This week’s reviews: LCD Soundsystem & Oasis

This week, LCD Soundsystem released The Long Goodbye: LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden, a 5XLP set first issued for Record Store Day and and now widely distributed in both digital and LP formats. The album was recorded at their last show on April 2, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. It skillfully captures the exuberantly joyful party atmosphere of the band’s music. The concert itself clocked in around 4 hours long and the album is a little over 3 hours.

If you were ever looking for an LCD Soundsystem Greatest Hits, this is it. Featured on the album are many of their best songs, “Drunk Girls,” “Losing My Edge,” “All My Friends,” “Someone Great,” a harmony-heavy version of “All I Want,” and so on and on. The concert/album opens with an audience-participation filled “Dance Yrself Clean,” a song that functions as a sort of instruction manual to enjoying LCD’s music.   There are many electronica jams perfect for a crowd that, presumably, was interested in dancing all night long.

I could not justify dropping $150 on the RSD LP-set but I look forward to when the vinyl does drop in price so I can purchase the set and dance around my room all night long like I was there. I wish I was there.

Also released this week is an remastered and expanded version of Oasis’s debut album, Definitely Maybe. Originally released in 1994 on Creation Records, this album was so huge. It helped to further spur the Brit-Pop Movement of the early 1990s, along with bands like Pulp and Blur. (If you are interested in learning more about Oasis and other Creation bands, I suggest watching Upside Down: The Creation Records Story, currently streaming on Netfix.)

As an album, every song on Definitely Maybe could be a single and many of them were. The album included “Cigarettes & Alcohol,” “Rock ‘n Roll Star,” “Live Forever,” and “Supersonic.” The expanded edition includes rare b-sides, and live and demo versions of these tracks and more.

All of the drama that transpired with Oasis and around the band is really inconsequential when you realize that 20 years later, the album still holds up.  If you are interested in a deep-dive of Oasis’s early (and best) material, check out this expanded edition. Its overwhelming but a very telling account of this band’s talent and consistently good output (in the early years of the band).


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