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  • Audio CD (2 Mar. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Creation Records
  • ASIN: B000024TT4
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OASIS Be Here Now (1997 UK 12-track CD album including DYou Know What I Mean? Dont Go Away Stand By Me and All Around The World picture sleeve CRESCD219)

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In retrospect, it's hard to see how Oasis could have possibly equalled the hype surrounding the release of this, their third album. Arriving as their popularity was at its peak, it's a confusing, faintly self-indulgent collection. The first single, the wryly-titled "D'You Know What I Mean?", had a monolithic sort of grandeur, taking Noel Gallagher's fondness for overdubbed, wall-of-sound guitars to some new peak, but also seemed a little over-extended--as did its follow-up, "All Around The World", a slab of Beatles-esque, sing-along pop that seemed to last longer than the entire White Album. Then again, it made a kind of sense: nothing if not mindful of rock tradition, Oasis's quest to be the World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band meant that they were obliged--like the Stones before them--to make their own mid-1970s album (albeit, two decades too late). And from its Caribbean origins, to its raucous, bloated, "cocained-out" sound, this is it: a triumph of arrogance over ambition. Maybe next time they'll go punk. --Andrew McGuire

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Brilliant album, the best Oasis ever produced, and my all-time favourite album by any band. It's an album that is endlessly repeatable and I never bore of listening to. It's glorious 90's Britpop in it's heyday, captured and bottled in one long, epic, swaggeringly loud anthem-driven sound. No album that came before it has sounded this bold and brash, and no album since has dared to either. As legend has it, the album was written while the band were taking copious amounts of coke, and this is why the album sounds like it does.

Critics went crazy over it at the time, then quickly backtracked once Britpop died along with princess Di, but actually those early 5 star reviews were pretty much spot on! There were so many great tracks that Noel had written, the B sides from this period were even better than the songs that made it on to the album - The Fame, I got (the Fever), Going Nowhere, Stay Young, Sister Lover.

If you want to hear Oasis in their prime, moments before Britpop crashed and Oasis lost their `bigger-than-Beatles' status, then this is the album to listen to, and not the much vaunted `What's the Story, Morning Glory', which has lost much of its appeal over the years due to being overplayed to death, and now sounding more dated and predictable than a karaoke jukebox. Sure, it does also contain many classis, but if you want hear pure adrenalin rock at its finest (and loudest), then `Be Here Now' is where you need to be....
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It didn't matter what Oasis brought out, it was never going to be as popular as morning glory. Be here now was supposed to put them on a par with the Beatles, stick them up there with the greatest bands of all time, but it didn't. The media tuck it to pieces, trying to pick holes and find faults with an album which is very brilliant indeed. So what was the problem with an album that rocks you from start to finish? Quite simply it was the wrong time and the wrong place. Where as Definitely Maybe was the fuel that started the British music industry's wake up and Morning glory was the pinnacle of the britpop era, Be here now was realesed in a time when cool Britanna was fading, the band had reached such a height with Morning glory that the only way was down. This album is not poor because of it's lyrical and musical content, but because it was released after Morning Glory.
Yes, the intros and outros last a minute each on most songs, the production is over blown, but just because it has fiddly guitar solos doesn't make it reason to tear it to pieces. If they had done an album identical to Morning Glory they would have been ridiculed with having no fresh ideas, (Yet the Red hot chilli peppers release album after album that sounds exactly the same and are given acclaim.) They could have gone the way of Radiohead and made two albums in a completely new direction, but then surely that's just a sly way to manouvere round the fact the pressures got to you and anyway, OK computer was whinging b******s with one good song in Karma Police. Instead Oasis didn't desert their fans, they brought the guitars out and rocked themselves to death it seems.
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I remember the release of Be Here Now, surrounded in unbelievable, unprecendented hype, and creating great excitement to millions of music fans worldwide. It followed two of the greatest and best selling albums ever, and so much was expected of it. A situation such as this is almost doomed to disappoint- could any album live up to such hype? I dont think so. However, it was met with a general positive response on August the 26th 1997-launch day- by both the record buying public and the critics. It gained positive reviews in the press, including an 8/10 in the NME. Bare in mind that morning glory only received 7/10 in the same publication. And this success was not down to hype alone-it was an album full of great rock songs. Its getting better man, the title track, and Do you know what i mean? are as good as the rockers from before, say, Some might Say or Supersonic. And songs such as Stand by me and particularly Dont Go Away are amazing songs in the mould of Slide Away and Wonderwall. And this without mentioning the other masterpieces, such as The Girl in the dirty shirt, Fade in-out and the epic no.1 single All around the World. And Liams voice is amazing throughout. It is an album with a completely different sound than the first two Oasis albums but nevertheless another classic. In my opinion it is one of the most uplifting and tuneful records EVER.
However, the music industry had to knock oasis down in typical fashion after building them up, and so began the anti-beherenow backlash. Pathetic. It is a great rock and roll album that completes a great set of oasis' 3 first albums.
Buy it! you wont be dissaponted i promise.
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For most Oasis fans the first two albums are usually considered the undeniable "classics". Ask people for their opinions on the records that followed and you'll get a different answer for each album depending on personal taste. The most controversial of these is Be Here Now- which appears to divide opinion like the Red Sea. I agree with the reviewer who said that critics shot this album down weeks after hyping and praising it as the second coming. Alot of the panning of this record seems to stem from Noel's disowning of it. He made this point pretty clear by not putting a single song from Be Here Now on the recent "Best Of.." album. However, Noel changes his opinion on what Oasis albums he does and doesn't like frequently - what about hearing YOUR opinion? Here's mine...

The album is grandiose to the max and for alot of people this was a disappointment. The songs are also lengthy and heavily produced. I can understand why this would deter many a fan who are used to the punchy attitude of Definately Maybe. But on the other hand I rejoice at the majesty of it all, songs like D'Ya Know What I Mean and especially All Around The World (with it's gradual, epic build-up) sound massive. Stand By Me is another fantastic song, as is the lamenting Don't Go Away. The only poor song that I think of on here is It's Getting Better Man - it just doesn't go anywhere at all.

Be Here Now is alot different to any other album in the Oasis back catalogue and I think this is the reason why I love it so much. A one-off experiment, but a brilliant one at that.
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