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20,000 Watt R.S.L.: Greatest Hits

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Midnight Oil 11/4/1997

Review

As Midnight Oil's first compilation, 20,000 Watt R.S.L.: Greatest Hits isn't all it could have been. Most of the group's late-'80s and early-'90s hits are here -- "Beds Are Burning," "The Dead Heart," "Dreamworld," "Blue Sky Mine," "Forgotten Years," "King of the Mountain," "Truganini" -- and many highlights from the group's early albums ("Power and the Passion," "Kosciuszko," "US Forces," "Best of Both Worlds," "Back on the Borderline," "Don't Wanna Be the One") are also present. However, the music is not sequenced chronologically -- it flips between the two periods of the group's career with no rhyme or reason, adding two new tracks ("What Goes On," "White Skin Black Heart") from the group's 1998 album, Redneck Wonderland. The result is a jumble that doesn't give a good sense of Midnight Oil's career, but provides enough of their highlights to make it worthwhile for casual fans. However, anyone wanting a true sense of the band's progression will have to wait for another compilation. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 What Goes On Midnight Oil 2:55
  3. 2 Power and the Passion Midnight Oil 5:39
  4. 3 Dream World Midnight Oil 3:35
  5. 4 White Skin Black Heart Midnight Oil 3:43
  6. 5 Kosciuszko Midnight Oil 4:42
  7. 6 The Dead Heart Midnight Oil 5:9
  8. 7 Blue Sky Mine Midnight Oil 4:17
  9. 8 US Forces Midnight Oil 4:6
  10. 9 Beds Are Burning Midnight Oil 4:14
  11. 10 One Country Midnight Oil 5:53
  12. 11 Best of Both Worlds Midnight Oil 4:4
  13. 12 Truganini Midnight Oil 5:8
  14. 13 King of the Mountain Midnight Oil 3:45
  15. 14 Hercules Midnight Oil 4:28
  16. 15 Surf's Up Tonight Midnight Oil 3:4
  17. 16 Back on the Borderline Midnight Oil 3:8
  18. 17 Don't Wanna Be the One Midnight Oil 2:59
  19. 18 Forgotten Years Midnight Oil 4:20

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