Diesel and Dust [CD/DVD]

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett has long been active in elective politics in Australia, and like any good politician, he knows that sometimes the most important thing is to get your message out to the masses, even it means speaking with a bit less force than might be your custom. While the hard edges and challenging angles of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and Red Sails in the Sunset made Midnight Oil bona fide superstars in Australia, they were little more than a rumor in most of the rest of the world, and for their sixth album, Diesel and Dust, Midnight Oil made some changes in their approach. On Diesel and Dust, there's less in the way of bruising hard rock like "Best...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett has long been active in elective politics in Australia, and like any good politician, he knows that sometimes the most important thing is to get your message out to the masses, even it means speaking with a bit less force than might be your custom. While the hard edges and challenging angles of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and Red Sails in the Sunset made Midnight Oil bona fide superstars in Australia, they were little more than a rumor in most of the rest of the world, and for their sixth album, Diesel and Dust, Midnight Oil made some changes in their approach. On Diesel and Dust, there's less in the way of bruising hard rock like "Best of Both Worlds," nothing as eccentric as "Outside World," and very little as esoterically regional as "Jimmy Sharman's Boxers," while the production favors the tuneful side of the band's songwriting which, truth to tell, was always there and buffs away some of the group's harsher edges. As a result, Diesel and Dust isn't an album for hardcore Oils fans, but as a bid for a larger audience, it was both shrewd and well executed -- it was the group's first real worldwide success, going platinum in America and spawning a massive hit single, "Beds Are Burning." While the album lacks the kick-in-the-head impact of their earlier work, Diesel and Dust also makes clear that the bandmembers could apply their intelligence and passion to less aggressive material and still come up with forceful, compelling music, as on the haunting "The Dead Heart" and the poppy but emphatic "Dreamworld." And as always, there was no compromise in the band's forceful political stance -- most of the album's songs deal openly with the issues of Aboriginal rights hardly an issue pertinent only to Australians, and one of Midnight Oil's greatest victories may well be writing a song explicitly demanding reparations for indigenous peoples, and seeing it top the charts around the world. And the closer, "Sometimes," may be the finest and most moving anthem the band ever wrote "Sometimes you're beaten to the core/Sometimes you're taken to the wall/But you don't give in". Diesel and Dust is that rarity, a bid for the larger audience that's also an artistic success and a triumph for leftist politics -- even the Clash never managed that hat trick this well. [In 2008, Columbia/Legacy reissued Diesel and Dust as a double-disc deluxe edition. The first disc is a remastered CD containing the bonus track "Gunbarrel Highway," excised from North American versions of the initial release, while the second disc is a DVD containing the documentary The Blackfella/Whitefella Tour, which captured Midnight Oil's tour through Aboriginal settlements in Australia, a journey that provided pivotal inspiration on the album. The DVD also includes the videos for "The Dead Heart" and "Beds Are Burning."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/6/2008
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 886971827422
  • Catalog Number: 718274

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Beds Are Burning (4:16)
  2. 2 Put Down That Weapon (4:38)
  3. 3 Dreamworld (3:36)
  4. 4 Arctic World (4:22)
  5. 5 Warakurna (4:37)
  6. 6 The Dead Heart (5:11)
  7. 7 Whoah (3:50)
  8. 8 Bullroarer (4:59)
  9. 9 Sell My Soul (3:37)
  10. 10 Sometimes (3:51)
  11. 11 Gunbarrel Highway (3:42)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Dead Heart
  2. 2 Stand in Line
  3. 3 The Power & The Passion
  4. 4 Blackfella/Whitefella - Warumpi Band
  5. 5 Gotta Be Strong - Warumpi Band
  6. 6 Warumpinya (Papunya) - Warumpi Band
  7. 7 Best of Both Worlds
  8. 8 Nuyntu Nyaalyjirriku - Warumpi Band
  9. 9 Helps Me Help You
  10. 10 Waru - Warumpi Band
  11. 11 Kosciusko
  12. 12 Beds Are Burning
  13. 13 Island Home - Warumpi Band
  14. 14 Read About It
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Midnight Oil Primary Artist
Peter Garrett Vocals, Group Member
Rob Hirst Drums, Group Member
Warne Livesey Keyboards
Jim Moginie Guitar, Keyboards, Group Member
Neil Murray Guitar, Vocals
Martin Rotsey Guitar, Group Member
Peter Gifford Bass, Group Member
John Ockwell Cello
Glad Reed Trombone
Charlie McMahon Didjeridu
Gordon Butcher Drums
Sammy Butcher Bass, Guitar
Hilary Wirri Bass
Jeremy Holland Smith French Horn
George Burrawanga Vocals, Didjeridu
Technical Credits
Midnight Oil Producer
Gary Morris Executive Producer, Video Producer
Rob Hirst Liner Notes
Tony Leach Video Producer
Warne Livesey Producer, String Arrangements
Bob Ludwig Remastering
Jim Moginie String Arrangements
Guy Gray Engineer
Greg Henderson Engineer
Ray Argyle Video Director
Rob Stewart Director
Andrew DeGroot Video Director
Ron Drynan Executive Producer
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