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Friday 09 October 2020

Noel Gallagher Sings The Praises Of Oasis' Seminal Second Album (What's The Story) Morning Glory

Reflecting on how Oasis made (What's The Story) Morning Glory, Noel Gallagher recalls, "You're just working on instinct, because you don"t second guess anything when you're young. You're like "My instinct is telling me this is gonna be great, so therefore we'll go and we'll do it.""

Following only fourteen months after Oasis's 1994 album Definitely Maybe, widely regarded one of the greatest debut albums, (What's The Story) Morning Glory? is the UK's fifth best-selling album of all time and best-selling album of the nineties.

At the height of Britpop madness, the album was shifting hundreds of thousands of copies a week, spawning a series of hit singles, Some Might Say, Roll With It, Wonderwall and Don't Look Back In Anger. 

The Gallagher brothers were poster boys for a new vision of Cool Britannia, heroes of the tabloids and broadsheets, larking about in Soho and Downing Street, and leading their band triumphantly through the biggest open air concerts the nation had ever seen, culminating with two nights at Knebworth in August 1996 in front of a quarter of a million people.
The gigs sold out in record time (with over two and a half million applying for tickets). 

"We were just making it up as we were going along because no one had ever been this big before so we didn't know what the f*ck was going on," Noel Gallagher recalled in 2010. "Everyone was having a ball." 

(What's The Story) Morning Glory? - Track by Track with Noel Gallagher

It was recorded at Rockfield Studios in Monmouth, Wales over a five week period in 1995, of which only two were spent working. 

Sessions were fast, with the band rarely spending more than twenty-four hours on a song, but there was an enforced three week break in the middle following a typical Gallagher brothers fight over who was going to record lead vocal to Don't Look Back In Anger (an argument Noel won). 

Paul Weller, contributed backing vocals and a psychedelic lead guitar solo to seven minute epic Champagne Supernova, staying on to play guitar and harmonica on the instrumental jam known as The Swamp Song. 

"Recording Oasis is easy," according to Owen Morris. 

"You stick some microphones in the room and they perform… People know when something is real and they can smell bullsh*t a mile off. Oasis make real music, for people to enjoy. And that's all it comes down to at the end of the day."

A brief skirmish with Blur gave the burgeoning Britpop movement a huge publicity boost, when the London based band provocatively scheduled the release of a single, Country House, on the same date as Roll With It (August 14th). 

"We don't claim to have invented anything new. We just play rock and roll music," insisted Noel Gallagher in 1995. "And rock and roll will never die." 

But consider this - in the twenty-five years since (What's The Story) Morning Glory? no British rock album has sold more copies … And the chances are no one ever will. 

(What's The Story) Morning Glory? is out now. CLICK HERE to order.

by: Mike Cobley


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