Vinyl love: Oasis “Heathen chemistry”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Oasis
Album Title: Heathen chemistry
Year released: 2002
Year reissued: 2016
Details: Gatefold, 2 x 180 gram, 45 rpm, 16-page booklet

The skinny: After all the excitement created by their first two incredible albums in the mid-90s, the shine started to fade and I began to grow disinterested with the music being slung by the Gallagher brothers and their friends, feeling that perhaps all the success was getting to them. I found “Be here now” overblown at the time and didn’t even bother listening to “Standing on the shoulders of giants” for many years. I have since gone back to find some pieces to like on both those two albums but that’s mostly because I enjoyed the albums they put together later on, like this one. More stripped down and to the point than its two predecessors, “Heathen chemistry” was also the first album to feature new members Gem Archer and Andy Bell. This reissue was pressed on to two slabs at 45 RPM and songs like the one below sound just fine to these ears this weekend.

Standout track: “Stop crying your heart out”

Vinyl love: Oasis “(What’s the story) morning glory?”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Oasis
Album Title: (What’s the story) morning glory?
Year released: 1995
Year reissued: 2014
Details: Triple Gatefold, double LP, Remastered

The skinny: Continuing my revisits of the Oasis records in my collection, we have lit upon their best-known (but is it their best?) record. I definitely remember when “(What’s the story) morning glory?” came out, though I maybe didn’t buy it right away because I was living the student life in residence at the time. However, when Victoria and I moved in together many moons ago, this is one of the duplicates that arose out of our merging of CD collections and one of the few of those that I didn’t originally introduce to her. My future wife came upon it on her own, likely based on the ubiquity of the second single, “Wonderwall”, and the album has become one of those few that she can say that she loves every song… Oh yes, and I love it too, which is why when it was remastered and reissued on heavyweight vinyl back in 2014, I didn’t hesitate to put down the cash.

Standout track: “Don’t look back in anger”

Vinyl love: Oasis “Definitely maybe”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Oasis
Album Title: Definitely maybe
Year released: 1994
Details: Gatefold, double LP, original pressing

The skinny: A few weeks ago I posted about how purchasing Oasis’s b-sides compilation, “The masterplan”, completed* the Oasis section of my vinyl collection. So I thought I might spin and take pics of the rest of said section over the next few weeks. (Don’t worry, I don’t have everything they ever released, just the important pieces.) And as mentioned in the preamble to my record collection list, Oasis’s debut album, “Definitely maybe”, was one of two albums purchased by wife at a Greenwich Village street sale, effectively kick-starting my obsession with vinyl. Not coincidentally, it is also one of the only two used records in my collection. As your can see by the pics, the album’s sleeve is not perfect, yet in pretty good shape considering its age. However, the sound that comes from the discs’ grooves is immaculate. Victoria once told me that she wouldn’t be offended if I wanted to dump this record in favour of a new reissue but the thought has never crossed my mind. It already has that built-in sentiment because it came from her. And oh yeah, the album? In my opinion, it’s up there amongst the best debut albums ever.

Standout track: “Live forever”

* I say ‘completed’ but I might be tempted if I ever found certain EPs or singles on vinyl out there in the wild.