Midnight Oil details huge new 12-disc box set: Demos, rarities, B-sides, hours of live video

Back in February, when Aussie rock powerhouse Midnight Oil announced its now-underway global reunion tour, the band also revealed plans for not one but three giant box sets: a collection of the band’s 13 albums and EPs on vinyl, another compiling those releases on CD plus a DVD of videos, and a third featuring a truckload of unreleased material.

But that third collection, a 12 CD/DVD set called The Overflow Tank, was only vaguely described, with no tracklist to reveal the nature or origin of the previously unreleased music. Now, though, as the box sets’ release dates approach, the Oils have pulled the curtain off the big one, revealing a full running order that spans nearly 150 tracks and two full documentaries.

The full contents of The Overflow Tank can also finally be revealed – putting to end months of conjecture among hardcore Oils fans about what “unreleased and rare” material would be included. The tank will include 4 CDs and 8 DVDs with songs stretching from 1970s home recordings through unreleased tracks from “10-1” and “Blue Sky Mining” to cover versions and B-sides from the 1990s. Among the DVD contents are an incendiary Oils set from 1981’s Tanelorn Festival, a full 1994 stadium concert in South Africa, an “MTV Unplugged” performance and their iconic mid-80’s gig on Sydney’s Goat Island.

Release dates may vary between online retailers, but the band reports the three box sets will be released first in Australasia on May 12, and then, on May 26, in Europe. In the U.S., The Full Tank — the 13-disc set with all of the albums on CD, plus a bonus DVD — and The Overflow Tank also will be released on May 26, and The Vinyl Collection will follow on June 9.

For Oils fans in the U.S., The Vinyl Collection — featuring 13 180-gram LPs — can be pre-ordered via PledgeMusic in special bundles that include with exclusive Midnight Oil T-shirts and/or turntable slipmats.

PRE-ORDER (U.S.): The Vinyl Collection, The Full Tank, The Overflow Tank

PRE-ORDER (U.K.): The Vinyl Collection, The Full Tank, The Overflow Tank

Below, check out the full tracklist for Midnight Oil’s huge box set.

 

Tracklist: Midnight Oil, The Overflow Tank

CD1: Lasseter’s Gold (Unreleased Demos)
1. “Schwampy Moose” (1972)
2. “21st Century Human” (1992) Demo for ‘Earth and Sun and Moon’
3. “Red Indian” (1992) Demo for ‘Earth and Sun and Moon.’ Song was re-written and released as ‘Land.’
4. “Can’t See Reason” (1990) Demo for ‘Blue Sky Mining’
5. “Love Life” (1990) Demo for ‘Blue Sky Mining’
6. “Heart Is Nowhere” (1990) Demo for ‘Blue Sky Mining’
7. “Wreckery Road” (Midnight Oil version) (1990) Demo for ‘Blue Sky Mining.’ This song had another life on Ghostwriters’ first album with Rob’s vocal.
8. “Farm” (1976) Recorded at 77 Albert Ave, Chatswood (the band’s share house/early office)
9. “Ghost Of The Roadhouse” (1982) Demo for ‘10-1’
10. “The Band Played The Last Melody” (1990) Demo for ‘Blue Sky Mining’
11. “A Sunburnt Sky” (1996) Outtake for ‘Breathe.’ This song had another life under the title ‘A Love So High’ on Jim Moginie’s first solo album ‘Alas Folkloric’
12. “Doghead” (1989) Recorded at same session as ‘You May Not Be Released’

