Midnight Oil ‎– Red Sails In The Sunset

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Columbia ‎– PC 39987
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(C) 1985 CBS Inc. / (P) 1985 Midnight Oil / Manufactured by Columbia Records / CBS Inc.

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PC 39987

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C 39987 AL 39987 (P) 1984 Midnight Oil
C 39987 BL 39987 (P) 1984 Midnight Oil

Other Versions (5 of 45) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SBP 238027 Midnight Oil Red Sails In The Sunset(LP, Album) CBS, Sprint Music SBP 238027 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
CDCBS 26355, 26355 Midnight Oil Red Sails In The Sunset(CD, Album) CBS, Sprint Music CDCBS 26355, 26355 Netherlands 1988 Sell This Version
CK 39987 Midnight Oil Red Sails In The Sunset(CD, Album) Columbia CK 39987 US Unknown Sell This Version
CDCBS 26355, 26355 Midnight Oil Red Sails In The Sunset(CD, Album) CBS, Sprint Music CDCBS 26355, 26355 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
40-26355 Midnight Oil Red Sails In The Sunset(Cass, Album, RE) CBS 40-26355 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version

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coppergreen

coppergreen

October 13, 2014

Listening to this album again for the first time in probably a decade, it strikes me that "Red Sails..." was certainly a collection of highs and lows. Coming on the heels of the towering "Countdown" must have been a hard act to follow. There are some good, tight rockers on here, like "Best of Both Worlds" (a concert favourite), "Kosciusko", and "Minutes to Midnight". There are also solid standouts like "Jimmy Sharman's Boxers". But there's also some lighter, more experimental stuff for the time, including "Bells and Horns in the Back of Beyond" and "Bakerman". Listening through sides A and B, the album seems a little defocused, as though there were a search on for a theme or a unifying idea that the Oils never quite found. By the time you get to "Shipyards of New Zealand", which has always felt to me like it should have risen to a greater, more powerful climax (it just ends too soon, needed a third act of some kind), you may not know what the hell has just happened, but it was still a pretty good ride.