Midnight Oil to release obscure CD in support of Australian charity
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24.04.2023

Midnight Oil to release obscure CD in support of Australian charity

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The hidden gem comes out on May 5.

Well known for their involvement in charity and community action, Midnight Oil has announced the release of a live album in support of the Australian Road Crew Association.

Titled Midnight Oil Live at the Old Lion, Adelaide 1982, the CD will feature a live taping of a performance from the band’s early days – before they were cemented as the Australian music legends we know them as today.

Midnight Oil Live at the Old Lion, Adelaide 1982 tracklist

  • 1 Written In The Heart
  • 2 Brave Faces
  • 3 Armistice Day
  • 4 I’m The Cure
  • 5 Bus To Bondi
  • 6 Quinella Holiday
  • 7 No Time For Games
  • 8 Burnie
  • 9 Cold Cold Change
  • 10 Powderworks
  • 11 Koala Sprint
  • 12 Back On The Borderline
  • 13 Don’t Wanna Be The One
  • 14 Wedding Cake Island
  • 15 Stand In Line
  • 16 No Reaction

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The CD will be released through ARCA’s Black Box Records as part of their Desk Tape series. With it, Midnight Oil will become the 29th artist to support the cause, which aims to raise funds for roadies and crew members who are in need of financial, medical and emotional help. Other artists who are involved in the initiative include Archie Roach, Crowded House and Wendy Matthews.

 

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The Desk Tape series showcases the secret cassette tapes that were once commonplace in the industry. In the analog days, sound engineers would typically record live shows with a cassette deck that was attached to the mixing console.

These tapes were used to help the band improve their performance or were gifted to the crew, but few ever saw the light of day – until now.

Midnight Oil Live at the Old Lion, Adelaide 1982 is a sonic time capsule from a moment when the band was playing 180 shows a year with the ferocious energy of the ’80s.

“On this run they were at their absolute peak,” says Mark Woods, the sound engineer who recorded the album on tour in 1982. “It wasn’t that they were loud, it was the power. They weren’t ‘screamy’ or harsh listening, they just had a very full solid big fat sound.”

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