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This Should Have Been The Third Album
on 8 November 2013
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, :)