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This is probabley my favourite Oasis album, it is probably one of the most under rated Oasis albums aswell. This collection of 14 songs are the ones which Noel has saved up for a rainy day often appearing on the B-sides of the singles which were released.
However there is no song on this album which is weak and many of them could have made the grade on any of the previous Oasis albums. I think the Inclusion of Acquiesce, Tlk tonight, half the world away and the masterplan would have made 'Be here now' another utterly outstanding Oasis Album. These songs are true Oasis classics and the ones mentioned even made it on to the Oasis best of collection 'Stop the clocks' Thats how good they are. The rest of the album is also very good and several of the tracks allow you to remember how good The definatley maybe era was. The boys recorded the Beatles classic Iam the Walrus live, you can tell the enthusiasm the boys have for recording a song of their greatest idols and i think you can here this on the track.
Even though I have mentioned 'The Masterpla' (song), i would like to further reiterate how good I think it is. It is probabley my favourite Oasis track and that takes some beating considering the amount of brilliant songs they have recorded. I was glad when this song was released to mark the release of their greatest hits album and the song could get the exposure it deserves.
Over all this is a true classic album. It is often overlooked as it was 'just a collection of bside' But it is much more than that. Any of these songs could have madethere way onto any of the previous albums
Continuing the great British tradition of delivering B-Sides that are the equal or superior of the A-Side, all the great Oasis flip sides could never fit onto a single disc, & while this 14 track compilation fits the bill, it still leaves a lot of tracks that were worthy of inclusion.
The Beatles, the Smiths & the Jam all carved a reputation for releasing singles that were really worth buying, as the B-Side would more often than not be more than worthy of being a single in it's own right. Indeed, it is quite difficult to fathom that The Maspterplan was wasted as the B-Side of Wonderwall, but that was part of what made Oasis great.
Each release was an event as you would get 2 or 3 great tracks in addition to the advertised release. From their driving cover of Lennon & McCartney's I Am The Walrus is here as well as numerous other early tracks (Listen Up being possibly the pick of the early ones). Some of Noel's finest moments ended up tucked away on singles, along with the already mentioned The Masterplan, you'll also find here both Talk Tonight & Half the World Away, two glorious examples of the range that initially made Oasis such an exciting proposition.
Roll With It's flip side, Rockin' Chair is a forgotten track which would have stood out on any Oasis album, & reminded you of the strength in depth Noel Gallagher had between 1994 & 1996. It gets you thinking what could have been had he been more frugal with what he released & saved some of these tracks for a top notch 3rd album, instead of delivering the folly that was Be Here Now.
It was announced this week that Oasis are splitting up for good, so it seems like a fitting time to dig out those old Oasis albums and give them another listen.
This review is of 'The Masterplan' which was released in 1998, and was actually a compilation of their B-sides.
I bought this album as soon as it was released and loved it - still do.
The track listing is as follows:
Underneath the sky
I Am The Walrus
Half The World Away
Its Good To Be Free
What you're looking at there is a list of thirteen excellent, quality tracks. It is unusual for me to like every track on an album, but on this one I do.
My top five tracks are:
1) Number one is definately 'The Masterplan.'
This was a B-Side to Wonderwall, and is a fantastically well written song that gets me singing with gusto each time I listen. Listen to the lyrics and you will understand what a top song writer Noel is.
In my opinion one of the best songs ever.
2)'Talk Tonight' is my number two.
This is a lovely, slow, acoustic track which I think is sung by Noel. It's nice and simple, about wanting to talk to somebody, and that is why I love this one.
Again, I love the lyrics - it's catchy and superbly well written- if a bit more poppy than some of the others.
4)My number four is a live cover of the Beatles' 'I Am The Walrus.'
I just love Liam's voice and can just picture him swaggering around the stage to this one.
It's cool and very rock and roll, but you might not like it if you're not a Liam fan.
The first track is another of my favourites for the same reasons. The lyrics are clever and thought provoking, while the music is typical Oasis - class.
For those people who did not grow up when Oasis were huge, they might not be aware of what a talented songwriter Noel Gallagher actually is ( he wrote all the songs on this album), but one listen to this album and you will understand why they were so popular.
Their popularity seemed to wane somewhat more recently, but they have given us some of the best songs ever, which I will never tire of hearing.
A truly great album.
The Masterplan is and Oasis album that contains 14 of some of their B-Side tracks. Now, on a B-Side album you'd expect average songs and you'd expect to see a reason as to why these songs never made it onto an album or as a single. But oh no, not Oasis 12 out of these 14 songs are all in my opinion single standards. Liam and Noel could have made an absolute fortune by releasing some of these songs as singles and I have no idea why they didn't. The majority of these B-Sides are better than a lot of their other album and single songs. The songs and my ratings are listed below:
1 - Acquiesce - There is no better way in which Oasis could have started this album. Acquiesce is a very unique song full of genius and i would have gone out and bought this song in a heartbeat had it been released as a single. It is so good and it infuriates me that Oasis didn't make this song more famous. Quality. 9.5/10
2 - Underneath The Sky - The lyrics, the music, the vocals. Everything about this song is so right, the best song on the album and really should have been used by Oasis more effectively. So good. 10/10
3 - Talk Tonight - This song brings you a bit down to earth after underneath the sky. A very slow song that always seems to keep me yawning. Idler's Dream would have been a much better choice to put in this album instead of this song (had it been made sooner). 6/10
4 - Going Nowhere - Well above average again for a B-Side. Pretty original song executed nicely and not a bad song at all. 7/10
5 - Fade Away - A very loud and bangy song that you do have to be in the mood for. A very good song and yet again it is wasted as a B-Side. 8/10
6 - Swamp Song - The second of two pretty average songs on this album. Never been a personal favorite of mine and it could/should be replace by Carry Us All instead (had it been around at the time the album was made). 5.5/10
7 - I Am The Walrus (live) - The Beatles, anybody who tried to copy one of their songs you'd think was crazy but not Oasis. They execute this song brilliantly. If anything, i think they did it better than The Beatles, a fantastic performance and i'd love them to do a studio version of this. 8.5/10
8 - Listen Up - A bit more of an average song but still not bad at all, especially for a B-Side. (You've Got The) Heart Of A Star would be a better song choice to put on the album instead (had it been released before the album was made of course).
