[What's The Story] Morning Glory
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[What's The Story] Morning Glory

October 3, 1995

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  • Original Release Date: October 3, 1995
  • Release Date: October 3, 1995
  • Label: Reprise
  • Copyright: 1995 Big Brother Recordings Ltd., under exclusive license to Reprise Records for the U.S.
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  • Total Length: 49:58
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  • ASIN: B001GD5ALO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (456 customer reviews)

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64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
I used to hate Oasis. Back in '95, I despised them. They were posers, they were ripping off the Beatles, they were snot rock. I found a copy of "What's the Story (Morning Glory)?" in one of my friend's cars, shook my head at it and, to parrot what I thought was an utterly brain-damaged rhyme sighed, "Pretty shi**y (little kitty)."

About a month later I was hanging out watching TV at that same friend's apartment. We had the sound turned down on MTV and the closed captions were on and "Champagne Supernova" came on. I watched the lyrics ("How many special people change? How many lives are living strange?") and began to cackle. "We have to hear this crap," I said, and turned it up.

But what I heard when I cranked up the volume was not just a damn good song, but also a song I already knew from the radio, a song I'd heard and liked and was actually trying to figure out the name of. I had, without my own knowledge, become an Oasis fan. Before I left, I ended up copying the entire album.

Of course, now, nearly 10 years later, "Morning Glory" is a rightfully established classic album. Oasis went on and kind of became something else and it's too bad they couldn't sustain this level of quality and energy, but at least they produced one of those rare albums on which practically every song is a perfect, rock-radio gem. "Morning Glory" is yet another one of those I listen to for long stretches of time and put away but eventually come back to. Sometimes I only want to hear "Wonderwall," sometimes "Roll with It," sometimes "Don't Look Back" or "Cast No Shadow." Currrently, I'm re-grooving on the whole record because I recently watched the excellent Brit-pop documentary "Live Forever" and it got me back into it.

Another friend recently revisited me yesterday afternoon while I was cranking the title track and said, "Damn, remember when you used to hate these guys?" I do, but it was a long time ago.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At their peak. May 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This is the best album Oasis have ever done. Every track is brilliant, 10/10 for each song on the album. 'Hello' opens the album perfectly, with the line 'It's good to be back' - very significant. 'Roll With It' continues the fast rock trend that we saw in 'Definitly Maybe', 'I think I've got a feeling I'm lost inside' repeated at the end is a highlight. 'Wonderwall' - there is nothing more to say, sheer brilliance. 'Don't Look Back In Anger', argubly better than the previous track, Noels voice suits it well and it remains as one of the finest Oasis tracks ever. 'Hey Now' is a flashback to the debut album, very rocky and lots of guitars. 'Some Might Say' is one of the best singles released by the band, deservidly getting to ~1 in the UK charts, this is a classic. The lyrics may not mean anything but when a song is this good, they don't need to. 'Cast No Shadow' is dedicated to Richard Ashcroft, he and Noel are the best songwriters of this generation. This is a beautiful tender ballad, just right in the middle of a full-on rock album. 'She's Electric' is a fun, happy affair. The 'Digsy's Diner' of the album, a very successful hit, everyone I know who has this album regards this as a standout track.
However, with nine previous brilliant tracks, the album reaches its peak right at the end with the final two, epic tracks. 'Morning Glory', the title track of this epic album, is a mass of guitars and heavy drums. This is pure brilliance. Again, meaningless lyrics but still a landmark song. One of the best of the 90's. And then we finish with THE best song of the 90's, brilliant lyrics, superb chords, amazing rhythm and a lead guitar solo to die for (check the live version out on 'Familiar To Millions', 'Champaigne Supernova' is the finest Oasis track, in my own view, to date. Brilliant. Long live Oasis.
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64 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tasty Britpop May 9, 2004
By Samhot
Format:Audio CD
Despite Oasis' big claim to be a much better band than The Beatles (lead singer Liam Gallagher even went as far to verbally attack George Harrison in an interview), as well as proclaiming to be the best band in the world, they have made some excellent, tasty music that's hard not to love. If you can ignore most of the embarrassing (and often laugh-out-loud hilarious) behavior attached to the band's mystique, you may just enjoy their music, too.
_(What's The Story) Morning Glory?_ is a non-stop train of tasty, ear-pleasing rock candy, with that, add in a little bit of swaggering attitude, and you have Oasis' niche. Songwriter (and sometimes, singer) Noel Gallagher has an excellent ear for melody.. even if most of his musings seem to be, more or less, stolen from The Beatles and their British Invasion contemporaries. If you're a music lover who is lamenting the lack of Britpop/British Invasion spin-offs in the popular music pantheon these days, or if you just want some loud, good-old fashioned rock n' roll, look into this album, and some of Oasis' other offerings. That's basically it for this review.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "I'm not sure what I think about that greeting..." February 4, 2005
Format:Audio CD
It was just one of those odd moments. A beautiful day, and I was walking down the street listening to this album for the first time on my CD player, when I heard them sing: "Another sunny afternoon / walkin' to the sound of my favorite tune..." - and, in that final multiplication of weirdness, that song, Morning Glory, did soon after become one of my favorites as I fell hard for this incredible album.

