Midnight Oil


Kate Parker Adams kate@dnki.net
Mon, 15 Sep 2003 09:34:24 -0400

But first let's have a big round of applause for all those who organized 
and contributed to this massive endeavor! A truly impressive labour of love 
and very much appreciated I must say!


At 09:18 PM 9/15/2003 +0800, Jeff and Jane Scott wrote:
>Greetings Powderworkers
>A little less than a year ago, we all woke up one morning to find that the
>Oils are no more. Among the various reactions on Powderworks, the idea was
>floated that it would be fantastic if the band were to re-release their
>entire catalogue - live.
>Some time later, a group of Powderworkers took on the crazy notion that this
>was something we could somehow actually achieve.  So for the past nine
>months (give or take), we've been hunting down rare recordings, trying
>different combinations of songs, and attempting to disguise the crossover
>from a pristine soundboard to a noisy audience recording.
>Different members of the group took on the different albums.  Although there
>was some input and suggestions from the others, ultimately it was each
>individual's decision which versions of the songs were in. As a result each
>album is personal - that is each one of us chose the versions we liked most
>for their albums. They may not all be the best sounding version, we all
>would have done each one differently, and some songs did not even have a
>known live recording - but they are the ones that meant most to each one of
>Of all the songs The Oils did live, there were only eight we weren't able to
>locate.  Someone Else To Blame, Maralinga, In The Rain, Gravel Rash and
>Barest Degree have been omitted, and we used three demo versions - Naked
>Flame, Basement Flat and Bakerman.
>We are now ready to share this 15 CD collection - which we named "THESE
>SHOULD NOT BE FORGOTTEN YEARS" - with our fellow Powderworkers as one huge
>tree (we're talking 150 year-old eucalyptus with a four meter diameter trunk
>The set consists of the Oils 13 studio releases in full, plus two discs of
>live rarities, b-sides, covers etc (including the studio parts of "The Real
>For the full details on what tracks were chosen, we have an official website
>at http://home.iprimus.com.au/mrnoisy/oilslive/.  This is also where you can
>find specially designed artwork for each of the 15 discs.
>To be a part of this, here is what you need to do:
>1.      Send an email to livecd_s@hotmail.com (NOTE: that is NOT the 
>account this
>message is coming from!  Do NOT attempt to sign up by replying to this
>message - you will be ignored!)
>2.      In the subject put your state/country, main branch, branch or leaf and
>how many copies you are willing to send out - for example
>Australia/Branch/3.  If you don't know what we are talking about with all
>this tree, branch, leaf stuff then you want to be a leaf, and you don't need
>the number on the end.
>If you are signing up as a branch, remember that each copy means 15 DISCS -
>don't sign up for more than you're willing/able to follow through.
>3.      In the body provide your full name and location.  For the top few 
>we want to use ftp rather than mail to get copies out faster and cheaper, so
>if you want to be a branch and have a fast internet connection put those
>details in here as well.
>Signups for the tree will remain open until the end of the month.  After
>that we will build and publish the structure.
>The OILSLIVE group
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