44 Songs, 3 Hours 23 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Swaggering bedsit anthems that regenerated British guitar music. Written while Noel Gallagher was stuck in a dead-end job and a souring relationship, his songs define Britpop with their everyman ambition and imperishable melody. Delivered with brother Liam’s belligerent snarl and bracing guitars, they preach escapism through self-belief (“Rock ’n’ Roll Star”), narcotic bliss (“Columbia”) and workaday hedonism (Cigarettes & Alcohol). However it’s the tender moments drawn from Noel’s romantic heart–“Slide Away” and “Live Forever”–that hinted there would still be much to write about once stardom quenched his small-town dreams.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Swaggering bedsit anthems that regenerated British guitar music. Written while Noel Gallagher was stuck in a dead-end job and a souring relationship, his songs define Britpop with their everyman ambition and imperishable melody. Delivered with brother Liam’s belligerent snarl and bracing guitars, they preach escapism through self-belief (“Rock ’n’ Roll Star”), narcotic bliss (“Columbia”) and workaday hedonism (Cigarettes & Alcohol). However it’s the tender moments drawn from Noel’s romantic heart–“Slide Away” and “Live Forever”–that hinted there would still be much to write about once stardom quenched his small-town dreams.

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