9 - Rockin' Chair - Sheer quality and genius from the Gallagher's once again, this song is just so good and is another song that is wasted as a B-Side. 9/10
10 - Half The World Away - A very slow moving song with some great lyrics. Rightly used as the theme music to the Royal Family and yet again this song is wasted as a B-Side.
11 - (It's Good) To Be Free - I love the lyrics in this song, another song you have to be in the mood for but once your familiar with it, it's a classic. 8/10
12 - Stay Young - This song is too good. It's that good that in some ways it's made it less good. I just don't know. The lyrics in this song are as good as you'll ever hear. Outstanding. 10/10
13 - Headshrinker - Very noisy and loud song, one that i didn't take to straight away but over time it's another Oasis song that i've come to love. 8/10
14 - The Masterplan - The best possible way to end an album like this, The Masterplan is a song that everybody i speak to seems to like. It's so gentle with some brilliant lyrics. The only negatives is you have to wait 50 secs for the song to get going. 9.5/10
So have been reviewing Oasis albums recently, and didn't want to leave this little gem out. The masterplan came out back in 1998 but most of the songs are older than that. This is basically a collection of B-sides and demos. You might assume that this makes it a poor album, but remember, when Oasis set out they were something special. And that early period is where most of these tracks were taken from. So is it second rate rubbish or is it gold dust? Well here's what I make of the tracks:
1. Acquiesce - This is a wonderful start to the album. Fast, powerful great beat and good lyrically. This is Oasis when they were good. They did actually release this as a single it became so popular, what a B-side! 9/10
2. Underneath The Sky - Another belter! 'Underneath the sky above, there's a story teller sleeping alone, he has no face and he has no name, but his whereabouts are some what unknown.' Great line. This is a really strong song with a nice happy melody. 8/10
3. Talk Tonight - A slower one. Noel sings on this one and it sounds silky. A really strong song that should make it onto any album. 8/10
4. Going Nowhere - Another really nice simple song. Has a great feel to it, the lyrics flow and Noels voice is excellent. Nice chilled out feel to this one. Has a real feel of when Oasis started out, before they made it big and were still dreamers. 8/10
5. Fade Away - Hard rocking magic. This is what Oasis were all about, raw sound, passion and power. This is a classic song, Liam sings out the words perfectly. 9/10
6. The Swamp Song - A live bit of instrumental with some class harmonica over the top. 8/10
7. I Am The Walrus (live) - Liam open this song by saying 'Doesn't matter if its out of tune, cus your cool!'. I love that attitude. Good song. 8/10
8. Listen Up - More magic. A fantastic song that grabs your attention and shakes you all around. Liam tells is 'I'm gonna speak my mind'. And he does. Another one that could get on any album Oasis have done. 9/10
9. Rockin' Chair - A really nice little song. Nothing special about it, its just plain good. 8/10
10. Half The World Away - How can this be a B-side? It's a massive song we probably all know! Its just a simple acoustic sung by Noel. But it's just so good! 10/10
11. (It's Good) To Be Free - More classis Oasis noise. A heavy song that flows brilliantly. Liam at his best whines his way through with sheer class. 9/10
12. Stay Young - This song sums up for me what Oasis were all about. 'Hey stay young and invincible'. That is the attitude I grew up on, and maybe need to get back! A brilliant rock song that shakes you to your core! 10/10
13. Headshrinker - Oasis get very heavy with this one. It's a little to heavy to be a classic but it still sounds very good. 8/10
14. The Masterplan - Noel thinks this is Oasis' best song. He may well be correct. The lyrics are beautiful; the sound is pure bliss, its everything Wonderwall never quite was. It's just a brilliant song and a wonderful way to finish of an incredible album. 10/10
Well quite simply this album blows me away. To say it's a collection of B-sides it is simply stunning. Some of the songs are easily my favourite Oasis songs and there are just no weak songs on the album. It really is something you have to listen to, it's a real shame this album was overlooked by many. If you like Oasis and have never heard this album, you must go get a copy. It really is a hidden gem!
Overall it gets a well-earned 9/10
It just goes to show what a quality band Oasis are and what quality songs they have in their back catologue when they have so many belters on a B sides, yes B SIDES album!
Masterplan has it all and quite how some of these songs never made it on to any of the albums or even as singles is beyond me.
It has the typical oasis hard rocking heavy guitar based songs like Fade Away and Headshrinker, both with heavy punk influences. Not to mention an amazing cover of The Beatles' I Am The Walrus recorded live (one of my favourites!) The opener, Acquiesce is another belter with Noel and Liam sharing the vocal, which is rare!
Then there are the more chilled out, acoustic based tracks which are again amazing. Half the world Away, which came to be the Soundtrack for sit com The Royle Family, talks of Noels personal despare and frustration at being stuck in Manchester and wanting to leave. There is also Rocking Chair and Talk Tonight which is about when Liam and Noel had an argument and Noel left the band in the middle of the American tour.
I think that covers all the best song but there are no bad ones.
This just leaves one more, the title track, Masterplan. Quality, a real production. If you only listened to one song on this album it would have to be this one, amazing lyrics.
I'm continuing to write some music reviews after my son bought me a MP3 player for Christmas with some albums on loaded on to it.
Oasis are one of those bands that no one can escape. I've always liked them but I've never bought any of their singles so until recently I was completely unaware of all the great B-sides they have produced on top of their smash hit A-sides. 'The Masterplan' is a collection of b-sides released in 1998, and it shows just how deep Noel Gallagher's song writing skills run.
The Album opens with 'Acquiesce' (B-side to 'Some Might Say') which is a sort of duet between Noel and Liam and is a good lively number.
Two of my other favourite songs on the record are 'Half the World Away' (Which some people might know as the theme tunes to the super comedy show 'The Royle Family') and the very moving 'The Masterplan'.
