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- "10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1" - The album that put the Oils on the map.
Because it dates from 1981 I expected a cheaply produced guitar rocker, but
this is as slick as they come with their first set of great songs, including
the classic "Power and The Passion".
- "Diesel and Dust" - Considered by many to be their masterpiece.
- "Blue Sky Mining" - I will always have a soft spot for this album, because
it's the album that properly introduced me to the Oils. It sounds much the same
as "Diesel and Dust" but it lacks the passion.
- "Scream In Blue" - A live album to change your perception of the Oils - they
kick butt, and then some...
- "Earth and Sun and Moon" - melodic riffs, swirling Hammond organ, grooving
rhythms and less lyrical emphasis on politics make this a "back to basics"
album with a difference.
- "Breathe" - as close as they've come to an acoustic recording, including a
Peter Garrett/Emmylou Harris duet.
- "Redneck Wonderland" - with the opening pair of tracks amongst their most
brutal studio recordings, the concerns provoked by the mellow stylings of their
two preceding albums are quickly dismissed. The band then demonstrate that
this is no return to old glories, but is instead a step forward that somehow
incorporates the seemingly distinct elements of their previous work. At first,
I was impressed that they are still willing to be this ambitious and then I was
impressed by the fact they've managed to pull it off so effortlessly.
- "Bat Out of Hell" - A guilty pleasure. It's overblown and ridiculous and not
afraid to admit it. It usually makes me grin like an idiot.
- "All The Best!" - Generally speaking, Paul's solo career has suffered from a
lack of John Lennon. In The Beatles, the pair balanced each other but since,
Paul has all too often slid into cliched optimism or broad-stroked
"save-the-world" style political flag waving. Despite that, there has been some
classic pop from McCartney and that's exactly what this "best of" serves up.
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