In this post I wanted to highlight an often overlooked Oasis fact—that even with a frontman possessing the good looks and charisma of Liam Gallagher, the band often chose not to appear on the sleeves of their albums and singles in their early years.
Instinctively, there’s something counter-intuitive for a band not to feature on their record covers—and it surprised me just how often this was the case with Oasis—who were perfectly happy not to appear on the covers of some of their most important singles and album sleeves. (What’s The Story) Morning Glory? Nope. ‘Shaker Maker’, ‘Live Forever’, ‘Whatever’, ‘Wonderwall’, ‘Don’t Look Back in Anger’? No—not one band member to be seen. You can see what I mean when you scroll down and take them in.
All these images appear in our latest exhibition. Masterplan25: Oasis—includes key photographs by Michael Spencer Jones and showcases a cross section of the images he took for the covers of Oasis’ first three albums and eleven of their early singles. Of course many do include the band.
The collection of limited editions—all of which are for sale—are displayed alongside a collection of artefacts from Michael’s own collection. While none of these precious objects are for sale, they provide a fascinating insight into just what goes on in preparing for and running these important photoshoots.
Come and see us at the gallery, or view the collection here.