Essential Oils (album)

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Essential Oils
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Greatest hits album by Midnight Oil
Released 2 November 2012
Recorded 1977–2001
Genre Rock
Length 151:10
Label Sony Music Entertainment
Midnight Oil chronology
Flat Chat
(2006)Flat Chat2006
Essential Oils

Essential Oils is a two-disc compilation album by Australian rock band Midnight Oil released in November 2012.[1][2]

The compilation covers Midnight Oil's entire career, starting with their 1978 self-titled album, and includes tracks from all their studio albums and EPs. Given its comprehensive track list, the two-disc Essential Oils effectively supplants Midnight Oil's previous greatest-hits compilation, 1997's one-disc album 20,000 Watt R.S.L. There is only one track on 20,000 Watt R.S.L. ("What Goes On") that is not included on Essential Oils.

Essential Oils contains eleven songs that were included on Flat Chat (2006), an 18-track compilation of Midnight Oil's heavier rock songs. The Flat Chat tracks that do not appear on Essential Oils are "Section 5 (Bus to Bondi)", "Tell Me the Truth", "Stand in Line", "Pictures", "Written in the Heart", "Mosquito March" and "No Time for Games". Essential Oils contains liner notes by American music journalist David Fricke. The album charted at number 7 on the ARIA Charts and it peaked at number 25 on the Official New Zealand Music Chart.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Run By Night" Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey 3:56
2. "Cold Cold Change" Hirst, Moginie 3:29
3. "Back on the Borderline" Peter Garrett, Moginie, Andrew James 3:09
4. "Wedding Cake Island" Garrett, Peter Gifford, Hirst, Moginie, Martin Rotsey 3:11
5. "No Time for Games" Garrett, Gifford, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 4:33
6. "Don't Wanna Be the One" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 3:05
7. "Armistice Day" Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 4:29
8. "Lucky Country" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 4:53
9. "Only the Strong" Hirst, Moginie 4:34
10. "Short Memory" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 3:52
11. "Read About It" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 3:52
12. "US Forces" Garrett, Moginie 4:05
13. "Power And The Passion" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 5:39
14. "When the Generals Talk" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 3:32
15. "Best of Both Worlds" Hirst, Moginie 4:03
16. "Kosciusko" Hirst, Moginie 4:41
17. "Progress" Garrett, Gifford, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 3:54
18. "Hercules" Garrett, Gifford, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 4:29
Disc 2
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Beds Are Burning" Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie 4:15
2. "Put Down That Weapon" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 4:38
3. "Dreamworld" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 3:36
4. "The Dead Heart" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 5:11
5. "Warakurna" Moginie 4:37
6. "Blue Sky Mine" Hirst, Moginie, Garrett, Martin Rotsey, Bones Hillman 4:15
7. "Forgotten Years" Hirst, Moginie 4:27
8. "King of the Mountain" Hirst, Moginie 3:49
9. "One Country" Garrett, Moginie 5:53
10. "Truganini" Hirst, Moginie 5:08
11. "My Country" Rob Hirst 4:53
12. "In the Valley" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 4:40
13. "Surf's Up Tonight" Garrett, Moginie 3:05
14. "Redneck Wonderland" Hirst, Moginie 3:08
15. "White Skin Black Heart" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 4:01
16. "Say Your Prayers" Moginie 4:25
17. "Golden Age" Garrett, Hirst, Moginie 3:41
18. "Luritja Way" Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie 4:00

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Naomi Fallon (1 November 2012). "Oils' hits stand up". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Bernard Zuel (1 November 2012). "Midnight memories". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  3. ^ Midnight Oil - Essential Oils at Australian-Charts