Midnight Oil...Bad Brains
Midnight Oil (CBS 1978)
I was listening to the radio yesterday afternoon & heard a Midnight Oil special, playing mainly older stuff, some rare live tracks, interspersed with some interview material with Peter Garrett. It reminded me how good their early material really was or maybe it just sent many memories flooding back. They built a reputation early as an amazing live band which held steadfast throughout their career & recognised over the world. I used to go to their gigs regularly around this period & into the early 80s as a mid-late teenager.
This was their first album & echoes of their surfing background can still be heard, along with quite a heavy (for the time) rock sound. I'd forgotten what a fine album this really is, until reminded yesterday. The only thing Id say here negatively is this CD version has nowhere near the depth of sound found on album (vinyl).
Bad Brains (Live)
Spirit Electricity (SST 1991)
Little needs to be said about this band really either, but they too were recognised as an amazing live act, esp. during the early 80's. The original line-up can still be heard on this release:
I wouldn't call this release brilliant by any means & it is pretty damn short esp. for a live release where other tracks could have been included. It was recorded in Providence, Rhode Island & LA.
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