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The Masterplan is a compilation of Oasis B-sides and singles. Critics and fans alike claimed that the best Oasis B-sides were as strong as the best moments on the albums, and they were right. None of the albums had a song that rocked as hard as 'Fade Away' (cleverly built on a stolen melody from Wham!'s Freedom), 'Headshrinker', or 'Acquiesce'. There was nothing as charming as the lite psychedelic pastiche 'Underneath the Sky' or the Bacharach tribute 'Going Nowhere'; there was nothing as affecting as Noel Gallagher's acoustic plea 'Talk Tonight' or the minor-key, McCartney-esque 'Rockin' Chair', nothing as epic as 'The Masterplan'. Most bands wouldn't throw songs of this caliber away on B-sides, but Noel Gallagher followed the example of his heroes the Jam and the Smiths, who released singles where the B-sides rivaled the A-sides. This meant many American fans missed these songs, so to remedy this situation, Oasis released the B-sides compilation The Masterplan.