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ESSENTIAL OILS: THE GREAT CIRCLE GOLD TOUR EDITION
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Audio CD, Import, 29 September 2017
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ESSENTIAL OILS is the definitive collection handpicked by the band and distilled from their amazing 25 year recording legacy, this two disc set is a chronological history a road trip through the very best of the band's 14 studio albums and two groundbreaking EP's. The package features remastered audio, liner notes by Rolling Stone Magazine Senior Editor, David Fricke and rare images from the Oil's archive. From early tracks such as Cold Cold Change, Back On The Borderline and Armistice Day, to breakthrough Australian hits Power And The Passion and Read About It, to the songs that put them on the world stage Beds Are Burning, The Dead Heart, Blue Sky Mine and Truganini the length and breadth of Midnight Oil's recorded catalogue is staggering.
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Midnight Oil are best known for the 1987 hit Beds Are Burning, but they definitely not one hit wonders.
Each of their albums contained at least two or three great rock anthems full of hooks, great choruses and fantastic meaningful lyrics.
Environmentalists, anti-colonialists and anti-war peace protesters before these terms became trendy and right on, Pete Garrett and the rest of the band were always ahead of the curve, from their anti-American hegemony of Hercules and US Forces to the pro-environmental Beds Are Burning and aboriginal rights anthem Truganini.
They also could belt out great anthems for any era rousing the jaded human spirit such as Forgotten Years, my own personal favorite.
A fantastic, two CD collection containing remastered versions of all their singles, Essential Oils is required listening.
Five Stars - it's worth it!
Something happened with the sound of the band with the "Diesel and Dust" album from 1987. Producer Warne Livesey was brought in to produce, and this probably explains some of the change towards a more melodic approach, with more acoustic guitars. The album contained the great "Beds are Burning", which probably is the best known song with the band. Five songs form this great album have been picked out for this compilation which serves the compilers to honor. All my favourites from the are found here.
The next album "Blue Sky Mining" from 1990 was also produced by Warne Livesey and this is probably their strongest and most consistent. It's represented by four strongs here; but in my opinion "Bedlam Bridge" should have been included too.
"Earth and Sun and Moon" from 1993 was almost as strong, with great songs such as "In the Valley" and the title, which has been left here. The three songs from the album are all worthy representatives of a great album, which was produced by Rick Launay two of the early albums. Soundwise, though, the album comes close to the two predecessors.
"Breathe" from 1996 produced by Malcolm Burn is a quite different Midnight Oil album, which does not really sound very like any of the albums before or those that came after. It's a great album which really grows on you when you get to know it. Only one song has been chosen for this compilation, which is really a shame. "Surf's Up Tonight" is a great song, but songs like "Home" and E-Beat" are just as strong and at least one of more track should have selected.
I only know about the final three albums through the last five tracks on this release, and based on them, it appears that the group's last album, "Capricornia" cannot be ignored.
Among the early tracks I have only few favourites, among those Kosciusko" from "Red Sails in the Sunset" stands out.
Midnight Oil was a great band, and I won't hesitate to call at least four of their albums "classics"