Oasis as a live band had a fairly mixed outcome. Some of their greatest nights such as the 1996 Maine Road and Knebworth gigs sounded excellent and were very memorable. Others, such as the 1994 meth show in New York where the whole band (and the crew, apparently) took a load of crystal meth the night before and screwed up the show, causing Noel Gallagher to go missing in action, were not as good. This was recorded and released in 2000 in the same year as their much loathed (unnecessarily so, perhaps) Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants album. This means that, Liam’s voice and the live set are not 100% Oasis magic. Still, this is one of the two nights here and any prejudice aside from fans, it must be heard so let’s do that. All tracks except the last track were played and performed on the first night of the band’s Wembley Stadium set in 2000.
We begin with Fuckin’ In The Bushes which has some audience chanting the band’s name, before launching into the instrumental played over crowd noise. Probably not hugely necessary here, it is good to hear this sort of thing at the start of an Oasis concert, however. Very catchy tune, although a little difficult to hear over the crowd. Interesting and lively, this is a good intro here. At the end, the band enters with some loud crowd cheering. Alan White drums a little, before Liam Gallagher insults the audience before getting right into it.
Next is Go Let It Out which is a more raw and rocking piece. Once Liam starts singing, it is clear that his voice has aged significantly. Still, it is a good listen anyway and sounds interesting. The live environment sounds really different for a loud Rock band like Oasis. All the band gives their all, and despite Liam’s voice, this is quite a nice and decent effort musically. A good song with a psychedelic 1960s vibe to it, ruined somewhat by Liam Gallagher’s singing and nonsensical muttering. Noel Gallagher’s playing here is monstrous, this sounds ridiculously good with his guitar. The outro solo is magical, as is the drumming here. Oasis still had a bit of magic quality about them at this point. Good but not great.
Who Feels Love? begins with Liam cussing and swearing over the top of a high frequency keyboard sound, before this loud and simplistic piece gets underway. Liam Gallagher sings quite well here, he gives his battered voice its all. The song itself is quite good, although the original is quite a lot better. A meandering psychedelic tune that is better on record than here, this is a good listen, but not a great one. Still, the solo section here is different, with layers of guitars and keyboards. The outro is different and trippy, decent song to hear, even live. It ends with chanting for Liam and Liam encouraging it.
Supersonic comes along next with a load of loud guitars and Liam Gallagher encouraging Noel Gallagher to write more songs like it. Great stuff, it is a loud and awesome song that is really good to hear in this format. This song sounds extremely energetic and is a really cool listen, even in this sitting. The band play pretty well here, and the guitar solo is very Led Zeppelin-esque. This is really cool to listen to, and although Liam is hardly a perfect singer, he does have an incredible Rock and Roll attitude. A decent listen, the guitar solo at the end is magnificent. Nice effort by the Gallagher brothers and co.
Next along is Shakermaker which begins with a bit of feedback before entering into the iconic song. Liam’s voice here is pretty ordinary, but this is quite a good song to listen to regardless. It is such an iconic song that it does deserve listening, although this version sounds quite different to the original. The guitar solo here is amazing. Liam Gallagher’s voice in the bridge in particular is really awful, it sounds like a cat being strangled. A good song, although ruined by terrible singing. You can kind of hear why brother Noel eventually left Oasis, Liam’s singing is pretty ordinary here. A long outro here is very nice, however. Some nice banter with the crowd is at the end here.
Following is Acquiesce which begins with the awesome riff, before launching into the classic song here. The intro riff is meaty and juicy. Liam’s singing is really awful here, and you’d have better luck finding people in a karaoke bar to sing. Noel’s singing, on the other hand, is really excellent, showing he was improving as a singer. It just goes to show that George Harrison may have been correct about Liam, did Oasis really need him? In any case, an uplifting and monumental song to hear. Good song to hear. The crowd and Noel do some further banter in lead up to the next song.