CD2: Chiko Locallo (B-Sides & Rarities)
1. “Ships Of Freedom” (1993) ‘In the Valley’ B-side, ‘Outbreak of Love’ B-side, ‘My Country’ maxi B-side
2. “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love And Understanding” (1987) ‘Put Down that Weapon’ B-side
3. “Heaven And Earth” (1997) ‘Cemetery In My Mind’ B-side
4. “Cemetery In My Mind” [True Believers Blind Version] (1998) ‘Cemetery in my Mind’ B-side
5. “The Real Thing” (2000)
6. “The Last Of The Diggers” (2000)
7. “Spirit Of The Age” (2000)
8. “You May Not Be Released” (1987-8) ‘Blue Sky Mine’ B-side/‘Forgotten Years’ B-side
9. “Kiss That Girl” (2001) European edition of ‘Capricornia’ album.
10. “Wharf Rat” (1991/1998) ‘Deadicated’ Grateful Dead tribute album/‘Sometimes’ Live B-side
11. “I See You” (1996) ‘Surf’s Up Tonight’ B-side/‘Underwater’ B-side
12. “Smash The Wobble Board” (1996) [Jim Moginie vocal] ‘Surf’s Up Tonight’ B-side/‘Underwater’ B-side
13. “The Great Gibber Plain” [Ambient Version] (1998) ‘Redneck Wonderland’ B-side
14. “Land” (1994) Crash Vegas, Daniel Lanois, Hothouse Flowers, Oils – benefit for Clayoquot Sound
15. “…What Frontier?” (1997) ‘White Skin Black Heart’ B-side and ‘Redneck Wonderland’ B-side
16. “Devilfish Shuffle” (1998) ‘Cemetery In My Mind’ B-side
17. “Kingdom Of Flaunt” (1996) ‘Underwater’ B-side

CD3: Live At The Wireless – 1978 – Studio 221 (2JJ, Sydney)
1. “Ensemble”
2. “Dust”
3. “Surfing With A Spoon”
4. “Nothing Lost – Nothing Gained”
5. “Powderworks”
6. “Run By Night”
7. “Used And Abused”
8. “Take Me Down Easy”

CD4: Punter Barrier BPM (Live)
Parramatta Park 1981 (2JJ)
1. “Stand In Line”
Tanelorn – 1981 (Live at Tanelorn Music Festival)
2. “Brave Faces”
3. “Lucky Country”
4. “No Reaction”
5. “Back On The Borderline”
6. “Koala Sprint”
7. “Section 5 [Bus to Bondi]”
8. “Don’t Wanna Be The One”
9. “Powderworks”
Narrabeen Sands Hotel – 1996
10. “Eye Contact”
11. “Pictures”
Penrith Leagues – 1998
12. “E Beat”
13. “Comfortable Place On The Couch”
14. “What Goes On”
15. “Concrete”
16. “Redneck Wonderland
Alberts Studios – 1992
17. “Burnie”

DVD1: “MTV Unplugged” (Live) (New York, 1993)
1. “Feeding Frenzy”
2. “Sell My Soul”
3. “Short Memory”
4. “Tell Me The Truth”
5. “Blue Sky Mine”
6. “Lucky Country”
7. “Now Or Never Land”
8. “Antarctica”
9. “The Dead Heart”
10. “In The Valley”
11. “Beds Are Burning”
12. “Earth And Sun And Moon”
13. “Truganini”
14. “Drums Of Heaven”
15. “My Country”
16. “Warakurna”
17. “We Gotta Get Out Of This Place”

DVD2: “Black Rain Falls” (Documentary)
Midnight Oil’s protest gig performed in 1990 on a flat bed truck outside the Exxon Building New York City brought world attention to the catastrophic environmental damage caused by the Exxon Valdez oil spill.
1. Intro
2. “Dreamworld” (Interview – Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst)
3. “Blue Sky Mine” (Press Conference – Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst)
4. “Instant Karma” (Interview, press conference – Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst)
5. “River Runs Red” (Interview – Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst)
6. “Progress” (Interview – Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst)
7. “Sometimes” (Press Conference – Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst)
8. “King Of The Mountain” (Press Conference)

