version and drives the effectiveness of this song. The song of some driven insane by a life of alienation, of a life consisting of eating and sleeping in "Only The Strong" is given a hard-driving treatment and is a very energetic number, ending with some Native American chanting.
The pained viewpoint of an activist fighting a battle against mass media and politicians in "Brave Faces" from Place Without A Postcard with its lively guitar makes for a great performance.
Blue Sky Mining is represented solely by "Stars Of Warburton," where the hallmarks of aborigine culture is being superceded by hypermart malls, industrial technology, and ATMs.
The breakthrough Diesel And Dust is represented by four tracks. "Dreamworld," on white industry encroaching on the free spaces of the aboriginal wilderness. "Beds Are Burning" starts with a speech from Peter Garrett on aborigines living in Australia for 40-60,000 years. "They didn't sell it to anybody...they didn't trade it in for houses up the coast/they had it stolen off of them." Hence, the need to give back some form of recompense to the disenfranchised aborigines. I didn't quite picture this as a good live song, but leaving it off would be a glaring omission. That's followed by "Sell My Soul," on farmers who struggle to keep their heritage and dignity instead of giving in to mechanized industry and expanding cities, and then by "Sometimes," whose guitarwork matched the punk fury of material from the 10,9,8... album, was a definite candidate to do live and its inclusion here is well-chosen. Like "Beds Are Burning," this was taken from Our Common Future.
"You've been trapped in your building all morning with a window that never opens, come and stand underneath this tree and you'll understand what this argument is all about," says Garrett as he gets into "Progress" from the Species Decreases EP, in a denunciation of pollution, world McDonaldization, increased technology resulting in unemployment. As he states quite clearly, "Some say that's progress/I say that's cruel."
"Who needs a stealth bomber?" asks Garrett before launching into the slamming "Hercules," taken from the Species Decreases EP and performed at Brisbane, decries the US military presence in the South Pacific: "Keep us radioactive free/Strike a bell in Hiroshima Park." Indeed, "why sink Pacific Dreams"?
After a drum solo, the group do "Powderworks" from their self-titled debut. This angry tune decries a life of being cheated. The album ends with an uncredited track, a new studio version of "Burnie" from Place Without A Postcard, of someone loving their beach home the way it is: "This is my home/This is my sea/Don't paint it with the future, of factories."
Choosing the most poignant themes echoing the ecological and political danger befalling Earth, Midnight Oil's compilation of live tracks also demonstrates the energy and passion they have in their form of protest rock.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Riptide 29 July 2007
By MORTEN AASTAD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Midnight Oil's only proper live album was recorded at the height of their international fame. A band ignored by oscurity and then by a grunge obsessed America and Europe, Midnight Oil had deserved a far great fame. Legendary in their homeland of Australia, these crusaders of right and wrong knew how to string together heart pounding rock.

And that's what you get on this live recording, great, in your face rock from Down Under.

Not to say that this live album isn't enough, but for someone who never had the fortune of seeing them, even after a visit to Sydney 2000, I feel anyone who want to experience atleast some of the bands live splendour, needs to dig down their pockets and treat themselves to a live DVD as well. Seeing Pete working the stage is such a integral part of the whole Midnight Oil experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Live Energy 13 Feb. 2003
By Russell Diederich - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
"Scream In Blue" is Midnight Oil's collection of live cuts recorded around Australia (and one cut from New York) from 1982 to 1990. Midnight Oil is one of those bands that seem to explode with energy once on the stage, which makes their live albums a step above their studio productions. Peter Garrett is nothing but energy to begin with, and he conveys that through his vocals to the listener. The band picks up on it, and rise to the occasion to deliver a great album.
This album has a bunch of their greatest hits, but appear here a little different than their studio versions. "The Stars of Warburton" is the strongest cut off the album. Great arpeggio guitars from Jim Moginie and Martin Rotsey, and of course Garretts lyrics make this song very powerful. The album starts off with a feedback, disharmonized intro that sets the fillings in your teeth to rattling, then segues into "Read About It". The energy is already pumping as the song starts, and they keep the same level throughout the album. Everything on this album is great. "Dreamworld", "Beds Are Burning", and "Sell My Soul" are a few of the excellent tracks here.
If you like some of the stuff Midnight Oil has done, and like a high energy show, this is definitely a must have. The songs are great, and Garrett's energy is passed on to you as you listen. How a live album should be.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the Better Live Albums 1 Aug. 2000
By michael t gilsbach - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
While these may not be some of the best recordings of the Oil's music, its still a must have for Oils fans. You can definitely feel the frenetic energy in the music that Oils shows have become so famous for. Its also a pretty good mix of both old and new stuff, ranging from their first album, "Powderworks", to what at the time was their latest, "Stars of Warburton". It also includes an extra track - a fantastic version of "Burnie". Very nice! The album is a little rough around the edges but its a lot of fun to listen to and the energy is contagious.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The best rock live album ever made 27 Sept. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
With a sound that has remained constant for 20 years, Midnight Oil has produced a cohesive live album from 6 different concerts. The song selection is fantasic, the sound quality great, the performances typical of the band that has been called the world's best live act. My advice to you - if you ever get the chance to see them live - don't pass it up.
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