Time Flies



by JohnnyBiggs USER (24 Reviews)
June 16th, 2010 | 14 replies

Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Do we really need another Oasis best of?

I guess the main question is, was this really a necessary release" Oasis already have a best of collection that came out in 2006 entitled ‘Stop The Clocks’. Here we have ‘Time Flies’, purported to contain all of Oasis’ singles (which is incorrect, Sunday Morning Call is missing, more on that later), conveniently packaged into a 2 disc album.

This collection is a difficult one to rate. On the one hand, the necessity of this release puzzles me, and it’s actually a release that reeks of being a cash cow. On top of that, Oasis have literally 5 albums worth of amazing b-sides that have yet to be properly released. Why re-release songs that have already appeared on 2 other discs, and let those amazing b-sides rot away in mp3 hell"

On the other hand, there’s no denying the strength of the material at hand, and that compared to ‘Stop The Clocks’, this is a more cohesive, better packaged, and frankly better greatest hits collection than that album.

Anyone familiar with Oasis will recognize at least 5 songs or so off the track list here. All of the staples are included- Live Forever, Wonderwall, Don’t Look Back In Anger, Champagne Supernova, all classic slices of anthemic british rock and roll and impeccably crafted rock songs. A lot of the newer fare has also been included from their last three albums, including the swirling, trippy ‘Hindu Times’, the fast rocker ‘Shock of the Lightning’, and the foot stomping, hand clapping blues of ‘Lyla’.

Noel Gallagher has always talked negatively about their 1997 album 'Be Here Now', which is why it's surprising to see three songs grace this compilation. All 3 songs are still excellent and soar past any criticism they once had. I dare you not to smile during 'Stand By Me', or feel like a million dollar rock star on the too cool for school 'D'You Know What I Mean"'.

A lot of best of collections usually contain one or two new songs (usually to give fans a reason to buy the thing in the first place). Since the band is broken up, we don't get new material; instead, we get 2 unreleased tracks that have never been featured on an album. “Whatever” was a Christmas single from 1994 and is ridiculously catchy, featuring gorgeous strings in the background, and Liam Gallagher’s vocal at their best. Whatever defines the very meaning of Britpop- simply a gorgeous tune that will cheer anyone up.

The second song is ‘Lord Don’t Slow Me Down’, which was featured in an Oasis documentary. Anyone who enjoys Oasis more bluesy side ala ‘Lyla’ or ‘Importance of Being Idle’ will dig this tune. I will say, it’s a little more harder edged than most of Oasis’ other material, but nevertheless it’s a top tune.

For an album claiming to contain all of Oasis’ singles, curiously enough, ‘Sunday Morning Call’ is missing. I don’t know if it was cut due to the CD’s time length, but not including it was a big mistake, as it is one of Oasis’ strongest and most uplifting songs out of their post-Morning Glory phase. Apparently it’s a hidden track on this compilation, but my disc doesn’t have it. A real disappointment.

Again, I can’t help but come back to the argument of why this was even made in the first place. If you are just a casual fan and just want the singles, or are stuck between picking ‘Stop The Clocks’ or this album, then definitely go with this one. It’s better sequenced, and for the casual fans, it has all the Oasis songs you probably want.

However, bear in mind that this is by no means the ‘definitive’ Oasis collection. There are a wealth of incredible songs missing on this compilation (like most best of compilations when you think about it), and the truth is, Oasis’ albums are strong enough on their own anyways.

My rating is a combination of my two schools of thought, so please bear that in mind. The material is excellent, no doubt, and this serves as an excellent introduction to the world of Oasis. But this was simply not a necessary release.

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June 16th 2010


Do we really need another Oasis best of?

More than you know!

June 16th 2010


I like the band but yeah you have a point.

June 16th 2010


Tbh I think it is kinda neccesary, I thought Stop The Clocks was a poor best of. Good review.

June 16th 2010


Album Rating: 4.0

This is a much better best of than Stop the clocks, simply because STC neglected quite a lot of the band's best songs. (Roll with it, Singles from Be here now/Heathen Chemistry etc)

Also finally having 'Whatever' and 'Lord don't slow me down' on a physical release is a huge plus.

June 16th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

It's better than Stop the Clocks, but wouldn't another b-side collection make more sense? I'd personally rather have Lord Don't and Whatever alongside an album with songs like Shout It Out Loud or D'Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman, personally.

June 16th 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

Great points of view though, I must say

June 16th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

I agree with this completely, and this collection shows how bad Noel was at picking singles, he consistently got the big decisions wrong.

This isn't a good representation of Oasis' career, but it's nice to see 'Whatever' and 'Lord Don''t Slow Me Down' make an appearance. The former being a ridiculously good song.

You're right about the B Sides, a second compilation would be fantastic. The Masterplan is actually my 2nd favourite Oasis album, ahead of Morning Glory but behind Definitely Maybe.

Staff Reviewer
June 16th 2010


Why do we have another Oasis best of?

Idk, because Oasis has called it a day

June 16th 2010



June 16th 2010


^ brilliance.
nice because Stop the Clocks was fucking awful
tho not like I'm buying this or anything.

June 17th 2010


Album Rating: 3.5

Why was Stop The Clocks awful?

btw 'Sunday Morning Call' is on there, it's a hidden track in 'Falling Down'.

June 17th 2010


Looks pretty representative for the band. Expected since they broke up.

June 22nd 2010


Album Rating: 3.0

I think Stop the Clocks was considered awful because it's a double disc album with only nine songs on each disc, which, when it coems to the price, is outrageous.

My copy of Time Flies doesn't have Sunday Morning... as a hidden track, it just ends right after Falling Down.

I just see this as akin to Kiss constanly releasing a best of, or Aerosmith. Oasis already have one. They have amazing, unreleased songs that deserve a release like Time Flies.

July 3rd 2010


I've got to purchase the deluxe edition of this.

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