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(What's the Story) Morning Glory
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(What's the Story) Morning Glory

(What's the Story) Morning Glory
LP by Oasis
Released October, 1995
Recorded ???
Genre Rock
Length 50 min 18 s
Record label Epic
Producer Owen Morris
Professional reviews
Allmusic.com 4.5 stars out of 5 link
Robert Christgau 2 stars Honorable Mention link
Rolling Stone 4 stars out of 5 (RS 719)
Q 3 stars out of 5 November 2000
Oasis Chronology
Definitely Maybe
(1994)
(What's the Story) Morning Glory
(1995)
Be Here Now
(1997)
(What's the Story) Morning Glory is a 1995 album by rock band Oasis. The band's second album, it was a worldwide hit, reaching #1 in the United Kingdom and #4 in the United States, and selling 18.2 million copies worldwide. The album was produced by Owen Morris.

Table of contents
1 The Battle of Britpop
2 Track listing
3 Chart positions

The Battle of Britpop

For many people (What's the Story) Morning Glory represents the epitome of the Britpop movement. The year before its release, Britain's two biggest bands, Blur and Oasis, had released massively successful albums and had begun making inroads in the United States. However, the two bands constantly attacked each other in the media.

Things came to a head when Oasis and Blur decided to release the first single from their highly anticipated albums on the same day, August 14 1995. This event caused a media sensation that extended beyond the music industry to the point where the bands were regularly mentioned on the evening news.

The challenge was dubbed The Battle Of Britpop and was considered a fight between the gritty, working class Oasis and the artsy, upper class Blur. Blur's "Country House" single sold 274,000 copies to Oasis' 216,000 copies of "Roll with It".

However, in the end, Oasis' album (What's the Story) Morning Glory was far more successful than Blur's The Great Escape. In Britain and Ireland it became habit when asked "What's the story?" (lit. "How are you?"), to answer with "Morning glory". In the UK, it spend over three times as long on the charts (a total of three years) and outsold Blur's album 13x platinum vs. 3x platinum. Oasis' album is hailed as the essence of Britpop for its impact on mainstream society, debt to 1960s music, and bloated, anthemic nature.

Track listing

  1. "Hello"
  2. "Roll With It"
  3. "Wonderwall"
  4. "Don't Look Back in Anger"
  5. "Hey Now!"
  6. [...]
  7. "Some Might Say"
  8. "Cast No Shadow"
  9. "She's Electric"
  10. "Morning Glory"
  11. [...]
  12. "Champagne Supernova"

Note: The untitled tracks are short mixes of a b-side called "The Swamp Song".

Chart positions

UK:

Some Might Say            #1  (27 weeks on chart)
Roll With It              #2  (18 weeks)
Wonderwall                #2  (34 weeks)
Don't Look Back in Anger  #1  (24 weeks)

US:

Wonderwall                #8  (20 weeks on chart)
Don't Look Back in Anger  #55 (14 weeks)