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  • Audio Cassette (3 Nov. 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony/Columbia
  • ASIN: B00000G2V9
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Acquiesce
  2. Underneath the Sky
  3. Talk Tonight
  4. Going Nowhere
  5. Fade Away
  6. 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. Masterplan

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i think this album is under rated, i love every track on it especially Rockin Chair and Going Nowhere, Brilliant!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic collection of Oasis B-sides. 28 Jun. 2006
By Marek - Published on
Format: Audio CD
First, let me point out that Oasis is my favorite band. There isn't an Oasis song I don't like. So I'm going to guide you throughout the entire album and give you my overall opinion of the album.

The Masterplan is a collection of Oasis B-sides from singles covering their first three albums (Definitely Maybe, (What's The Story) Morning Glory, and Be Here Now). The featured tracks and the track listing were decided from an online poll of Oasis fans in 1998.

First up: "Acquiesce" This is probably the most famous Oasis b-side out there and often played live. This song is fantastic, the combined vocal solos of both Liam and Noel Gallagher make this song magnificent. Noel's solo seems to sound better than Liam's, but nevertheless a beautiful song.

Track Two: "Underneath The Sky" Liam Gallagher sings. It sounds good, not as strong as "Acquiesce" but an upbeat and nice tune.

Track Three: "Talk Tonight" Noel with a beautiful guitar based song. This is something you would hear a street performer sing, the lyrics are sad, but the tune is relaxing. Great song.

Track Four: "Going Nowhere" Noel sings once again, and the song is another sad one, but there is a mix of brass and string to lighten it up. A nice soft listen.

Track Five: "Fade Away" After the first few chords you know this is from the Definitely Maybe era. Hard, pure rock from Oasis with a good amount of "Shoegazer" influence. Never fails to slam a good dose of energy into me.

Track Six: "The Swamp Song" If you liked the untitled filler tracks on Morning Glory and wanted the whole song, that's exactly what "The Swamp Song" is. It was originally a warm up song for recording sessions, and you can tell why. Nice hard guitar with even a mix of harmonica in it all. Fantastic little tune.

Track Seven: "Listen Up" My personal favorite song of the album. It plays hard but feels soft. Bittersweet and beautiful. Noel's voice shines and the lyrics flow magnificently. This song should have been a single instead of a b-side. A hidden gem.

Track Eight: "I Am The Walrus (Live)" First of all, this song was not played live. It was recorded during a soundcheck with the audience noises later added in. Nevertheless an entertaining song, and a faster paced and harder rocking song than the original. Seems to get repetitive at the end though, but that might have been why Oasis sometimes played this song last at concerts in their early days.

Track Nine: "Rockin' Chair" Supposedly written by Noel Gallagher back in 1990, this song makes an interesting b-side. Nice acoustic guitar solos and the organ mixes in well. A very well written song for it being one of Noel's firsts.

Track Ten: "Half The World Away" A great song and another bittersweet one. Noel sings very well, while the electic guitar and organ mix in softly and nicely.

Track Eleven: "(It's Good) To Be Free" Another hard rocker that sounds like "Shoegazer" rock as opposed to Britpop. The lyrics could use a bit of support, but I nevertheless enjoy it. There is a bit of nice organ that sounds like an electric guitar.

Track Twelve: "Stay Young" Another famous b-side, featured in the film "The Faculty". The lyrics sound like a teen revolution, "Stay young and invincible", but the melody is upbeat and happy. Nice song.

Track Thirteen: "Headshrinker" My second favorite song of the album. Sounds like rock overcooked to a crisp. This is as hard and pure as Oasis gets. Fantastic song.

Track Fourteen: "The Masterplan" The track that the album was named after makes a nice finish for the album. Strings and brass mixed in well in a bittersweet and smooth song. Don't miss the guitar solo (a reversed recording of a solo). Leaves you with a great aftertaste for the entire album.