It does contain some duds though. 'The swamp song' is a live instrumental, which starts off with some really ear piercing guitar, and really seems like self indulgent faff to me. It's followed on the album by 'I am the Walrus [Live]' which really isn't up to much either, and is nothing on the original.
I think Oasis have gone downhill a bit over the last couple of years so it was good to hear this new-to-me material from the classic days.
The Masterplan is a collection of B-sides from the world-renowned Oasis. Released in 1998, the album was, in my opinion, one of the stronger releases from the group. The songs were recorded in the mid-90s, the band's heyday, when they still retained their swagger and exuberance which, to an extent, they have lost nowadays.
The album is 14 tracks long, and runs around 70minutes, very good value considering you can find the album for less than 'paper money.' It's under £4.00 on Ciao.
=== The Album ===
[Track 1 - Acquiesce]
The album starts with 'What's The Story... Morning Glory' echoing in the background when it is awoken by a rocking riff and characteristic Oasis styling in Liam's vocals. The chorus is decent and is sung by Noel in this case. Liam takes over the verses and the song seems like it would go well with a beer in one hand and a cigarette in the other. A decent opening, upbeat and appropriate. This was one of the B-sides to the song 'Some Might Say.'
[Track 2 - Underneath The Sky]
A mellower offering this time, a little easier to visualise what the song is saying. This track was a B-side to 'Don't Look Back In Anger' which may explain why it is a little more reserved than the first song. A little uneventful, but still a pleasant, chilled song.
[Track 3 - Talk Tonight]
Another 'Some Might Say' B-side this time, the song charts Noel's deliberation over whether to quit the band whilst they were on tour in America. A poignant number which Noel says he was inspired to write after an all-night discussion with a couple in his hotel, whom he credits for keeping him in Oasis. This is emphasised in the chorus of '...I wanna talk tonight, until the morning light, 'bout how you saved my life. The song is acoustic and has few drums, opting for the occasional clap as percussion instead. A charming song, which shows the more emotional side of Oasis.
[Track 4 - Going Nowhere]
The album remains slightly withdrawn again here, a mature song, acoustic guitars once again. A few classical instruments backing the band here, typical cryptic but inventive Oasis lyrics on show once again, with Noel offering a melodic presence on the microphone. This is Oasis relaxing in the best way they know how. If you listen carefully, the lyrics smack of ambition and realism and offer further proof as to why Oasis have done so well. This song was a B-side to 'Stand By Me' which itself it a very chilled song.
[Track 5 - Fade Away]
The acoustic guitar is out this time. Electric is the order of the day again. The drummer is back in the mix again. This song was included on the single for 'Cigarettes & Alcohol' an early release when the band was at its rock and roll peak. The pace of the track is the quickest so far and whilst it is a good track, it is also somewhat unremarkable in its own way.
[Track 6 -Swamp Song]
This is an instrumental which came with the 'Wonderwall' single. It is very reminiscent of the album what's the story which included the above single. No vocals, but a screeching guitar rings out what is almost a four-minute solo with periodic blasts on the drums. A decent track but nothing special.
[Track 7 - I Am The Walrus (Live)]
This version was recorded at a Sony promo gig in scotland in 1994. The song was originally written and performed by the Beatles. It opens with Liam saying to an assumably disgruntled audience member "What's up?... Does it matter if it's our tune?.. Doesn't matter if it's our tune... cos your cool!" Then the song drops in with a slightly rockier feel than the Beatles went for, but doesn't change the original formula too much. The band are greatly influenced by the Beatles. A good song, but personally, I believe it doesn't add much to the Beatles' original attempt.
[Track 8 - Listen Up]
As per tracks 5 & 7, this is another 'Cigarettes & Alcohol' B-side. The song starts with cymbal heavy drumming and a guitar riff characteristic of the _Definitely Maybe_ era. It doesn't really pick up any further pace here, but Liam's gruff vocals keep the song in character. A very typical Oasis number.
[Track 9 - Rockin Chair]
This song was originally released with 'Roll With It' and fades in to a downbeat, pleasant acoustic guitar riff. Liam bellows out some poignant, mature vocals which gives a different flavour to much of the music preceding this track. A pleasing song which shows the Gallagher's thoughtful and problematic content in their songwriting. I quite enjoy this song. An intelligent offering.
[Track 10 - Half The World Away]
Initially a B-side to the classic song 'Whatever' this song will familiar to lots of people as the theme tune to the sitcom 'The Royle Family.' A disdain filled acoustic track with lyrics such as 'I would like to leave this city, this old town don't smell too pretty' and 'here I go, still scratching around in the same old hole, body feels young but my mind is very old...' struck a chord with me a long time ago. The song reminds me of Manchester, I think this may even be the city in question. I used to live there as a child. A heartfelt track which rightly deserves its recognition.
[Track 11 - (It's Good) To Be Free]
The acoustic has gone again, replaced by a rocky but slow-tempo vibe this time. A little known Oasis song, which would be a wise choice for any fan to download if they have never heard it. A typical offering from the band and good quality as usual.
[Track 12 - Stay Young]
This B-side accompanies 'D'ya Know What I Mean' and is possibly one of the best tracks on the album. The lyrics incline me to believe it was written in the midst of Liam's cocaine haze with a chorus of 'HEY! Stay! Young and Invincible, Come! What! may, we're Unstoppable...' Strong if a little cocky lyrics bt this sums up the bands general character. They may have mellowed and wisened lately but this song is a prime example of hy they are so much lauded. A great track.
[Track 13 - Headshrinker]
Originally included on the 'Some Might Say' single, a high tempo, raw delivery gives this song a cutting edge. Not quite as good as the last track, but more proof of Oasis' extensive musical talent. Not as treated and considerate as most of the other tracks on the CD, but a howling hard rock assault which is one last crack at full throttle before the album's climax.
