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Red Sails in the Suunset
Midnight Oil
Red Sails in the Suunset
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
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All Artists: Midnight Oil
Title: Red Sails in the Suunset
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Sony
Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Style: Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074643998727

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music papa | 09/06/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Red arguably one of the best albums that
the Oils ever made.....ever. One reviewer wrote that
"as a long time fan, I was disappointed". First of all,
who are we kidding? If someone where to find this album
disappointing, I would venture to say that they are not a fan at all.
Alot of people identify the Oils with one song..."Beds are burning".
Surely Red Sails is not as poppy or radio friendly, but neither are the Oils or their fans. If you only like "Beds are burning"....stay there, because you won't be able to handle the non-radio Oils."
Jan E. Amundsen | 09/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is Midnight Oils Masterpeice! perfect from start to finish.If you like Midnight Oil you need to hear this one this brings me back to the 80s"
So You've Got the Blues . . .
Jack Baker | LeRoy,IL | 02/06/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is not an easy album to listen to, but this 1984 release by Midnight Oil was my first introduction to this Australian band. It remains my favorite simply because of its strong songs and inventive musicianship. There is a lot of stylistic variation on this album, much more so than on any other Midnight Oil release. In less capable hands, this would be a terrible disaster. With these excellent musicians, the results are intriguing, very listenable. There's the hard rock of "When the Generals Talk" and "Best of Both Worlds", acoustic driven songs like "Kosiusko" and "Sleep", anthems like "Jimmy Sharman's Boxers" and general weirdness like "Bells & Horns in the Back of Beyond" and "Bakerman". This is truly an album where you need to listen to the whole thing repeatedly in order to absorb everything. Some of the lyrics are enigmatic almost to the point of being impenetrable, but that just adds to the total mood of the album.

"Sleep" was the first Midnight Oil song I ever heard, having been given a mix tape by a high school friend. I played that track over and over, finally purchasing the album. The lyrics "So you've got the blues, the evening wore out your shoes," remain some of my favorite lines. The rest of the album is just as solid as this song, in particular "Jimmy Sharman's Boxers", an amazing song about the exploitation of aboriginal boxers in a traveling show. This song builds to an incredible climax and features some of the best drums I've had the pleasure of hearing. Play it loud for full effect.

I won't bore you with a song by song recap of the album, but I will close by saying that this is one of the most well constructed and complete albums I own. Like others, I would put it on par with The Beatles' White Album in terms of its experimentation. After this album, the group would enter a more radio friendly stage. They would still produce many more vital recordings, but none quite as ambitious as this one."