Familiar to Millions
|Familiar to Millions|
|Live album by Oasis|
|Released||13 November 2000|
|Recorded||16 April 2000 & 21 July 2000|
|Genre||Alternative rock, Britpop|
|Label||Big Brother (UK)
Epic E2K 85267 (US)
|Producer||Mark Stent, Paul Stacey|
Familiar to Millions is the first live album by the British rock band Oasis. It was recorded at Wembley Stadium on 21 July 2000. It debuted at No. 5 in the UK charts with 57,000 copies sold in the first week. To date Familiar to Millions has sold around 310,000 copies in Britain alone (Platinum), about 70,000 copies in the US and an estimated 1 million copies worldwide. The album was initially released simultaneously on six formats: DVD, VHS, CD, double cassette, triple vinyl, and MiniDisc.
All songs written by Noel Gallagher, except where noted. The disc division and track lengths below are taken from the double-CD edition of the album.
- "Fuckin' in the Bushes" (intro tape) – 3:04
- "Go Let It Out" – 5:32
- "Who Feels Love?" – 5:59
- "Supersonic" – 4:30
- "Shakermaker" – 5:13
- "Acquiesce" – 4:18
- "Step Out" (Gallagher, Stevie Wonder, Henry Cosby, Sylvia Moy) – 4:05
- "Gas Panic!" – 8:01
- "Roll with It" – 4:43
- "Stand by Me" – 5:49
- "Wonderwall" – 4:34
- "Cigarettes & Alcohol" – 6:53
- "Don't Look Back in Anger" – 5:09
- "Live Forever" – 4:52
- "Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black)" (Neil Young, Jeff Blackburn) – 3:45
- "Champagne Supernova" – 6:31
- "Rock 'n' Roll Star" – 6:19
- "Helter Skelter" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 6:32
The 'Highlights' Version
(This version is on one CD, (rather than two, as shown above). All songs are written by Noel Gallagher.)
- "Go Let It Out"
- "Who Feels Love?"
- "Gas Panic!"
- "Roll with It"
- "Cigarettes & Alcohol"
- "Don't Look Back in Anger"
- "Live Forever"
- "Champagne Supernova"
- "Rock 'n' Roll Star"
Video version (DVD/VHS)
As well as the whole show the DVD features the following:
- 45-minute documentary directed by Dick Carruthers was shot in and around Wembley by Grant Gee including backstage interviews and fans footage.
- Multicamera angles on the track "Cigarettes & Alcohol".
- Live screen films for "Go Let It Out", "Supersonic", "Live Forever" and "Rock 'n' Roll Star".
- Complete Discography (inc. international releases) with audio clips and artwork.
- PCM 2.0 Stereo Sound.
- Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround Sound.
- CD-ROM element, which links to an exclusive page on the Oasis website with as-yet unseen photos and Songplayer module where fans can teach themselves to play "Live Forever".
- 'Tambourine' icon: click it and it takes you to and from the documentary in real time. A first for a non-film release.
The VHS features the whole show and a 20-minute documentary (entitled "Mad Fer It") featuring exclusive interviews with Liam and Noel Gallagher. This documentary is unique to the VHS format.
Audio version (CD/Vinyl/Cassette/MiniDisc)
- The CD features an extra bonus track, a cover of The Beatles' song "Helter Skelter", which was recorded at the Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI, USA on 16 April 2000.
- A highlights CD was released on 1 October 2001 to celebrate Oasis' tenth anniversary as a band. "Fuckin' in the Bushes", "Step Out", "Stand by Me", "Hey Hey, My My", and "Helter Skelter" were all omitted.
- As Liam let the audience sing the choruses of "Wonderwall" and also changed the words to other parts of the song ("By now you should have somehow... realised not to sniff glue" / "And all the lights that light the way are... doin' me fuckin' 'ead in!") at the 21 July gig, the version on the various audio formats features a different vocal track to the original one recorded at Wembley. This also applies to Noel's backing vocals. Most of these overdubbed vocals were recorded live at Oasis' gig at the Yokohama Arena, Kanagawa, Japan on 5 March 2000. Only one line: "I'm sure you heard it all before, but you never really had a doubt", is from the actual Wembley gig, as Liam failed to sing this line correctly in the Yokohama performance.
- The audio version of the album is also missing various bits of between-track banter.
- A promo video of the Wembley version of "Gas Panic!" was distributed to music channels. The video featured visuals from throughout the gig and was slightly edited down to 6:57.
- "Gas Panic!" and "Hey Hey, My My" promo CDs were issued in Brazil to promote Oasis' appearance at the Rock in Rio festival on 14 January 2001. The 2-track CD of Gas Panic! included the album version and an edited version of the Wembley track, which was edited down to 4:28. The 1-track CD of Hey Hey, My My included the live version from Wembley.
Each of the six different formats (plus the 2001 highlights CD) had a different colour for its own cover art. Below is a table featuring each colour for each format
|1× DVD||Light blue|
|2× MD||Light green|
- Noel Gallagher – Lead guitar, Vocals
- Liam Gallagher – Lead vocals, Tambourine
- Alan White – Drums
- Andy Bell – Bass guitar
- Gem Archer – Rhythm guitar
|Australian Albums Chart||86|
|Norwegian Albums Chart||38|
|UK Albums Chart||5|
|US Billboard 200||182|
- Allmusic Familiar to Millions review
- Oasis: Familiar To Millions (2000): Reviews
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- Goldner, Jonathan. "Oasis Badger 'Thieving' Fans At Las Vegas Gig". MTV.com. 29 April 2002.
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