The Masterplan (1998)

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Following a British rock tradition started by The Beatles and lovingly inherited by The Jam and The Clash, Oasis is the only band of the CD era to offer fans extra tracks on their singles that are often as good as, if not better than, the hits. Rather than saving his new songs for the next full album, Noel Gallagher prefers immediate action. Thus, this compilation of those various so-called “B-Sides”–many available as non-imports for the first time–works just great as a listening experience, offering metallic rushes (“Acquiesce,” “The Swamp Song”) and absolute melodic beauty (“Talk Tonight,” the marvelous “Rockin’ Chair”), while conjuring up the ghosts of Mott the Hoople, T. Rex, The Fab Four, and Slade, although Oasis’s “Cum On Feel the Noize” is sadly absent.

1. Acquiesce
2. Underneath The Sky
3. Talk Tonight
4. Going Nowhere
5. Fade Away
6. The Swamp Song
7. I Am The Walrus (Live at The Soundcheck, Scotland)
8. Listen Up
9. Rockin’ Chair
10. Half The World Away
11. (It’s Good) To Be Free
12. Stay Young
13. Headshrinker
14. The Masterplan