Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Oasis - Time Flies... 1994-2009
Capping their 15-year career, Oasis's swan song is this 2-disc greatest hits collection. Unlike their last collection, Stop the Clocks, which was a retrospective that mixed hits with b-sides and album cuts (and thus was not at all comprehensive), Time Flies has all of the group's hits, with some adjustments for regions. US gets "Champagne Supernova," which was their second-biggest hit in the states but not released as a single in the UK, and Japan gets "Don't Go Away," although I don't see why the US doesn't also, since it was a top 10 hit at rock radio.
If you're a fan and have all or most of their albums, this set will provide little additional material. Although it does have one rather fantastic inclusion: "Whatever," the band's Christmas release of 1994, which hit #3 in the UK, but has never appeared on an Oasis long-player until now nor was available as a digital single at any major outlet. I'd actually never heard the single before, and it's quite a good one. Apart from that, there's nothing else that's really unique. It's just a solid set from one of the biggest bands of the last decade. A band that, despite its waning buzz in the late '90s and early '00s, still managed to score #1 hits during a time when hot bands like Coldplay and Keane could not.
Best: Live Forever, Don't Look Back in Anger, I'm Outta Time, Whatever, Champagne Supernova, Wonderwall, Songbird, Let There Be Love, All Around the World, The Shock of the Lightning