In Memoriam: George Duke

George Duke was a powerhouse of a keyboardist.  Traditionally, he was accustomed to the Jazz style he loved so well.  But like Sonny Rollins, George Duke, at times, stepped outside that to hit a few notes with the Rock, R&B, and Pop kids.  His life of music was rich , with a deep legacy left behind.  Even today, he is revered for his music craft, keys, and synth playing.

Duke played with Miles Davis, an historic legacy all by itself.  With Stanley Clarke, Frank Zappa, Michael Jackson, and Billy Cobham in his resume as well, it shows the depth that George Duke has gone to create music, all kinds of it.

And so it is a fact to say that the loss of George Duke, 67, who died on August 5 in Santa Monica, CA of a heart complication, will leave a black shadow in the places he usually stood, played, or otherwise lived.

He will be missed. But one thing is sure, will always be sure.  That is his inclusion in the Great Band will change it dramatically.  They have no idea!

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1946 – 2013

Midnight Oil Gets 2CD Compilation on April 30

wpid-image003.jpgLegacy Recordings, in conjunction with Columbia Records, will release a career-spanning collection for Midnight Oil that reaches into every LP and rare EP.  The 2CD set will include 28 singles, along with eight band-chosen tracks in a chronological timeline presentation.

The set is called Essential Oils and is scheduled for release on April 30.


(Columbia/Legacy 88725 49763 2)

CD ONE – Selections: 1. Run By Night (A) • 2. Cold Cold Change (B) • 3. Back On the Borderline (B) • 4. Wedding Cake Island (C) • 5. No Time for Games (C) • 6. Don’t Wanna Be the One (D) • 7. Armistice Day (D) • 8. Lucky Country (D) • 9. Only the Strong (E) • 10. Short Memory (E) • 11. Read About It (E) • 12. US Forces (E) • 13. Power and the Passion (E) • 14. When the Generals Talk (F) • 15. Best of Both Worlds (F) • 16. Kosciusko (F) • 17. Progress (G) • 18. Hercules (G).

CD TWO – Selections: 1. Beds Are Burning (H, Mainstream Rock #6) • 2. Put Down That Weapon (H) • 3. Dreamworld (H, Modern Rock #16, Mainstream Rock #37) • 4. The Dead Heart (H, Mainstream Rock #11) • 5 . Warakurna (H) • 6. Blue Sky Mine (I, Mainstream Rock #1, Modern Rock #1) • 7. Forgotten Years (I, Modern Rock #1, Mainstream Rock #11) • 8. King Of the Mountain (I, Modern Rock #3, Mainstream Rock #20) • 9. One Country (I) • 10. Truganini (J, Modern Rock #4) • 11. My Country (J) • 12. In the Valley (J) • 13. Surf’s Up Tonight (K) • 14. Redneck Wonderland (L) • 15. White Skin Black Heart (L) • 16. Say Your Prayers (M) • 17. Golden Age (N) • 18. Luritja Way (N).

Source index (album unless otherwise noted):

A – from Midnight Oil (originally issued Australia 1978, Powderworks)

B – from Head Injuries (originally issued Australia 1979, Powderworks)

C – from Bird Noises (EP originally issued Australia 1980, Powderworks)

D – from Place Without A Postcard (originally issued Australia 1981, CBS)

E – from 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1 (originally issued Australia 1982, CBS; U.S. 1983, Columbia)

F – from Red Sails In the Sunset (originally issued Australia 1984, CBS; U.S. 1985, Columbia)

G – from Species Deceases (EP originally issued Australia 1985, CBS; U.S. 1990, Columbia)

H – from Diesel and Dust (originally issued Australia 1987, CBS; U.S. 1988, Columbia)

I – from Blue Sky Mining (originally issued Australia U.S. 1992, Columbia)

J – from Earth and Sun and Moon (originally issued Australia U.S. 1993, Columbia)

K – from Breathe (originally issued Australia U.S. 1996, Columbia/W.O.R.K.)

L – from Redneck Wonderland (originally issued Australia U.S. 1998, Columbia)

M – from The Real Thing (Studio and live recordings, originally issued Australia U.S. 2000, Columbia)

N – from Capricornia (originally issued Australia 2002, Sony Music internationally on Liquid 8)