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Oasis to Stop The Clocks with first retrospective

Oasis

Story by Jack Foley

OASIS have been at the helm of the world’s music scene for over ten years and on November 20, 2006 the first ever Oasis retrospective will draw together a decade’s worth of multi-platinum albums, Number One singles and, unique to Oasis, instantly familiar B sides into one 18 track double album entitled Stop the Clocks.

Furthermore, this collection has been chosen by the band themselves – the songs they believe encapsulate their career to date.

Oasis are widely regarded as the defining rock ‘n’ roll band of the last decade, bestriding the music world since the release of debut single, Supersonic in 1994.

Second album, What’s The Story, (Morning Glory), from which several of the tracks here are drawn, remains the highest ever certified UK album at 14 x platinum while their combined album sales total close to a remarkable 40 million sales worldwide.

Unlike most albums of this nature, Oasis have sat down and undertaken the almost impossible job of picking what they consider to be their finest moments ever.

So Stop The Clocks is imbued with the sort of wilfulness that has helped make Oasis the favourite band of millions of people worldwide and its running order will no doubt provoke equal parts adulation and bar discussions from the millions of Oasis fans worldwide. Could it ever be any other way?

Stop The Clocks includes the B-side ever Acquiesce, deliberately evoking memories of the ‘White Room’ performance that so many regard as Oasis’ greatest music television moment.

Also present is Half The World Away, another B-side that became instantly recognisable to all in the UK for its use as the theme music of TV’s The Royle Family.

Then come the singles, a stream of contemporary classics starting with Supersonic and moving on to anthems such as Wonderwall, as well as more recent moments such as The Importance of Being Idle.

Having spent 10 months on the road in support of the 2 million selling Don’t Believe The Truth, Stop the Clocks is released as Oasis take a well earned sabbatical prior to starting work on new material.

As such, this is not a full stop, but merely a time out; a dream set list, and a chance for the world to review the immense contribution that Oasis have made and continue to make to rock ‘n’ roll.