Stop the Clocks [2-CD]

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A young Noel Gallagher at the height of Oasis' popularity in the mid-'90s declared that the band would not release a compilation CD until the end of their career, since such compilations implied that a band's career was indeed over. A decade later, an older, presumably wiser Gallagher realized that if you're about to leave your longtime label and that label will release a compilation whether you participate or not, it's better to write your own draft of your band's history than having the label do it for you. And so Gallagher designed the first Oasis hits compilation, 2006's double-disc, 18-track Stop the Clocks. As he so often has done in his career, he looked ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
A young Noel Gallagher at the height of Oasis' popularity in the mid-'90s declared that the band would not release a compilation CD until the end of their career, since such compilations implied that a band's career was indeed over. A decade later, an older, presumably wiser Gallagher realized that if you're about to leave your longtime label and that label will release a compilation whether you participate or not, it's better to write your own draft of your band's history than having the label do it for you. And so Gallagher designed the first Oasis hits compilation, 2006's double-disc, 18-track Stop the Clocks. As he so often has done in his career, he looked to the Beatles for guidance, choosing their two 1973 hits comps 1962-1966 and 1967-1970 -- better known as The Red Album and The Blue Album -- as a template for Stop the Clocks. Those records mixed up hits with album tracks and B-sides to offer an overview of the band's identity, and so it is with Oasis' double-disc set, as it overlooks big hits -- "Roll with It," "D'You Know What I Mean," "Stand by Me" -- in favor of things that were tucked away on albums or singles. Where the Beatles albums sampled more or less equally from each phase of their career, Gallagher is a bit more ruthless in rewriting his own history, thoroughly excising 1997's Be Here Now from the band's past -- an overreaction that's nevertheless perfectly in line with everything regarding their overblown third album. Such fits of pique are typical for Gallagher and Oasis -- which at the time of the release of Stop the Clocks had only his brother Liam as the other remaining original member -- and another is the exclusion of the non-LP Christmas 1994 single "Whatever," omitted presumably because if it were here the band would have to shell out royalties to David Bowie. But even if "Whatever" is missed along with such other great singles both early ("Shakermaker") and late ("The Hindu Times"), Stop the Clocks works at its most basic level: it offers an excellent primer to Oasis at their best. Of course, this means that it draws very heavily on the glory days of 1994-1996, offering five tracks each from Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory, plus various B-sides from this era. All in all, a whopping 15 of the 19 tracks here date from this time, and the four songs that do come from the 21st century -- "Lyla," "The Importance of Being Idle," "Go Let It Out," "Songbird" -- more than hold their own since they rely on what has always been their strengths: sturdy classicist songwriting and spirited performances. And that's why Oasis' best music has dated very well: anything with such aspirations to be classic lives and dies by the strength of their material, and this manages to capture its time and transcend it, since its attitude remains potent, and the songs sound as good hundreds of times after their fist spin. No, even at two discs Stop the Clocks doesn't contain all of the best of Oasis, but it does contain Oasis at their best and enough of it that it can indeed be passed along to future generations as an introduction to one of the best bands of their time, just like how the Red and Blue albums converted many young listeners to the Beatles. [A two-CD edition was issued in 2009.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/2009
  • Label: Reprise / Wea
  • UPC: 093624981893
  • Catalog Number: 516147
  • Sales rank: 9,242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock 'N' Roll Star (5:20)
  2. 2 Some Might Say (5:10)
  3. 3 Talk Tonight (4:19)
  4. 4 Lyla (5:11)
  5. 5 The Importance of Being Idle (3:41)
  6. 6 Wonderwall (4:18)
  7. 7 Slide Away (6:14)
  8. 8 Cigarettes & Alcohol (4:48)
  9. 9 The Masterplan (5:20)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Live Forever (4:36)
  2. 2 Acquiesce (4:23)
  3. 3 Supersonic (4:35)
  4. 4 Half the World Away (4:15)
  5. 5 Go Let It Out (4:41)
  6. 6 Songbird (2:05)
  7. 7 Morning Glory (5:01)
  8. 8 Champagne Supernova (7:29)
  9. 9 Don't Look Back in Anger (4:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oasis Primary Artist
Technical Credits
David Batchelor Producer
Mark Coyle Producer
Owen Morris Producer
Mark "Spike" Stent Producer
Liam Gallagher Composer
Noel Gallagher Composer, Producer, Art Direction
Ian Cooper Remastering
D. Sardy Producer
Peter Blake Cover Collage
Simon Halfon Art Direction
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    A good review for a group gone bad

    So many times in the world of Rock and roll, there is the problem of a great group that plays well together, but has way too many conflicts behind the scenes. It happened to The Beatles and it happened to Oasis. I purchased "Stop The Clocks" so I could complete a Rolling Stone survey of something or another-I think it was the hot guitar survey-and I found myself immersed in this album, not necessarily wanting any others, but wanting to see what made this group so good for the late 80's and the 90's. I did a bit of looking through other material and found the group came close to cashing it in on several other occasions and thus I make the comparison to the Fab Four. The musicality is great, but something or another just didn't quite click for the group behind the scene and they fought from everything from solos to lead singer. Seems to me, if you know what you do best, then you should not try to take over all spots.
    Anyway, every track on this disc is highly listenable. Many have great beats so you can dance, but I finds thew most compelling reason is that the band was original in everything they did. Good songwriting makes it all happen and these songs are indeed all written well. My suggestion is just pick up a copy for the nineties collection of your CD rack and see if you think the same. Some good Brit rock is always nice to have. Hopefully you'll get more turned on.

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    Posted December 15, 2009

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