Step Out is next, being a song that was going to be released on the Morning Glory album, but wasn’t. It is a really excellent song regardless of any borrowing or anything like that. Noel Gallagher proves to be a decent rival to his brother’s tuneless whine, he proves himself to be an excellent and good quality singer. The guitar playing here is energetic and uplifting, Noel really does a great job here as a musician and artist. Good listen here, one of the better ones from the album. Liam comes back onstage, devoting the next song to the potheads out there, “…if you can lift your fucking hands up…” he says.
Gas Panic! begins with little support from the crowd. Liam begins singing, and he does sound pretty ordinary here. Still, this is an underrated song regardless with some good playing from the band. The electronics here in particular are pretty good, it is a better listen from this live album. If you can look past Liam’s “singing”, you will find a really good tune here. Noel Gallagher’s guitar playing is really top here, and he sounds really on great form here, through the solo sections and other parts of these songs. A very underrated and good listen by Oasis, this is an amazing song to listen to, whether it is this version or the Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants version. Very dark and trippy sounding. The outro is magnificent, and is a nice mesh of electronics, guitar soloing and Alan White’s drumming, with some extra sounds to boot. The sped up part at the end is glorious, keep an ear out for it. It sounds super intense for a long jam. Good song.
Next is Roll With It which begins with the bright open chords and some energetic drumming by Whitey here. Liam begins singing, and he does really sound awful here. It’s rather sad to hear how bad his voice had become by this point by singing with his hands behind his back. A good song regardless, with a lot of nonsense talk from Liam Gallagher as well. The guitar solo is pretty good here, mind you. A good song ruined by Liam’s singing, but enjoyable nonetheless. He sounds super raspy towards the end, Noel’s backing vocals here are brilliant though. Good, but not great. Liam then tells women to show their breasts on screen, very much a man’s thing. Interesting to hear.
Following is an oddity in the band’s songs, due to Noel Gallagher intensely disliking Be Here Now. Stand By Me begins with a load of feedback laden electric guitars, and sounds pretty wonderful here. Liam’s voice is shockingly bad here, and does not do the song justice. The song itself sounds pretty good though, and is one of the better Oasis songs made. The crowd sing along quite nicely here, and the song itself has a great sentiment about it. It would have been better if Liam did not sound so awful here, autotuning should have been automatically done with his voice prior to recording this. In any case, it is a good song to hear. Noel Gallagher’s backing vocals here are awesome. The guitar soloing by Noel is really good here, too. Good but Noel singing it would have been a better idea.
Wonderwall comes next, with a lot of crowd chanting of the band’s name in the intro. Some electric guitar playing of the main riff begins, and it sounds really cool and awesome. Liam’s singing is okay here, oddly enough. This is a live version of the most popular Oasis song ever made, and it is actually pretty good. Great song, even if Liam Gallagher does not sound 100% good. A very lovely and anthemic tune, this is an enjoyable piece of music. Alan White’s drumming is less minimalist here, which makes it sound better as a song here. Good piece of music, although the recorded version is better. The outro is magnificent, taking you elsewhere. Good piece of music, with Noel demanding that an overly light bright be turned off, which takes the lighting guys some time to do. Liam devotes the next song to the people in the front row.
Cigarettes And Alcohol begins with Black Sabbath style riffing on a Gibson Les Paul, which sounds pretty cool and amazing. This is really interesting listening, and is different compared to anything else on record by Oasis. This does go on for a bit too long, but surely enough, the song kicks in and we are underway. Liam Gallagher sounds as raspy as ever, and the band sound like a fairly ordinary Garage band. The song itself is good otherwise, and it sounds loud, raw and rocking. Nice piece of music and riffing, this is better than expected, although Liam’s voice has had better days here. Entertaining and interesting, but the original was better. Despite this, it’s an enjoyable song with Noel doing some crazy soloing towards the end. There is an instrumental cover of Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love at the end here, which is a nice musical tease. Great piece of sonic brilliance that is.
