Scream in Blue

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Scream in Blue
MidnightOil ScreamInBlue.jpg
Live album by
ReleasedMay 1992
Recorded1982 - 1990
GenreRock
Length59:59
LabelSprint Music / Columbia Records
ProducerMidnight Oil & Keith Walker
Midnight Oil chronology
The Green Disc
(1990)
Scream in Blue
(1992)
Earth and Sun and Moon
(1993)
Singles from Scream in Blue
  1. "Sometimes"
    Released: April 1992

Scream in Blue is a live album by Midnight Oil that was released in May 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].

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars link
Rolling Stone3.5/5 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 (Garrett, Moginie, Rotsey) - Horden Pavilion, Sydney, 1984
  2. "Read About It" 3:52 (Garrett, Hirst, Moginie) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  3. "Dreamworld" 3:42 (Garrett, Hirst, Moginie) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  4. "Brave Faces" 5:00 (Garrett, Moginie) - Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1982
  5. "Only the Strong" 5:41 (Hirst, Moginie) - Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1982
  6. "Stars of Warburton" 5:04 (Garrett, Moginie) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  7. "Progress" 6:17 (Garrett, Moginie) - Exxon Protest, 6th Ave, N.Y., N.Y., 1990
  8. "Beds Are Burning" 4:05 (Garrett, Hirst, Moginie) - Our Common Future Concert, Darlinghurst, 1989
  9. "Sell My Soul" 4:10 (Garrett, Moginie) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  10. "Sometimes" 3:29 (Garrett, Hirst, Moginie) - Our Common Future Concert, Darlinghurst, 1989
  11. "Hercules" 4:57 (Garrett, Hirst, Moginie) - Brisbane Entertainment Centre, 1990
  12. "Powderworks" 5:50 (Garrett, Hirst, James, Moginie, Rotsey) - Capitol Theatre, Sydney, 1982
  13. "Burnie" 5:04 (Garrett, Moginie) - Bonus Track, Acoustic Recording - Albert Studios, Sydney, 1992

Charts[edit]

Chart (1992) Position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[4] 3
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[5] 30
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 37
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[7] 73
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[8] 28
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[9] 42

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[10] Platinum 70,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Amazon.com: Scream in Blue: Midnight Oil: Music
  2. ^ a b c Scream in Blue Live - Midnight Oil | AllMusic
  3. ^ Scorching Live Anthems from Australian Rockers - Scream In Blue: Live by Midnight Oil - Epinions.com
  4. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Midnight Oil – Scream in Blue". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  5. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Midnight Oil – Scream in Blue" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  6. ^ "Longplay-Chartverfolgung at Musicline" (in German). Musicline.de. Phononet GmbH. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Midnight Oil – Scream in Blue" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  8. ^ "Charts.nz – Midnight Oil – Scream in Blue". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – Midnight Oil – Scream in Blue". Hung Medien. Retrieved 30 November 2018.
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.

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