[Track 14 - The Masterplan]
A patient build up with a solitary acoustic which is soon greeted by peaceful violins, a solemn ending to this release. Noel akes the microphone for this demi-ballad. Intelligent lyrics, which deserve interpretation, seriously, listen carefully, they are wise lyrics in my opinion. A dramatic chorus, which works wonders in a live atmosphere, also on the CD to be honest. 'Say It Loud and Sing It Proud Todaaaaaaaay....' to prompt the upcoming grandure of the real chorus. A very nice way to seal the album closed and another example of the way Oasis the can traverse the musical spectrum cleverly.
=== In Summary ===
This album is a fine collection. No weak tracks really and some truly superb songs. This album is even more so remarkable, when you think that these tracks, were the ones cut from the previous albums. Plenty of professional musicians would never have had the depth of quality to remove works this impressive their albums. Considering thee songs are _ALL_ B-sides, its was/is a lovely treat to hear some outstanding tracks which may have been lost to the cutting room floor. An essential piece of Oasis' back catalogue, a must for any fan and even stands up as a first listen for Oasis.
I would recommend this to anyone with a liking for this type of music. A sublime release. I challenge anybody to listen and not at least find one song which they really like. Yet more proof as to why Oasis are one of most pioneering groups to date and still to this date, one of my most favourite and respected albums. I'm going to go out on a limb, (I don't make this kind of statement very often,) but, this one of the best, if not the best B-side compilation relased to date by anybody. Buy! It! Now!
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If any other band decided to release an album of B sides then the sceptics in all of us would think it was just another way to extract money from the fans and record buying public. When you think B sides you tend to think tired lack lustre tracks or infernal instrumentals shoved on to fill space. B sides for me just weren't worth the hassle and as for an album full of them well please what agent dreamt that one up to buy a new Merc eh? Noel Gallagher rightly or wrongly if you look at things stuffed early Oasis singles with B sides that could give the A side a fair run for it's money at times or should have been on an album. Yes the cynics might think The Masterplan released in 1998 was a way to screw the fans for a few more bob, maybe it was But I would say to them go listen to the album and just maybe they might err on the side that it is indeed a good album packed with material that deserved to be showcased in this way. If you think about sales of singles gone are the days when a single had to sell hundreds of thousands to make it to number one. How many of you can say when you last bought a single? I know I can't and it would have to be something pretty special for me to do so now. For the fan that bought the albums and the odd single then The Masterplan was a must have album, for the die hard "I buy any thing with an Oasis label on the cover" again it was a must have. The former group would have their eyes opened to some of the treasures within.
As with all Oasis albums The Masterplan opens with one of those loud mean sounding tracks that inform you that Oasis are in the building so listen up! Acquiesce starts up ever so softly, lulling you into a force sense of security then pow it'll hit you right between the eyes! What you get for your money is Liam Gallagher at his best, sneering along as he sings about needing each other, believing in each other and understanding each other .Now you might just think our kid is singing about some laydee apparently this little ditty was penned by Noel Gallagher when he'd had a major ruck with his brother. Whether the Gallagher brothers do actually understand one another is open for discussion but that's a whole different ball game. But I'm rather grateful that Noel Gallagher felt the need to write this track, with a bass line that would have had my Mam shouting for me to turn that noise, now my neighbours probably wish she'd turn that down a bit! Acquiesce is one of those tracks that has you singing along by the second listen. Through out The Masterplan you can't but help thinking why on earth wasn't this a single or at least on an album? Acquiesce should have been honestly, it's not B side material at all, it's superb. Loud, mean and thundering - Oasis doing what they do best! Acquiesce is one of those tracks that you play in the car when the Motorway is quiet and you can put your foot down whilst singing at the top of your voice . Having now heard it live twice it's pretty awesome!
Underneath The Sky isn't a bad little track it's just unfortunate that it's sandwiched between the mighty Acquiesce and one truly magnificent Noel Gallagher gets slushy track. It's one of those tracks that you do just wonder why this one why not so and so. It's not bad it just lacks that certain something. It's polished, it's poppy and it's professional but it sounds like Oasis by numbers. It's the kind of track you know is Oasis but you'd be hard pressed to actually tell anyone what the title is for certain.
I like Talk Tonight, in fact I think Talk Tonight is blinking brilliant. It's one of those soulful Noel Gallagher on vocals acoustic tracks. Yes it's slushy but I've never denied I love a good slushy song and Talk Tonight fit's the bill perfectly. It's beautiful. It's also one of those Oasis tracks that needs Noel Gallagher on vocals as his brother just wouldn't be able to pull it off. You know something Noel Gallagher should take a guitar into a studio and just sing his heart out because a solo album of his would be pretty damn good! Talk Tonight is simple, the lyrics a hotch potch of sentiment sung by a most dejected sounding Noel Gallagher add on Paul Weller as a bonus and you really have got one rather good track you know. Live it's even better!
Going No Where is another stunning track, with liberal use of violins and a horn section this track was a revelation to me as until you hear that it's Noel Gallagher on vocals you'd be hard press from the opening bars to say this was an Oasis track on first listening. It's superb and shows that Noel Gallagher knows how to pen a decent ballad if you ever doubted the fact. It rightly deserves it's place on this album but should have been on a studio album you know!
Before you start to think this album is just a showcase for Noel Gallagher gets in touch with his feminine side you get knocked back into reality with Fade Away and The Swamp Song. Fade Away, is one of those early no holds barred Oasis tracks, it's rocky, it's raw and it's actually rather good. Unfortunately the same can not be said of the Swamp Song, you spend your time waiting for someone to start singing as the same chords appear to being played over and over again. Then you decide the CD must have stuck by this point it finally ends and your aural torture is over! Why it was chosen over so many other superb Oasis B sides beggars belief. It rightly has the accolade of album filler and in my mind is what B sides were normally about - filling space on the back of a piece of 7 inch vinyl - the Swamp Song does that the job very nicely!
Over the years Oasis have done many cover versions, some giving the original versions a run for their money others not. They do a fantastic version of The Who's My Generation which they are currently ending each of the gigs on the current tour. Bowies Heroes got an outing and giving it's one of my favourite Bowie tracks apart from Rebel, Rebel they don't do a bad version of it. The Verves Bittersweet Symphony was also done and played live - it's superb. No doubt it seemed an obvious choice then to add a cover version to The Masterplan and a cover that was always played as the closing song at Oasis gig's. Enter stage left The Beatles I am the Walrus given the Oasis treatment. It works, yes it might have been a 60's classic but this 90's version really is rather good you know!