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? is an expression of raw musical talent. The songs are loud, direct and unapologetic; the lyrics are ambiguous, but sung with real feeling. The tone shifts from the sunny Hey Now! and hard-driving, almost fierce Morning Glory to the more introspective Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova, but even in its introspection, (What's the Story) is loud, direct and unapologetic. She's Electric, the only comical song (and pretty darn funny too), somehow doesn't break the mood.

Wonderwall, of course, is - Wonderwall. You could buy the album just for that song alone. When I think about it, though, I sometimes forget Wonderwall is even on here, the same way the rest of Talking Heads' Remain in Light shines seperately from Once in a Lifetime. Wonderwall in (What's the Story) is like the star on top of a Christmas Tree.

It's hard to compare Oasis with any other band from their era - at least, any other good one. Blur was more cerebral and affected, Suede was more sensual, and Morrissey's solo career was in transition. Whether or not Oasis was _better_ than any of those acts is a matter of opinion, but their broad appeal certainly doesn't make them any worse, either. Personally I think they had something many of those other acts lacked, a kind of sincerity. There's something about that old-fashioned brand of rock - songs that just wear well, that bear listening over and over, chorus after ecstatic chorus.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Outside of two tracks, none of the others really captivated my attention. In fact, two tracks were just thirty second transition, not songs. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Spencer Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
Amazing, epic, beautiful masterpiece. Don't believe all the negative things reviewers and music critics say about Oasis. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jerjer
1.0 out of 5 stars Bang all for my buck
The disc looked like it had been shot. Out if a catapult. Into a quarry. Full of violent Oasis-hating snakes.
Published 1 month ago by Eleanor Jolley
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good
This cd was pretty good, but it sometimes messed up. I was kinda disappointed that it didn't come in the original case, just a clear cd case. Overall, it was okay. A great cd.
Published 2 months ago by Sara L.
5.0 out of 5 stars PERFECT
Published 3 months ago by Hector Nava Huanosta
5.0 out of 5 stars oasis at their best!
The best album by the best Brit pop band of the 90's! Noel's song writing was at it's peak, the arrangements at their most inventive, and the band playing at their best! Read more
Published 3 months ago by larry
5.0 out of 5 stars It was what it was
I cannot explain the impact this album had at the time if you were in you teens or early twenties.

It surpassed Nirvana at the time.

Every song a hit.
Published 3 months ago by Joseph K. Fitzpatrick
2.0 out of 5 stars Hyped
This is maybe the most overrated album of the 90`s. Some instant classics though, like " Wonderwall", "Don`t look back in anger" and "Some might say", but... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Knut Einar Sundlisaeter
5.0 out of 5 stars US Version
I had the first press version bought from UK few years ago. But the disc has been broken. Then, when I bought this copy from Amazon.com - I love the audio quality gets better. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Smart Bedjo
4.0 out of 5 stars SACD not that bad
This is a review for the SACD version. What's the story morning glory has been beat up for a terrible sound and I must admit that it isn't the greatest. Read more
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