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Pop/Rock - Released August 21, 2005 | Big Brother

Distinctions The Qobuz Ideal Discography - Sélection du Mercury Prize
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 21, 2005 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 29, 2014 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 14, 2010 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released September 29, 2014 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released November 3, 1998 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 7, 2016 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 30, 1995 | Big Brother

"Maybe your gonna be the one that saves me/and after all/you're my wonderwall." This stirring and eerily effective chorus gave Oasis the perfect means to strike a passionate chord with millions of listeners in 1995. Their first single released from their sophomore release What's the Story Morning Glory, "Wonderwall" emerged as a British rock anthem resonating with hope for the band's ever-expanding fan base. "Round Are Way" is a brilliantly strung melody with catchy guitar riffs by guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher, scintillating vocal presence by Liam Gallagher, and an intense cloud of breathless brass and harmonica work. The third track, "Swamp Song," is Oasis' sole instrumental piece, an intense four-minute block of sterling distortion-laden guitar and soaring harmonica chants by guest mate Paul Weller. The very ending is loud and raucous, a blend of heavy rock & roll noise that sincerely identifies the group's overconfident and reckless image at times. However, the band turns full circle during the final track, proving to their ever-observant critics and fans that they can create a highly imaginative tune, without revved up and excess wattage, but instead with a more solemn approach. The endearing and eloquently spun gem, "The Masterplan," is a tune packed with raw emotion, enlightening and thought-provoking lyrics, and an emotionally stirring string arrangement. Reaching a vitally high level in musicianship, "The Masterplan" helped the band discover an even broader interest group and is certainly one of Oasis' finest achievements. During the tour, the tune thrilled crowds and became a favorite and regular request, and though it was not released on Morning Glory, many reverent fans believed it should have been. A song about hope, the future, finding one's destiny, and a master plan is a heartfelt message that achieved a spiritually uplifting effect upon Oasis listeners. Due to sales distribution, this British import is relatively a rare find, and listeners should have greater luck finding "The Masterplan" as the final track on their long-play B-side album, self-entitled by the same name. ~ Shawn Haney
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Alternative & Indie - Released August 21, 2005 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released July 25, 2005 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released October 5, 2008 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released June 14, 2010 | Big Brother

Wasting no time in the wake of the Gallagher brothers sudden 2009 implosion, Sony released the deluxe Time Flies 1994-2009 retrospective in the summer of 2010, just in time for the 15th anniversary of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? The driving idea behind Time Flies is to collect all 27 of Oasis’ British A-sides, a simple idea that would seem to fit one of the great singles band, but sticking to the singles winds up leaving many great songs behind, including their manifesto “Rock & Roll Star,” “Champagne Supernova,” the lovely “Talk Tonight,” and Noel and Liam’s duet “Acquiesce,” among many tremendous B-sides, “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory” and “Champagne Supernova,” to name a few. The latter is added to the U.S. version, since it was an actual hit in America (the U.S. version does not contain “Sunday Morning Call”), but it doesn’t change the fact that Time Flies winds up missing more staples than it should…enough to make it miss the definitive designation it should carry. Nevertheless, Time Flies is a better overview than 2006’s Stop the Clocks, of which it shares ten tracks (11 in the U.S. incarnation) and not just because it’s more generous by a measure of almost ten tracks. Time Flies does a better job of rounding up the highlights from their patchy turn-of-the-millennium albums -- actually, it emphasizes Heathen Chemistry almost a bit too much, with its five tracks outweighing the number of selections from Definitely Maybe and Morning Glory -- and has space for selections from their smashing final album Dig Out Your Soul, including sneaking on “Lord Don’t Slow Me Down,” which makes its album debut here along with the 1994 Christmas single “Whatever.” All that’s enough to make this the Oasis comp of choice until the definitive collection comes around. [Time Flies is improved considerably in its deluxe edition which is the U.K. double-disc expanded by a third disc containing a concert from The Roundhouse in London on July 21, 2009 and a DVD containing all of the band’s music videos with commentary. The live show was recorded just weeks before Noel and Liam’s final blow-out and proves that the band was far from tuckered out; they still packed a wallop. But the DVD is the real news: of all the Brit-pop titans of the ‘90s, Oasis was the only one without a home video collection of their videos, and this has them all, including clips made for the U.S., and that’s enough of a treat even without the tantalizing bonus of Noel and Liam commentary.] ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Alternative & Indie - Released November 19, 2006 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released February 19, 1996 | Big Brother

Here's import EP number nine. On this EP, "Step Out" finally appears, sung with gusto by guitarist Noel Gallagher. It was originally recorded for the now blockbuster (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, but was deleted at the last minute because the digging chorus is (once again!) overtly burglarized, this time from Stevie Wonder's 1966 number three hit, "Uptight (Everything's Alright)." Perpetual thief Gallagher thus has to share the royalties with Wonder (and his co-writers Cosby and Moy). It's one of Gallagher's titillating fast ones in the manner of "Acquiesce" or "Morning Glory," as is the cover of U.K. glam legend Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noise" (a number one hit in Britain in 1973 that didn't even make the charts here, damn!). Oasis has well reclaimed this boisterous classic from the awful metal version by Quiet Riot (number five here in 1983, yuck!). In between, the stylish Mersey shuffle of "Underneath the Sky" is enticing, with a cool Liam Gallagher vocal. Most bands' singles can't match these ego-bloated, but always excellent, pop princes' supposed B-material. ~ Jack Rabid
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Alternative & Indie - Released September 29, 2014 | Big Brother

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Alternative & Indie - Released December 18, 1994 | Big Brother

"Whatever" actually sounds more like "I Am the Walrus" than their actual cover (!) what with the strings, but it's another solid pop single, with a shockingly perfect bridge; a nice progression. It makes one think that the first two singles, "Supersonic" and "Shakermaker," which were good upon release, now seem naive in comparison. The B-side cuts here include one more in the "Listen Up" vein "(It's Good) To Be Free," and the Noel-sung, acoustic-pretty "Half the World Away," which reminds a little of R.E.M.'s pre-Monster '90s lovely stuff. But what's the point of putting the LP's (admittedly delicious) "Fade Away" here too? ~ Jack Rabid

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