Scream in Blue

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Scream in Blue (Live)
Live album by Midnight Oil
Released 5 May 1992
Recorded 1982 - 1990
Genre Rock
Length 59:59
Label Sprint Music / Columbia Records
Producer Midnight Oil & Keith Walker
Midnight Oil chronology
The Green Disc
Scream In Blue (Live)
Earth and Sun and Moon

Scream in Blue (Live) is a live concert album by Midnight Oil that was released in 1992 under the Columbia Records label. It contains songs carefully culled from 5 live concerts recorded over a 9-year period.[1] The audiences sound quite large, but also included is material from a 1990 protest concert held on the street in front of Exxon headquarters in New York City.[2] The album is mixed so as to sound like one continuous concert.

The album starts with a scathing, nearly atonal electric guitar solo and never lets up (until the final, more subdued studio bonus track Burnie), careening through a hooky hard-rock minefield of clever, socially conscious lyrics sung with passion over a rip-roaring but very tight band.[3] The tracks were evidently recorded through the sound systems of the various concerts, then mixed to a clear and well-balanced sound in the style of audio verité. Also, at the end of Only the Strong, a short sound sample is inserted containing some chanting by unidentified American Indians[2] which also sounds passionately rendered, although jarringly out of context.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars link

Critical reception of Scream in Blue (Live) was mixed. For instance, Allmusic's review by Roch Parisien[2] was entirely in praise of the album, saying that it perfectly captured the edge and power of Midnight Oil's live performances, which consistently outshone the popular studio versions of the same material.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Scream in Blue" 2:56 (Martin Rotsey, James Moginie, Peter Garrett) - Horden Pavilion, Sydney, 1984
  2. "Read About It" 3:52 (Robert Hirst, Moginie, Garrett) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  3. "Dreamworld" 3:42 (Moginie, Garrett, Hirst) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  4. "Brave Faces" 5:00 (Moginie, Garrett) - Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1982
  5. "Only the Strong" 5:41 (Hirst, Moginie) - Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1982
  6. "Stars of Warburton" 5:04 (Moginie, Garrett) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  7. "Progress" 6:17 (Moginie, Garrett) - Exxon Protest, 6th Ave, N.Y., N.Y., 1990
  8. "Beds Are Burning" 4:05 (Hirst, Moginie, Garrett) - Our Common Future Concert, Darlinghurst, 1989
  9. "Sell My Soul" 4:10 (Moginie, Garrett) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  10. "Sometimes" 3:29 (Moginie, Garrett, Hirst) - Our Common Future Concert, Darlinghurst, 1989
  11. "Hercules" 4:57 (Moginie, Garrett, Hirst) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  12. "Powderworks" 5:50 (Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey, Garrett, Andrew James) - Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1982
  13. "Burnie" 5:04 (Moginie, Garrett) - Bonus Track, Acoustic Recording



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