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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what an amazing album
One guy came to me one day and said "listen to that one buddy, it's pretty cool". It was in 1993, and most people had never heard about this band in europe, including myself.

And it was the great shock. It takes only a few seconds to realize what a masterpiece you have. This kind of thing happens rarely. Such an incredible voice, and this powerful, wild sound,...
Published on 8 Jun 2006 by MonPierrot

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I only liked one song on dvd the rest were mediocre.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what an amazing album, 8 Jun 2006
This review is from: Diesel And Dust (Audio CD)
One guy came to me one day and said "listen to that one buddy, it's pretty cool". It was in 1993, and most people had never heard about this band in europe, including myself.

And it was the great shock. It takes only a few seconds to realize what a masterpiece you have. This kind of thing happens rarely. Such an incredible voice, and this powerful, wild sound, coming from "elsewhere"... They reinvented rock & roll, and they did not joke!

Beds are burning was this kind of song that could appeal to almost everyone, from the hard rock purist to the radio amateur. The melody itself is eternal.

Another fantastic song on the album is "put down that weapon". Musically as impressive as the former one, it impresses also with the passion Garret has to deliver his peaceful message.

There is no weak track on this album. I mean, try any of them alone, and you will have something between "positively inspired" and "amazing".

Every track has got this sense of rough urgency that is the "trademark" of the group and in the same time the whole is perfectly produced and played.

Just my opinion, in the "ranking game" : Now that I know most of their albums, I would give 5 stars for 3 of them :

1. 10,9,8,7,6,5...

2. Diesel & Dust

3. Place without a postcard

Enjoy !
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars QUITE SIMPLY AN AWESOME RENDERING FROM THE OILS., 19 Feb 2002
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Easily my all time favourite album. This combines soaring melodies, wonderful harmonies with political comment, scathing lyrics & insights all delivered in a package of wonderful driving rock. If i had to choose just 1 album to keep and ditch the rest of my collection this would be it. Diesel & Dust is quite simply superb !!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb achievement from down under, 4 May 2004
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Simply spectacular. One of Midnight Oil's very best (along with '10,9,8...' and their live album. All the songs are catchy with good rock tunes and they also send a very powerful message to you the listener. Even if you don't like politics mixed with music you can still appreciate this. Superb achievement from down under, still their best to date and not to be missed.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oilies Rule!, 21 Aug 2003
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One of the great albums! Gut rock with political undertones from a terrific group. Buy it and play it loud. When you have bought this one, you will want them all.
The band combine the sort of powerhouse playing with lyrics which actually mean something. A long forgotten art. Buy yourself a little magic from Oz, never mind the amber nectar this is the best thing to come of Oz ever .
Far better than their cricket teams!!!!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slick from the Oil's., 5 Feb 2006
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Paul "pikie1977" (Hull, East Yorkshire. England) - See all my reviews
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Midnight oil has always been a wee bit of an enigma to us British, never hitting the heights of stardom that they did in their native Australia or America. This could be down to the strong Aussie accent in which singer Peter Garrett performs. In much the same way as The Proclaimers never hit the heights in this country because of their strong Scottish burr, maybe us Brits like our singers with the customary unaccented sound. More likely however it is because of the political slant that all Oil's albums contain, and quite frankly us Pomme's don't come across to well in some of the releases, making it impossible to market them over here. Other countries (America, France and even Australia) are not immune to an Oil's ear bashing but we just can't seem to take our share of critisism - although the majority of France don't care too much for them either.
The fact that they are not too well known over here in the U.K has probably made them one of Australia's best kept secrets. They are not full out rockers like they are often billed, but have a genuine sound of their own. They were once described in the British press as the Australian Def Leppard, but that is complete tosh. They are not as loud as the Lep's but neither are they mellow. Some tunes have been described as being like E.L.O without the classical arrangements, but they are not that complex, yet they are more complex than your average rock group. You can probably tell that they are hard to classify, and that adds to their unique appeal.
So what about the songs. Well everybody knows Beds Are Burning; Midnight Oil's only true Worldwide smash hit. It has got to be one of the most instantly recognisable hard rock tunes ever, with its pounding drum line and simple but effective guitar-led rhythms. The lyrics are very poignant and meaningful, but if you arn't into that kind of thing then just sit back, crank up the volume and enjoy this track as the rocker that it is. The gems don't stop there; Put Down That Weapon, Arctic World, and Whoah are all deeply haunting in sound and masterfully crafted. The Oil's are good enough to get their message across to those that wish to hear it and still entertain those that don't. Dreamworld, Warakurna, The Dead Heart and Gunbarrel Highway are faster paced than others on the album but not as raucous as Beds Are Burning. Each track has it's own unique sound and style and you will find yourself singing along to with a big old smile on your face. Warakurna in particular is catchy in the extreme. The remaining tracks are also fast paced but a little more melodic, making them sound well written and well performed (which they are).
The great thing about this collection of songs is that each song has it's own meaning, and depending on your perception of the album, each listener will come up with a different meaning for each song. You don't just get well written songs and a fantastic unique sound from Midnight Oil, you also get a history lesson but not one that's rammed down your throat. The songs are clever and subtle enough for you hear it only if you choose to do so. If you choose not to then you are still wildly entertained by the well crafted rock on display. The Oil's are different and that is refreshing, and you can't help but feel that if more musicians took such a genuine and heartfelt interest in the plight of the World today, then we would all be in a much better place. A truly great and moving album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 9 July 2014
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Timeless!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb, 14 Feb 2014
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Just brilliant!
Fantastic lyrics and great tunes
Would recommend this to any ageing rockers out there
Buy it, you will not be unhappy
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great !!, 16 Sep 2013
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Price and delivery both good..cd well worth listening too and after long time searching for this album through the shops i should of first came onto Amazon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Group., 27 Aug 2013
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As said in my last revue of a Mid-Night Oil album........... great.
All their albums are great . Prefer the cd to a download.
Best of both worlds.
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5.0 out of 5 stars different music to my normal, 22 July 2013
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purchased this album just to see what it sounded like very happy with my purchase would recommend amazon for music to everyone
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