B4 Thursday, December 3, 1998 Old Gold and Black Arts & Entertainment
Oasis releases compilation of fans’ greatest hits
By Rich Grogan especially American fans. Through polls harder tunes and then forcedly depressed those anxiously waiting to see what the
Contributing Reviewer on their Web site and by mail, they were In a time when bands are tempted to by a ballad, the continuity of the album band will do next.
able to find out what the fans would want on throw out greatest hits albums to follows a rather medium-tempo path, al-
When people think of Oasis they prob- such a record. The result is, for once, a lowing listeners to enjoy every tune as it
ably think of all of the bickering and fight- record essentially created by the fans, for boost fledgling record sales, it is nice comes.
ing among the band and especially between the fans. to see something different being This type of album also presents a unique
the Gallagher brothers. These antics are The beauty of this album, and the reason released. challenge to listeners. In order to get any
always good for publicity, but they some- I have to respect it, is the thought put behind meaning from it, each track must be exam-
times overshadow the band’s exceptional it. ined individually.
musical ability. Most greatest hits records simply throw instrumental track titled “Swamp Song,” One cannot simply pick up on a theme
Their latest album, titled The Masterplan, everything that was popular onto a single which made a brief cameo on their second and dismiss it as the theme for the record.
is not an album of new songs, but a compi- CD, essentially creating an album whose album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory. The many challenges and complexities of
lation of B-sides recorded throughout the worth lies in either dorm-room card-play- As the album progresses, it quickly be- this compilation make it a worthwhile lis-
band’s brief but ample history. ing forays or as a compilation for the unaf- comes evident that, when composing their ten for any rock and roll lover – Oasis fan or
In a time when bands are tempted to fected who didn’t get into it the first time. B-sides the band expended no less energy not.
throw out greatest-hits albums to boost fledg- That is why a commercially released B-side than for their album tracks. Every song is Hopefully this effort will not be dis-
ling record sales, it is nice to see something album, with not much prospect for sales, crafted distinctly in times when Noel was a missed by fans and the public in general as
different being released. deserves so much credit. better lyricist and the band was generally another money-making scheme from ‘big
The release actually could be construed Beginning with the energetic track “Ac- younger and louder. brother’ Epic/Sony Music. The album, cre-
as ironic — the most narcissistic band alive quiesce,” the album then takes listeners on Of course, when dealing with an album ated for fans, but accessible to everyone Oasis
releasing a B-side treat for fans instead of an up-and-down journey through hard rock of this nature, we lose the intertwining provides a glimmer of insight into the capa-
the pretentious greatest hits record. This tunes, as well as slower ballads played themes and similar melodies of a complete bilities of this oft-overlooked band. If noth-
release was definitely a gift to fans — solely by Noel Gallagher. There is even an studio effort. Instead of being jilted by ing else, it should whet the appetites of Sony Music
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