Thursday, February 24, 2011

I'll go crazy if I don't go crazy tonight

Not too long after I finished completing my Rush catalog, I decided to fill some holes elsewhere in my library. I'm not trying to be a total completist here, but if there's a band who's consistently good (and I like), then it's worth considering some looking around local used CD stores.

After I found $2 copies of Oasis's Be Here Now and Don't Believe The Truth, I figured I should finish my collection with a copy of Dig Out Your Soul. I still maintain the attitude that (What's the Story) Morning Glory is my favorite Oasis record from start to finish, but I'm glad I found other tracks, like "Mucky Fingers," very much worth my while.

My reasoning for a lapse in following Oasis can really be summed up by my initial impressions of Be Here Now and Heathen Chemistry. I was simply tired of them and tired of reading about them. Oasis was a band perfect for the British weeklies, given how Noel and Liam knew how to get editors excited with choice words. But when it came time to talking about their music, I heard the most about how they copying this legendary artist and this one and this one. I had enough.

I'm glad I've revisited those later albums with Gem Archer and Andy Bell, especially Don't Believe The Truth. Not the best material of their career, but definitely something that should not be skipped over if you actually like Oasis.

And then there's U2.

U2 was the first band I ever wanted to own every album by. I was in seventh grade and I wanted everything, from Boy through Achtung Baby, on cassette. I still have those tapes in my parents' house, but I had yet to really get into the remastered versions of Boy, October, and War. This was mainly due to confusion with the various editions of each one released.

With purchasing a box set with all the bells and whistles, I'm excited about going back to "Stories for Boys," "Out of Control," and "I Fall Down." Couple that with Pop and No Line On the Horizon, I'm quite satisfied with my U2 portion. I can only hope Rattle & Hum gets some kind of reissue, even though there are very mixed feelings about that collection and its accompanying movie.

Strange as it may seem and daunting as it is to have so much music, but it's only natural for me.

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