What is the story about?
Noel Gallagher revisits Rockfield Studios, the same recording studio where the Oasis album (What's The Story) Morning Glory? was recorded, after more than 25 years.
If the earlier Noel Gallagher documentary on the tracks of (What's Your Story) Morning Glory? wasn't enough, Voot Select has decided to take us on the second part of Gallagher's journey. This time, after more than a quarter of a century, he revisits the iconic Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales. Just like Abbey Road was synonymous with the Beatles, Rockfield got emblazoned in Britpop folklore as the place where the 1995 album was created. Gallagher has a number of interesting anecdotes about the recording. True to the expectations of fans and rock historians, he finally confirms that the band had absolutely no idea about what they were going to record, as the songs they had written were half-complete. Gallagher also goes into the phenomenon Oasis became after the album launched, noting that, in spite of poor reviews, the album became a supernova. This is an intimate documentary, and while it may lack the warmth of Taylor Swift's folklore film, Return to Rockfield is an important marker of the tumultuous era of British rock in the 1990s.
Gallagher's expletive-laden recollections of the fame the album brought the band are hilarious.
Again, the absence of other former band members rankles a lot.
Did I enjoy it?
Do I recommend it?
Yes. This serves as a great companion piece to Noel Gallagher: What's The Story?, and I'd advise watching both these documentaries back to back for understanding the creative force driving Oasis in their 1995 album.
The album can also be streamed on Spotify. The link is provided at the top of this review.