There came a time where British music and culture was a thing to be celebrated. No other band best represented this than Oasis. This was in the mid to late 1990s, and this album is the best representation of that period of time. This album itself was recorded in a 2 week period in Wales with producer Owen Morris, and with new drummer Alan White replacing Tony McCarroll. The songs here are really excellent. Let’s explore in-depth the songs on this awesome album.
Hello begins with a quiet strumming of the chords of Wonderwall, which was actually done on a wall outside the studio where Oasis recorded this album. Rather ironic. Before long, loud guitars kick in and we are underway. This is a fantastic opening tune that sounds really awesome. It is a life-affirming and wonderful statement by Oasis. It also sounds different from Definitely Maybe era tunes: deeper; more emotional and more interesting sounding. There is plenty of excellently deployed wah-wah guitar with some rhythmic palm muting. A decent, adventurous and interesting piece of music, Oasis comes out on top and win hearts and minds. “Hello, hello, it’s good to be back,” is sung here, taking influence from Gary Glitter. Excellent tune.
Roll With It begins with crunchy guitar chords that are heavily overdriven, before launching into a great Pop/Rock piece. Liam Gallagher’s voice is deep and meaningful on this album, and also on this song, covering specific emotions and feelings that many Rock stars do not easily convey. The whole thing sounds glorious, and the new drummer Alan White pumps up the piece nicely. There are really awesome harmonies and a guitar solo which both are amazing. This is an extraordinary listening experience, and it does sound like a Pop masterpiece. A lively and awesome piece of music, this is an uplifting tune. Just fantastic, the drumming towards the end is really great, too. It ends with Noel Gallagher doing a single cough, before launching into the next piece.
Wonderwall begins with a percussive and gorgeously strummed acoustic guitar. This is the most popular Oasis song ever recorded, and you can hear why. Liam Gallagher sings well with his heart on his sleeve, and there is a keyboard cello section played by Noel Gallagher on this song. This is an extraordinary song which is a lovely ballad that sounds completely different to most tunes on Definitely Maybe. A marvellously constructed and delivered piece of melodic beauty, Oasis definitely deserve credit here for this wonderful tune. “Maybe, you’re gonna be the one who saves me, and after all, you’re my Wonderwall,” is sung on repeat towards the end. Great track, an unforgettable gem. Very catchy, too. It ends with a gorgeous repeated piano riff, followed by the keyboard cello and an acoustic guitar playing the Supersonic riff. Brilliant.
Don’t Look Back In Anger is the highlight of Noel Gallagher’s singing partnership in Oasis. This is a wonderful, beautiful and tremendous listen which borrows the piano part from Imagine at the start of the song, followed by a gorgeously constructed and excellent piece of music that indeed, refers to John Lennon throughout. Noel Gallagher plays and sings wonderfully on this song, and comes across as an absolute legend of music. A really great and awesome listen from start to finish, this has a tremendous amount of beauty, effort and energy within it. The guitar solo is anthemic, followed by a massive drum roll and Noel sings at the top of his voice here to finish off the song. A really great effort, it ends smoothly and well. An absolute classic, a must-hear.
Hey Now has Definitely Maybe styled guitars, a powerful backbeat and a good sense of melodicism about it. This is, without a doubt, really cool and interesting listening, it is about dealing with fame and the pressures of it. “Feel no shame, because time’s no chain,” sings Liam Gallagher. The lyrics here match the musicianship perfectly. A really fantastic sound, this song is magnificent. The addition of a loud keyboard sound makes this a good listen. The guitar solo on this tune is also very cool. This may be a lesser number from this album, but it still sounds amazing today. An effective and listenable piece of music that delivers, this is a really top tune. At the end are repeated lyrics and a beautiful wall-of-sound that sounds terrific. Nice work by Oasis here, this sounds fantastic.
Untitled is the first instrumental pastiche on this album. It is an adaptation of an Oasis tune called The Swamp Song. It is less than a minute long and is reminiscent of The Beatles Strawberry Fields Forever. Interesting stuff.
