Best of Both Worlds is a DVD-Video release of two significant concerts performed by Australian rock band Midnight Oil. The featured concerts are Oils on the Water (from 1985) and Saturday ... See full summary »
Best of Both Worlds is a DVD-Video release of two significant concerts performed by Australian rock band Midnight Oil. The featured concerts are Oils on the Water (from 1985) and Saturday Night at the Capitol (1982). Best of Both Worlds was released in 2004 by Triple J as part of their Live at the Wireless programme. Oils on the Water was staged on 13 January 1985 to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Triple J, Australia's publicly owned youth radio network. This concert was performed on Sydney's Goat Island for a small audience of competition winners, and was simulcast on ABC-TV and Triple J. An incendiary show from 1982 at the Capitol Theatre, Sydney, shot for the band by award-winning filmmaker Dave Bradbury on 27 November, 1982 for ABC radio station Triple J. This high-octane live experience, for which Midnight Oil had no peer, is further evidence (as if it were needed!) that Midnight Oil were rightly regarded as Australia's best live act during their career. Written by
With AC/DC, Midnight Oil is one of Australia's premiere rock bands. overall, this is a fine DVD package, which includes two Sydney-based live performances; because it shows the band at their peak. The first performance "Saturday Night At The Capitol" (1982) was a 35mm film (to my knowledge, never previously released), and the second "Oils On The Water"  was a national television broadcast. The tracks are punctuated with Garrett's political satire, which was a feature of all of the oils concerts. There music did not just reflect coastal youth "surfing" culture. It had a political edge dealing with nuclear weapons, environment issues and indigenous land rights. The lyrics reflected the concerns of many young people of that generation. I would have preferred a linear PCM sound track also be included. With no doubt this is true classical Oils!
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