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Familiar to Millions [Live]

OasisAudio CD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)


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“In 20 years’ time, people will buy Definitely Maybe and listen to it for what it was. That’s what is important.” Noel Gallagher, August 1994.

Remarkably confident words from a guitarist on the eve of his band’s debut album release. But Oasis were always certain in their abilities – and the public were just as clear the five-piece were on the right ... Read more in Amazon's Oasis Store

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  • Audio CD (November 21, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Live
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B000051Y0E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Fucking in the Bushes
2. Go Let it Out
3. Who Feels Love
4. Supersonic
5. ShakerMaker
6. Acquiesce
7. Step Out
8. Gas Panic!
9. Roll With It
10. Stand By Me
Disc: 2
1. Wonderwall
2. Cigarettes & Alcohol
3. Don't Look Back in Anger
4. Live Forever
5. Hey Hey, My My
6. Champagne Supernova
7. Rock 'n' Roll Star
8. Helter Skelter

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In 2000 Oasis wisely dispensed with theatrics and concentrated on being the world's greatest stadium-sized pub-rock band. And so, with just three mammoth video walls in tow, they toured the world. Big as the video screens were, however, the band's straight-ahead rock and Liam Gallagher's mouth were even bigger, and contributed much to the drama, tension, and entertainment of the tour behind Standing on the Shoulder of Giants. Fine examples of both were recorded when they played Wembley Stadium. Musically, Oasis make good on their claims to be the biggest and the best with rocking versions of "Supersonic," "Shakermaker," "Cigarettes & Alcohol," and "Live Forever." As for Liam, Familiar to Millions wouldn't be half the album it is had his inane ramblings, brotherly abuse, and audience taunts been edited out. That's where the real live atmosphere lies--there and in the sound of 70,000 fans singing the choruses of "Wonderwall" and "Don't Look Back in Anger." --Dan Gennoe

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Melodic Sludge Wall of Sound February 17, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Put this set on your stereo, walkman, whatever, and turn it up loud. Because this live concert by Oasis in front of 70 thousand enthusiastic "punters" as the British call them, in the last days of the original Wembley Stadium, is a pure wall of sound that amplifies the band's melodic oevre to mind-blowing levels. Some reviewers have called the sound muddy, poor, like a bootleg. No Way. What this is, is the feeling of standing in front of a 100-foot tall speaker at a monster stadium and letting the music shoot you into the stratosphere at Mach 5.

Oasis came virtually out of nowhere in 1993-94 and within less than 2 years were the biggest rock band on Earth, if not in the US. Former guitar tech Noel Gallagher's natural flare for melody stemmed from his wear-his-influences-on-his-sleeve adoration of the Beatles. Add inspiration from 60's jingle-jangle guitar bands like the Byrds and Buffalo Springfield, Glam-era 4-on-the-floor giants like TRex, Bowie, and Slade, and even 90s Grunge in a roundabout, competitive way, and what you got was an original sound gladly nicking from earlier acts- but in a clever, creative way. Re-inventing classic sounds. That is, until some of their later material started becoming too derivative and self-parodying.

There was a time when Noel and Liam proudly boasted of being the best thing since sliced bread, and though after a while it all got a bit tiresome, it was undoubtedly their pure chutzpah that helped propel them to becoming one of the biggest bands of the 90s. Not to mention the incredible tunes- just listen here for proof.

The controversies, especially from Liam's endless diva outbursts, ultimately made the band look foolish.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Hello, Manchester!!!" April 4, 2006
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It was July 2000, Oasis played Wembley Stadium in London for two nights in a row. The heat was on, the expectations were high, and the thousands of fans that crammed the famous soccor field were "mad for it!" Everything was going good; Oasis were and still are the biggest band in England with a timeless influence on most of the bands coming out of America and Europe today, and they were to take the stage by storm, but there was one too many problems: Liam had just broken up with his then wife actress Patsi Kensit, was seriously drunk, and Noel wasn't talking to him. The effects of all of the above are evident on this recording.

