Last Thursday, we announced that Oasis will be releasing a remastered edition of Definitely Maybe in honor of its twentieth anniversary. Singer Liam Gallagher has already stirred up controversy in characteristic style. On February 28, Liam urged Oasis fans not to buy the forthcoming reissue of their debut. Throwing grammar and logic to the wind, he quite rightly stated, ‘HOW CAN YOU REMASTER SOMETHING THATS ALREADY BEING MASTERED.DONT BUY INTO IT.LET IT BE LG X.’
If you’re looking to buy into it anyway, the twentieth anniversary edition of Definitely Maybe will be available in several formats. It will be released as a standard CD with digital download of the original album; a three-disc special edition containing a wealth of rare recordings and demos; a 12″ LP with all the bonus CD content as a free download; and a deluxe box set, which features both the LP and the CDs. It has also been announced that Oasis will reissue their single ‘Supersonic’ as a 12″ to coincide with Record Store Day on April 19.
Obviously, the bounty of rare bonus content is the major draw for the reissue. So, what exactly will we find on the collection? The first disc of bonus material contains a plethora of demos, as well as the stand-alone single, ‘Whatever.’ Unheard acoustic versions of ‘Live Forever’ and ‘Shakermaker’ recorded in Paris and a live recording of Oasis’ ‘Sad Song’ show at Manchester Academy round out the final disc.
Gallagher also used his Twitter to comment on Beady Eye’s split with their management company Quest and manager Scott Rodger with a barbed allusion to his brother Noel. ‘IT’LL BE ME AS IN LG THAT THROWS IN THE TOWEL NOT SOME ROADIE FROM THE 80S X,’ Liam’s Twitter stated. The ‘roadie from the 1980s’ allusion refers to Noel’s time spent as roadie for the Inspiral Carpets. Sounds like there’s still some bitterness between the brothers.
Oasis’ announcement that they would be releasing remastered editions of their debut album, Definitely Maybe (out May 19), What’s The Story (Morning Glory)?, and Be Here Now, as part of the Chasing The Sun series, did not sit well with many fans who were expecting a statement revealing plans for a reunion.
Rumors of a reunion marking Oasis’ twenty year anniversary have dogged the estranged Gallagher brothers for the past year, and both took the opportunity to weigh in on the likelihood of such an event. Liam’s response left some hope for fans yearning to see the band back together. Last summer, he told the NME that the band might ‘bury the hatchet for a quick lap of honour’ to celebrate the milestone. Noel, however, has staunchly denied any possibility for a reunion and said that he would only consider it under certain circumstances. ‘It’s not going to happen…One can never say never, because one might be skint. But I’ve got no intention.’