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Oasis formed in 1991 in Manchester. The band released 27 singles and 7 studio albums between 1994 and 2009.

Their number 1 singles include 'Don't Look Back In Anger', 'Go Let It Out', 'The Importance Of Being Idle' and 'The Shock Of The Lightning'. All 27 singles were collected together recently on their release 'Time Flies...1994-2009'. All 7 ... Read more in Amazon's Oasis Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Feb. 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Creation
  • ASIN: B000025318
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,200 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 The

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It's often the way of rock & roll--the accidental stuff you don't sweat over often turns out to be better than the supposedly generation-defining monolith you rupture your life to expel. So it was with Oasis and their third album, Be Here Now--soaked with sweat, it left Noel and Liam purple-faced with effort and stank like old egg sandwiches in a sock. Meanwhile The Masterplan--b-sides and live tracks--came out a year later and effortlessly reminded everyone why they'd liked the hairy brothers in the first place. "Acquiesce"--don't worry, they admitted they didn't know what the word meant, they just liked the sound of it--was the greatest single they never released: a huge, affirmative sibling bellow-fest that makes "D'You Know What I Mean?" sound like a polite old grandma coughing in comparison. The mournful "Rockin' Chair"--another "lost" Oasis classic, makes it onto here, along with a truly execrable live version of the Beatles' "I Am The Walrus", which actually sounds like they got a walrus to sing it, but no matter. The magic, so latterly absent in Oasis's career, is here in spades. --Caitlin Moran

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S.E. Haughton on 8 Nov. 2013
Format: MP3 Download
Most of the songs from the first 3 Oasis albums were written prior to the release of Definitely Maybe, which makes it all the more galling that the best selection of those tracks were released within the 94-96 period. Ideally, the tracks that made up Be Here Now would have been decent enough B-Sides which would have allowed the tracks from The Masterplan to become the 3rd album which would have cemented Oasis as the best band in the world in 1997.

Of course, however, hindsight is a horrible thing in that respect. It is these songs though, the songs that WERE the B-Sides of the Def. Maybe/Morning Glory singles, that added to Oasis' meteoric rise leading into the end of 1996. Basically, Oasis were so good, their B-Sides were better than other bands' singles.

The Masterplan's release in 1998 left everyone facepalming with regret, but ultimately this album proves just how good Oasis were in that period where they dominated. Ignore what people say about Oasis from 2000 and onwards, they always released at the very least ok albums, with the last two being marked improvements on SOTSOG and Heathen Chemistry. However, from 1994 to 1996, nobody could touch them, not even Radiohead, because Oasis had the songs that brought people to life and that's what was needed in that time. It is this time period that cements Oasis' legacy as one of this country's great bands, but The Masterplan also exposes just how it went wrong so quickly.

Simply put, buy it, :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Gould on 16 April 2007
Format: Audio CD
This is the album that could/should have been Oasis' third. It would have been a seminal achievement if this collection had been released as a normal album and not as a B-side compilation as it is presented here. Its not quite on par with "Definitely Maybe" or "(What's The Story) Morning Glory" but it does show Noel Gallagher for the fantastic songwriter he is. Aside from the messy "Swamp Song" and equally distorted live take on "I Am The Walrus", the songs are top-notch (not to say that the aforementioned tracks are bad...they are just not as good as one expects from Oasis). The opener "Acquiesce" is a stomping rocker, "Underneath The Sky" is a wonderful experimental piece, reminiscing of The Jam's work on "Sound Affects" while "Talk Tonight" is an acoustic highlight. It is Noel's song writing laid down in its most vulnerable form, only him and his guitar, and the result is nothing short of beautiful. "Going Nowhere" is a horn drenched sing-along, while "Fade Away" and "Listen Up" are another couple of good rockers. "Rocking Chair" is a slower electric guitar tune and "Half The World Away" is another fantastic acoustic track that will be known by most Brits as the theme tune to "The Royal Family". There then comes a trilogy of good rockers; "(It's Good) To Be Free", "Stay Young" and the best rocker on the album "Headshrinker". If the album ended here you would be pleased with the content, satisfied that a collection of B-Sides could be this good...but you still haven't heard the epic title track. "The Masterplan" has been sited by Noel as his best song, and I would be inclined to agree with him. It's positively spellbinding. But don't take my word for it, buy the album and see, it's worth the money just to hear this song.

In short; Oasis fans should buy, rock fans should buy, music fans should buy.
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27 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Gaz on 12 Nov. 2002
Format: Audio CD
With three albums under their belt, two of them generation-definers but the third a flabby ego-booster, it didn't seem like Oasis were going anywhere fast. Standing On The Shoulder Of Giants was a later indication of just that, but before that came about they took the time to release this gem.
Probably the most important fact is that most of this stuff is pre-Be Here Now, pre superstardom. Acquiese was written on a train, (It's Good) To Be Free during a bad tour. There's a raw edge to this, partially present in Definitely Maybe and absolutely absent in Be Here Now. It's what's good about the Gallaghers in the first place, sadly an essense now lost. They would do well to rediscover it, and it's surprising that, after The Masterplan, they still didn't.
But that's the future. As it is, the album has some of Oasis' best songs. Ever. Acquiese is heroic to put it simply - a Noel/Liam duet, and all the more memorable for it. Talk Tonight is an acoustic Oasis legend, and gems like Half The World Away are as yet unbearably unreleased (though it made it as the themetune for The Royle Family). The title track is a major curiosity. Packing more power than Wonderwall ever could, it's a deep, string-laden Whatever of a song, yet with Noel's best lyrics (trust him to put them in a B-Side) and a fantastic vocal. Frankly it's a mystery to the world why on earth he kept this masterpiece a B-Side.
Still, stuff like Underneath the Sky and Going Nowhere (fantastic lyrics and a great Baccarac tune, there) are no less sophisticated. Fade Away and Headshrinker are really, really raw Oasis. Fast, hummable, fantastic. The Swamp Song may only be a warmup song, but it feels like an essense rather than a song - a masterful wallop of a tune, stomping along from start to finish.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Q on 2 May 2004
Format: Vinyl
Extremely rare fanclub boxset. The track listing is the same as the CD although it is contained on 7 vinyls all with indivdual artwork.
This album contains many excellent b-sides and it stands out from the hugely over-rated 'Morning Glory' by offering 4 masterpieces:
Talk Tonight, Going Nowhere, Half the World Away, and the Masterplan. The masterplan is a beautiful song with brass and strings complementing the guitar and Noel's voice wonderfully. The rest of the album ranges from good to brilliant - 'Aquiesce', 'Rockin' Chair' to mediocre - 'The Swamp Song,' 'Headshrinker'
Overall, buy this album - it's fantastic stuff.
Master Bombadil
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