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Masterplan (W/1 Live Track) Best of

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 3 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Sony Music Canada Inc.
  • ASIN: B00000DHR1
  • Other Editions: Audio Cassette
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #61,377 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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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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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

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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Oasis' true power has always been showcased in their B-Sides being just as good, and often better than their A-Side. The vocals alternate between Liam and Noel Gallagher, which helps keep this album fresh. Besides a few worthy titles being missed out on this disc, such as 'Its Better People' and 'D'yer Wanna Be A Spaceman', 'The Masterplan' is superb.
The first five tracks of this album are the album's best highlight, with the mega anthem 'Acquiese' starting off the pack. 'Underneath The Sky' is an overlooked piece, with a wonderful melody and piano bridge. 'Talk Tonight' is what acoustic concert-goers long for in it's beauty, while 'Going Nowhere' feeds your dreams of escaping your dead end town. 'Fade Away' has a massive kick of electric guitars and riffs, accompanied by a sneering Liam vocal.
Unfortunetly, the one low point in this disc is the following two tracks. 'The Swamp Song' is decent, but doesn't belong with such gems as the tracks before. And despite many Oasis fans claiming otherwise, 'I Am The Walrus' is by far the worst song Oasis have ever recorded, much less their worst cover. The aural quality is horrible, and it's one of the few times that Liam's vocals leave something to be desired. Luckily for you, you have the power to skip to 'Listen Up'
Ah, 'Listen Up'. Lovely opening riff, even better melody. The epic of the album, filling you with the pride that only Oasis can. 'Rockin Chair' and 'Half The World Away' are two more acoustic sparks that show Noel's power as a massive guitarist/songwriter. '(It's Good) To Be Free' is decent track perfect to sing along with. 'Stay Young' is loud and fun while 'Headshrinker' knocks your head off with its power.
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Oasis is the only recent British rock band to make an impact in America, if you don't account for groups like The Corrs. Also The Progidy. The horrible musical decade of the 1980s came and went, and we were left with a bunch of arrogant baggy bands from Manchester that nobody really wanted to like. Then Nirvana happened. As we were all doing figurative heroin in tribute to Kurt, finally Suede and Pulp came and took the UK by storm, while here, we where nodding off after Kurt's death. Then came Blur, Radiohead, The Verve, and finally Oasis, what we always wanted. These were songs to get excited to and be inspired. No self-indulgent naval gazing. All about getting high, driving in a jaguar, feeling the sunshine, having an E.... Whatever. Definitely maybe. Noel Gallagher was the best songwriter since (insert name here). Liam was a god and the best frontman since.... Ian Brown!!! Noel was into The Beatles, The Jam, and Bacharach (?). Take a commercial or a Marc Bolan rift and there you have a great song. Number one, mate! For two albums, Oasis were the best, the greatest, and deserving of all our attention (now being spent on Monica Lewinsky!). But then came Be Here Now. Even those who were life-long Oasis fans, had to admit that OK Computer was a fine album. But all along we knew that Noel's B-sides were better than Blur's entire pretensious output. Now all us Oasis fans can walk down the street with a fist in the air, and a copy of The Masterplan in the other. We know damnit! The cover has a picture of Noel as a boy telling a bunch of music professors how to write a song. With the exception of "Swamp Song" and a Beatles cover, this album is nigh perfect. It rocks and has the rightgeous tunes that makes me forget how painful it was to listen to Be Here Now with a straight face.
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I will never understand why this songs were b-sides. Aren't b-sides supposed to be covers and experimental stuff? This songs, in the purest meaning of the word. I wouldn't dare say it's their best album (it sure stands up there with Be here now, Morning glory and Definitly Maybe though), but I will say this is the album with more feeling in it. From the tear-ripping accoustics like "Talk tonight" and "Half the world away", to the rockin' "Fade away" and "I am the walrus (cover)" and the epics "Acquiesce" and "Masterplan", the feeling this songs transmit is more evident than in any other oasis album. Noel gets to sing more, which is always a reward for fans because a song sung (pardon me) by Noel is by warranty a great song, if you're not sure, you can do a research (Don't look back in anger, Magic Pie, Sunday Morning Call, Little by little, etc). Plus, we get a surprising vocal combo in Acquiesce (Liam sings and so does Noel), which turns out in this exciting, dramatic, euphoric expirience that everyone, not only fans will enjoy.
Having said all this, I reccomend this album like a classic of 90's rock, and an Oasis must have. B-sides? not really, you get a bomb here.
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By Paul Allaer on Oct. 14 2002
Format: Audio CD
Oasis in 1994-1995 issued 2 fabulous albums (Definitely Maybe, and What's The Story Morning Glory), yet that was only part of the "story": their many singles from those albums contained great non-album tracks. Belatedly, this album contains many of them, and they are an absolute necessity to anyone's Oasis collection.
Many of those songs were (and in some cases, are) an integral part of Oasis' live repertoire, and for good reason: they are as good, if not better, than the regular album tracks. The highlights are many and include "Acquiesce", the intimate "Talk Tonight", the scorching "Swamp Song" (which started their concerts in the 95-96 era), "Rocking Chair", "(It's Good) To Be Free", one of their best songs ever, period.
I didn't wait for the 1998 release of this and bought a bootleg CD simply called "The Non-Album Tracks" (prestine audio quality), the set list of which is mostly overlapping with this, but containing the essential "It's Better People", "Round Are Way" and "Bonehead's Bank's Holiday", which are for whatever reason not on here. No matter, this collection is just as superb, and an absolute must for any Oasis fan.
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