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Diesel & Dust

Midnight OilAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Midnight Oil were more than just a rock & roll band. From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, challenged the concepts of “business as usual” and broke new ground.

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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 (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #53,571 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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How can we sleep when our beds are burning? 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 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eleven years later, it STILL gives me goose bumps! November 5, 1999
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best Midnight Oil Albums released 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest Album by greatest band of all time May 10, 2007
By Coach K
Format:Audio CD
My single favorite band of all time - nothing will ever come close. This album is a great introduction to their sound. Full of incredible passion, powerful lyrics, unreal guitar solos, and creativity and originality in every song. The popular Beds are Burning is not even in my top 5 songs on this album (Sell My Soul is #1, and possibly my number 1 song of all time. Dreamworld is pretty special too).

If you fall in love with the album, as I did, you can move onto some of their older stuff - 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, or Red Sails in the Sunset are similarly incredible, and even more creative.

The Oils are truly a special band, and 6 years after their breakup, I still pop in my mix CD's in the car when my kids aren't around. I'll never understand why they didn't become as popular as, say, U2 or REM - they are all that and more. But I suppose it makes it that much more amazing for the die hard fans that still rave about the Oils to this day.

Hope you enjoy - I'm pretty certain you will.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An all time great album-top 10, in fact June 15, 2006
By dfle3
Format:Audio CD
I just noticed that I reviewed this album years ago, as "A music fan" [October 23, 1999]. Since I've listened to this album again in the meantime, I thought I'd try and do a more informative job this time!].

As per my original review, I have to say that it is an open question of whether this album is the Oils best, or "10-1" takes the honour.

Initially, my reaction was that the album had a killer opening three tracks. On relistening to it, it gets better, as some songs grow on you even more.

Here are my favourite tracks:

Beds are burning: pop/rock classic, melodic and clangy at the same time.

Put down that weapon: sort of in the same vein as "10-1"'s "Short memory". The track is a slow pop song that has a brilliant change of pace...a delicious bass riff veers into hyper, clangy rock, and then returns to a slow send off. Terrific stuff.

Dreamworld: one fan told me that the lead singer was a big fan of The Beach Boys. I'd always considered this song as a Beach Boys style song. It's my favourite song from the album, probably. Not the best intro, but once the harmonies and melodies kick in, it's a terrific pop song.

The dead heart: this is a real sing-a-long pop song. You should find the "do do do do do do"'s really catchy.

Sell my soul: this is the song that has REALLY grown on me-a lost Oils classic, a la "Sleep". I love the attention grabbing, funky opening "I am ready. Let's begin". Again, the song has strong melody, as is usual for quality Oils songs.

Sometimes: probably the best of the rest.

In my mind, I always think of this album as in the same vein as The Red Hot Chilli Peppers' "Californication" album. Both albums are immensely strong.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD DELUXE Vinyl REPLICA-GREAT REMASTERING AND SLEEVE DESIGN
This review is for the Culture Factory CD Deluxe Vinyl Replica. Great remastered sound. Very nice vinyl replica CD. Over-all great for the price. Read more
Published 25 days ago by JOHN R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Midnight OIl at their best
Midnight Oil! come on man. This album is a staple at every oils show and it is a classic album of midnight oil. they are the best at what they do. hard rocking guys. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Paul
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 Star for the packaging-
Beautiful packaging and nice mini replica of the original US lp, which I own, Unfortunately that's where it end's, Culture Factory has been know to destroy the dynamics of their... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Cory Eling
5.0 out of 5 stars MASTERPIECE!!!!!!!!!
I really like most everything from MIDNIGHT OIL....But this is their MASTERPIECE!!!! You got 3 HUGE HITS like DREAMWORLD, BEDS ARE BURNING and DEAD HEART... Read more
Published 5 months ago by FLUMINENSE
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's greats!
Can't sit still in my seat to this music. Music with a message and a beat - what could be better?
Published 8 months ago by Diana L. Thatcher
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
Not a bad track on the whole CD. i used to listen to this cassette tape as a teenager while at work. I like his unique lead voice.
Published 10 months ago by W. Scott Hunt
5.0 out of 5 stars Their finest hour?
Maybe so. Smooth and subtle song stylist Peter Garrett croons his way through pointed and meaningful lyrics written mostly by the drummer, Rob Hirst. Silly love songs? Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ralph and Martha Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I have always like this group music. The download went very smooth. Looking to buy more of there songs soon.
Published 15 months ago by Mark Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of their best
Good on first listen, great by the third. A band with passion and conscience. Highly recommended. Good rock n roll too.
Published 15 months ago by Robert Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Forever a favorite
This is and shall always be one of my favorite albums. I'd definitely recommend it to anyone, of any age. It remains relevant, over twenty years later.
Published 18 months ago by Teresa G. Ralston
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