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Masterplan

OasisAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 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 3, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00000DHR1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (172 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,637 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

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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

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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's The Masterplan? 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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic collection of Oasis B-sides. June 28, 2006
By Marek
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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Example of Extraordinary Talent November 24, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"The Masterplan" is a collection of b-sides to thesingles released in the UK from 1994-1997. It really says something about a band's talent when an album full of b-sides is as good as or better than some oftheir studio albums.
"Acquiesce" is a full throttle hard rock anthem in which Liam sings the verses and Noel sings the chorus. It's a good enough track to have been released as a single itself. This song is probably the best hard rock song Oasis have ever recorded.
"Underneath The Sky" is a heavily Beatles influenced tune with rather absurd lyrics but a very catchy melody. Not one of my favorite b-sides, but a pleasant listen nonetheless. Liam's vocals are quite good on this one.
"Talk Tonight" is a brilliant Noel acoustic number. Although Noel claims he isn't a romantic person, you can tell he's pouring his heart out into the lyrics. Some people find this song a bit slow, but the lyrics are so deeply moving and the melody is quite catchy after you listen to it a few times. Overall, this is one of Noel's best acoustic songs.
"Going Nowhere" is a brilliantly orchestrated song sung by Noel. This was written 4 years before Oasis released their first album, hence the lyrics, "I'm gonna be a millionaire", not "I AM a millionaire". The bridge and chorus are very catchy, and the brass section adds a nice touch to this song.
"Fade Away" is not one of Oasis' best b-sides. The chords to the verses were stolen from Wham!'s "Freedom", and the chorus is bland and repetitive. I'm surprised so many people seem to like this song. It lacks both originality and a catchy tune.
"The Swamp Song" is an instrumental that simply doesn't belong on this album.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Oasis!
Oasis! This album is a nice mix of b-sides. I also purchased the Saturday Night Live: 25 Years of Musical Performances, Vol. 2 which has a live version of Acquiesce.
Published 14 months ago by Sam
5.0 out of 5 stars A terrific album
The mastewrplan is a collection of B songs and previously unreleased material.These tracks are very good and is much better than some of the studio albums. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Rohit R
5.0 out of 5 stars ALMOST perfect
Thirteen of the fourteen cuts are brilliant, making this the third best Oasis album (after the first two). Read more
Published on June 11, 2011 by M. Mastrogiacomo
5.0 out of 5 stars A realy excellent album.
The Masterplan is just a really good B side compilation album. If you are into Oasis, get it because you will love it, and if you are not into oasis, get it anyway because you... Read more
Published on May 21, 2011 by Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated album
Don't expect this to be better than or the same as (What's the story) Morning Glory, Defintly Maybe or Heathen Chemistry, but it can compete with them. Read more
Published on July 12, 2010 by Ben Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars Get. All. This.
Oasis were untouchable in the mid 1990's. At a time when Britpop was at its creative peak, bands like Oasis, Blur, Pulp, Suede, Radiohead and the Verve dominated the UK charts... Read more
Published on June 7, 2010 by JLR
5.0 out of 5 stars This album is a grower
You know a album is good if you decide to review it 8 years after purchasing, actually i think it's more. Read more
Published on January 10, 2010 by Jay G.
5.0 out of 5 stars smooth transaction
it was a really nice transaction , very please that the item arrive on time and well protected
Published on March 13, 2009 by Juan Carlos Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great B-side compilation
This collection shows why Oasis is the greatest group of the 90's. All of these songs were b-sides, yet they sound better than most band's singles. Read more
Published on September 29, 2008 by Gatorfan91
4.0 out of 5 stars These B sides should have A sides
What a great album. I took my time getting around to buy this one, especially after hearing that it was compiled primarily of all their previous B side ep tracks. Read more
Published on July 30, 2008 by Cameron
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