26 Songs, 2 Hours 15 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Working class hymns, underrated anthems and swaggering hits with the power to live forever are all present and correct on this exhaustive 26-track chronicle of the Manchester band’s finest singles. Time hasn’t diminished the most potent pages of the Noel Gallagher songbook—“Cigarettes & Alcohol” crackles like a glam rock explosive, Britpop singalong “Don’t Look Back In Anger” is almost preposterously stirring—but later releases fare well too. “The Shock of the Lightning” is a rip-snorting, psychedelic monsterm and “Songbird” (a rare Liam-penned addition) reframes rock’s snarling wild man as a hopeless romantic.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Working class hymns, underrated anthems and swaggering hits with the power to live forever are all present and correct on this exhaustive 26-track chronicle of the Manchester band’s finest singles. Time hasn’t diminished the most potent pages of the Noel Gallagher songbook—“Cigarettes & Alcohol” crackles like a glam rock explosive, Britpop singalong “Don’t Look Back In Anger” is almost preposterously stirring—but later releases fare well too. “The Shock of the Lightning” is a rip-snorting, psychedelic monsterm and “Songbird” (a rare Liam-penned addition) reframes rock’s snarling wild man as a hopeless romantic.

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