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Blue Sky Mining

Blue Sky Mining
Studio album by Midnight Oil
Released 25 February 1990
Recorded Sydney, 1989 in Rhino
Genre Rock
Length 46:52
Label Columbia
Producer Warne Livesey & Midnight Oil
Midnight Oil chronology
Diesel and Dust
Blue Sky Mining
The Green Disc

Blue Sky Mining is an album by Australian alternative rock band Midnight Oil which was released on 25 February 1990 under the Columbia Records label. It received high ratings from critics. In March the album peaked at number one on the ARIA Albums Chart for two weeks. A limited release of the record featured clear blue vinyl. The lead single "Blue Sky Mine" reached #1 on Modern Rock Tracks.


  • Background 1
  • Reception 2
  • Track listing 3
  • Chart positions 4
  • Certifications 5
  • Year-end charts 6
  • Singles 7
  • Personnel 8
  • References 9
  • External links 10


Blue Sky Mining, produced by

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1991, Midnight Oil won 'Best Group' and an 'Outstanding Achievement Award', and were awarded 'Best Cover Art', 'Best Video' and 'Album of the Year' for Blue Sky Mining.[9][10] Manager Gary Morris, accepting awards for Midnight Oil, was criticised for a speech lasting 20 minutes.[10][11]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic link
Rolling Stone link

Track listing

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Blue Sky Mine"   Garrett, Hillman, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 4:18
2. "Stars of Warburton"   Garrett, Moginie 4:43
3. "Bedlam Bridge"   Hirst 4:25
4. "Forgotten Years"   Hirst, Moginie 4:21
5. "Mountains of Burma"   Hirst 4:50
6. "King of the Mountain"   Hirst, Moginie 3:58
7. "River Runs Red"   Hirst, Moginie 5:28
8. "Shakers and Movers"   Garrett, Moginie 4:32
9. "One Country"   Garrett, Moginie 5:56
10. "Antarctica"   Garrett, Hirst, Moginie, Rotsey 4:22
11. "You May Not Be Released**"   Moginie 3:38
    • Some early Australian copies included the track "You May Not Be Released" - it was the B-side to a 12-inch issue of "Forgotten Years," and it is believed that this only appeared on the first 1,000 LP copies.[12]

Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1990 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[13] 5× Platinum 350,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Year-end charts

Chart (1990) Position
Australian Albums Chart[14] 3


"Blue Sky Mine"
  • Released: 1990 (Netherlands, Australia, UK, US)
  • Written by: Midnight Oil
  • Produced by: Warne Livesey, Midnight Oil
  • Chart positions: #66 UK, #47 US, #8 Australia
"Forgotten Years"
  • Released: 1990 (Netherlands, UK, US, Australia)
  • Written by: Moginie, Hirst
  • Produced by: Warne Livesey, Midnight Oil
  • Chart positions: #26 Australia
"Bedlam Bridge"
  • Released: 1990 (Netherlands, US, Australia)
  • Written by: Hirst
  • Produced by: Warne Livesey, Midnight Oil
  • Chart positions: #46 Australia
"King of the Mountain"
  • Released: 1990 (Australia, US)
  • Written by: Moginie, Hirst
  • Produced by: Warne Livesey, Midnight Oil
  • Chart positions: #25 Australia
"One Country"
  • Released: 1991 (Australia)
  • Written by: Moginie, Garrett
  • Produced by: Warne Livesey, Midnight Oil
  • Chart positions: #51 Australia



Midnight Oil
Additional personnel
  • Warne Livesey - additional keyboards
  • Jeremy Smith - French horn
  • Phillip Hartl - String Leader
  • Glad and Carl - Horn Swells


  1. ^ Holmgren, Magnus; Stenerlöv, Carl-Johan. "Midnight Oil".  
  2. ^ a b "Midnight Oil discography". Australian Charts Portal. Retrieved 20 October 2008. 
  3. ^ album charting"Blue Sky Mining". Australian Charts Portal. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  4. ^ Albums"Billboard"Midnight Oil – Charts & Awards – . allmusic. Retrieved 21 October 2008. 
  5. ^ a b "Chart Stats Midnight Oil". Chart Stats. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  6. ^ a b  
  7. ^ Blue Sky Mine" single charting""". Australian Charts Portal. Retrieved 23 October 2008. 
  8. ^ Albums"Billboard"Midnight Oil – Charts & Awards – . allmusic. Retrieved 22 October 2008. 
  9. ^ "ARIA Awards 2008: History: Winners by Artist search result for Midnight Oil". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 25 August 2008. 
  10. ^ a b "ARIA Awards 2008: History: Winners by Year search result for 1991". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 24 October 2008. 
  11. ^ Jenkins, Jeff; Ian Meldrum (2007). Molly Meldrum presents 50 years of rock in Australia. Melbourne: Wilkinson Publishing. pp. 21, 82, 237–241.  
  12. ^ Album FAQ - Blue Sky Mining at the Wayback Machine (archived February 6, 2012)
  13. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2014 Albums".  
  14. ^ "ARIA Charts – End Of Year Charts – Top 100 Albums1990". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 31 December 2014. 
  15. ^ True Believers - Hunters & Collectors Online at the Wayback Machine (archived May 10, 2013)
  16. ^ "Midnight Oil Discography at Discogs". Discogs. Retrieved 8 October 2014. 

External links

  • Midnight Oil
Preceded by
The 12th Man Again! by The 12th Man
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
11–24 March 1990
Succeeded by
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got by Sinéad O'Connor
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