Listen up is one of those typical Oasis sounding tracks, you know the ones - add Liam Gallagher at his most sneeringly best, turn up the amp's and just let it rip. It works and again you are left wondering why wasn't this on an album. Why on earth didn't they save this for Be Here Now or hung on to it even longer for Standing On The Shoulders of Giants? It's rough and ready in places but that's part of it's charm, it shows you how far Oasis have come from it's release on the back Cigarettes and Alcohol. The title perhaps should have been "Listen to the Lyrics" because even though it's a full on Oasis track the chorus is actually rather poignant.
With Rocking Chair and Half The World Away you're given another liberal helping of melodic melancholy. Everyone has probably heard Half the World Away as it was the theme tune for the BBC's The Royle Family and is often given an outing on the radio. Both tracks are good in their own right but you know when something just isn't quite right maybe it's because both these tracks are back to back and sandwiched between two rockier sounding tracks that they lose that certain something.
It's Good To Be Free grows on you, on first listening it sounds a bit too over produced but it's actually the lyrics that make this track. With it's thoughtful (ish) lyrics and Liam Gallagher sounding both mean, moody and poignant in the space of one track it grows on you. Stay Young is another of those growers, to the point after a couple of listens you just can't help but hum along to it. It's typical Oasis and just maybe a bit Oasis by numbers with it's predictable sound but it works.
Headshrinker is one of those tracks that makes you want to turn it up full blast and just sing at the top of your voice. Oasis attempts a bit of punk might be the best way to describe it. It's loud it's mean and it's got young Liam Gallagher sneering his way throw the lyrics. You can just imagine the crowd at early gigs going completely mental when this one came on. A fun track, outstanding only for the fact you can just imagine the band in the studio belting this out in a few takes or less
The Masterplan is perhaps one of the greatest tracks Noel Gallagher has ever wrote and why it was a B side I don't know! Why it wasn't the title track to an album, a number one single in umpteen countries I can only surmise was due to it not being the right sound for What's The Story Morning Glory but you know it could have been kept for the right time! This should have been up there with the other greats and not hidden on the back of a single! As you've probably gathered I rather like this track. It's fantastic and if you only go off and hunt down one of these tracks make it The Masterplan as it's truly awesome. With it's sweeping sound that takes in strings, percussion and every thing the orchestra can give it's totally unlike the Oasis most people know. It's gentle, it's melodic and for the casual listeners they probably like me on first listening and wondered who the hell is this! It was this track along with a couple of the other slow melodic B sides that made me realise that Oasis weren't just some band that turned up the amps and beat up photographers, that Noel Gallagher was perhaps one of the best song writers of the 90's.
Sceptics might say Oasis never released a decent album in the period between What's The Story and Heathen Chemistry I'd point them to The Masterplan, it's brilliant. But it does beg the question why oh why were 90% of the tracks on The Masterplan only B sides? Within the 14 tracks on master plan you have some tracks that should have been up there with the likes of Wonderwall, Champagne Supernova, Rock and Roll Star, Don't Look Back in Anger and Little By Little.
As the reputation of Oasis grew and the expectation increased, they did something that not many bands choose to do. They released an album of B-sides recorded during the process of making the first 3 albums. The result was viewed by many sections of the media as a way for the bad to make a bit of extra money and rip the fans off. That maybe but the end result was far from disappointing and it turned out to be an excellent idea. Of course a few of the tracks had been heard before, but it was a chance for people who dont normally buy singles.
There are a couple of tracks on here that were quite common place before the albums release. With The Royle Families theme tune, Half The World Away and the excellent Acquiesce and album title track The Masterplan. The rest of the album was a bit of an unknown, but they were starting to develop a reputation for writing excellent B sides. Id only ever bought one Oasis single, as I dont ordinarily buy singles, but the B side on that had actually been better than the single. So I didnt mind taking a gamble on the boys from Manchester, knowing it wouldnt disappoint.
The album was recorded over the previous 6 years, with each track featured taken directly from the B side it was recorded for. Again it sounds like another way for Oasis to cash in on their success and to be honest thats what it was, but it was done in a very clever way. Each track has its own identity and it means the quality throughout this album sounds a little different depending on the original recording date. That doesnt take anything away from the feel of the album and in fact if anything it turns it into a showcase for the first 3 releases.
Of course the difference in recording dates means that The Masterplan pulls together all the best parts of all three albums to create one. This also means that there is a nice blend of up tempo tracks and more relaxed numbers. Throw in a cover of I am The Walrus live and you really get an idea of what this album is really all about. A few of the tracks could easily have made it onto one of the official album releases and with tracks like Fade Away, Im actually surprised it didnt.
From a musical point of view it is pure Oasis, there is no way you could mistake it for anything else. The production that has steadily improved from one album to the next is evident in just about every track. You can pretty much tell which album each B side was intended for. It is from a musical point of view an excellent album. Like most of Oasiss material the guitars play the major part in everything, backed nicely by a solid drumbeat and strong bass line. It is unmistakably an Oasis album and there is no way any of the tracks could be mistaken for anything else.
The vocals for the most part are pretty good. The live version of I Am The Walrus works well with Liams style of vocals. It doesnt really sound like The Beatles version and I think thats what makes it so good. In fact Liams vocals throughout the album are pretty good, improving again with the time period the B side would have been recorded. Its plain to see that his vocals have gradually been getting better the longer the band go on. The one thing this album again reinforces is my believe that Noel is the better singer out of the two.
From a personal point of view this album again shows just how talented Noel Gallagher really is. He is certainly one of the best song writers of recent times. Both lyrically and musically this is an excellent album and thats an emphasis Noel seems to portray in every B side as well as the A-sides. My favourite track on the album has to be Stay Young, the B-side to DYou Know What I Mean. It has a fast pace that really makes it feel quite lively. Its a joy to listen to over and over again and a track Ive loved since 1997. The energy produced from the guitars and vocals make it a real feel good track.
