Oasis ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?’ at 25: Revisiting 1995 Opus with New Noel Gallagher Interview


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25 years ago today, Oasis released (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, the second studio album from the Britpop band helmed by feisty brothers Liam and Noel Gallagher.

(Click here to pick up a copy of the 2014 reissue of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? from our Rock Cellar Store). 

It was a HUGE album, catapulting Oasis to international superstardom and “phenomenon” status in the mid ’90s, an accomplishment that allowed the group to coast on its success for years to come — before breaking up in 2009.

Morning Glory, which features enduring ’90s classics such as “Wonderwall,” “Don’t Look Back in Anger” and “Champagne Supernova,” has been reissued in the past on a few occasions, and the band issued another vinyl edition for the 25th anniversary — but there’s more this time.

Return to Rockfield, shared on Friday in connection with the anniversary, is a new in-depth interview with Noel Gallagher about the album, its legacy and more, filmed at Rockfield Studios in Wales, where the album was recorded.

Watch it below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mg9JwZSG_vc

There was also a special YouTube playback of the album featuring all sorts of visual accompaniment:

It’s hard to overstate the impact this album had on the world. Morning Glory set a record with 345,000 copies sold in its first week, peaking at No. 4 on the U.S. Billboard 200 and spending 10 weeks at the top of the U.K. Albums Chart. There’s a decent chance, looking back, that the runaway success of the record helped to spark the eventual (and, frankly, inevitable) in-fighting and sparring that plagued the group for the rest of its career … and, at least so far, has prevented a reunion.

Whether you like Oasis or not, there’s no denying the impact (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? had on the world when it was released. “Wonderwall” alone has become a pretty popular meme on social media channels, for example, stemming from the relative simplicity of the song’s chord progression.

This was one of the most crucial albums of its era, one that’s gone on to sell more than 22 million copies around the world.

25 years is a long time, but the music of (What’s the Story?) Morning Glory remains an unforgettable bit of music history.

Stream the full album below, via Spotify.


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