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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds [CD]

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Audio CD
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“My manager asked me who the High Flying Birds are. They aren’t anyone in
particular. Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds is me and whoever is around
at the time of whatever it is that I’m doing, a loose collective kinda

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  • Audio CD (17 Oct 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sour Mash/EMI
  • ASIN: B005DHC6R0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (268 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Everybody's On the Run 5:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Dream On 4:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. If I Had A Gun... 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Death Of You And Me 3:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. (I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine 4:230.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks 3:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. AKA... Broken Arrow 3:350.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach 4:020.99  Buy MP3 
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Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds is the eponymous release from the solo project of the former Oasis legend, and the first after his acrimonious split from the aforementioned band. Working in both London and Los Angeles between 2010 and 2011, with frequent collaborator Dave Sardy serving as co-producer, Gallagher utilized the talents of now bandmates Jeremy Stacey (drums), Lenny Castro (percussion) and Mike Rowe (keyboards) for the album.

BBC Review

Songwriters who listen to too many records can struggle to come up with fresh ideas for their own. They're too cowed by their own taste, too aware of pantheons and precedence, and too easily influenced by old and dusty sonic blueprints.

It's hard to say whether this is a greater problem for the artist or the listener. Certainly it would be easy to provide a list of reference points for Noel Gallagher's pugnacious solo debut, some of which come from his old band - two songs reference Wonderwall. But that's missing the point.

Which is: Noel's got his confidence back. After years of watered-down Oasis albums, where anyone with a band membership and a silk scarf could throw an authentically scuffed tune into the pot, this is not a tentative recovery, nor does it bluster and huff. It rests on a bed of quiet authority, that sense of calm over turmoil, which comes from Noel's mournfully bullish voice. Or to put it another way, this is the sound of a man who no longer has to give a stuff what the rest of the band thinks.

You can divide the songs into three categories: one, the jazzy shufflers - Dream On, The Death of You and Me, Soldier Boys and Jesus Freaks. Two, the Oasis throwbacks - If I Had a Gun, AKA… Broken Arrow, (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach. And three, the big rock anthems - Everybody's on the Run, (I Wanna Live in a Dream in My) Record Machine, Stop the Clocks. The exception is AKA… What a Life, which takes Noel out of his traditional comfort zone and into a disco, albeit a very lean and spartan sort of disco. It suits him well, and he knows it.

Jazzy interludes aside, there's nothing particularly new here, and certainly nothing that will change anyone's mind about the music of Noel Gallagher: he's listened to a lot of records and he knows what he likes. But, finally freed of the burden of his old band, their hot streak and their lead singer, he can concentrate on making enjoyable records for other people to enjoy

--Fraser McAlpine

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Debut 18 Oct 2011
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
At last - and worth the wait. Noel Gallagher proves he's worth the accolades that are frequently thrown his way by producing this, his debut "solo" album, which is both interesting and comfortable in its content. All 10 songs are of a good quality (with perhaps "Stop The Clocks" my least favourite but it's all relative). Opening track "Everybody's on the run" sets the tone and all that follows doesn't really reduce the quality with "If I Had A Gun", "...Record machine", "AKA..What a Life!" and "Broken Arrow" all top notch songs. Think of Noels clearly solo offerings on past Oasis albums such as "Importance of Being Idle", "Sunday Morning Call" and "The Masterplan" and that's about where we are here.

All in all an excellent debut from a very assured and accomplished artist. Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
This is an amazing first solo album from ex Oasis songwriter,Noel Gallagher! He's touring the album right now and it's just as good live as it is on record! Well done NG! :) Buy it people!!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best thing in the music industry for a while.. 13 Jan 2012
By Luke
Format:Audio CD
This album is one of the best things to come out of music in a long while, with the exception of a few albums. It's good to see Noel back and doing what he does best.

"Everybody's On The Run" is one of those songs that gives you chills like The Masterplan. The string arrangement is fantastic (with credit to Rosie Danvers) & the structure in itself is wonderful. The bassline to this song is very repetitive but is brilliant in the way it effects the song, working over every chord change in the verses. The chorus melody is extremely catchy, which works even better over the chord progression played at the end when the song is in it's climax. The Strings at 4:05 give me goosebumps almost every time I listen. Great open to an album.

