April 28, 2017


As their “Great Circle 2017” world tour kicks off in Brazil Midnight Oil has unveiled all the details about their imminent box set releases.

“The Vinyl Collection” (all their studio LP’s and EP’s), “The Full Tank” (all their CD’s and music videos) and “The Overflow Tank” (featuring over 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material) will all be released on Friday May 12th in Australasia. Europe will release all three boxes on May 26th while the US & Canada will release the Tank sets on Friday May 26th with Vinyl following on Friday June 9th. Other territories should check with local retailers for local release dates.

People who have pre-ordered any of these collectable items can expect to receive their stock over coming weeks. Further pre-orders can be made here.

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 CD’s and 8 DVD’s with songs stretching from 1970’s home recordings through unreleased tracks from “10-1” and “Blue Sky Mining” to cover versions and B sides from the 1990’s. 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.

The full “Overflow Tank” tracklisting is as follows:


“Lasseter’s Gold” (Unreleased Demos) CD

  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’. Original version, the 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.’


“Chiko Locallo” (B sides & Rarities) CD

  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, Midnight Oil, The Tragically Hip – benefit CD for Clayoquot Sound.
  15. .. What Frontier? (1997) ‘White Skin Black Heart’ B Side & ‘Redneck Wonderland’ B side
  16. Devilfish Shuffle (1998) Cemetery In My Mind’ B side.
  17. Kingdom Of Flaunt (1996) ‘Underwater’ B Side.


“Live At The Wireless – 1978 – Studio 221” CD (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


“Punter Barrier BPM” (Live) CD 

Parramatta Park 1981 (2JJ)

  1. Stand In Line


Tanelorn – 1981 (Live at Tanelorn Music Festival)

  1. Brave Faces
  2. Lucky Country
  3. No Reaction
  4. Back On The Borderline
  5. Koala Sprint
  6. Section 5 [Bus to Bondi]
  7. Don’t Wanna Be The One
  8. Powderworks


Narrabeen Sands Hotel – 1996

  1. Eye Contact
  2. Pictures


Penrith Leagues – 1998

  1. E Beat
  2. Comfortable Place On The Couch
  3. What Goes On
  4. Concrete
  5. Redneck Wonderland


Alberts Studios – 1992

  1. Burnie


“MTV Unplugged” (Live) DVD (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


“Black Rain Falls” (Documentary) DVD

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)


“Saturday Night At The Capitol” (Live) DVD (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


“Oils On The Water” (Live) DVD (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


“Only The Strong: The making of 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1” (Documentary) DVD

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.


“Blackfella/Whitefella” (Documentary) DVD

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” from “Diesel And Dust”.


“Ellis Park – The Concert” (Live) DVD

Having steadfastly 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


“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)

  1. Armistice Day
  2. No Time For Games
  3. Cold Cold Change
  4. Don’t Wanna Be The One
  5. Stand In Line


Stop The Drop – 1983 (A Concert for Nuclear Disarmament, Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne)

  1. Brave Faces
  2. Short Memory
  3. US Forces


Storey Hall, RMIT – 1987 (RMIT 100th Anniversary Concert, Melbourne)

  1. Who Can Stand In The Way
  2. Best Of Both Worlds
  3. The Dead Heart
  4. Kosciusko
  5. Pictures
  6. Power And The Passion


Our Common Future – 1989 (Live at ABC Studios Sydney)

  1. Put Down That Weapon
  2. Sometimes
  3. Hercules
  4. Beds Are Burning


Live at the Palace – 1996 (Live at The Palace Theatre, St Kilda, Melbourne)

  1. Surf’s Up Tonight
  2. Sins Of Omission
  3. Star Of Hope