This Early Album by Midnight Oil has the elements of the later sound and rocks pretty hard. The political message of their music is starting to emerge in songs like "No Reaction" and "Stand In Line". Recommended for fans of the band's later work.
The song "Power And The Passion", on this 12 inch 45 is a full minute longer than the album version and is worth tracking down for the superior fidelity. On a good system it sounds incredible. The EP also contains an interesting "Dub" version of "Power And The Passion" on the second side and a rather strange instrumental.
After Midnight Oil first gained MTV play with "Power and the Passion" from the album "10.9.8.7.184.108.40.206.2.1" and before getting everyones attention with "Beds are Burning" from the album "Diesel and Dust", Midnight Oil produced a small masterpice.
The cover, with its graphic painting of the aftermath of a nuclear attack on downtown Sydney gives you some idea of what is contained within. The songs, written in 1984 cover topics like military power grabs, environmental pollution, exploitation of the native people of Austrailia, fear of nuclear war and the difference in what is sold to the masses as the truth and what the truth actually is. Midnight Oil has never compromised their message for record sales and has produced a musical snapshot of a difficult time in recent history.