Overall this is an excellent collection for Oasis fans. It is all the B sides in one place, something Id much rather buy than all the singles that go with them. Im not a fan of singles or more the price of them, so the chance to get the B sides was a must. Its a good example that Noel doesnt believe in just filing the singles with any old crap. This is more an album for the Oasis fans but if you did enjoy any of the first three albums then its pretty much a certainty youll like this.
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A lower key Oasis, mostly subdued vocals, focusing mainly on inflection and introspection intead of the blare and bravado that propels their other offerings into a fantastic space. Some of these b-sides date back to Definitely Maybe, their debut album; others are as recent as 1997. Noel takes up the vocals on more tracks than usual (as he should, they're completely his songs, the band's job is to make them Oasis'), with a quieter more melancholic strain to his voice. These tunes are infused with an edgier swagger than those that came out of their bloated but buoyant Be Here Now release; we hear a more relaxed, less produced signature to the songs.The Beatles song I Am The Walrus is done live, perhaps absent of vocal vigour, but Noel's flamboyant wash and trickle of guitar at the exit verifies it as a winner. Acquiesce comes out like arrayed firework bursts, Stay Young is an energizing rally of a song, The Masterplan is like a stream of wishes scattered out into the air, Noel seems to have a more tender connection and fluent release to his songs, Liam attacks them with the grand and bold instinct reserved for the punch drunk, perhaps indicative of their riotous relationship. Listen to the way Liam chews up the words to (It's Good) To Be Free and sails them back out on wings. On Listen Up, one sibling's voice and the other's guitar bounce off each other like the ball in an idle game of kick-around. With Headshrinker, Liam just seems to gobble the words up and this has its upside; it is such a ripcord of a song. One listen to the other seven less familiar songs on this album and I come to the conclusion there is more glittering on the other side of Oasis' hits than most on this side of the ocean realize.
When Oasis first came onto the music scene, I was a huge fan, and bought not just their albums, but also each and every CD single...I was devoted to the cause. I started to notice a pattern, the 'B' sides were as good as and sometimes better from the track that had been released, and unless you bought the single, you would never known about them. I must not have been the only one who felt like this, and especially for the benefit of people like me, and also the American market in 1998, Oasis released 'The Masterplan', a collection of these 'B' side tracks. There was never any doubt that The Brothers Gallagher (mostly Noel) could write cracking songs, and all this album does is strengthen that belief. They have not gone for the easy option, and only included the crowd pleasers, there are some lesser fancied tracks on the listing, and even some tracks that are less than impressive, but I think the whole point was to introduce people to these 'hidden tracks'. I don't think it will have won over anyone who was not a fan already as there is nothing too different. My favourite track is the opener. 'Acquiesce' should have been released as a single, as it blows the likes of 'Whatever' out of the water. It is an amazing track sung live, but it loses none of it's magic on CD. Noel takes over the chorus after Liam's rousing verses, and this is where Oasis are best, when the brothers share the load and work off each other. It is here we hear bits of 'Morning Glory'. The lyrics here are Noel at his best, with gems such as "I dunno what it is that makes me feel alive, I don't know how to wake the things that sleep inside". 'Underneath The Sky' could never live up to the opening the album had, and it is unfair, as in it's own right it is a good song.It is a music lovers song rather than one for the lyricists among you. Liam's vocals are not as raw as you ar
e used to, and the passion just is not there, and I think when the band don't give their all to a song, it is hard for the fans to love it, and with this song, there is not a hook. All said though, it is a nice mellow track to take us into what is an amazing song. 'Talk Tonight' is legendary in our house. We once saw Noel Gallagher sing it live whilst supporting Paul Weller, and it made the hairs on the back of my neck stand on end from the initial strumming on the guitar to the very last note. It haunts you, and the words come across so powerfully, even though it is Noel on his own with only an acoustic guitar for company. Every word has meaning, and my favourite line is "I Wanna Talk Tonight, 'bout how you saved my life". It has so much meaning to me personally, and it has really made me wonder who Noel wrote this one for. 'Going Nowhere' is probably my least favourite song on the CD. It has a very orchestral feel to it, and the opening bars sound like Gabrielle is going to start warbling out of your speakers, and whilst the instrumental worked well on 'Wonderwall', I am not so keen on it here. It is just background music, that is instantly forgotten, even though at times there are hints of the Oasis I love, but they disappear as quickly as they appeared, so the title of this song is more apt than they ever thought. Luckily, my mood is quickly lifted by the brilliant 'Fade Away'. It is from the 'Definitely Maybe' time, and it is very much like the songs on that album, loud, brash and proud. In a way, this track shows how naive the band were when they first started out, as they just wanted to play music that they liked and weren't bothered how commercial it was. This is Liam telling everyone that he always knew what he wanted to be, and he got there, but there are so many people in his position who lets their dreams fade away. 'The Swamp Song' has one of the b
est openings of an Oasis song, a belting mouth organ, which is quickly followed up by adrenalin filled drumming. There are no lyrics, as the only purpose of this song was to open live shows, and give Liam something to walk on to, and whip the crowd into a frenzy before the 'real' music began. This is an instrumental which just oozes attitude, and it gives the rest of the band the chance to show what they are capable of, and they are not there just to make Liam look good. A live track next, and an amazing one to boot. A classic drug induced Beatles song is given the Oasis treatment. 'I Am The Walrus'. Oasis even made these mad lyrics sound like they were written to make sense. Liam delivers lines such as "I am the egg man, we are the egg men, I am the Walrus" which his usual cockiness and vigour, that anyone who dares to say "I knew they were just Beatles impersonators" risks being attacked by the masses. I have to admit that I much prefer this version to the original. 'Listen Up' is another early track, but it stands out because lyrically it is brilliant, and Liam's voice is not straining to be heard over the guitars. It just has a more delicate feel to it, and a self belief that should not have been so present so early on. Even the times when Liam's voice seems to struggle just adds to the feel of the song. From something so promising, it is disappointing that we then move onto 'Rockin Chair'. I just detest this song. Liam tries to be Noel, singing words that he does not mean, and it just does not work. Move on quickly. Like The Royle Family? Then you will have heard 'Half The World Away'. We are back to familiar ground again. Noel singing words that mean so much, and he means them, or at least that is how it sounds. A lot of reviewers have criticised this as being too mainstream, but I have to disagree. It is lighthearted and Noel just breezes through it. We are quickl
y back to Liam's roar with the amazing 'It's Good To Be Free'. This is another B side which deserved a single release, as the lyrics are mindblowing, and the melody is just perfect. Whenever I listen to this, the image of Liam holding court on stage springs to mind. 'Stay Good' was the only track that I was not familiar with on this CD, and that is probably because this is when I thought Oasis were going downhill a bit, and my enthusiasm for them was waning a little, and in a way I can see why, as this is just so poor. It is like they have done this track as a joke. It just has nothing that can redeem it. Skip forward pleas to 'Headshrinker'. My husband always says that this song reminds him of me!! I am not sure that this is necessarily a good thing. An example of some of the lyrics are "Got no shame and I feel no shame". I am sure the song is about one night stands!! What does that say about us???? Then finally we have the title track 'The Masterplan'. I cannot think of a more fitting ending to this excellent CD. It is just one of those songs that makes you exhale, and feel really good about life. The lyrics are a pure joy because they are just so simple. This is a album that is a must for all Oasis fans, and I would say to you fans out there, please play this for all the non believers out there, and convert them to the church of Oasis.