Some Might Say begins with a mammoth and interesting set of guitar riffs, before launching straight into the music at hand. It is an amazingly positive and gloriously unique piece of songcraft, and also the group’s first #1 single in their history. The chorus is amazingly upbeat and totally anthemic, with a self-conscious narrative. This is their first prime moment as a band, and it sounds fantastic. The guitar playing by Noel Gallagher is loud and wonderfully vibrant, and brother Liam’s singing is excellently delivered. “Some might say, we will find a brighter day,” indeed. If this song does not make you smile, then nothing will. The outro is a singalong and groove-based romp, with call-and-response vocals from the Gallagher brothers. A fantastic and euphoric listen, one of the highlights from this album. Excellence. The fade out is awesome.
Cast No Shadow comes next, with strummed and lovely acoustic guitar, clean bass guitar notes, slide guitar, beautiful keyboard and precise drums. Liam Gallagher sings so beautifully and wonderfully that you would be very surprised as a casual listener in particular by it. This song was devoted to fellow contemporary musician Richard Ashcroft as well. A simplistic, yet dazzling tune that never fails to impress, this is a magical journey through sound. A fine listening experience that is awesome and excellent, this is a great song to listen to every single time. A really cool tune with the sound of genius, Oasis was a great band at their peak, and this is proof of it. Although a little lengthy, this is a fine listening experience. Great to hear.
She’s Electric is the Digsy’s Dinner of this album. It follows a similar rhythm but is a much more different tune than the original song. Liam Gallagher sings joyfully and happily about a lady in his life, who may or may not be his girlfriend. In any case, this is an enjoyable and wonderful tune to hear to this day. The lyrics are interesting and jovial, but not too serious. The piano and other instrumentation on this song are really pretty and awesome to hear. A really enjoyable and great piece of music, even for a lesser number on this album. Cool stuff. It ends with harmonies stolen from The Beatles With A Little Help From My Friends, neat.
Morning Glory begins with an awesome helicopter sound intro, followed by an interesting pastiche of sound and the Gibson Firebird squeals. Soon enough, this song gets going and it sounds absolutely awesome. A really great and concise piece of music, this sounds mindblowing. Note to the reader that this is actually a fairly explicit song about drug use, so if you don’t like that sort of thing, this is not for you. “All your dreams are made, when you’re chained to the mirror and the razor blade,” indeed. A load of multitracked guitars are present on this tune to liven it up, along with a rather gigantic wall of sound. Liam Gallagher’s singing is inquisitive about the situation, and he certainly sounds great here. Towards the end, the sound builds up very loudly in a Columbia styled fashion. At the end are loads of guitar solos which are headbanging, good and awesome to hear. Great song. It segues into the next track.
Untitled is The Swamp Song again but played into a fake bathroom background setting with rushing water sounds in the foreground. Great to hear, but very short.
Champagne Supernova is the final track on the main album. It begins with the segued in water rushing sounds, keyboard, strummed acoustic guitars and clean electric guitars. Liam Gallagher sings with a sense of profoundness and maturity beyond his public persona. If this does not make you feel a sense of awe, you really need to grab a better pair of ears. Soon enough, Alan White’s intricate drums enter and this piece gets going. The chorus hits you in a way that encourages singing and melodicism that is wonderful. A really fine and fantastic listening experience to this day, this is a song that deserves attention and needs to be heard. The guitar solo is simple, yet powerful and wonderful. A fine and fantastic piece of music, this is top class. Although this does set the template for what Be Here Now was, this is a magical and heartfelt listen. It gets super loud in the guitar solo section, as a gigantic wall-of-sound hits you. The harmonies are also great. A well done and really top listen, Oasis succeed on this legendary album. Towards the end, the different sections are phased out gradually whilst Liam Gallagher sings very well. All is left are marching drums, beautiful guitar riffs, a keyboard and the sense that this album is a keeper. Which is really is.
