All Around the World (Oasis song)

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"All Around the World"
Single by Oasis
from the album Be Here Now
B-side "The Fame"
"Flashbax"
"Street Fighting Man"
Released 12 January 1998
Format CD, 7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, cassette
Recorded November 1996 - April 1997
Genre Britpop, symphonic rock
Length 9:20 (album version)
9:38 (single version)
Label Creation - CRE 282
Writer(s) Noel Gallagher
Producer(s) Owen Morris, Noel Gallagher
Oasis singles chronology
"Stand by Me"
(1997)
"All Around the World"
(1998)
"Don't Go Away"
(1998)
Be Here Now track listing

"All Around the World" is a song by the English rock band Oasis, written by the band's lead guitarist and principal songwriter Noel Gallagher. Released on 12 January 1998, the track peaked at number one in the UK Singles Chart;[1] it is the longest single ever to do so (the track on both the CD and 12" release is 18 seconds longer than the album version found on Be Here Now). It is also the longest song ever recorded by Oasis. The single went gold in the UK. This was the last Oasis single to be released on the Creation Records label. The song also reached #15 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart.

"All Around the World", nearly ten minutes long, is embellished with string and horn pieces, and is followed by a two-minute-long instrumental, "All Around the World (Reprise)". Upon its release the reviews were generally positive. As with many Oasis songs, such as "Whatever", "Acquiesce", "Live Forever" it sends the message that "everything's gonna be okay". The song features a backing vocal of "na-na-na"'s in the coda similar to the corresponding section in The Beatles' song "Hey Jude".[citation needed]

The photograph on the front of the single was taken on Bournemouth beach in Dorset, England.

History[edit]

The song was one of the first to be written by Noel, and there are recorded sessions of the band rehearsing it at the Boardwalk club as early as 1992. However, despite Noel's fondness for the song, it did not appear on their first two albums, Definitely Maybe and (What's the Story) Morning Glory?, as he wanted to wait until the band could afford to produce the song in the extravagant manner in which it was to eventually appear. From time to time, Gallagher has claimed that this is one of the best songs he has ever written.[citation needed]

As early as Spring 1994, the final production sound for this song was envisaged. On the interview Wibbling Rivalry, Noel Gallagher said of the song, "With "Supersonic", I worried I was never going to write another song after that 'cos I thought, 'It sounds that good'... Two days later I superseded it by about 50 fuckin' times. The reason we haven't recorded that song is because there isn't enough money in Creation Records' bank balance to pay for the production of that record. When we do that record..." Noel also added when asked if there would be an orchestra on it, "Orchestras, man? It's not got to be one, it's got to be two".[citation needed]

Noel described the song shortly before the release of the album: "I wrote this one ages ago, before "Whatever". It was twelve minutes long then. It was a matter of being able to afford to record it. But now we can get away with the 36-piece orchestra. And the longer the better as far as I'm concerned. If it's good. I can see what people are going to say, but fuck 'em, basically."[citation needed]

"The lyrics are teeny-poppy. But there are three key changes towards the end. Imagine how much better Hey Jude would have been with three key changes towards the end. I like the ambition of it, all that time ago. What was all that about when we didn't even have our first single out? Gin and tonics, eh?"[citation needed]

The harmonica pieces on the track were performed by Mark Feltham. Backing vocals were provided by Noel and Liam's then wives, Meg Mathews and Patsy Kensit, along with Richard Ashcroft of The Verve.[citation needed]

When it was suggested that Oasis take legal action against pop band Hear'Say for their first single's ("Pure and Simple") uncanny similarity to "All Around the World", Noel simply laughed at the hypocrisy of such an act from a man who was famous for "borrowing" from other artists. Portions of the song's chorus were used as background music for AT&T's advertising campaign for "The New AT&T".[citation needed]

"All Around the World" currently holds the record of longest (in terms of song length) number one of all time in the UK.[citation needed]

Reprise[edit]

A two-minute, ten-second instrumental reprise of the song closes the Be Here Now album. The reprise ends with the sound of a door being slammed, which has been referred to since as "the sound of the end of the Britpop-era Oasis".[citation needed]

Music video[edit]

Keeping with the feel of the song, the music video was also a lavish affair. Featuring the band in a yellow spaceship, the animated piece saw them travel through a world akin to The Beatles' Yellow Submarine film.[citation needed] The video was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris[2] and took 24 computer animators 6 months to make.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

CD (Promo): Sony Music / SAMPCS 4754[edit]

  1. "All Around the World" (Edit) - 4:51

CD: Creation / CRESCD 282[edit]

  1. "All Around the World" - 9:38
  2. "The Fame" - 4:35
  3. "Flashbax" - 5:07
  4. "Street Fighting Man" (Jagger/Richards) - 3:54

7": Creation / CRE 282[edit]

  1. "All Around the World" (Edit) - 4:51
  2. "The Fame" - 4:35

MC: Creation / CRECS 282[edit]

  1. "All Around the World" (Edit) - 4:51
  2. "The Fame" - 4:35

12": Creation / CRE 282T[edit]

  1. "All Around the World" - 9:38
  2. "The Fame" - 4:35
  3. "Flashbax" - 5:07

Covers[edit]

Counting Crows covered "All Around the World" on the Oasis tribute album, Caught Beneath The Landslide: A Tribute To Oasis.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 615. ISBN 1-904994-10-5. 
  2. ^ "Oasis - "All around the world"". mvdbase.com. Retrieved 22 December 2011. 

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Preceded by
"Never Ever" by All Saints
UK Singles Chart number-one single
18 January 1998 – 24 January 1998
Succeeded by
"You Make Me Wanna..." by Usher