Oasis make announcement amid feverish reunion speculation

-Credit: (Image: Paul Slattery)
-Credit: (Image: Paul Slattery)

New posts on Oasis's official social media accounts have been sending fans wild with speculation that the Manchester band could be about to reunite this week. But a new announcement made today may well give some answers to the cryptic posts.

On Monday night a video posted to Oasis' insta sent fans into a frenzy, showing Sawmill Studios where the band first recorded their seminal debut Definitely Maybe 30 years ago.

That post was followed on Wednesday night with a further video showing the iconic Oasis logo, and video clips of Liam and Noel Gallagher talking about the album.

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The clips sparked major speculation that the brothers may well be about to reunite and bring Oasis back together for the first time since their acrimonious split in 2009. Fans have been flooding social media with calls for answers - and begging the band to get back together.

But on Thursday morning, a new statement from the band explains the reason for the cryptic posts this week. And it's all to do with a new release from the band to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Definitely Maybe.

The band's people said in a statement: "Today details are announced of new album formats to celebrate Oasis’ 1994 iconic debut three decades after its original release.

"Available on 30th August 2024, Definitely Maybe (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) formats feature tracks from the discarded original recording session at Monnow Valley Studios, along with outtakes from the definitive album recorded at Sawmills Studios in Cornwall, newly mixed for the first time by Noel Gallagher and Callum Marinho.

"The album also includes an unreleased demo version of Sad Song. Originally released as a bonus track on the LP, this alternative version features Liam Gallagher’s vocals.


"The package also features brand new artwork by the original art designer Brian Cannon for Microdot and original sleeve photographer Michael Spencer Jones, plus new sleeve notes from Creation Records boss Alan McGee and journalist Hamish MacBain."

Fans were quick to jump on the fact that the new cover for the album features the iconic scene from a house in Didsbury that featured on the original album - but set without any of the band members in it.

The statement continued with more details of the album saying: "In August 1994, Definitely Maybe’s release marked a critical moment in British youth culture, with Noel Gallagher’s songwriting and Oasis’ assured cacophony of sound heralding a new beginning. It embodied an entirely new mood of rock and pop - hedonistic, guitar-driven and optimistic.

"The UK, soon to be unshackled from 18 years of Conservative rule, had a growing sense of change and hope in the air, and Oasis captured that mood.

"Following signing a worldwide record deal, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, Paul McGuigan and Tony McCarroll decamped to Monnow Valley studios on the Welsh borders of Monmouthshire, to capture the kinetic energy of their live shows on record.

This portrait of the Gallaghers was released with the announcement -Credit:Paul Slattery
This portrait of the Gallaghers was released with the announcement -Credit:Paul Slattery

"At the time, the initial recordings felt overly technical and polished, failing to capture the essence of the band. The sessions were ultimately scrapped, and the band moved to the remote confines of Sawmills Studios in Cornwall to re-record the album. Eventually, with the addition of Owen Morris joining to complete the definitive mixes, Definitely Maybe was formed.

"The Monnow Valley recordings and Sawmill outtakes, now unearthed for the first time, offer a new and compelling understanding of the process that led to the finished article.

"With its raw edges and restless energy, Definitely Maybe always sounded like an album that had arrived fully formed – however the newly revealed versions provide fans with a fascinating new insight into the album; demonstrating the self-belief that drove the early years of Oasis and the determination it took to create their debut.

"Shelved until now, revisiting the archive 30 years on signifies the importance of the recording process in telling the story of the uneasy creation of one of the most vital albums of all time."

On release in 1994, Definitely Maybe soared to the top of the Official UK Album Charts and became the fastest selling debut album of all time, at the time. It featured hit singles Supersonic, Shakermaker, Live Forever and Cigarettes & Alcohol, while tracks such as Rock ‘n’ Roll Star and Slide Away have become ubiquitous global anthems.

Oasis new remastered album out in August -Credit:Oasis
Oasis new remastered album out in August -Credit:Oasis

The album is now BPI certified 8 times platinum in the UK, selling over 6.1 million copies globally and the second Official Most Streamed Album of the ‘90s in the UK, beaten only by its successor (What’s The Story) Morning Glory?.

Here's the full tracklisting announced today, with the album to go on sale on August 30.

Definitely Maybe (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition) - tracklisting:

Volume 1

1. Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Remastered)

2. Shakermaker (Remastered)

3. Live Forever (Remastered)

4. Up In The Sky (Remastered)

5. Columbia (Remastered)

6. Supersonic (Remastered)

7. Bring It On Down (Remastered)

8. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Remastered)

9. Digsy’s Dinner (Remastered)

10. Slide Away (Remastered)

11. Married With Children (Remastered)

Volume 2

1. Rock 'n' Roll Star (Monnow Valley Version)

2. Shakermaker (Monnow Valley Version)

3. Live Forever (Monnow Valley Version)

4. Up In The Sky (Monnow Valley Version)

5. Columbia (Monnow Valley Version)

6. Bring It On Down (Monnow Valley Version)

7. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Monnow Valley Version)

8. Digsy's Dinner (Monnow Valley Version)

9. Rock 'n' Roll Star (Sawmills Outtake)

10. Up In The Sky (Sawmills Outtake)

11. Columbia (Sawmills Outtake)

12. Bring It On Down (Sawmills Outtake)

13. Cigarettes & Alcohol (Sawmills Outtake)

14. Digsy's Dinner (Sawmills Outtake)

15. Slide Away (Sawmills Outtake)

16. Sad Song (Mauldeth Road West Demo, Nov’ 92)