DVD3: “Saturday Night At The Capitol” (Live) (2JJ Sydney, 1982)
1. “Only The Strong”
2. “Brave Faces”
3. “Short Memory”
4. “Knife’s Edge”
5. “Power And The Passion”
6. “Armistice Day”
7. “No Time For Games”
8. “Quinella Holiday”
9. “Lucky Country”
10. “Don’t Wanna Be The One”
11. “Burnie”
12. “Powderworks”

DVD4: “Oils On The Water” (Live) (Goat Island, 1985)
1. Intro
2. “Best Of Both Worlds”
3. “When The Generals Talk”
4. “Minutes To Midnight”
5. “Sleep”
6. “Only The Strong”
7. “Short Memory”
8. “Kosciusko”
9. “US Forces”
10. “Jimmy Sharman’s Boxers”
11. “Back On The Borderline”
12. “Tin-Legs & Tin Mines”
13. “Don’t Wanna Be The One”
14. “Power And The Passion”
15. “Read About It”
16. “Harrisburg”
17. “Stand In Line”

DVD5: “Only The Strong: The making of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1” (Documentary)
“Only The Strong” tells the story behind Midnight Oil’s classic breakthrough album “10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1”. This new documentary, directed by Robert Hambling, features the wizard-like figure of producer Nick Launay alongside band members Jim Moginie, Rob Hirst and Peter Garrett. The film lifts the lid on how Midnight Oil reinvented themselves with this trailblazing masterpiece.

DVD6: “Blackfella/Whitefella” (Documentary)
In 1986, Midnight Oil was invited to tour central Australian Aboriginal settlements with the legendary Aboriginal group Warumpi Band. They staged concerts, talked with tribal elders and saw European occupation through the eyes of its original inhabitants. This became known as the Blackfella/Whitefella tour. This tour became the creative catalyst for the writing and recording of Midnight Oil’s “Diesel And Dust” album. “Blackfella/Whitefella” is the documentation of those experiences featuring the music of Midnight Oil and Warumpi Band along with the videos for “The Dead Heart” and “Beds Are Burning.”

DVD7: “Ellis Park – The Concert” (Live)
Having refused to play in South Africa whilst in the grip of apartheid, this concert is a celebration of the inauguration of Nelson Mandela in front of a packed Ellis Park Stadium, Johannesburg in 1994.
1. Intro
2. “The Dead Heart”
3. “Best Of Both Worlds”
4. “Truganini”
5. “Bullroarer”
6. “Put Down That Weapon”
7. “My Country”
8. “King Of The Mountain”
9. “Warakurna”
10. “Sell My Soul”
11. “Forgotten Years”
12. “Dreamworld”
13. “Beds Are Burning”
14. “Sometimes”

DVD8: “Moments In Space” Live (DVD)
Tanelorn – 1981 (Live at Tanelorn Music Festival)
1. “Cold Cold Change”
2. “Run By Night”
3. “Lucky Country”
4. “Stand In Line”
Wanda Beach – 1982 (2JJJ Youth Benefit)
5. “Armistice Day”
6. “No Time For Games”
7. “Cold Cold Change”
8. “Don’t Wanna Be The One”
9. “Stand In Line”
Stop The Drop – 1983 (A Concert for Nuclear Disarmament, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne)
10. “Brave Faces”
11. “Short Memory”
12. “US Forces”
Storey Hall, RMIT – 1987 (RMIT 100th Anniversary Concert, Melbourne)
13. “Who Can Stand In The Way”
14. “Best Of Both Worlds”
15. “The Dead Heart”
16. “Kosciusko”
17. “Pictures”
18. “Power And The Passion”
Our Common Future – 1989 (Live at ABC Studios Sydney)
19. “Put Down That Weapon”
20. “Sometimes”
21. “Hercules”
22. “Beds Are Burning”
Live at the Palace – 1996 (Live at The Palace Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne)
23. “Surf’s Up Tonight”
24. “Sins Of Omission”
25. “Star Of Hope”

 

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