About a decade ago, Oasis ruled the world. It doesn’t matter where you were, you couldn’t escape them. MTV, Much Music, and every radio station had “Wonderwall” on heavy rotation. You may be sick of it now, but in 1995-96 you loved it. Everyone loved it. That single helped move roughly 20 million copies of their second album (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? worldwide. And if you bought and liked Morning Glory, you probably would have gone back and bought their equally brilliant debut Definitely Maybe.
Now most Rock n’ Roll aficionados own the first two Oasis records, and thus already have 10 of the 18 tracks on the band’s first ‘best of’ compilation.
That’s one of the fatal flaws of Stop the Clocks. The album spans twelve years and seven albums. 10 tracks come from their first two albums, that leaves 4 from the great b-sides album, The Masterplan, two tracks from 2005’s Don’t Believe the Truth, one a piece from Heathen Chemistry and Standing on the Shoulders of Giants, which leaves zero tracks from Be Here Now.
Interesting too, with the album only 18 tracks and yet spans two discs, making each disc run about 45 minutes. Why not take advantage of that space? Another hour of music could have been easily added to this set. Absent hits like “D’You Know What I Mean?”, “Stand by Me” and “Little by Little” could’ve made their way on here. They could have used the space to unearth other b-sides like the great “Step Out” from the “Don’t Look Back in Anger” single, or given exceptional album tracks like “Where Did it All Go Wrong?” (from 2000’s Standing on the Shoulders of Giants) to shine under a new light.
What we do have, however, cannot be denied; 18 great songs from one of the more notable rock bands of the last 30 years. Rockers like “Supersonic” and “Some Might Say” still hold up, as do epics like “Champagne Supernova” and “Slide Away”. The non-chronological sequencing shows newer tracks like “Go Let it Out” and “Lyla” can sit comfortably next to songs from the band’s earlier works. As well, the album finally gives “Acquiesce” the chance to be hit single it deserves to be.
Every song that made it however is deserving of being included on an Oasis compilation. If for some reason you don’t already own Definitely Maybe
or Morning Glory
, I would recommend Stop the Clocks
as a good starting place for Oasis. It is a fun and exciting listen, but the skimpy track list hinders its completeness and ensures that another hits package is surely coming.