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Oasis ~ Masterplan

Following a British rock tradition initiated by the Beatles and lovingly inherited by the Jam and the Clash, Oasis is the only band of the CD era to offer fans extra tracks on their singles that are often as good as, if not better than, the hits. Rather than saving his new songs for the next full album, Noel Gallagher prefers immediacy. Thus, this compilation of those various "B-Sides"--many available as nonimports for the first time--works just great as a listening experience, offering metallic rushes ("Acquiesce," "The Swamp Song") and absolute melodic beauty ("Talk Tonight," the marvelous "Rockin' Chair"), while conjuring up the ghosts of Mott the Hoople, T. Rex, the Fab Four, and Slade, although Oasis's "Cum On Feel the Noize" is sadly absent. --Bill Holdship

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Acquiesce
  2. Underneath The Sky
  3. Talk Tonight
  4. Going Nowhere
  5. Fade Away
  6. The Swamp Song
  7. I Am The Walrus (Live)
  8. Listen Up
  9. Rockin' Chair
  10. Half The World Away
  11. (It's Good) To Be Free
  12. Stay Young
  13. Headshrinker
  14. The Masterplan

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000DHR1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,055 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Marek on June 28, 2006
Format: Audio CD
First, let me point out that Oasis is my favorite band. There isn't an Oasis song I don't like. So I'm going to guide you throughout the entire album and give you my overall opinion of the album.

The Masterplan is a collection of Oasis B-sides from singles covering their first three albums (Definitely Maybe, (What's The Story) Morning Glory, and Be Here Now). The featured tracks and the track listing were decided from an online poll of Oasis fans in 1998.

First up: "Acquiesce" This is probably the most famous Oasis b-side out there and often played live. This song is fantastic, the combined vocal solos of both Liam and Noel Gallagher make this song magnificent. Noel's solo seems to sound better than Liam's, but nevertheless a beautiful song.

Track Two: "Underneath The Sky" Liam Gallagher sings. It sounds good, not as strong as "Acquiesce" but an upbeat and nice tune.

Track Three: "Talk Tonight" Noel with a beautiful guitar based song. This is something you would hear a street performer sing, the lyrics are sad, but the tune is relaxing. Great song.

Track Four: "Going Nowhere" Noel sings once again, and the song is another sad one, but there is a mix of brass and string to lighten it up. A nice soft listen.

Track Five: "Fade Away" After the first few chords you know this is from the Definitely Maybe era. Hard, pure rock from Oasis with a good amount of "Shoegazer" influence. Never fails to slam a good dose of energy into me.

Track Six: "The Swamp Song" If you liked the untitled filler tracks on Morning Glory and wanted the whole song, that's exactly what "The Swamp Song" is. It was originally a warm up song for recording sessions, and you can tell why. Nice hard guitar with even a mix of harmonica in it all.
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24 of 28 people found the following review helpful By wellwellwell on March 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Everybody's wondering why songs like "Underneath The Sky" and (especially) "Acquiesce" weren't on an actual Oasis album. Everybody's thinking it's a coincidence of some sort that so many great songs can be disregarded and doomed to merely be: b-sides. Stop and think about the title of this collection though... it's called 'The Masterplan', which could mean a predetermined 'plan' that is meant to be 'masterful'. Is it not conceivable to think that Noel and the gang had this deviant scheme to hide away a bunch of choice tracks on singles (nobody buys singles in the USA) in order to later release the greatest b-side collection ever? Even now, over six years since The Masterplan came out, it still has to be one of, if not thee most talked-about b-side compilation on the planet. So, yeah, I think The Masterplan was a set-up. But that's enough of that; take what you will from my speculations and opinions. What's really important here is the music.

Yes, "Acquiesce" is an astonishing song--my personal favorite Oasis track, as I'm sure it is many other's. The other track here I was equally taken aback by was "Headshrinker", which boasts smidgens of a punk-rock feeling and an almost irritated sound in Noel's voice that can't be ignored when he's shouting 'I hope you don't regret today/for the rest of your lives'. But the sleeper track here has to be "Half The World Away", which is as relaxed as I recall Oasis ever being in a song. It's beautiful, it's smart ('my body feels young but my mind is very old') and possesses the single greatest handclapping performance in the history of music. I clap along every time I hear it; and I get the chills every time I hear it. "Underneath The Sky" seems to be another favorite.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By kevinicus on January 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I figureed it was finally time to write a review for this album, as I picked it up from the shelf the other day and played it a few times. I think it's amazing that these songs were only ever "b-sides" - most of them are better than what many bands put out as singles!!!

To me, at least, the highlights are: Acquiesce (a b-side to Some Might Say, check out the "Morning Glory" allusions), Headshrinker (sheer early-style Oasis rock), Fade Away, Listen Up, Rockin' Chair, Going Nowhere and of course Talk Tonight.

I remember reading once that Oasis fans got to vote on which b-sides would be on this album, but there are really great Oasis tracks missing on this compliation.

First and foremost, one of the greatest songs Oasis ever recorded was only ever released as a single: "WHATEVER" since this CD was released in the US, and Whatever was only ever available as an import, it would have been nice to put it on this CD - I think it would have gotten quite a bit of airplay and helped Oasis in the US even more.

The version of Listen Up on here is a shorter version that the one that appears as a b-side on the Ciggarettes and Alcohol single. IT's too bad, because a nice guitar solo is missing.

How on earth did these other b-side tracks not make it??? They are some of their best!!! ...
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