As soon as I read the press release, I was hooked. A series of DVDs featuring the best
known album that a group has produc
ed, and a track by track commentary by well known music
critics. For those of you that are not familiar with Oasis, I will give a short background: they were a
phenom in the mid 1990s. They were the driving force for a genre of music that became labeled as
‘Britpop’. This whole movement was strongly associated with the Beatles’ style of music updated to
the 1990s. Oasis made their initial impact in 1994 with the release of Definitely Maybe. This was a
fresh and new style emerging through the dross that was popular music in the English music scene of
the time. The defining moment for Oasis happened in 1995 with the release of (What’s the Story?)
Morning Glory. This album was an overnight success, one after another of the tracks made the
charts when they were released as singles.
With this as the backdrop, I plugged in the DVD and waited with bated breath.
In a nutshell, there is too much talking, and too little music! Each track gets a 20-second sound byte
and a 10-minute critique. Clearly stated on the back is “Live and studio performances of tracks from
Morning Glory, reviewed by a panel of esteemed experts”. This is absolutely not the case; there is
not one single track that is played in its entirety. Most tracks get at best a 30-second sound byte to
Maybe the redeeming feature of this disappointing DVD is the choice of "experts"; in their own way
they do add entertainment value. They offer conclusive proof that just because you can write a
column for New Musical Express, or The Guardian, or any other reputable magazine, it does not
mean that you interview well. The best example of this is the stellar performance put on by Mark
Beaumont of NME fame. This guy apparently can not talk for five seconds without fondling his
moustache, scratching his nose, or rubbing his lips. If I had been the director I would have duct
taped his hands to the chair he was sitting on!
Andrew Mueller, who is a very well known political and musical columnist, managed to keep his
digits out of the way, but was wearing a shirt that only someone fresh off an eight-second bull ride
could get away with. Maybe that is what happened, because his hair certainly matched!
Pat Gilbert, sporting a black beret, offered the most succinct analysis. He is clearly a man that knows
his subject. I found his comments to be both insightful and informative. Paolo Hewitt also offered
some interesting commentary.
I was very disappointed with this DVD, and it could have been so good. The concept is great, but
the execution is horrible. If you love Morning Glory, stick to the CD that you already own, you will
find nothing new or interesting in this offering. I do hope that if there are going to be more in this
series, the producers and directors will spend more time thinking about what the consumer wants.