Monday, September 20, 2010

Import The Anger With The 4-Track Oasis Single "Don't Look Back In Anger!"

The Good: UK 4-track single, good songs, wonderful lyrics
The Bad: US 2-track single, Short.
The Basics: The 4-track is a MUST for Oasis fans, either version is suitable for everyone!

"Don't Look Back In Anger," easily one of the best - if not THE best - track on Oasis' (What's the Story) Morning Glory? is available on a c.d. of its own. There are two forms of the c.d. single to Don't Look Back In Anger; the UK 4-track and the US 2-track.

The difference in the two versions is length - both contain the title track plus a cover of Slade's "Cum On Feel The Noize." The UK version has two additional tracks: "Step Out" and "Underneath the Sky." And while "Underneath the Sky" is available on The Masterplan, "Step Out" is not.

"Cum On Feel the Noize" is well represented here, but it's not enough to make the single worth it. On the other hand, the additional two tracks make the album a pretty solid investment both of money and of your attention. The 4-track c.d. comes together remarkably well, with a fluidity of an actual album as opposed to the usual sloppy arrangements of tracks on your average single. And to get two songs from Oasis not available elsewhere (there is a live version of "Step Out" on the disappointing Familiar to Millions but it pales compared to this one!) coupled with two very good distinctly Oasis songs, is a nice find for any Oasis fan.

"Don't Look Back In Anger" is an Oasis rock and roll ballad and it is arguably one of the most powerful and emotional songs in the band's repertoire. The other songs are very typical guitar and bass-driven rock and roll songs.

Even if you're not an Oasis fan, the import version is the way to go - "Don't Look Back In Anger" is the ultimate rejection anthem and "Cum On Feel the Noize" isn't bad. While the title song does appear on the album identical to this version, this is one of the few singles worth picking up because there is enough original content to make the hunt worth it.

For other works by male bands, please check out my reviews of:
Meat Loaf - Bat Out Of Hell II: Back Into Hell
Linkin Park - Minutes To Midnight
Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet


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