Now, the songs that should have been here but didn't make the cut. Sadly, my favorite Oasis b-side (and quite a popular one as well), "Sad Song", is missing. In fact, they should have added all of the Definitely Maybe-era b-sides, because they were by far the best. "Alive", "Take Me Away", "D'yer Wanna Be a Spaceman", and "Cloudburst" are some of the best Oasis b-sides but sadly arent on The Masterplan. Instead there was more focus on Morning Glory-era b-sides. "Angel Child" was another b-side from the Be Here Now-era that I very much enjoy but just wasn't there.

Overall, this is a great album. I highly reccomend it to anybody who just loves music. The album is one of my favorites because it encompasses the sound of Oasis through three different albums and most songs are beautifully bittersweet. I also enjoyed hearing Noel's voice often, which is nice considering Liam sings most of the singles. At time of writing there are supposedly plans for a sequel to "The Masterplan" covering Oasis b-sides from their next three albums, and it will be interesting to see what makes that grade.

This is indeed a fantastic collection of Oasis b-sides.
24 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What's The Masterplan? 2 Mar. 2005
By wellwellwell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Everybody's wondering why songs like "Underneath The Sky" and (especially) "Acquiesce" weren't on an actual Oasis album. Everybody's thinking it's a coincidence of some sort that so many great songs can be disregarded and doomed to merely be: b-sides. Stop and think about the title of this collection though... it's called 'The Masterplan', which could mean a predetermined 'plan' that is meant to be 'masterful'. Is it not conceivable to think that Noel and the gang had this deviant scheme to hide away a bunch of choice tracks on singles (nobody buys singles in the USA) in order to later release the greatest b-side collection ever? Even now, over six years since The Masterplan came out, it still has to be one of, if not thee most talked-about b-side compilation on the planet. So, yeah, I think The Masterplan was a set-up. But that's enough of that; take what you will from my speculations and opinions. What's really important here is the music.

Yes, "Acquiesce" is an astonishing song--my personal favorite Oasis track, as I'm sure it is many other's. The other track here I was equally taken aback by was "Headshrinker", which boasts smidgens of a punk-rock feeling and an almost irritated sound in Noel's voice that can't be ignored when he's shouting 'I hope you don't regret today/for the rest of your lives'. But the sleeper track here has to be "Half The World Away", which is as relaxed as I recall Oasis ever being in a song. It's beautiful, it's smart ('my body feels young but my mind is very old') and possesses the single greatest handclapping performance in the history of music. I clap along every time I hear it; and I get the chills every time I hear it. "Underneath The Sky" seems to be another favorite. That makes sense considering it's short, sweet and has that infamous part about the suitcase. That makes me chuckle every time. "Rockin' Chair" takes a lot of the same ideas and tones as "Half The World Away", which is why it's not as impressive (though still great).

It's said in the booklet that The Beatles never performed "Walrus" live; so it makes perfect sense that Oasis would cover it--and they do a superb job. Goo goo g'joob, indeed. "Talk Tonight" draws more comparisons to "Half The World Away". It's very, very good but again falls just short of the top slow track. "Stay Young" and "Listen Up" sound most like they came from actual albums, and the fact they didn't make the cut seems unapparent. "(It's Good) To Be Free", sadly, is one I tend to skip. We all know it's good to be free, anyway. I'm never a huge fan of instrumental tracks unless they blow me away. And "The Swamp Song" didn't blow me anywhere. "Going Nowhere" is genius, pure genius. The way Noel rolls the word 'Jaguar' off his tongue is most notable. "Fade Away" is my least favorite track on The Masterplan. It comes off as a second-rate "Headshrinker" with comparable lyrics but poor sound quality. Finally, "The Masterplan"... seems to be in a league of its own. Either you love it or you don't. It's dazzling--the perfect closer for such an album. Oh, I mean... for such a 'compilation'. Whatever. If this were an album, it would easily be Oasis' best album. But I guess we instead have to call it, simply, their best CD.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great but missing a few noteworthy songs 12 Jan. 2005
By kevinicus - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I figureed it was finally time to write a review for this album, as I picked it up from the shelf the other day and played it a few times. I think it's amazing that these songs were only ever "b-sides" - most of them are better than what many bands put out as singles!!!

To me, at least, the highlights are: Acquiesce (a b-side to Some Might Say, check out the "Morning Glory" allusions), Headshrinker (sheer early-style Oasis rock), Fade Away, Listen Up, Rockin' Chair, Going Nowhere and of course Talk Tonight.

