The Masterplan

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For American audiences, the phenomenal worldwide success of Oasis was a little puzzling. That's because they only had part of the picture -- unless they were hardcore fans, they didn't hear nearly three albums of material released on B-sides and non-LP singles. Critics and fans alike claimed that the best of these B-sides were as strong as the best moments on the albums, and they were right. None of the albums had a song that rocked as hard as "Fade Away" cleverly built on a stolen melody from Wham!'s "Freedom", "Headshrinker," or "Acquiesce." There was nothing as charming as the lite psychedelic pastiche "Underneath the Sky" or the Bacharach tribute "Going ...
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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
For American audiences, the phenomenal worldwide success of Oasis was a little puzzling. That's because they only had part of the picture -- unless they were hardcore fans, they didn't hear nearly three albums of material released on B-sides and non-LP singles. Critics and fans alike claimed that the best of these B-sides were as strong as the best moments on the albums, and they were right. None of the albums had a song that rocked as hard as "Fade Away" cleverly built on a stolen melody from Wham!'s "Freedom", "Headshrinker," or "Acquiesce." There was nothing as charming as the lite psychedelic pastiche "Underneath the Sky" or the Bacharach tribute "Going Nowhere"; there was nothing as affecting as Noel Gallagher's acoustic plea "Talk Tonight" or the minor-key, McCartney-esque "Rockin' Chair," nothing as epic as "The Masterplan." Most bands wouldn't throw songs of this caliber away on B-sides, but Noel Gallagher followed the example of his heroes the Jam and the Smiths, who released singles where the B-sides rivaled the A-sides. This meant many American fans missed these songs, so to remedy this situation, Oasis released the B-sides compilation The Masterplan. Oasis unfortunately chose to opt for a single disc of highlights instead of a complete double-disc set, which means a wealth of great songs -- "Take Me Away," "Whatever," "D'Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman?," "Round Are Way," "It's Better People," "Step Out," a raging cover of "Cum on Feel the Noize" -- are missing. But The Masterplan winds up quite enjoyable anyway. Apart from the sludgy instrumental "The Swamp Song," there isn't a weak track here, and the brilliant moments are essential not only for Oasis fans, but any casual follower of Britpop or post-grunge rock & roll.
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  • Release Date: 11/3/1998
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646964729
  • Catalog Number: 69647

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Acquiesce (4:25)
  2. 2 Underneath the Sky (3:21)
  3. 3 Talk Tonight (4:21)
  4. 4 Going Nowhere (4:39)
  5. 5 Fade Away (4:13)
  6. 6 The Swamp Song (4:19)
  7. 7 I Am The Walrus (6:25)
  8. 8 Listen Up (6:21)
  9. 9 Rockin' Chair (4:35)
  10. 10 Half the World Away (4:21)
  11. 11 (It's Good) To Be Free (4:18)
  12. 12 Stay Young (5:05)
  13. 13 Headshrinker (4:38)
  14. 14 The Masterplan (5:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Oasis Primary Artist
Paul Weller Guitar, Harmonica
Mike Rowe Keyboards
Technical Credits
Nick Ingman Arranger, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Owen Morris Producer, Remixing
Liam Gallagher Contributor
Noel Gallagher Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Paul McGuigan Contributor
Brian Cannon Artwork, Direction
Paul Du Noyer Liner Notes
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