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Diesel & Dust


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000026DJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,933 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Beds Are Burning
2. Put Down That Weapon
3. Dreamworld
4. Arctic World
5. Warakurna
6. The Dead Heart
7. Whoah
8. Bullroarer
9. Sell My Soul
10. Sometimes

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Few would claim that Midnight Oil's Peter Garrett is the world's greatest rock vocalist, but he clearly means what he sings. On Diesel and Dust, Garrett and company serve up a collection of solid pop-rock songs that follow the groundwork laid by their early albums. Intrinsic to their sound is a guitars-bass-drums attack spiced occasionally with horns and keyboards and capped with Garrett's throaty vocals. Garrett's lyrics on Deisel and Dust are noteworthy because they are not about love or personal relationships but instead address larger issues. "Beds Are Burning" is a call to return the land expropriated from Australia's aboriginal peoples, while "The Dead Heart" and "Bullroarer" celebrate their rich cultural heritage. Many bands and artists have made some sort of political or social concern apparent in their work, but few have done so as consistently, dedicatedly, and tunefully as Midnight Oil. --Al Massa

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From a musical standpoint, each song is flawlessly crafted and produced.
Khyber900
If you're a fan of MO, you probably don't need anyone's review, but if you are just trying to pick your first Midnight Oil CD, it's a great one.
Irina Cohen
This album is a staple at every oils show and it is a classic album of midnight oil.
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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on June 2, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Even though they had been known in their native Australia for years, it wasn't until 1987 and their hit "Beds Are Burning" that the politically conscious Midnight Oil, led by gangling seven foot tall bald lead singer Peter Garrett garnered attention on the other side of the Pacific--i.e. the USA. It hit Billboard's Top 20 on the Hot 100. The constant theme of this album is the return of the aborigines' land to the rightful owners and the criticism of companies that exploit the land for its resources.
The anthemic "Beds Are Burning" is about returning the aborigines land to them: "The time has come/to say fair's fair/to pay the rent/to pay our share." The song says, the Australian desert can go up to 45 degrees C (113 F). Hot! I wonder if many Native Americans found this song popular, as they too suffer the same plight, especially the Navajo people in the area I live in.
The mid-paced "Put Down That Weapon," which has a throbbing bass, seems to be a thematic holdover from their bomb album, the countdown-titled 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1. Key lyric: "Put down that weapon or we'll all be gone/You must be crazy if you think you're strong."
"Dreamworld" has a quicker pace than "Beds Are Burning" and sadly tells the aborigines that "your dreamworld is about to end." As for Garrett, he says, "Take me to a place where the dreaming never ends/open wide drive that mystery road." In other words, somewhere that has been left untouched by whites.
The elegiac "Arctic World" describes the soulessness of the exploiter company man, but it's also the despair of the activist who is frustrated from what looks like a losing battle.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Petar Vodogaz on February 21, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Whilst not always agreeing with the messages in Midnight Oil's songs I do love the music. Few can disagree that this band has talent that is raw, wonderfully smooth and refreshing from this Australian long time band that has just recently separated after a marathon time together. This album shows the rich culture and attitude of MO and 'Deisel and Dust' is the best that Australiana has to offer.

This CD has messages in each of the song from the plea to return land to the dispossessed native inhabitance of Australia to a celebration of the rich coastal and inland culture of the Australian landscape and culture. Looking at reviews it is nice to see that many Americans have taken to this band and makes me proud in some ways to witness a band like MO have such an impact on other people's from across the oceans.

This is a deserved album of all praise it has recieved. MO effort in validating their stamp on the Australian music scene for some generations to come is apparent. Listen and heed the message of Peter Garrett and those rascals from Down Under!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 5, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This is one of the best CD's ever made. Looking back, it's amazing that a song like "Beds Are Burning" actually made it to the top 20 of the US charts. This CD is so full of passion and energy and genuine emotion, yet it never becomes preachy or forced. This is the perfect CD to take along on a long trip.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RMurray847 VINE VOICE on February 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
The only reason I can't give the album 5 stars is because it is so very topical and political (for Australia) that little old me, sitting in America, is most assuredly missing many of the themes, jabs, ironic points, political barbs, etc. that Midnight Oil is tossing out. That keeps the songs from being timeless classics for me. In general, the album appears to explore the conflict between "the colonials" or "white" folks of Australia, destroying the land and the culture of the "natives." Americans can certainly relate to a lot of that. We get a real sense of the great barren vastness of Australia, and the songs are packed with images of nature. I don't know if you can call it a concept album, but thematically, it is extremely tight.
But these guys certainly do rock, and they do so with great passion. Peter Garrett more than makes up for his lack of technical vocal skills with a unique, gravelly passion. (If you ever saw these guys live, you know what a manic performer Garrett was...and riveting!).
The songs that rock hard are still extremely melodic. Midnight Oil is one of those rare bands where the songs are immediately catchy. They don't need to grow on you, they grab your right away. BEDS ARE BURNING is a classic. From the opening bass notes, the song grabs you and doesn't let go. WAREKURNA, BULL ROARERS and SOMETIMES are in the same ilk. In fact, SOMETIMES is one of the great albums closers of any album I've ever listened to. You just want to go right back to the beginning and jam some more.
Oil has some "gentler" songs as well, including the hit, mid-tempo DEAD HEART, which is a very effective song. ARTIC WORLD is very slow, melodic and moody.
These guys are always solid, and this album (as well as the lesser known EARTH AND SUN AND MOON) are the best examples of their song craftsmanship, political sensibilities and rockin' attitude. In my opinion, this album is a MUST OWN!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RhoadesFam on December 8, 2004
Format: Audio CD
As most Oils fans and critics have noted, Peter Garrett and crew have a decidedly political bent. Truth be told, most listeners (this one included) have very little knowledge of the Australian issues Garrett advocates, and as passionately as he voices them, most listeners won't seek to act upon these revelations. Whether that makes the listener irresponsible or not is another topic....

The appeal outside of Australia for Diesel and Dust lies in the universality of its themes. "Put Down that Weapon" seems as relevant now as when it was recorded; "Sell My Soul" could relate to any listener and his/her temptations; "Sometimes" provides inspiration in the unrelenting human spirit. Throw in seamless rockers "The Dead Heart", "Beds Are Burning" and "Dreamworld" and you have quite a gem of an album - arguably among the top 5 of the decade. One could nitpick and argue that the live cuts from Scream in Blue of some of these songs are better (true); others may point out that quieter pieces from Blue Sky Mining such as "One Country" and "Antarctica" top the quieter ones from Diesel and Dust (ditto). Nevertheless, the impact and appeal of Diesel and Dust are unrivaled in the Oils history.
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