I remember reading once that Oasis fans got to vote on which b-sides would be on this album, but there are really great Oasis tracks missing on this compliation.

First and foremost, one of the greatest songs Oasis ever recorded was only ever released as a single: "WHATEVER" since this CD was released in the US, and Whatever was only ever available as an import, it would have been nice to put it on this CD - I think it would have gotten quite a bit of airplay and helped Oasis in the US even more.

The version of Listen Up on here is a shorter version that the one that appears as a b-side on the Ciggarettes and Alcohol single. IT's too bad, because a nice guitar solo is missing.

How on earth did these other b-side tracks not make it??? They are some of their best!!! ...

Cloudburst (Live Forever b-side)

Step Out (Don't Look Back in Anger b-side)

(I Got) The Fever (Stand By Me b-side)

It's Better People (Roll With It b-side)

Alive 8 track demo (Shakermaker b-side)

Sad Song (Don't Go Away b-side and also on Definitely Maybe vinyl or Japenese Import)

Cum on Feel The Noize (Don't Look Back in Anger b-side)

Fame (All Around The World b-side)

Heroes (D'ya Know What I Mean? b-side) - the BEST cover of this song!

Other Oasis b-sides (some released later) definitely worth checking out:

My Sister Lover (Stand By Me b-side) - very anti-religious, nice

Carry Us All (Sunday Morning Call b-side) - more anti-religion

Full On (Sunday Morning Call b-side) - absolute rocker!!
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Example of Extraordinary Talent 25 Nov. 2000
By NOEL GALLAGHER - Published on
Format: Audio CD
"The Masterplan" is a collection of b-sides to thesingles released in the UK from 1994-1997. It really says something about a band's talent when an album full of b-sides is as good as or better than some oftheir studio albums.
"Acquiesce" is a full throttle hard rock anthem in which Liam sings the verses and Noel sings the chorus. It's a good enough track to have been released as a single itself. This song is probably the best hard rock song Oasis have ever recorded.
"Underneath The Sky" is a heavily Beatles influenced tune with rather absurd lyrics but a very catchy melody. Not one of my favorite b-sides, but a pleasant listen nonetheless. Liam's vocals are quite good on this one.
"Talk Tonight" is a brilliant Noel acoustic number. Although Noel claims he isn't a romantic person, you can tell he's pouring his heart out into the lyrics. Some people find this song a bit slow, but the lyrics are so deeply moving and the melody is quite catchy after you listen to it a few times. Overall, this is one of Noel's best acoustic songs.
"Going Nowhere" is a brilliantly orchestrated song sung by Noel. This was written 4 years before Oasis released their first album, hence the lyrics, "I'm gonna be a millionaire", not "I AM a millionaire". The bridge and chorus are very catchy, and the brass section adds a nice touch to this song.
"Fade Away" is not one of Oasis' best b-sides. The chords to the verses were stolen from Wham!'s "Freedom", and the chorus is bland and repetitive. I'm surprised so many people seem to like this song. It lacks both originality and a catchy tune.
"The Swamp Song" is an instrumental that simply doesn't belong on this album. Noel Gallagher is a genius songwriter, but he just can't write instrumentals. The tune is boring and repetitive, with the same chords being played over and over and over again. It's one of those tunes that seems like it will never end.
"I Am The Walrus" is a cover of the famous Beatles tune. The band has done a great job of bringing this song into the 90's, as they've electrified it quite a bit and given it a more uptempo twist.
"Listen Up" is a great b-side. It has a very catchy melody and I love the lyrics to the bridge and chorus. However, this song is a blatant rip-off of another great Oasis song, "Supersonic". If you don't believe me, try singing the chorus to "Supersonic" using the lyrics to "Listen Up", and vice versa. Noel has ripped off so many other artists, I guess it was about time he ripped himslef off. Regardless, this is a top notch tune.
"Rockin' Chair" is a classic. This song has very introspectve lyrics about what it's like to be lonely, one of the greatest melodies Noel has ever created, and a blistering vocal performance from Liam. This should have been the a-side and "Roll With It" should have been the b-side.
"Half The World Away" is another Noel acoustic number. While I love the song's lyrics, I find the music and bit slow and bland. "Talk Tonight" is a far better acoustic number.
