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									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-
                                                                                                                                                                                                                   The Masteplan
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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                                            have died.                                   Grinyard, The Streem and 9 Hz. Dec. 4
ON CAMPUS                                   When: 7 and 10 p.m. Dec.4-6.                 and 5: Archers of Loaf. Dec. 8: Mad
                                            Where: Pugh Auditorium                       Ball with Patriot. Dec. 9: Martin Sexton.
                                            Info: $2                                     Dec. 11: Hooverphonic with Snowpony.
Exhibits                                                                                 $6.
                                            Italian Film Series: Big Night. A failing    Where: 300 E. Main St., Carrboro
Re-Newing: Recycling in a Shrinking         Italian restaurant run by two brothers       Info: (919) 967-9053
World. The exhibit looks at how cultures    gambles on one special night to try to
recycle artifacts to make new creations.    save the business.                           Ziggy’s. Dec. 3: Blue Dogs with
When: Through March 20                      When: 7 p.m. Today                           Dayroom. Dec. 4: Cinderella with
Where: Museum of Anthropology               Where: Tribble B216                          Moondog Mane. Dec. 5: Sam Bush with
Info: Ext. 5237                             Info: Free                                   Acoustic Syndicate. $20. Dec. 9: Seven
                                                                                         Dust with God Smack and One Minute
                                                                                         Silence. Dec. 10: Juggling Suns. Dec.
Theater                                     Music                                        11: Brother Cane with Vallejo. $10. Dec.
                                                                                         12: Drivin’ ‘n’ Cryin’.
Lilting Banshees. The comedy troupe         Holiday Choral Concert. Brian                Where: 433 Baity St.
will present its final performance of the   Gorelick, an assistant professor of          Info: 748-1064
semester.                                   music, will conduct the university choirs.
                                            When: 8 p.m. Dec. 3
When: Midnight Dec. 4 and 5
Where: Brendle Recital Hall                 Where: Brendle Recital Hall                  Dance
Info: $2                                    Info: Ext. 5026
                                                                                         The Nutcracker. The School of the Arts
                                                                                         will perform its annual holiday ballet by
Movies                                      ELSEWHERE                                    Tchaikovsky with a new set of costumes
                                                                                         this year.
Saving Private Ryan. Director Steven                                                     When: 2 p.m. Dec. 5,6, 12,13. 7:30 p.m.
Spielberg’s graphic dramatization of a      Concerts                                     Dec. 5-7,10-13.
WWII mission led by Tom Hanks to                                                         Where: 405 W. Fourth St.
retrieve a soldier whose three brothers     Cat’s Cradle. Dec. 3: Collapsis with         Info: 721-1945




                                                                                                                                                                                  presents
                                                                                                                                                         A Mustard Seed Entertainment Production


                                                                                                                                               After-Exam Comedy Jam
                                                                                                                                                                                  featuring

                                                                                                                                        DANTE CARTER                                                     AMOS QUICK
                                                                                                                                     Def Comedy Jam-Comic View                                The Comedy Zone-Club Sensations
                                                                                                                                           Cleveland, OH                                             Greensboro, NC

                                                                                                                                                                        DEBRA TERRY
                                                                                                                                                                The Nutty Professor-Comic View
                                                                                                                                                                     Winston-Salem, NC

                                                                                                                                                                  Friday, December 11th, 1998
                                                                                                                                                                                         at
                                                                                                                                                                         Brendle Recital Hall

                                                                                                                                                        Doors open @ 7PM -- Showtime @ 8PM

                                                                                                                                                 Tickets $5 for WFU Students & Staff Only
                                                                                                                                              (Valid Only With Campus I.D. Presented at the Door)
                                                                                                                                                                    Tickets Available at Student Union
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