This classic album by Oasis is twenty-five years young today (Friday 2 October 2020), it’s one of the defining albums of the Britpop era and one of the greatest albums of the 1990s. It’s a perfect album with not a single bad track on it, and just when you think it can’t get any better, Oasis close with magnificent seven-minute Champagne Supernova.
The album is seen by critics as a significant record in the timeline of British indie music, a seminal record of both the Britpop era and the 1990s, as well as appearing on several lists of the greatest albums in rock music. Although a commercial success at the time, the album initially received lukewarm reviews. However, opinion has completely reversed in the ensuing years, and it’s now generally considered to be one of the great albums.
The cover is a picture of two men passing each other on Berwick Street in London, DJ Sean Rowley and album sleeve designer Brian Cannon (back to the camera). The album’s producer Owen Morris can be seen in the background (on the left footpath) holding the album’s master tape in front of his face. The location was chosen because the street was a popular location for record shops at the time.
This is one of my all-time favourite albums, and I enjoyed listening to it in its entirety this morning.