Talk Tonight begins disc two. It begins with some beautifully strummed acoustic guitar and some excellent playing to go with it, along with handclaps. This is based on a real-life story and situation from Noel Gallagher, which was a difficult time for him upon writing it. Nonetheless, this is a simple and fantastic piece of music that sounds really terrific. Near the middle is a keyboard part that sounds simple and melodic. The lyrics are detailed and poetic, and this is a deep and meaningful sort of tune. A really excellent piece of music, there are repeated vocals and a longer passage of music towards the end, which is really great. A nice little acoustic pastiche, this is excellent music. It ends with some heartbeat imitations on the acoustic guitar, before concluding. A clever and concise little song.
Acquiesce begins with a Morning Glory demo sample with the opening guitar riffs over the top, before launching into a really top and underrated tune. It is super catchy and decent and just sounds loud and incredibly great. Liam Gallagher sings wonderfully on this piece, until the chorus, where Noel Gallagher takes the vocal. This is a magnificent piece that soars above many other tunes out there. A top tune, this should have definitely been on the main album, but was not. A simple, yet totally effective and listenable piece of music about deep feelings that one has for someone else. Great song and a must-listen from this remastered album. The vocals towards the end are repeated in a very good fashion, and this amazing song comes to a close with the Morning Glory sample again.
Headshrinker begins with some rather Punk guitars and launches into a simple song that is very fast and furious. It is obviously about dealing with a girl who needs some mental health attention. Musically it is a very simple and good listen, with a guitar solo lifted from The Rolling Stones. It’s not the best Oasis song from this era, but nonetheless, is a great addition to this album. “I hope you don’t regret today, for the rest of your lives,” is sung by Liam Gallagher, before a loud breakdown occurs. A really cool and decent listen, although this is a more Definitely Maybe sort of listen than a (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? listen. The outro is a bit long, but nonetheless, this is a good piece. Interesting listening.
It’s Better People begins with strummed acoustic guitars and a joyful, upbeat tune to listen to. Noel Gallagher sings this song, and it certainly sounds fantastic. This is a nice and decent listen from The Chief which sounds simple, musical and beautiful. An upbeat and awesome tune that sounds glorious and enjoyable, this is a more underrated piece by Noel Gallagher that still sounds as wonderful and impressive today as it did back in 1995. Good job man, the acoustic playing towards the end is really awesome. Great tune, the frenetic riffing is excellent.
Rockin’ Chair is one of the very early Oasis songs that was recorded during this era. It begins with some nice acoustic guitars, Liam Gallagher’s brilliant singing and Alan White’s powerful drumming. This is a song of melancholy reflection, and it indeed does sound beautiful. The acoustic guitar solos throughout are marvellous and pretty and make this piece come alive. Liam’s singing has indeed, improved since Definitely Maybe in some ways. Although he is sticking to the John Lennon/John Lydon halfway point vocal, Liam Gallagher sings with his heart on his sleeve. A really empowering and gorgeous tune, this sounds really top. At the end are some extended acoustic guitar solos which are awesome. Nice work by Oasis. A very unique sounding song.
Step Out is the Stevie Wonder rip-off that nearly made it onto the main album, but didn’t, due to its rather obvious stealing from Stevie Wonder. However, having said that, the roaring Gibson guitars and pounding drums make this a winner. Noel Gallagher sings in a very amazing and legendary way, and the whole song sounds really positive and uplifting. A great song about giving a lover a chance, this has a really awesome and punchy guitar solo. An underrated gem in the back catalogue of Oasis songs, this is a joyful and fantastic listen. Noel sings his heart here, and this song sounds brilliant. A really excellent tune. A thunderous set of drum rolls and heavy guitars conclude this great song.
Underneath The Sky begins with some unusual keyboard, quickly launching into a good ballad and a nice tune. This is actually quite a good listen, with Liam Gallagher singing about a lone traveller who experiences life to the full. A really intricate and interesting listen, this sounds really fabulous. Alan White’s drumming definitely takes things up a notch. A piano solo is present instead of a loud electric guitar solo, making this piece come alive. The combination of Liam’s singing and Noel’s harmonies sound really excellent towards the end, and these continue right to the abrupt ending. Nice effort.
