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This album was a compilation of 'b' sides and unreleased material mainly aimed at the US market which contained a quality of songs that many artists would have given their eye teeth to have in their canon. Indeed, it can be likened to as a perfectly credible album and many would argue it is the superior collection of work to its official predecessor 1977's bloated and somewhat indulgent "Be Here Now".
The album has not been remastered, but, via the wonders of digital technology, if you have the first three albums in their 2014 remastered "deluxe editions", you can cherry pick the tracks to make up a 2014 remastered version of "The Masterplan". Most impressive it sounds too. Not as bombastic as the original masterings, with some subtleties in percussion and bass brought to the fore.
Highlights are the solid, rocking blast of "Acquiesce"; a raw live version of The Beatles' "I Am The Walrus"; the jaunty psychedelia of "Underneath The Sky"; the plaintive, acoustic, Paul Weller-influenced "Talk Tonight"; the surprising Burt Bacharach-inspired "Going Nowhere". These are all excellent tracks worthy of positions on regular albums. "Fade Away" rocks frenetically, but no amount of remastering will cure its raucous sound, however. Therein lies much of its grungy appeal, though. "The Swamp Song" is an excellent instrumental too. "Listen Up" has a great bass sound and clear, sharp percussion. "Rockin' Chair" has echoes of The Jam, for me. Maybe that's just me, but there is something about it. The tuneful, emotive "Half The World Away" and "(It's Good) To Be Free" both sound excellent in their remastered formats.
Just check out "Stay Young". Maybe the best track on the album. Solid anthemic Oasis rock at its finest. Their rock is never particularly fast, or slow. It is always just solid. "Headshrinker" has a real seventies-style guitar intro and a punk feel to it. Again, it forcefully chugs along. Noel Gallagher reckons the acoustic, bassy and orchestrated "The Masterplan" is the best Oasis song he ever wrote. When it breaks out into the full band bit, it is easy to agree with him.
All the material is good on this album, let's be honest. It exists perfectly credibly as a bona fide Oasis album.
I brought this vinyl for my loving oasis fan partner for christmas, the vinyl didn't arrive in a box for protection and of course i ordered this in october for christmas, he has opened it and played today he found a load of scratches all over one side of the vinyl like its already been in a used condition. I cant seem to get hold of the seller as there is no function to do so to solve this problem. I don't know if anyone else has noticed this on theirs or just ours on the way it was sent through the post of protecting the vinyl and would recommend not to accept this item if it doesn't. Because of this the front is a little damaged from transfer through post. Works ok but you don't expect sctratches all over a record when suppose to be brand new!
it's such a good thing that this compilation album was put out. every song is a work of art. they are all b sides so many are sung by noel. some songs will be familiar such as acquiesce, i am the walrus and of course the masterplan. fade away, stay young and headshrinker are great rock songs for jumping and air guitar. the swamp song is such a jaw-dropping instrumental song and in full quality it's genuinely mind blowing. brilliant riffs and exceptional vocals. lots of nice effects too. if you still need convincing about whether or not oasis has deserved their fame get this album because trust me - they do.
Not disappointed with this CD. The first b side of theirs i discovered was talk tonight which is an excellent song. Oasis were such a mega talent and listening to this, it's obvious. The master plan is excellent too. 5 stars!
I haven't heard this in a long time and I'm remembering the 90s,.. But I'm now a lot older but this record is taking me back, great record, great vocals from Liam, outstanding songwriting from Noely G 😎