Following is Don’t Look Back In Anger which begins with the John Lennon Imagine piano part, before Noel Gallagher launches into singing this awesome song. By this point, Noel shows that he is definitely better as a singer than brother Liam. This is his most recognised song, and he just sounds really excellent. The audience sings the chorus here, making it a super emotional listen. Noel sings his heart out to a piece of lyrical and musical genius. The sad fact is that after Noel left Oasis, his work was nowhere near as good as this song. Still, a very touching listen and a great song from start to finish. The guitar solo here is impressive as well, just a decent song that deserves listening. Magical and awesome, which is what great music is. Great effort here, with a nice ending. Good job Noel. There is a surprise moment where the band breaks into a Jazz inspired moment before the next song along here, which is rather funny.
Next up is Live Forever which is the last song before the encore. Liam Gallagher sounds really horrible here, and he ruins the song here. This isn’t even the worst version of the song ever done, but should not be here on this recording. Liam Gallagher sounds like a throat cancer patient, not a Rock music singer. The original song and the 1993 original demo are way better than this. Noel’s guitar solo is quite good, but the ambience and feel of the song is ruined by Liam. In any case, this is live Oasis, but you’d be better off looking for a better version on YouTube of this song. Pretty terrible, Liam sounds way worse than the John Lennon/John Lydon mix voice that he originally had around the Definitely Maybe era. The guitar solo at the end sounds rather lacklustre, but can you blame Noel? My oh my, if Liam sang that bad all the time, it is no surprise he left Oasis in 2009. There is some crowd cheering before the next song.
Hey Hey, My My (Into The Black) is next, a Neil Young cover with Noel singing. It’s good but feels like the energy is being sapped out of it somehow. Not a bad song to cover, and Noel shows himself to be a good singer and a guitarist with chops. Interesting song, although lyrically bleak. The guitar sound in the right channel is pretty naff though, with a bit too much overdrive on it. Nice to hear Noel Gallagher cover one of his influences here, but feels a little out of place here, especially sonically. Short and bittersweet.
Champagne Supernova is next, which is a treasured Oasis song. It begins with some awesome humbucker driven riffing and the beautiful melodies being played here. Liam, as raspy as ever, does a little better here but struggles to hit the notes. This is one of the better songs by Oasis, yet all the same, the recorded version is way better than this one. Still, it sounds pretty cool and is a nice song to hear in retrospect of their career. Unlike the songs on Be Here Now, it does not go on for too long and has many interesting sections on it. Glorious and a decent song to listen to, even if Liam Gallagher is clearly dragging down the performance. Anyway, great wild guitar riffs by Noel Gallagher are really cool here, and the solo section here is wonderful and dramatic. This song points to past glories with their first two albums and an excellent sense of beauty and melody that the band used to have around their 1995-1996 peak. Great song to listen to here. It finishes nicely.
The last main song here is Rock ‘N’ Roll Star which sounds pretty ordinary from the go. It lacks the punch of the Definitely Maybe version. Liam sounds like he has been castrated here, and his voice is in desperate need of repair here. A good song to finish with, but Noel sounds as though he is a better musician and singer than brother Liam at this point. Still, they were to continue until 2009, but you can kind of hear why Noel left the band then. Anyway a good song to finish with, although Liam should have listened back to this rather embarrassing performance. Alan White’s drumming is excellent here, as is Noel’s guitar solo. Liam talks some absolute nonsense on the microphone at times as well. The outro is awful. The crowd goes nuts at the end with loads of sound effects and feedback here. The crowd then leaves as directed by the venue operator.
Very last here is a bonus track Helter Skelter which is a cover of The Beatles original song. It has some nice guitar work and playing by the band. Noel sings this one, and does a great Paul McCartney singing impression. This is a really cool piece of music, it just sounds really fine and awesome. Great cover, and it is worth your time, although by this point Oasis have made their point. Noel Gallagher = pure genius. A good song to finish up with. Some neat guitar soloing and organ is here, along with Noel’s cool singing. The jam at the end is a bit lengthy though, and could have been edited.
This is a pretty ordinary at best, horrible at worst, live performance. It should not have been delivered, to be fair. Oasis had many better (and worse, to be fair) live performances, and should have used a better example for their music here. Pretty sad for the band who always wanted to match The Beatles, they nearly did, but their best days were well behind them here. Only hear this if you are a fan of Oasis.
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