Cum On Feel The Noize is actually a Slade cover. It begins with Noel Gallagher saying, “baby, baby, baby” before this launches into a decent, yet a rather odd cover for Oasis. In any case, this does sound loud, rocking and amazing along with the rest of the songs from this era. It sounds energetic and uplifting, and there are plenty of chanted lyrics throughout. A really cool tune regardless, this is only something that Oasis would cover. There is a musical breakdown with whistling in the middle before this piece gets going back into the verses again. A really different piece of music that is trashy Pop, and to be honest, one wonders why this was added to this album. Doubled up vocals are present in the second half, and this piece eventually tapes off. It ends with loads of guitar parts and solos galore. It’s not too bad and has a lone mockery of Slade at the end, which is interesting.
Round Are Way is another Slade cover and one which was regularly played by Oasis in their live sets of this era. The lyrics are simplistic and memorable, and Liam sounds very pure as a singer in this song. A really upbeat and optimistic song, this is terrific. Raunchy and retro guitars are everywhere on this song, and this song sounds really decent. Some thunderous drumming from Alan White really makes this piece come alive. There is a combined harmonica and wind instrument set of solos present, rather than a guitar solo. This really does sound cool, even though this is not an original Oasis song. It is a decent cover and listening experience that should be heard here. There are some interesting adlibs in the second half before a guitar solo launches off proper. Catchy, pounding and interesting for a cover song, Oasis do very excellently here. An upbeat and fantastic listen, great stuff by Oasis, although it could have been shortened a little. It ends with sizzling guitars, nice job.
The Swamp Song is a rather annoying and pointless instrumental that was often played at live gigs during this era. Although this was basically used on the proper album itself, it really needn’t be here. It’s interesting, but it was best used as a snippet on the (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? album. A good listen with some interesting guitar solos, it doesn’t make the great list, sadly. In any case, it is over after four minutes and a super long outro that is rather awful. Skip this one if you can.
The Masterplan is without a doubt the most underrated Oasis song ever, although it was on the compilation of the same name released in 1998. It begins with a counted intro, acoustic guitars and a load of guitar harmonics. Soon enough, it goes into a gorgeous and dramatic ballad that is unforgettable upon hearing. Once Noel Gallagher begins singing, you can easily hear that Noel himself is building a wonderful piece of music for all to listen to. A really great piece of music, complete with horn and string sections. There are some reversed guitars present on this tune after the chorus, which are different. All in all, a very nice and decent tune to listen to. The music supports perfectly Noel’s visionary lyrics and this is very uplifting music. A really excellent piece of amazing music. After the verses, it launches into a fantastic instrumental section which really does sound amazing and soothing, complete with some great harmonies and a touch of piano. It then begins to wind down in much the way that the song started, with a reference to The Beatles Octopus Garden. Fantastic.
Bonehead’s Bank Holiday has, you guessed it, Bonehead himself on vocals. It begins with some nicely played guitars and it launches into a piece of nonsensical music. This is good, yet a throwaway piece of music that sounds really good and impressive. Bonehead is not much of a singer present in this piece, but this isn’t supposed to be taken seriously. A good addition regardless, it is a weird tune for a British national holiday. There are some harmonies throughout, making this even more absurd. Towards the end are strummed acoustic guitars and some random studio chatter which doesn’t sound like a normal Oasis addition. Interesting addition from these guys in a retrospective point.
Champagne Supernova comes next, yet this is a different mixed and produced version from the original piece. It begins with some harmonics, strummed acoustic guitars and different sounding instrumentation present. Liam Gallagher then begins on this song, and one can clearly hear the sounds and textures present. A good piece of what is essentially a remix, this sounds definitely different from the original. It somewhat quieter than the original, but tugs at similar heartstrings all the same. A really amazing and fantastic listen, even for a remix, one can hear the naked emotion of Liam’s vocal delivery on this one. A cool piece of music that sounds really great, this is powerful, very psychedelic and wonderful listening. Sounding more interesting than the original, this is really amazingly cool. The elements are mixed with more clarity and individual expression than on the main album version. It eventually concludes with Liam’s singing in a vocoder sounding treatment, before wrapping up very well. It ends with some nicely placed overdubs and some great sounds to finish off with, great job.
