The year is 1995, and fresh off the back of their critically acclaimed debut LP Definitely Maybe, Oasis walked in to Rockfield Studios and made rock music history.

When Alan McGee signed Oasis in 1993, I don’t think he, or anyone for that matter, knew just how big oasis would become. This was the record that set the Gallagher brothers on a collision-course with greatness.

In-fighting within bands is nothing new, great bands like Pink Floyd, Guns N Roses, Simon & Garfunkel and The Clash have all fallen apart due to tensions from within. However, Noel and Liam put all other rivalries to shame. Stories from the recording of Morning Glory show a band who were on the verge of imploding from day one.

“Oasis (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” was released with near-perfect timing, Oasis had just come out of the initial ‘Battle for Britpop’ with Blur over the singles Roll with it and Country House. Although Blur’s entry eventually won the battle, Oasis were about to release the album that would make the war theirs.

This album was a big step away from Definitely Maybe. The focus was shifted from straight-up rock songs to more carefully crafted ballads, where violent feedback was replaced with wordplay and poetic lyricism. This is no clearer than in the quintessential Oasis tune Wonderwall, an instrument-riddled wave of music washes over the listener and still to this day provokes an emotional connection between the music and you.

Don’t Look Back in Anger was Noel’s turn to front a sing-a-long ballad, with an addictively catchy intro, and Noel’s stellar vocals. Unlike Liam’s heavily accented vocals, Noel’s singing voice is generally more accessible. It’s the type of song you can sing along to in the early hours of the morning and not feel out of place.

In-fighting within bands is nothing new, great bands like Pink Floyd, Guns N Roses, Simon & Garfunkel and The Clash have all fallen apart due to tensions from within. However, Noel and Liam put all other rivalries to shame. Stories from the recording of Morning Glory show a band who were on the verge of imploding from day one.

When recording Morning Glory, Oasis used the ‘Brickwalling’ method, its trademark of heavy compression and almost piling sounds on top of each other created a unique listening experience. However, it is not without its detractors, some journalists have labelled this the beginning of the “loudness war” in modern music production.

Some Might Say is the type of aspirational pop-rock song that defined the Britpop movement. The chorus sums up what is truly the Oasis sound. Similarly, a song like She’s Electric harkens back to feel-good Beatles tunes, which were a massive influence on the band. The chorus to She’s Electric borrows heavily from the theme song to children’s TV show You and Me, a charming move from the Gallaghers.

The album ends with Champagne Supernova, which lyrically is about as psychedelic as Oasis went. Though the lyrics are contradictory and arbitrarily nonsensical, when there’s 60,000 people signing along in unison, who cares what it means. It’s an emotional, personal and addictive song with an air of nostalgia around it, speaking from personal experience, I listen to this song and am reminded of better nights.

It’s difficult to put a record like What’s the Story Morning Glory into words, or at least words that make sense. It is such an iconic album, a monumental release in the evolution of British music and a testament to the charm and sheer talent that the Gallagher brothers had at their fingertips.

Listening Recommendation: Speakers

Headphones are great for connecting personally with a piece of music, but the magnitude and the sheer size of the music on this record needs to fill the room, listen with speakers.

Words by Sam Revivo – Plugged Music Editor

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