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The Masterplan
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 23 December 2007
Tunes man

this is the best oasis album follwed closely by Definatly maybe.
people jam on 'bout whats the story but really listen to this.

aquiese-10/10 tune. rock n roll at is most fun

underneath the sky-10/10 sing alog song. hit hit hit

talk tonight-9/10 great acoustic track, but maybe a bit too subtle and noel isnt as goo a singer

going nowhere- 9/10 very enjoyable but once again noels a letdown with the vocals

Fade away-10/10 bish bosh bash, this song is well futile

the swamp song-7/10 little dissapointing, worst on the album i reckon, could have left it off

I am the walrus-9/10 excellent cover, does the orginal justice

listen up-song of the album (joint with aquiese and masterplan)

rocking chair-9/10 a mash of different hooks check it out.

half the world away-9/10 would have given it a 10 if it had not been on royal family.

stay young-10/10 well oasis-esque

headshrinker-10/10 rock n bleedin roll

masterplan-10/10 oasis' best evr? could well be
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 20 July 2009
I've had this album since pretty much when it came out. When deciding to post a review, I find some of the recent reviews with the same sentiment as I have - I genuinely think this is Oasis' best album. I would even go so far as to say that Acquiesce is Oasis' best song.
I really can't find much fault with it, only that why weren't most of these songs A-Sides!?
However, you may find the cover of the Beatles 'I am the Walrus' goes on a bit, and the Swamp Song may grind your ears a bit (excerpts of which appear in the untitled tracks on (What's the Story) Morning Glory)
The first four tracks hit you with pure Oasis magic. Included also are tracks from their punkier phase.
Highlights for me on this album:
Acquiesce - in my opinion Oasis' best track. Very nice having both Liam and Noel singing alternate parts (I believe Noel is truly epic! - speaking of which, Talk Tonight is pure Noel epicness). If you listen at the start and right at the end, you can hear Noel singing an acoustic version of Morning Glory, which works really well into the intro of the song.
(It's good) To Be Free - B-side to the stand-alone single Whatever. It feels like something Oasis would produce later, as it seems rather different in style to Definitely Maybe. Feedback tones, and the Accordion coda at the end, probably in reference to "All I wanna do is live by the sea" and with the little morse code sequence (which I think is meaningless, though I haven't tried to decipher it) are nice touches which are interesting additions. (You can imagine yourself in a little Cornish fishing village pub can't you?)
Stay Young - I think this was bumped off Be Here Now in favour of Magic Pie. Upon reflection, is does not seem to fit in with that album, but is a great song. Swingy and cheery, and exudes the sentiments we all feel "Stay Young and Invincible". I love listening to this song.