Well, I have just bought two albums from my local music store, both by Oasis, one album pleasantly surprised me the other one didn't. I bought The Masterplan and Heathen Chemistry, and to be honest, The Masterplan, to say its a collection of B-Side tracks, is much better than Heathen Chemistry and I really enjoyed listening to it. Here is a full list of the tracks: 1. Acquiesce:- Well what a start ! The opening ten seconds we hear Noel chanting 'Whats the Story Morning Glory' and then roll into a bouncing rock anthem with Noel and Liam performing the lyrics. 9/10 2. Underneath the Sky:- Not too keen on this one although it is kind of catchy but the chorus sounds lame and lacks effort. 7/10 3.Talk Tonight:- Noel performs on this really slow track with strange lyrics but it all rymes well and smooth. 8/10 4.Going Nowhere:- Worst track of the album but still average. Slow tune with Noel singing again but not something you would want to listen to when you are drunk. 6/10 5. Fade Away:- Liam is back on this rock song that sounds something from Defintely Maybe. Quite good and the guitar is excellent. 8/10 6. The Swap Song:- Have you got Morning Glory Album? Its the same track that is before the superb Some Might Say only recorded live and performed by a certain Mr. Paul Weller. 8/10 7. I am the Walrus (Live):- Beatles classic performed by Liam live and does a good job. 8/10 8.Listen Up:- An excellent song but does go on for a bit with the guitar chords sounding fantastic. 9/10 9.Rockin Chair:- Again superb! All rymes well and middle paced with Liam showing he can sing well when he wants to.9/10 10. Half The World Away:- From the TV show The Royle Family, a brilliant feel good record written and performed by Noel.9/10 11.Its Good to Be Free:-Brilliant. A track sounding like The Stone Roses and Liam performs excellently on this one. 9/10
12.Stay Young:- Really uplifting, feel good track thats appeared on the Tv sometimes. 8/10 13. Headshrinker:- Sounds a little like the track Columbia from Defintley Maybe but not as good i'm afraid. 7/10 14.The Masterplan:- TRACK OF THE ALBUM ! Wonderful song performed by Noel that starts slow then builds up to an amazing tune. 10/10 Well, overall The Masterplan is masterful and Oasis should listen to this and realise how good they were and stop performing half hearted tracks like on the new album Heathen Chemistry. At only £5.99 from Music Zone, this is defintley worth the cash.
Well, what can I say about this that hasn’t already been said. By y favourite band of all time comes one of my favourite albums of all time. Firstly, I borrowed this of a friend, despite telling him “I don’t like Oasis”. I listened to it and have been hooked ever since, buying 8 Oasis albums in the process. This album is a collection of the majority of their B sides and fans voted on a website as to which songs should be included. On hearing this, you probably think the album will be poor as its all B sides, in fact, its exactly the opposite. It has a good mix of acoustic and rock tracks that work together brilliantly. 1.) Acquiesce – A superb opener which comes in my top Oasis tracks of all time. It’s a rock track sung by Liam which has an excellent chorus. People tend to think its about the two Gallagher brothers needing each other, when in fact it is just about friendship in general. It is a sing along, almost an anthem if you will. They couldn’t have opened with a better track. 9/10 “There are many things that I would like to know, And there are many places that I wish to go But everything’s depending on the way the wind may blow” B side – Some might Say 2.) Underneath the Sky – I mediocre track by their standards. I don’t particularly like it, mainly because it just sounds the same. Its typical Oasis and they don’t do anything special with it. It’s a rock track and I have a tendency to skip it. Some people say the only reason its included is because it Noel favourite all time song. 6/10 “And as we drink to ourselves We'll amuse ourselves Underneath the sky, underneath the sky again Underneath the sky again” B side – Don’t look back in Anger 3.) Talk Tonight – Not only is this my favourite Oasis record, I would say its my favourite record of a
ll time (see me top 10!). Its Noel singing accompanied by a single acoustic guitar. The lyrics and vocals are superb and it’s just a brilliant record. It sent a shiver down my spine the first time I heard it, and apparently it was written my Noel after him and Liam had had an argument. Please, I urge you to listen this song, Its all acoustic and quiet and it just makes you think. There is also a version in which Paul Weller is singing. 10/10 “I know im leaving But I’ll be back another day I wanna talk tonight Bout how you saved my life” B side – Some might Say 4.) Going Nowhere – Written before they were famous, this track is about what they were gong to do when they get rich. This used to be one of my favourite tracks, but ive gone of it a little bit now. It’s still very good though. Its another acoustic track, the vocals are surprisingly soft for Liam and the song gradually builds up into a crescendo in the chorus. Noel is singing in the background that adds depth to the song and sounds very good. 8/10 “Here am I going nowhere on the train, Here am I going over in the rain” B side – Stand by me 5.) Fade Away – The first thing that struck me about this is the incredible drumming at the start, it’s very quick and leads straight into the track. This is a classic rock track, very quick and loud. The vocals are quite poor and gritty, but its made up by the guitar and drumming. It’s a song about growing up. 8/10 “While we’re living The dreams we have as children fade away” B side – Cigarettes & Alcahol 6.) Swamp Song – Originally used as a sound check, this is a purely instrumental song with no lyrics. Yet again the guitar and drum playing are superb. I think there is also a harpsichord in their somewhere. This song is very similar to and reminds me of ‘Fuck
