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ARTIST: Noel Gallagher (plus his backing band)
ALBUM TITLE: The Dreams We Have As Children
BACKGROUND: This UK promo audio CD was released both to promote Noel Gallagher’s solo projects AND to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust (who co-own the copyright for this recording and received a royalty for each one manufactured). It was recorded on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th March 2010 at the Royal Albert Hall (the venue shown in picture 4). And produced by Roger Daltrey CBE (of The Who fame) and Des Murphy (ex-Wasteland, Los Bastardos and Genius Freak).
The original ads for these events are shown in images 7 and 8. These were drawn by Noel Gallagher’s favourite artist - Pete McKee (who has produced other flyers/art works etc for Oasis too). To see more of McKees fantastic work see: http://www.therealmckee.co.uk/
Image 5 shows Culture magazine which this CD came with and image 6 is a Wired Strings newsletter (who provided backing instrumentation), both are almost certainly collectable, neither is included for sale here. This is the case with images 4 to 8 inclusive which have been included for reference purposes only.
STYLE OF MUSIC: Rock, Alternative Rock, Indie Rock, Britpop, Psychedelic rock, Acoustic
TRACKLIST (followed by approximate running time of each song):
1 Fade Away 5:06
2 Listen Up 4:48
3 Half The World Away 4:04
4 The Butterfly Collector (with Acoustic Guitar & Vocals by Paul Weller) 4:25
5 All You Need Is Love (with Acoustic Guitar & Vocals by Paul Weller) 3:26
6 Don't Go Away 4:04
7 Sad Song 4:22
8 Wonderwall 4:48
9 Slide Away 6:14
10 There Is A Light That Never Goes Out 4:47
11 Married With Children 3:22
NB. All tracks performed by Noel Gallagher with support from Terry Kirkbride and Gem Archer (plus his backing band).
FORMAT: CD promo album in illustrated card case (as pictured).
PUBLISHED BY: Creation Songs Ltd. / Sony/ATV Music Publishing Ltd. / The Sunday Times (2009)
CATALOGUE NUMBER: UPOASIS001
CONDITION: This not a brand new CD. As such there may be signs of wear. It is an original product (not counterfeit). If we have more than one copy these are sent on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with those in the best condition sent to whoever buys first. Each CD is tested to ensure perfect playback.
POSTAGE AND PACKING: Sent from the UK. FREE SHIPPING TO ALL COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE!!!
REVIEWS: All the reviews below refer to the download version of this album, the content of which is identical to this CD. Currently almost every single customer review for the MP3 album on Amazon UK, itunes UK and play.com gives a maximum score of 5/5 stars!!! Excerpts from the reviews (some of which have been paraphrased/truncated to fit here) are below:
AMAZON (UK) REVIEWS: 4 reviews, all give 5 Stars (out of 5). For details see: http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B0026KR4QK/
Robbie Swale’s Amazon review. Key Quote: “A really lovely recording... I can't recommend it highly enough.” Review Proper: Far more interesting in than the latest studio offering - this is a live recording of Noel Gallagher singing a string of Oasis' best songs acoustically. Included here are a couple of covers, a guest appearance by Paul Weller, and some lovely, lovely recordings which demonstrate the power of Gallagher's song writing.
The songs which have always been stripped-down classics are here - Talk Tonight, Cast No Shadow and Ryan Adams-influenced Wonderwall. There are some other tunes which benefit hugely from the acoustic treatment - notably Fade Away (a similar version of which appeared on a War Child album) and Don't Go Away, the single that never was from Be Here Now.
There has always been something magical about seeing Noel singing his songs live: whilst Liam's stronger voice on studio albums is what has driven Oasis to their huge success, the emotion and commitment that Noel puts into his music is far more spell-binding.
This is an excellent album for new fan and old. It will excite you if you have everything Oasis ever released, and probably surprise you if you don't. There are a number of B-sides here which - in this format in particular - are among the finest songs Noel has ever written. I recommend this album very highly!
ITUNES UK REVIEWS: 54 reviews with an average of 5/5 (each has at least a sentence about this record), AND 321 star ratings (again an average of 5/5)!
Boca09’s review on iTunes UK. Key Quote: “Noel Gallagher acoustic! What else is there to say?” Review Proper: Its about time we get this CD on itunes in the States!! I have been a long time Oasis fan and have a growing appreciation of Noel’s musical talent. An amazing songwriter since the first album, but with age his voice and overall musical genius continues to grow. This concert was in benefit of the Teenage Cancer Trust. Overall a great cause and a great performance!
PLAY.COM REVIEWS: 6 customer reviews all give the maximum score of 5 stars. For details see: http://www.play.com/Music/MP3-Download-Album/4-/9092166/0/The-Dreams-We-Have-As-Children/
Review by Norm Clev / Stevie Wilson. Key Quote: “Brilliant!” Review Proper: I was at this concert and he finished with Strawberry Fields, which hasn’t been included. Nevertheless it’s a MUST HAVE! Proves that Noel was the brains and main talent behind Oasis. Would love to see this released as a DVD. In the meantime just buy it, get lost in the atmosphere and listen to perfection in live performances!
PITCHFORK.COM REVIEW: This provides the most critical (although still very positive) review – hardly surprising as it is the only professional review of this release that I can find. The review (which is far too long to print here) can be found at: http://pitchfork.com/reviews/albums/13082-the-dreams-we-have-as-children/ It is concluded by saying: “That [Noel] took the occasion to spotlight a slightly lesser-known part of his career (B-sides, bonus tracks and rarities) elevates this set above a standard charity effort; that he focused on the first two years of his career (the artistically fruitful years of 1994-95) elevates it above most of the other Oasis records this decade.