"Dream On" is has a much more "pop" sound to it. And is probably the most "pop-like" thing on the album. The chord pattern is very Oasis which isn't strictly a bad thing (those complaining about the Oasis sound are crazy, what do you expect?). The lyrics however, don't mean much, but personally I listen to the music rather than the lyrics. Still, a nice catchy tune.

"If I Had A Gun" is one of those songs that bring you right back to those wonderful days of Wonderwall & Half The World Away. I rate this as one of my favourites on the album. The acoustic has a lovely "push" sound to it, and the lyrics are beautiful. The vocal harmonies on this track are also something to note. Once again this song's arrangement is similar to stuff we have heard before. But I love it for that very fact. I personally have always loved Noel's music, and why should he change the way he writes?

"The Death of You and Me" is a slightly new approach for Noel, despite it's similarity to The Importance of Being Idle.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Dec 2011
By Louise
Format:Audio CD
Buy it. Good chilling out music. Noel at his best. It's one that you will listen to often. Will become a classic
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 6 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This has to be one of the best albums I have bought in a long time. I love all the songs on it- there isn't one that I would skip past on the cd player. I haven't been able to say that for a while!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music like 8 Dec 2011
By Ladlar
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Excellent CD first time bought anything from either brother and was very pleasantly pleased/surprised
My suggestion go out and buy your own copy
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice and Lushy 26 Oct 2011
By Danny
Vinyl Review.

Love the arrangements the songwriting and the whole confidence thats on display here. Its distinctly Noel but some of the songs seem great departures in his style, others have a slight Oasis feel to them. If I had a criticism its the fact Noels brought over from Oasis that horrible fat wall of sound finish to the engineering and production. This album feels like it needs much more air to breathe and its never given it properly though at least the vinyl sounds warm and easy compared to the CD which has a harshness and horrible compression.

The package is nice with a great gatefold selection of pics and a illustrated inner sleeve with lyrics. Vinyl is excellent quality and nice and silent. All in all excellent but could have been so much better with a different engineering approach.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Quality 17 Oct 2011
By jj webb
Format:Audio CD
This is a very high quality album, every track is a killer and there is no filler. The whole album plays together as one great experience that is greater than the sum of it's parts. Noel's best album since what's the story, glad he's ditched the baggage. Nice one Noel, about time! I knew you really had a masterplan.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Surprisingly great album from Noel Gallagher, I can't say I've ever been the greatest fan of Oasis so I was reluctant when a friend recommended this to me, I'm glad I ignored my... Read more
Published 1 day ago by G. Richardson
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favouritealbums
Got this album the day it came out, and played it constantly all the way through for weeks,
not one bad track on this album, Noel's a genius! Can't wait for his next album!
Published 19 days ago by James Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Noel Gallaghers High Flying Birds
The CD arrived in a couple of days and I listened to it in the car. There are some good songs on it but I think Noel has lost some of his fire as it seemed a bit tame compared to... Read more
Published 19 days ago by kaza
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay
Bought this CD after hearing the first track on a TV advert - that's about all I play in the car. The CD was perfect - plays okay, so no problems if you want to order this.
Published 23 days ago by stephanie pacey
2.0 out of 5 stars Its no Morning Glory
All the hype for a solo album and it turns out the B Sides are the best thing on this record.

For those not in the know, as Pauline from the League Of Gentleman might... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jonathan M
5.0 out of 5 stars I rarely...
I rarely write reviews with such enthusiasm but this album is highly underrated, this guy is so talented, I also listened to the Beady Eye, which had some good songs too, but this... Read more
Published 2 months ago by eloquent
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic! Pure genius is this man...
My son loves it! Definate buy for oasis fans my son has every Cd. Hes after all the vinyls now ha ha.
Published 2 months ago by joy oakley
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely mind-blowingly brilliant!
I loved Oasis, but Noel Gallagher's solo album goes one step further into musical bliss. Noel is an extremely talented songwriter, illustrated by the fact that every single track... Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. Fernwood
3.0 out of 5 stars just cool and fine
Liking most of the Oasis records very much, I can't help not being totally overwhelmed by Noel Gallagher his solodebut. I know the record has been well received. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Koos
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING ALBUM 10/10

Great Deluxe edition :) I first got the normal CD and I was amazed at how good this album was, AMAZING, Noel has done it again but this time he... Read more
Published 3 months ago by thomas
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