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  • Audio CD (February 9, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia Records
  • ASIN: B0000026WB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,624 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Blue Sky Mine
2. Stars Of Warburton
3. Bedlam Bridge
4. Forgotten Years
5. Mountains Of Burma
6. King Of The Mountain
7. River Runs Red
8. Shakers And Movers
9. One Country
10. Antarctica

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Blue Sky Mining is one of Midnight Oil's finest albums.
If, however, they are remembered because of how they made you think and feel... well, I, for one, will NOT forget them.
By CJs Pirate
Their unique sound, passion, intelligence, and musicianship were perfect for my music snob ears.
Just Bill

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on October 18, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The social and corporate protest of Midnight Oil extends to their followup to Diesel And Dust. However, the sound is kind of muted compared to that superlative work. The lyrics, however, have evolved in poignancy and speak volumes more than the other album.
Heralded by a wailing bluesy harmonica, "Blue Sky Mine" tells the story of a worker who has ethical, anti-corporate principles, "but if I work all day on the blue sky mine/there'll be food on the table tonight". More than that, the company deceives its shareholders by fudging the books. "Who's gonna save me?" cries the worker plaintively, but there is hope: "In the end the rain comes down/washes clean the streets of a blue sky town."
An aborigine can't believe that despite the hypermart malls, industrial technology, and ATMs, that he can see the "Stars Of Warburton" waiting for him. He wishes for buffalos, wallaby stew, sandstone cliffs, all hallmarks of his culture. Warburton is not only a town, but the name of an aboriginal reserve located in the east end of West Australia province.
An eerie sound reminiscent of Phil Collins' "In The Air Tonight" is prevalent in "Bedlam Bridge". The instrumentation later picks up, but the title place is the gateway to "a place that knows no poverty/a town without pollution." That is in contrast to the upscale apartments, where one sees "the golden ghetto's creeper.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Rowyn B. Adriano on July 5, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Midnight Oil only entered my consciousness with "Diesel and Dust" but i have been an interested fan ever since. I got this album in an analog tape format 12 years ago, and indeed has deteriorated through countless listenings and age.
Despite being a highly political rock band, the Oils come across effortlessly as credible and talented. In other words, they can back up their beliefs with the solid musicianship as good as anyone else. From the all-out rockers "Blue Sky Mine," "King of the Mountain," and "Forgotten Years" to heartfelt slowburners "Mountains of Burma," "Shakers and Movers" and "River Runs Red," this album ranks as their defining, landmark work, just slightly above "Diesel and Dust" (which put them into commercial territory - and thus, gaining a wider audience).
I had the pleasure of watching them play live in NYC recently - something i never thought would happen - and that was the best $[money] i ever spent. Seeing Peter Garrett sing "One Country" - their best ballad ever - I am not Australian, and though perhaps the Oils had their country in mind, i always thought it was the perfect song, the perfect plea, for the people of this planet to come together. Forget "We are the World;" this is the heart-to-heart stuff, right here.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Moses Alexander on June 16, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Easily one of the top 4 or 5 Midnight Oil albums, as well as one of the albums responsible for their popularity. Not only is it musically superb, but it has some extremely sharp lyrics as well (a standar MO feature...but particulary potent here.) From the blistering harmonica solo in "Blue Sky Mine" to the infectious beats of "Forgotten Years" to the swirling sonic mass of screaming guitars on "River Runs Red" to the etereal calm of "Antarctica" this album is not only one of Midnight Oil's best, but one of the best I own. I was only a little kid when this came out too, but its music and lyrics are timeless.
This is the best example of what I call "late middle period" Midnight Oil (including albums like "Diesel & Dust" "Blue Sky Mining" "Species Deceases") Along with "Diesel & Dust" "10, 9, 8..." "Earth & Sun & Moon" "Head Injuries" & "Red Sails in the Sunset", this is one of the best places to dive into the world of Midnight Oil. I HIGHLY recommend this.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Owen Hughes on May 30, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Oils seem to be such a purposeful band that every album has its own strength and can stand alone. I haven't found a weak one yet and of the five I own, it's hard to pick a favourite. Much of the Oils' work is political in nature and they have never been afraid of screaming blue murder, as it were, about a particularly serious situation. Yet they are also a whimsical band that can play soft and low, and produce some of the most evocative songs of modern Rock. On "Blue Sky Mining," songs like the "Mountains of Burma" and "River Runs Red" have an almost plaintive quality at times, although that inner strength which marches through all their music is never far away. The pleasure I get out of singing songs like "Forgotten Years," which I now find myself singing along with my 10-year-old son, is ridiculous. Who can forget lyrics like, "Still it aches like tetanus," once heard.
It seems the Oils are everything at once. They have rolled history, folklore, aboriginal mythology, social action, environmental consciousness and goodness knows what else into one and made it work. Maybe that's why they are so hard to pin down, and also why they are able to keep going. They are their own mystery and occupy a space in which individual growth is matched by genuine concern for the world they live in. Long life to the Oils.
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