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Year of release - 1995

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis - 

(What's the Story) Morning Glory? is the second studio album by the English rock band Oasis, released on 2 October 1995 on Creation Records. It was produced by Owen Morris and the group's guitarist Noel Gallagher. The structure and arrangement style of the album were a significant departure from the group's previous record Definitely Maybe. Noel Gallagher's compositions were more focused in balladry and placed more emphasis on "huge" choruses, with the string arrangements and more varied instrumentation on the record contrasting with the rawness of the group's debut album.

The record propelled Oasis from being a crossover indie act to a worldwide rock phenomenon, and according to music critics, it was a significant record in the timeline of British indie music. The band's most commercially successful release, (What's the Story) Morning Glory? sold a record-breaking 347,000 copies in its first week on sale, spent 10 weeks at number one on the UK Albums Chart, and reached number four in the US Billboard 200. Singles from the album were successful in Britain, America and Australia: "Some Might Say" and "Don't Look Back in Anger" reached number one in the UK; "Champagne Supernova" and "Wonderwall" reached number one on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart; and "Wonderwall" topped the Australian and New Zealand singles charts.

Although a commercial smash, the record received lukewarm reviews from mainstream music critics, with many contemporary reviewers deeming it inferior to Definitely Maybe. In the ensuing years, however, critical consensus towards the album generally turned, and it is now considered by many to be a seminal record of the Britpopera. The band did an extensive world tour in support of the album over several months in 1995 and 1996. The most notable of the band's concerts were two performances at Knebworth House in August to a combined crowd of 250,000 people. The album was honoured as the Best British Album at the 1996 Brit Awards. It has sold approximately 22 million copies worldwide. It won the award for the best British Album of the last 30 Years at the 2010 Brit Awards, and appears on several lists as one of the greatest albums of all time.

In May 1995, in the wake of the critical and commercial success of their 1994 debut album, Definitely Maybe, Oasis began recording Morning Glory at Rockfield Studios in Wales, with Owen Morris and Noel Gallagher producing. By the time they were finished in June 1995, Oasis were on the brink of becoming one of the most popular bands in the UK: the August 1995 Battle of Britpop incident in which Oasis and Blur had a chart battle over their singles "Roll with It", and "Country House", would propel them to mainstream awareness.

The band recorded the album quickly: early on, averaging almost one song every twenty-four hours. However, tension arose between songwriter Noel Gallagher and his younger brother, lead singer Liam, when Noel wanted to sing lead vocals on either "Wonderwall" or "Don't Look Back in Anger". The younger Gallagher considered this tantamount to a temporary exile from his own group. The issue dissipated momentarily as Noel was pleased with Liam's vocal take of "Wonderwall". However, tension returned due to Liam's strained attempts to sing the high notes on "Champagne Supernova". When Noel subsequently took his turn to record his vocals for "Don't Look Back in Anger", Liam went to a local pub and came back accompanied by a crowd of people whilst recording was still underway, infuriating his brother. The siblings then began fighting viciously, the session was abandoned and recording was suspended.

When the Gallagher brothers were reconciled three weeks later, the group spent another two weeks working on the album, followed by post-production work in London. Despite the friction involved between the Gallagher brothers, Owen Morris reflected in 2010 that: "The sessions were the best, easiest, least fraught, most happily creative time I’ve ever had in a recording studio. I believe people can feel and hear when music is dishonest and motivated by the wrong reasons. Morning Glory, for all its imperfection and flaws, is dripping with love and happiness." Paul Weller joined them in the studio and provided lead guitar and backing vocals for "Champagne Supernova", and harmonica for the two untitled tracks known as "The Swamp Song". Noel wrote the last song for the album, "Cast No Shadow", on the train as he returned to the studio. Morris claimed the album was recorded in 15 days; when it was finished he said it would "wipe the field with any competition ... It's astonishing. It's the Bollocks for this decade."

The brickwall mastering technique utilised during the recording of the album has led to some journalists claiming that it was responsible for initiating the loudness war, as its heavy use of compression, first widely used by Morris on Definitely Maybe, was leaps and bounds beyond what any other album up until then had attempted. Music journalist Nick Southall, who has written extensively on the loudness war, commented, "If there's a jump-the-shark moment as far as CD mastering goes then it's probably Oasis." In Britpop and the English Music Tradition Andy Bennet and John Stratton noted that as a result of this technique "the songs were especially loud. [Liam] Gallagher's voice is foregrounded to the point that it appears to grow out of the mixes of the songs, exposing itself to execute a pseudo-live quality."

  1. "Hello" (Gallagher, Gary GlitterMike Leander) – 3:21
  2. "Roll with It" – 3:59
  3. "Wonderwall" – 4:18
  4. "Don't Look Back in Anger" – 4:48
  5. "Hey Now!" – 5:41
  6. Untitled (aka "The Swamp Song — Excerpt 1") – 0:44
  7. "Some Might Say" – 5:29
  8. "Cast No Shadow" – 4:51
  9. "She's Electric" – 3:40
  10. "Morning Glory" – 5:03
  11. Untitled (aka "The Swamp Song — Excerpt 2") – 0:39
  12. "Champagne Supernova" – 7:27

| Closed on 02/21/14 at 05:00PM
FanIQ Pts? No | Locker Room, Music | Multiple Choice Opinion Poll
6 Fans 
17%a. Great Album
33%b. Good/Ok Album (Like a few songs)
50%c. Not interest or never heard these songs
0%d. Never heard any of the early 60's) Stones music

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#1 | 242 days ago

Not interest or never heard these songs  
#2 | 242 days ago
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ms_hippie_queen wrote:
Great Album  
#3 | 242 days ago

These guys have exactly one song I like in their entire library.

This one from Snatch:

Everything else just sounds like they're whining and crying into a microphone.
Not interest or never heard these songs  

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