Collection of Oasis B-side tracks reissued as remastered vinyl edition
In 1994, the English band Oasis went from obscurity to stardom on its way to becoming one of Britain's most popular and critically acclaimed bands of the decade. An official bio notes the Manchester quintet—along with Blur and Suede—are credited with returning British guitar pop to the top of the charts. Led by singer-songwriter-guitarist Noel Gallagher, Oasis brought back the brash, bad boy image of the Stones and the Who, and combined it with Beatlesque melodies and hooks. The band also adopted the typically British lyrical themes and song structures of the Jam and the Kinks, and tied it all together with a “massive guitar roar” and sneer that “drew equally from the Sex Pistols’ rebelliousness and the Stone Roses' cocksure arrogance.”
After finding initial success with the platinum-selling Definitely Maybe (1994), (What's the Story) Morning Glory? (1995), and Be Here Now (1997) Oasis was confronted with a backlash that was put in motion by critics and fans. The perception was that the “excesses” on Be Here Now weren’t up to the level of the band’s first two albums. In-fighting soon erupted among Noel Gallagher (guitar, vocals), his brother Liam Gallagher (vocals), Paul Arthurs (guitar), Paul McGuigan (bass), and Alan White (drums). The band therefore embarked on an extended hiatus.
A collection of B-sides that never made it on to an album followed in 1998 titled, The Masterplan. The collection features Noel Gallagher-fronted “pearls of sorrowful indie pop” such as ‘Talk Tonight,’ ‘Half the World Away,’ and ‘Going Nowhere’ as well as the “barrelling [sic] Liam-powered stormers” ‘Acquiesce’ and a cover of The Beatles’ ‘I Am The Walrus.’ An iTunes review declares The Masterplan “embodies the captivating yin and yang at the heart of Oasis and serves as a lasting testament to a band with genius to burn.”
Big Brother Recordings Ltd has released a remastered double album reissue of The Masterplan as a double gatefold edition on 180-gram black vinyl. In addition, as part of a promotional campaign called “Chasing The Sun: 1993-1997 Edition,” Be Here Now is being re-released in October. The reissue comes as a three-disc deluxe edition that includes remastered versions of the album and seven B-sides from the three U.K. single releases. Bonus content includes the highly anticipated Mustique Demos, which are previously unreleased album demos recorded in 1996.
October also marks the date when the Oasis documentary “Supersonic” opens in cinemas around the U.K. and Ireland. The film chronicles the history of of Oasis from its founding in 1991 on through the band’s record-breaking performance at the Knebworth Festival in August 1996. The film’s unprecedented access to the band features commentary from family members and others as well as never-before-seen archive material. “Supersonic” is described in a news release as a “thrilling documentary that pays homage to a band that influenced a generation and defined the sound of an era.”
Four more studio albums followed when Oasis reconvened and released Standing on the Shoulder of Giants in February 2000, featuring the Top 15 alternative single ‘Go Let It Out.’ The 2005 LP Don't Believe the Truth became the band's highest-selling effort since Be Here Now, and sessions for Dig Out Your Soul wrapped up in early 2008 for release in October of the same year. In 2009, after a backstage altercation between the Gallagher brothers, Noel left the group for good as Liam and the rest of the band continued on as Beady Eye.
Watch a newly remastered HD version of the Oasis official music video for ‘D'You Know What I Mean?.’
As A Matter of Fact…
* Oasis was formed in Manchester, England, during 1991 by vocalist Liam Gallagher, guitarist Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs, bassist Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan and drummer Tony McCarroll – they were later joined by Gallagher’s brother, guitarist and songwriter Noel Gallagher.
* The band signed to Creation Records in May 1993 and released their debut single ‘Supersonic,’ the following year. The song was a Top 40 hit in the U.K. and was followed by the singles ‘Shakermaker’ and ‘Live Forever.’
* The single ‘Live Forever’ marked the arrival of Oasis in the U.S. by reaching the Top 5 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in 1994. The subsequent debut album, Definitely Maybe, topped the UK Official Albums Chart and got up to No. 58 on the Billboard 200.
* The second Oasis studio album, (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, was released in October 1995. The album was a major breakout release in the U.S. and has since gone four-times platinum behind the No. 1 alternative/modern rock chart singles ‘Wonderwall’ and ‘Champagne Supernova.’
* The Oasis discography includes seven studio albums, one live album, five compilation albums, six video albums, one extended play, 29 singles (including four Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100), and 36 music videos.
* Oasis has sold an estimated 77 million records worldwide, making it one of the best-selling music artists of all time. The group is cited by Guinness World Records as the most successful U.K. act during 1995-2005.