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Monday, September 22, 2008

Midnight Oil



9-22-08 Midnight Oil


The Australian band!


CD 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 CBS AUS CDCBS 25314

1982 10 TRKS I would love to see a re-mastered CD of this title!

LP 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 CBS AUS SBP 237868

1982 10 TRKS insert, original issue

12" ARMISTICE DAY / STAND IN LINE CBS AUS BA 12032

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

12" BEDS ARE BURNING COLUMBIA US 44-07852

1988 5 TRK EP; no pic sleeve, promo

12" BIRD NOISES POWDERWORKS MSPD 462

1980 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD BIRD NOISES COLUMBIA US CK 46136

1980 4 TRK CD Single CD5

CD BLUE SKY MINING CBS AUS 465653.2

1990 10 TRKS

CD BLUE SKY MINING (Interview disc) promo CBS AUS SAMP 258CD

1990 13 TRKS Interview Disc, promo

CD CAPRICORNIA LIQUID/BMG US 20062.2

2001 12 TRKS CD Extra

LP COLLEGE ROCK CONCERT 12/04/83 LONDON WAVE US 1012

1983 12 TRKS Live, radio show (not a released record, but a record sent to U.S. college radio! Great!)

12" DEAD HEART CBS AUS BA 12208

1986 3 TRKS + 2 other bands

CD DIESEL AND DUST COLUMBIA US

New (’08) “Legacy Edition” 11 TRK CD + DVD (“Black Fella, White Fella” + 2 clips)

LP DIESEL AND DUST COLUMBIA US FC 40967

1987 10 TRKS

CD EARTH AND SUN AND MOON COLUMBIA US CK 53793

1993 11 TRKS

CD HEAD INJURIES CBS AUS 450903.2

1979 9 TRKS

LP HEAD INJURIES POWDERWORKS MLF 322

1979 9 TRKS

LP MIDNIGHT OIL POWDERWORKS MLF 233

1978 7 TRKS aka “The Blue Meannie” – the only orig. early Oil album I do not have on CD!

CD PLACE WITHOUT A POSTCARD CBS AUS 460897.2

1981 11 TRKS

LP PLACE WITHOUT A POSTCARD CBS NZ SBP 237704

1981 11 TRKS insert

12" POWER AND THE PASSION CBS UK TA 3176

1982 3 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" POWER AND THE PASSION / GLITCH BABY GLITCH EPIC/SONY JPN 07.5P-238

1983 2 TRKS with pic sleeve

7" READ ABOUT IT / (Same) promo COLUMBIA US 38-04470

1982 2 TRKS no pic sleeve, promo

CD RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET CBS AUS CDCBS 26355

1984 12 TRKS I would love to see a re-mastered CD of this title!

LP RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET CBS NL 26355

1985 12 TRKS

CD SCREAM IN BLUE - LIVE COLUMBIA US CK 52731

1992 12 TRKS Live, with the memorable purple tray!

12" SPECIES DECEASES CBS AUS EX 12023

1985 4 TRKS with pic sleeve

CD5 SPECIES DECEASES COLUMBIA US CK 46135

1985 4 TRK CD Single CD5

7" U.S. FORCES / OUTSIDE WORLD (Instrumental) CBS AUS BA 223006

1982 2 TRKS with pic sleeve


Getting the recent “Legacy Edition” of “Diesel And Dust” CD + DVD set seems like a good enough reason to write about Midnight Oil. I have followed them since “10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1”; I’ve seen them live several times (almost always in Los Angeles). Back in the 80’s, it was a lot of work to collect all of their music videos – thank goodness that there’s a DVD out these days that pretty much takes care of that topic (“The Midnight Oil Collection”, via Columbia Records USA).


Midnight Oil were / are a very strong live band, so I can recommend any of their live videos, too – the “Legacy Edition” of “Diesel And Dust” includes their ‘86/’87 video documentary of “Black Fella, White Fella”. My abiding memory of them live is “loud, tight”. Here’s a funny thing that sticks in my memory: I was told by either Bill Wolfe or Cary Darling that the Oils “didn’t sign autographs”. I also remember that there is something in their C.V. that says they always refused to perform on “Countdown”, the Aussie music / chart show (as hosted by Ian “Molly” Meldrum).


There are two other artists that are ‘connected’ to Midnight Oil: The Ghostwriters and Gondwanaland Project. I think The Ghostwriters is / was Rob Hirst, their drummer – I absolutely love their single “Someone Singing New York, New York”! And Gondwanaland Project is / was Charlie McMahon, their roadie – playing a didgeridoo! Gondwanaland used to open for the Oils (I certainly remember seeing him / them a few times) – and my friends in Australiasia were always good about sending me their LP’s (& CD’s).


Gondwanaland Project:


LET THE DOG OUT POWDERWORKS POW 6112 LP 1985 7 TRKS

TERRA INCOGNITA HOT AUS HOT 1005 LP 1984 11 TRKS

WIDE SKIES EAST WEST AU 9031-77465.2 CD 1992 9 TRKS


Ghostwriters:


GHOSTWRITERS VIRGIN AUS VOZCD 2055 CD 1991 12 TRKS

IMPOSSIBLE SHAME MERCURY AUS 578101.2 CD5 1996 3 TRK CD Single CD5

SECOND SKIN MERCURY AUS 852726.2 CD5 1996 3 TRK CD Single CD5


More recently, I have tried to pick up all the Oil titles that I missed upon original issue (pretty much everything after “Blue Sky Mining”), and I am not certain that I have ‘em all. Other than live albums or collections, what am I missing (from the list above)?


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5 Comments:

Blogger Brian Ware said...

Upon checking their Wikipedia page, you appear to be missing "Breathe" (1996) and "Redneck Wonderland" (1998). While I know you don't download, you might find it interesting at the first of September, the entire Oils back catalog including all their later titles is now available on U.S. iTunes.

That U.S. DVD is just the bomb.

9:49 PM  
Blogger chas_m said...

I'm afraid I've never been able to tolerate Garrett's voice, and thus Midnight Oil are largely missing from my collection.

That didn't stop me from occasionally playing them on my radio show, including the current episode now online! :)

4:51 AM  
Blogger Ron Kane said...

"That U.S. DVD is just the bomb."
- Agree 100%

Chas-san,
Find a cheap copy of "10,9,8..." - the sonic capabilities of the band at that time were just astonishing, Garrett notwithstanding. You could always buy a Berwin machine, the thing that takes the vocals off of recordings...

7:12 AM  
Blogger Keepin' it said...

Anyone hear the roadie on the didgeridoo? Was it a good addition?

2:26 PM  
Blogger Brian Ware said...

Garrett's vocals mellowed quite a bit in their later years. Songs like "Blue Sky Mine", "In The Valley" and my favorite "Outbreak Of Love" are much more melody driven. One of their later live LPs "The Real Thing" has several MTV Unplugged tracks. Listen to the iTunes samples and you'll hear what I mean.

10:06 PM  

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