"(It's Good) To Be Free" is another more hard rock track with a definite edge. Still, it has some great lyrics and a melody that really grows on you over time. Liam's vocal performance adds to the overall great "sound" of this song.
"Stay Young" is one of the best Oasis b-sides. It should've been on the "Be Here Now" album, but Noel did a foolish thing and removed it for the bland and uninspiring "Magic Pie". This song has an incredibly catchy melody, an anthemic chorus, and uplifting lyrics about staying young and invincible. Noel doesn't like this song for some reason, but most fans disagree with him.
"Headshrinker" is a another hard rock tune that is hardly a favorite of mine. It's lyrics are unintelligible, and the melody never really goes anywhere. It's just an uninspiring hard rock song. Oasis have far better b-sides that could've taken the place of this song on the album.
"The Masterplan" is an absolute masterpiece. Noel himself believes he's never written a better song, and I agree. This was a b-side to the "Wonderwall" single, and after I heard it performed on MTV Unplugged I was so impressed I searched everywhere until I found the single in the "Morning Glory" gold singles box set. From then on I've spent a small fortune collecting every UK single Oasis have ever released. "The Masterplan" is brilliantly orchestrated with string and brass sections, and Noel delivers perhaps his best vocal performance to date. The lyrics are unquestionably the best Noel's ever written, and the chorus is so catchy you just can't get it out of your head. It's a crime that this song was never released as a single and put on a studio album where it belongs. It's one of the best Oasis songs of all-time. In fact, although I do like "Wonderwall" and "Champagne Supernova" a little better from a personal standpoint, if I were completely impartial and rated every Oasis song for lyrical content, melody, instrumentation, originality, and vocal performance, this song would beat all other Oasis songs. I'll never understand why this song ended up as a b-side.
Overall, Oasis give you a lot of bang for the buck on this album. Sure, it could've been better if tracks like "The Swamp Song", "Fade Away", and "Headshrinker" were replaced with far superior b-sides like "Step Out", "Round Are Way", "Flashbax", or "Cum On Feel The Noize". However, this album has so much going for it that it won't disappoint anyone with an appreciation for great music. How many other bands out there could've put together an album of b-sides this good after having been around for only 3 years? If nothing else, you have to admire this band's talent and appreciate them giving their fans their money's worth with original b-sides, not boring remixes of previously released material. The bottom line: "The Materplan" is a masterpiece.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your typical b-sides album 18 Dec. 2004
By John Alapick - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Oasis released The Masterplan in 1998. At the time, the band was facing somewhat of a backlash in the U.S. due to their arrogant attitudes and their previous album Be Here Now not meeting expectations or having any hit singles. In Britain, they were still huge and their fans always stated that the b-sides to their singles were just as strong as the hits thus the release of this collection. Their fans weren't wrong. The Masterplan should have brought Oasis back to stardom. The only problem was that it was packaged as a b-sides album rather than what it truly was, a great album on the level of Definitely Maybe and (What's The Story) Morning Glory.

Every track here is great showing songwriter/guitarist Noel Gallagher's gift of constructing songs that pay tribute to their influences while still sounding fresh and new. Several songs such as the acoustic ballad "Talk Tonight", the string-laden "Going Nowhere", and especially "Rockin' Chair", a song about the fear of growing old alone, should have been huge hit singles. The tracks "Fade Away", "Headshrinker", and the live track "The Swamp Song" are the rawest tracks here and are all just killer rock n' roll. "Listen Up", which is practically a rewrite of "Supersonic", "Stay Young", and "Acquiesce" are all upbeat tracks reminiscent of their work on Definitely Maybe. Other great tracks include the retro-psychedelia of "Underneath The Sky", the slower paced rocker "(It's Good) To Be Free", the acoustic "Half The World Away", and the majestic closing title track. Also featured is a killer live version of the Beatles' "I Am The Walrus." Yes, it's a collection of b-sides. But most bands would love to have their best songs be this good. Highly recommended.
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