You’ve Got To Hide Your Love Away is a cover song from The Beatles. It begins with Noel saying, “Shut up,” before launching into actually quite a good tune, especially given it is a cover. He sounds really artistic, wonderful and brilliant and it is proof of the group’s love of The Beatles and Oasis’s own original musical style. A brilliant listen, this sounds top and amazing. The solo here is turned into a Nah-nah-nah section by Noel Gallagher, before concluding. Excellent. This is the end of disc two.
Acquiesce – Live at Earls Court begins disc three. The guitar riff led intro is extremely loud, before launching into a fantastic listen version of the song with Alan White on drums. It sounds like a really very much party tune, with Liam singing very well on this track. Noel sings the chorus very well too, and this is an upbeat, optimistic and positive listen. A really great live performance, this sounds really top and energetic throughout. Oasis was a great live band early on, and this version proves that. It ends with a slowed-down outro and some nice riff work by Noel.
Some Might Say – Demo begins with some strummed acoustic guitar by itself. Soon enough, Noel Gallagher gets singing and this is true, lively and beautiful. A really excellent piece of music, this exudes a positive attitude and theme that is really brilliant. It is simply Noel on guitar and vocals but proves that in any case, Noel Gallagher is a fantastic musician. A really deep and meaningful listen, the whole thing is beautiful and awesome. Very good music, this is a really nice and gentle tune. The outro has some nice chord and riff work on acoustic guitar. Excellent.
Some Might Say – Live at Roskilde begins with Liam rambling whilst introducing this song, Noel’s dirty guitar riffs and a very Grungy version of this song. The lyrics here are out of place, but it’s okay as it adds to the song. Liam Gallagher’s singing is rather tuneless here, noticeably so in the chorus in particular. In any case, this is an okay, but definitely not great, live version of this song. It’s okay, but one thinks that Liam’s live voice is pretty terrible regardless. Anyway, this is a skippable track due to the singing. Sadly, this fails, and the recorded version is way better. Noel sings better than Liam here, which is weird. The outro guitar solo is great though.
She’s Electric – Demo begins with some interesting tape sound at the start, before launching into another really simple demo with Noel Gallagher on acoustic guitar and vocals. An inspired and uplifting version of this song, even though it wasn’t the greatest on the main album. A very nice and interesting listening experience, this sounds really fine and good. Good to hear that, Oasis or solo, Noel could cut it very well as a musician. Excellent version of this song. Noel has a super long sustained vocal note towards the end, which is brilliant and is followed by a fade out. Nice.
Talk Tonight – Live at Bath Pavilion begins with some acoustic guitar strumming which is rawer and different sounding in comparison to the original recording. Noel Gallagher sings very well, and at times, makes you wonder why he let Liam Gallagher sing so often the early Oasis songs. Regardless, Noel (and admittedly, brother Liam) do sing from the heart. A really interesting and decent listening experience, this sounds really on top musically. A great song and an equally decent live performance. It has a great climactic finish, with Noel singing very nicely over repeated chords. Nice effort man.
Rockin’ Chair – Demo begins with acoustic guitar chords and some nice intricate chord changes. Once again, this is a simple song that is stripped down to the bones. A very enjoyable listen regardless, it sounds really excellent and listenable from start to finish. A good four-minute listen by Oasis which sounds really awesome and is recommended listening. Straightforward great music is what Oasis does best, and this song is no exception. A really pretty and melancholy piece of music, it ends with a chord passage which is really nice. Great effort.
Hello – Live at Roskilde begins with some interesting guitar sounds, drums and Liam Gallagher’s inimitable vocal style. Once again, this performance is let down a little by Liam’s vocals in terms of quality. He doesn’t actually hit the notes very well and his voice sounds very poor. The rest of the band does very well, however, and the whole thing is okay. It does incorporate the Gary Glitter section as well. The outro has some nice wah-wah guitar riffing which is underrated. It’s okay, but not absolutely fantastic. Liam then talks some nonsense to the crowd, which is typical of him, before it fades out.
