Roll out the barrel: Midnight Oil announce mega-box sets
Aussie rockers Midnight Oil have announced their first world tour in over two decades and more pertinently for SDE readers, have unveiled plans to release three archival box sets including a collection called ‘The Overflow Tank’ which will contain an impressive 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material.
The £154 ‘Full Tank‘ set, a 13CD+DVD box that features all 11 classic studio albums, the two EPs (newly remastered) plus a new DVD called ‘40,000 Watt RSL’ that contains all of the band’s music videos.
The £157 ‘Overflow Tank’ set is the one that will probably get fans salivating. It’s a 4CD+8xDVD set. The audio discs feature one CD of unreleased studio recordings, one CD of unavailable B-sides and rarities plus two live CDs drawn from iconic shows across two decades. The eight DVDs include MTV Unplugged, a live concert, behind the scenes documentary and the films Black Rain Falls, Oils On the Water, Saturday Night at the Capitol, Blackfella Whitefella, and a special bonus DVD with rare and unseen live footage from six different shows.
Both of these sets are made out of recycled materials and housed in a miniature replica water tank like the one seen onstage at so many Midnight Oil gigs.
The £277 13LP ‘Vinyl Collection’ doesn’t come in a barrel, but does offer the 11 albums and two EPs on 180g vinyl, remastered from the original tapes by Steve Smart at Studios 301, Sydney and then mastered for Vinyl at Abbey Road Studios, London.
You’ll need to head over to the band’s store to peruse the slick array of box sets and special bundles (some limited to just 200 units) or Australian retailer JB Hi-Fi who have the three main sets linked to a competition.
The problem for international fans is that, as things stand, these box sets seem to be limited to these two Aussie channels. If you choose the top-of-the-range ‘Super Pack’ from the band’s website (which combines Full Tank, Overflow Tank, Vinyl Collection, T-shirt and two tickets to any show on their world tour) the cost is about £600. You then need to add around £40 for shipping.
If you opt for both CD/DVD boxes (a ‘Twin Pack’ combo of Full Tank & Overflow Tank) you may get 26 discs of content but you will be parting with around £280 to ship by courier to the UK. We’ll keep our ears to the ground should these become available in Europe or America/Canada.
Fleetwood Mac reissue delayed
The reissue of Fleetwood Mac‘s Tango in the Night album has been pushed back by three weeks. The 1987 long-player will now be released in 2CD deluxe and 3CD+DVD+LP configurations on 31 March 2017, a week after Paul McCartney‘s Flowers in the Dirt reissue,