in in the Bushes’ of Standing on the Shoulders of Giants. It’s quite quick and loud again. 7/10 B side – Wonderwall 7.) I am the Walrus – Originally done by The Beatles, who never did it live, this is a live cover version of the song. It was performed for Sony executives before they were famous. Apparently the distortion from the guitar is due to the alcohol Noel consumed beforehand. The start always makes me chuckle “What’s up? What’s up? Doesn’t matter if its our tune! Cuz your cool!” I really do like this track despite the poor vocal and guitar but its an infamously hard song to perform. Again its very loud and the instruments seem to drown the vocals in places. 9/10 “I am the egg man, we are the egg men, and I am the Walrus, coo-coo-ca-chu” B side – Cigarettes & Alcohol 8.) Listen Up – The start is incredibly similar to ‘Supersonic’ and ‘Live Forever’ and the whole track is very reminiscent of Supersonic. Quite a slow rock track which is a bit like a song along. The vocals are quite gritty but as ever the instruments are played superbly. However, the song does get slightly tedious after 2 minutes just because its typical Oasis and just sounds the same! 7/10 “Listen up What's the time said today I'm gonna speak my mind Take me up To the top of the world I wanna see my crime” B side – Cigarettes & Alcahol 9.) Rockin Chair – The song sort of gradually comes in starting with just guitars and drums. Its quite similar to the previous song and so I don’t particularly like it. The vocals are gritty again. However there is an excellent solo on the acoustic guitar that makes up for the vocals. In fact, the song gradually gets better as it goes on. Again, all the instruments are played immaculately. 7.5/10 “Its hard enough sitting
there, rockin in your rockin chair Its hard enough sitting there, for me to take when your not there” B side – Roll with it 10.) Half the World Away – Yes, you have heard this. It’s the theme tune to the ‘Royle Family’. I bet that surprised the non-Oasis fans amongst us. Its done on acoustic and its sung softly. The guitar is played expertly and it’s a wonderful song. The lyrics for once are not gritty, but in fact very good. This song seems to relax me for some reason, and everyone loves to sing along to it. Its very easy on the ears and deserves more credit. 10/10 “So what d’ya say, you can’ give me the dreams that are mine anyway half the world away, half the world away” B-side – Whatever 11.) Its good to be Free – Well, this is another typical Oasis song. Just average really and becomes repetitive after a while. It’s a rock song with the electric guitar prominent throughout. Liams vocals start to become annoying after a while as it seems to be very screechy after a while. The instruments are played well, but like I said, it does become very repetitive after about a minute, its also very slow. It does have a nice little jig at the end though! 6.5/10 “But the little things they make me so happy All I want to do is live by the sea Little things they make me so happy But it's good it's good it's good to be free” B-Side – Whatever 12.) Stay Young – Very similar to the previous the song, but not quite as repetitive. Liams vocals are very screechy again. Again its another rock song, slightly quicker that the previous one. The electric guitar is again prominent throughout. There is not much a can I say about this track, again its just average and typical Oasis. 7/10 “Hey! stay young and invincible Cos we know just what we are And come
what may we're unstoppable Cos we know just what we are” B-Side – D’Ya Know what I mean? 13.) Headshrinker – Overall, this is a very good track. It starts of with an awesome solo. It’s an incredibly quick song. The vocals are slightly muffled, drowned out by the guitar. This gets you going as its so quick, all the instruments are played immaculately. One of the best on the album. 8/10 “She lost herself in a haze of pity And doesn't know where to run Needs a headshrinker now And I think its time we had some fun” B-Side – Some might Say 14.) The Masterplan – This is an awesome track. It is also the last track on the album, and they chose a good one to end it with. You will probably have heard it. It starts of slow with an acoustic guitar playing slowly. It last some time without any vocals, they then come in and they are very soft, I don’t know who is singing yet though. As the song goes on it gradually builds up, and it turns into a sing along, the lyrics are also very, very good. 9/10 “Life on the other hand won't let you understand Why we're all part of the masterplan” B-Side - Wonderwall
I nearly cried the morning I woke up to find that some b*****d had stolen all my Oasis singles. Imagine the horror of waking up with a raging hangover only to find that your favorite CDs have been mercilessly wrenched from your grasp.Imagine my elation when I heard this album had been released. All my favorite hangover cures on one CD. Formed partly by Noels own choice and partly by fans voting which songs should be on the album. It is made up of so-called B-sides. Each one of which could have been a single in their own right if you ask me. Track 1, Acquiesce is one of those songs that makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up and gives you shivers down your spine. Written by Noel Gallagher on a train to Wales. It's amazing how one man and one guitar on a train to Wales can produce a song that makes you glad to be alive. I could go on and on and write pages about each of the songs on this album but I won't. Look out for Talk Tonight, written while Noel went AWOL from the band on tour in the U.S., also Half The World Away, the theme tune to The Royle Family TV programme. There is a live version of the Beatles song I am The Walrus, perfomed in front of Sony executives while Noel was drunk on gin. Finally, the title track The Masterplan, which Noel reagrds as his finest ever piece of work. And who am I to disagree. Every Oasis fan should have this album. In fact if you are an Oasis fan why don't you have it already!!!!!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Underneath the Sky
3 Talk Tonight
4 Going Nowhere
5 Fade Away
6 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