It’s a year short of the album’s 20th anniversary, but I’m sure Oasis fans will forgive the transgression now that (What’s the Story) Morning Glory is getting a proper three-disc deluxe roll out.
The sophomore album from the most continuous sibling duo since The Kinks, is the band’s best, even managing to eclipse their nearly flawless debut. It went on to sell 22 million copies across the globe and dominated the radio and MTV for most of 1995, churning out single after single (“Wonderwall,” “Roll With It,” “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Champagne Supernova,” among others). Yes, the Gallagher brothers were obnoxious and a lot of their lyrics tossed together like word salads, but the pop songs were/are undeniably great. This new collection – also available on vinyl – includes the original album, a collection of B-Sides and extra tracks along with a third disc of demos and live songs. Of the three CDs, the B-Sides collection is particularly impressive with fantastic covers of “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” (you didn’t actually think there wouldn’t be a Beatles’ cover did you?) and a stellar take on “Cum on Feel the Noize.”
Nearly two decades later the album still lives up to all the hype.
Oasis – (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? [Chasing the Sun Edition]/3 CDs/40 tracks/Big Brother Recordings/2014