Memories of great music

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 January, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 January, 2007, 12:00am

Oasis's first greatest hits album, Stop the Clocks, is money in the bank for their record company. For Oasis fans, it is testimony to the brilliance of an iconic band that has - despite not being musically brilliant -outlasted many of its Britpop contemporaries in terms of record sales and influence.

Selected by Noel Gallagher, many of the 18 songs in the double-album collection are B-sides and album tracks from the band's first two years - a period during which the band was at its most innovative.

But despite their recent comeback (their latest studio album Don't Believe the Truth was warmly received by critics and the public), the band has lost much of the fire and inventiveness that characterised its early work.

Gallagher admits that the problem is that everyone compares their new work to their earliest recordings. Their debut Definitely Maybe was voted best album of all time in a British poll - how can you outdo a classic?

This collection of genius tracks serves as a memorial to something great, rather than a signal of more greatness to come.