By John Curley
Time Flies . . . 1994-2009, the new two-CD collection that compiles almost all of Oasis’ UK singles, is an excellent primer for fans just getting into the band. And it is also an interesting listen to get an idea of how the band’s later singles were nowhere near as good as the ones they released earlier in their career. The early singles—“Supersonic,” “Live Forever,” “Wonderwall,” and “Don’t Look Back In Anger” among them—were so good that most other singles would pale in comparison. And, unfortunately for Oasis, most of their later singles did. That is not to say that they didn’t have any good singles in the latter stages of their career. “The Shock Of The Lightning,” the lead single from the last Oasis studio album, 2008’s Dig Out Your Soul, is a rousing, kick-ass slice of rock and roll. And it was good to hear “The Hindu Times,” the first single from the underrated 2002 album Heathen Chemistry.
“Champagne Supernova” is the only song in the set being released in North America that was not a UK single. The song was quite a hit on modern rock radio in America in the mid-1990s, and it is included in the set for that reason in the 7:32 album version that appeared on the 1995 album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory.
Due to the band’s acrimonious split last year, there is no way to know if they will reunite to record new music. (The only original members left in the band at the end were the Gallagher brothers, songwriter-guitarist Noel and lead singer Liam.) If Oasis are, indeed, history, this collection will surely give listeners an idea of why they were one of the biggest bands to emerge from the UK in the 1990s.
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