Roll With It – Live at Roskilde goes straight into it with some terrible sounding guitars, pounding drums and some less than par singing from Liam. An okay listen, but definitely not a great listen, this is very disappointing to listen to. Despite this, some credit goes for effort, yet it is seemingly wasted on this version of the song. This should be skipped, it’s very ordinary. Liam struggles to hit some of the higher notes in the bridge and chorus, sadly. Avoid if you can. Noel tries to make the song more lively towards the end, that’s how bad it is. Terrible.
Morning Glory – Live at Roskilde begins with cheering in the background, of which Noel Gallagher addresses it as Manchester United fans, humorously. Soon enough, the terrible guitar sound returns and we have another fairly terrible listen. Liam sings a little better, however only slightly. A very below par piece, this isn’t exactly what you want to hear. Liam’s singing in the chorus is out of tune and terrible. Once again, not really worth hearing at all. A failure at live music. Worth skipping. Just terrible, even the outro is awful sounding here.
Hey Now – Demo is a huge relief from the previous few tracks to hear. It has, once again, Noel Gallagher on acoustic guitar and vocals. It sounds really simple and fantastic, and Noel does a wonderful job of articulating the feelings and emotions that many people experience in their lives. A shorter piece than the album version, this still sounds fantastic. Catchy, beautiful and melodic, this sounds incredibly great. It finishes rather abruptly.
Bonehead’s Bank Holiday – Demo is a good piece delivered with Noel Gallagher on vocals. It is a strange piece of music, discussing male sexual desire in a humorous way. The Gallagher brothers are notorious for having a great sense of humour, which is rarely present in their music. A really great listen, however. The song concludes after two minutes. Enjoyable.
Round Are Way – MTV Unplugged is that cover, once again. This was the famous MTV Unplugged session that Noel Gallagher did back in 1996 on which Liam Gallagher ruined for the most part by heckling Noel. Despite this, there are no heckling or bad vibes present on this one, it just sounds really well done. A lively and upbeat version of the original Slade song, this sounds very entertaining and pleasant. A really awesome cover song, this is one to go back to from time to time. A very good listen, Noel Gallagher and crew play this very well. The Up In The Sky adlib is here on this song, and it sounds like a nice adaptation to this song. A very good listen indeed. It ends with a load of the crowd cheering.
Cast No Shadow – Live at Maine Road begins with some beautifully strummed acoustic guitars and a string section, before going straight into the song that is actually a really good version of the song live. Liam Gallagher sings very well, and Noel Gallagher sings and plays well, too. “You can take my soul, don’t take my pride,” sings Liam, which is a little different to the original recording. A really terrific and wonderful piece of music, this is a great live recording. A really cool tune, although it may be a bit too fast for some. Really great to hear regardless. A very soothing tune for the mood, whenever it strikes. It ends with a nice extended outro with loads of cheering and clapping. Nice work.
The Masterplan – Live at Knebworth Park is the very last song on this extended and remastered album. It’s from the biggest Oasis gig ever, which fans should be aware of. The harmonica is present in the first part of the song, and Noel quickly kicks in nicely with his vocals. He plays and sings very well. Soon enough, Alan White’s drumming kicks in as well and we are underway. A very pretty and enjoyable listen, this is a very nice song to conclude this expanded release. A really cool and amazing tune, this is a very profound statement. Oasis made great music to change people’s lives for the better, a great musical mission in itself. Nice work. The whole thing sounds really nice, ending with an extended harmonica solo. A beautiful and legendary piece of music, and very great to listen to.
This is one of the biggest albums of all time, and deservedly so. Every song is special and they all are complete winners. It changed the way that music was heard, and made the world go crazy for Oasis, at least until Britpop ended and Be Here Now arrived. Nonetheless, you must hear this album, and it is a really fine listening experience.
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