Familiar to Millions Live
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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).Read more ›
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.
I am a fiend for great live sets and this is one of the baddest ones around.
Old favorites and some unfamiliar to me fill this album, but their rendition of the Beatles "Helter Skelter" is the best one I have heard from any band and is one hell of a way to end this spectacular show. I highly recommend.
"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_.
But this is Oasis remember, and an Oasis live show is also incomplete without the snide, persnickety, taunting banter from the two Gallagher brothers. This album was recorded right in the middle of a controversial time for the band, with Noel Gallagher threatening to leave the band (he did for a while), frustrated at his brother Liam's idiotic antics. You can feel the uneasiness on Familiar To Millions, but instead of bringing the show down, it elevates it. There's a bit of an edge to every song, a feeling as if the band will implode at any moment.
It's not a perfect performance, and the recording quality is barely a step above a soundboard recording, but it's a memorable one. You can practically see Liam growling into the microphone in that disinterested way of his, while Noel plays the part of Rock God off to the side, ignoring little brother, while the other three members (they do have names, right?) do a workmanlike job in the background. Their Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants album is given a token mention with three songs in the setlist, and when that's over with, the fun, and yes, the singing along, begins.Read more ›
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oasis made 2 and a half great records. then life ruined it. .. its ok. supergrass were the most consistent british band though. Read morePublished 1 month ago by beeks
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 on May 1, 2013 by Hunyadi
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 on March 19, 2013 by Yaro Adames
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
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
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 morePublished on April 7, 2010 by Alex Dover
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
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