Familiar to Millions
our score: 4.0 out of 5.0
Landmark rock albums are
not often recognised when they are released, they mature with
time and are only fully appreciated a few years down the line.
This is anything but the case with the new Oasis double live CD,
which has shook off the ghosts of the bands last two woeful
studio albums and brought back to life the legend of our greatest
current rock outfit.
This is a
majestic recording of the Oasis gig at Wembley Stadium during
the summer, an amazing show of strength in front of 70,000 people.
It incorporates everything that Oasis have become famous for:
brilliant rock anthems, adoring fans and a hefty amount of swearing
thrown in between songs.
To a large
degree this is a live greatest hits album, the band hammering
out top hits such as "Go Let It Out," "Roll With
It," "Stand By Me" and "Wonderwall."
But the difference is that the live performances offer a whole
new way of looking at the tracks we are familiar with on the first
four Oasis albums.
a tremendously "rocking" version of "Cigarettes
And Alcohol," a "Dont Look Back In Anger"
thats top heavy with audience participation and an encore
that is carried along by a cracking "Champagne Supernova."
Although favourites like "Some Might Say" are nowhere
to be found, this is Oasis like we have not heard since Whats
The Story (Morning Glory)? was released in the mid 90s.
refreshing, its new and its proving that Noel and
Liam Gallagher still have a lot to offer. Its everything
that a live album should be. The fact is that the world tour they
embarked on in the year 2000 saw them play to a staggering 1.2
million people in 23 countries, and that is a figure of legendary
has an interest in rock history should go out and get a copy of
Familiar To Millions, because they will not be disappointed
with this blueprint for all rock n roll tours.
the Gallagher brothers are Manchester City fans, you may be interested
in knowing that a Manchester United album has now been released.
Beyond the Promised Land is a compilation that goes with
the MUFC movie soon due for release, and includes Buzzcocks, Basement
Jaxx and The Stone Roses.
liked Familiar to Millions...
1. Fucking in the Bushes
2. Go Let it Out
3. Who Feels Love
7. Step Out
8. Gas Panic!
9. Roll With It
10. Stand By Me
2. Cigarettes & Alcohol
3. Don't Look Back in Anger
4. Live Forever
5. Hey Hey, My My
6. Champagne Supernova
7. Rock 'n' Roll Star
8. Helter Skelter