Midnight Oil

Scream in Blue Live

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Scream in Blue Live is a worthy addition to the group's catalog. The Oils' music has always had more edge and power in a live setting, and this captures it perfectly. All that's missing is the visual dimension of frantic and imposing frontman Peter Garrett stalking the stage. Great songs that were delivered too tamely in their studio incarnations -- "Dreamworld" from Diesel and Dust and "Stars of Warburton" from Blue Sky Mining, for example -- erupt in full bloom live from the Brisbane Boondall Centre. Other highlights include "Progress," recorded in 1990 at a protest rally in front of Exxon head offices on 6th Avenue in New York, and a passionate plea for aboriginal rights that serves as an introduction to "Beds Are Burning."

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