There are others worthy of mention, but that would be the whole album! Underneath the Sky, Going Nowhere and the title track, The Masterplan worth a listen too.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 10 May 2002
While Oasis seem to have a reputation for being 'tough' rockers, I think their best moments have been their softer ones - 'Stand By Me', 'She's Electric', 'Sunday Morning Call'.
These stand out from the crowd, while their heavier offerings could have been written by anyone.
This 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 in my opinion second to only Radiohead's 'Paranoid Android' and 'Like Spinning Plates' in the most beautiful song in the world competition. The brass and strings complement the guitar and Noel's voice wonderfully.
Oasis are rarely given credit for being subtle - Listen to the brass on 'Going Nowhere' and think again - wonderful.
The rest of the album ranges from good - 'Aquiesce', 'Rockin' Chair' to mediocre - 'The Swamp Song,' 'Headshrinker'
Overall, buy this album - it's fantastic stuff.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 21 May 2003
This is an album that anyone new to Oasis may brush over (due to it's compostion of B-sides), however it is supreme album almong low key release's (aloughth with the quality on show hear it is irrelivant that these were B-sides) and one of the strongest testemants to the genious of Noel Gallagher's songwritting.
The songs move swiftly from hard edged rock (Headshrinker, good to be free, the swamp song) to softer moments (Half the world away, Talk tonight) and clean stompers (Underneth the sky, Rockin chair and Listen up).
The songs for this album were chosen by the fans overseen by Noel himself, this shows why this is such a great album.
If you like Oasis and do not own this or are just discovering them do not hesitate to by this album, it will no doubt loom large in Noel Gallagher's legend.
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on 27 August 2014
Good gift exactly as expected
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 13 January 2001
For some reason I bought this just as I was going off Oasis. It probably didn't improve my opinion of their first two albums which are OK but not brilliant. However, it did a lot for my opinion of their overall talent - why were these songs B-sides?
The first 2 songs on the albums are pretty good but the next 2, 'Talk Tonight' and 'Going Nowhere', rank alongside 'Live Forever' as their greatest creations. 'Rocking Chair', 'Half The World Away' and 'The Masterplan' are excellent while 'Stay Young' is not bad.
The reason why these songs are B-sides is the same reason as they are better than anything on the other albums - Noel sung most of them. So until he finally decides to ditch his brother and follow Richard Ashcroft into a solo career this is as good as you'll get.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
You get a feeling that Oasis released this because 'Be Here Now' just wasn't what the mass public wanted, and they were right in doing so. The majority of the songs on here are worthy album contenders, and even single contenders in the case of 'Aquiesce' and 'The Masterplan'. But, this is a chance for the Oasis newcomers to see where it all started, especially alongside 'Definately Maybe'. See 'Headshrinker', 'Listen Up' and 'Fade Away' for the original sound of Oasis, the ability to combine punk with a decent melody. See 'Going Nowhere' and 'Stay Young' for the poorer side. The rest are mid-table quality, but do have their own strengths, the two 'Whatever' b-sides 'Half The World Away' and '(It's Good) To Be Free' examples of this. However, buy the record, and enjoy.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 21 February 2009
Ironically, this is the band's best album. Had this been released as the 4th studio album, as opposed to all of these songs being B-Sides, it would probably be more talked about than "Definitely Maybe" and "(What's The Story) Morning Glory?". Even the weaker songs, The Swamp Song, Headshrinker and I Am The Walrus, would've made their way into any other Oasis album. Acquiesce and The Masterplan are both two gems that could easily have been singles, and could've been the more-talked about Oasis songs, as opposed to Wonderwall and Don't Look Back In Anger. Three wonderful songs in the form of Underneath The Sky, Going Nowhere and (It's Good) To Be Free are also highlights of a great album. A terrific album that really needs to be owned by everyone, it is their best.
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 2 April 2006
I remember falling in love with Oasis as a forteen year old, listening to '(What's The Story) Morning Glory'. The energy and the passion swept me up in a whurlwind of excitement and I've never forgotten the joy of hearing for the first time that iconic, snarling voice tearing through some of the most wonderful pop songs ever written.
It's almost five years later and I've fallen in love with them all over again upon hearing this album. There's a cocky, Mancunian swagger in my step again and my faith in rock and roll has been restored. The magic that belonged to the first two albums has found its way into this one, as too have some of the finest songs Oasis have made. Noel's voice gets a much welcomed airing on tracks such as 'Talk Tonight' and 'Half The World Away' and most impressivley on the title track; perhaps Oasis' finest achievment.
'The Masterplan' could well be my favourite Oasis album, for it's glorious songs (of which every one is the sort of song you wish they were still writing) and for the fact that they have not all been played to death by radio DJs and men in pubs with acoustic guitars. I cannot reccomend this album enough!
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 24 March 2002
Although not as good as their first two albums this is still a worthy album in its own right despite being a mere collection of b-sides. Its should be a well known fact that with virtually every oasis single released there's been a better song released with it. So you get oasis at their rawest (Headshrinker, Fade Away) and most heartfelt (Half The World Away, Talk Tonight), rather than the mere rock and roll music that we already know and love.
It's a decent collection of songs, but don't fool yourself it isn't perfect. There are several cruel omissions that SHOULD be here, such as Round Our Way (why does nobody mention this!), D'Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman and my personal fave Cloudburst. These 3 songs are up there with their best yet strangely don't feature! It's still probably the best collection of b-sides by any band though, including the beatles!
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