Liam greets the fans as soon as he steps onstage after the intro of F**kin' In The Bushes fades out with a hammering comment at Wembley Stadium, calling it a 'sh*thole', before sarcastically and hilariously saying "Hello, Manchester!" which is welcomed with a few boos from the crowd and a giggle from Noel. After that, the music plays on with a collection of their most recent singles from their 2000 album Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants: the handraiser Go Let It Out and the soothing Who Feels Love, before venturing into a string of greatest hits, in no order: Wonderwall, Don't Look Back In Anger, Live Forever, Stand By Me, Roll With It, Champagne Supernova, and Supersonic. In between songs, Liam and Noel are heard commenting with and at the crowd ("This is for all the people in the front row..." as Liam presents a song), the lighting operator ("...turn the f**kin' light off!" as Noel scorns the poor fellow), and each other ("Let's have a couple more of these songs, Noel...write a couple more of these babies!" as Liam presents Supersonic).
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lay off the cigarettes, Liam October 13, 2005
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Format:Audio CD
Instrumentally, Oasis is still a tight band, and Noel's vioce still sounds good, (his cover version of Neil Young's "Hey Hey My My" is a highlight) but damn Liam really sounds like he just woke up after a rough night. They rush their way through "Wonderwall" like they're bored with it, and their version of Champagne Supernova also sounds weak voiced. Now some times the ragged effect does work, versions of "Stand by Me", "Live Forever" and "Cigarettes and Alcohol" are still pretty rousing.

Liam is still up to his onstage shenanigans, asking the girls in the audience to show some breasts, leading the crowd in chanting his name, pointing out to Noel that he finally got all the words to "Roll With It" right in mid-song, giving the people in the front row a hard time, complaining about the lighting and stage props, and even giving Noel yet another hard time, "you should write more songs like this Noel." Implying that he hasn't been writing songs like that lately. But he makes a conciliatory gesture, to Noel at least later when he praises the lyrics for "Gas Panic".

They're still a very fun band live and a tight band musicianship-wise at least anyway. Now if they could just get Liam to behave himself... ah screw that, then they wouldn't be so much fun. Just stick to the alcohol, Liam, and leave the cigarettes alone.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Nobody knows / the way it's gonna be." July 4, 2005
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Most of Oasis' greatest songs are on here, and they sound just the way you'd expect live: amazing. Don't Look Back in Anger is, if possible, even better than the studio version; the band goes insane on Supersonic and Shakermaker; only Champagne Supernova seems to lose some of its eerie grace with the more rough-around-the-edges live sound. Of course, Liam acts out a bit: it's hard to catch what he's saying most of the time, but it's quite amusing when you do.

"This is for all the people in the front row...no not you...nor you guys...alright, maybe you. And you."

Even songs that were less than classic in the studio, like Roll With It, get a boost from the live energy - on that particular number, Liam now advises us not to let "any f*****" get in our way.

And while the band is great, the audience is impressive in their own right:

-There's a moment during the first verse of Wonderwall when they suddenly sounds like the world's biggest gospel choir.

-Such is Liam's faith in them that he even lets them take the whole chorus of Don't Look Back in Anger - and even though it comes through a bit muted, it's pretty incredible.

Finally, Liam's weary take on Stand By Me, supported by the always-enthusiastic audience, has to rank among the most affecting pieces of music ever recorded. It's just so - _romantic_.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Oasis!
A good live version of Oasis' highlighted discography. I am a fan of live music and this is good one have for any Oasis fan.
Published 16 months ago by Hunyadi
5.0 out of 5 stars Live greatness
All your favorite hits from Oasis, live! Play this one loud. Wonderwall sounds a little wierd, but is a great alternative from the original acustic version.
Published 17 months ago by Yaro Adames
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Show
Say what you will of the Cocaine fueled diatribes of the Gallagher brothers, but they put on one hell of a show. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Royland Odell Owens
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT LIVE CD Oasis from 2000 2 CD set
Great live 2 CD set. This is how they sound live(as opposed to the studio versions).
Great set list, great performance.
I listen to this CD a lot. Read more
Published on July 28, 2012 by Mike
3.0 out of 5 stars Good one from a Great Band!
A good album from a great band. The mix is fair, the vocals are low and distant sounding. Will we see another live album from them?
Published on January 19, 2012 by P. robb
4.0 out of 5 stars Every Oasis Fans Dream
Being quite a young Oasis fan, my first Oasis gig was the last Heaton Park, in fact their last British one, and when I first listened to 'Familiar to Millions' it brought back all... Read more
Published on April 7, 2010 by Alex Dover
5.0 out of 5 stars familiar to millions
I had this cd years ago when it originally came out, but it had been lost when I was in college. I love it. Oasis at their best.
Published on June 7, 2009 by Lisa Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Gallaghers Live in Wembley
This may not be Knebworth in August 1996 (if only they would release that on cd!), but it is a good live recording of Oasis.
Published on March 23, 2008 by Russell D. Melling
2.0 out of 5 stars Well done (to the crowd)
Ive always been a big fan of oasis but they really let themselves down here. This was an opportunity to perform a memorable, energetic and musical show, well it was certainly... Read more
Published on October 15, 2005 by Jack M
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good live album.
Taken from the standing on the shoulder of giants tour at Wembley 2000.

Its a very loud and rocky performance, and theres no acoustic guitars used, even wonderwall is... Read more
Published on May 15, 2005 by Oi!!!
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