Oasis’ historic third album, Be Here Now, will be reissued later this year with a trove of unearthed demos, live extras and b-sides.
Big Brother Recordings will re-release the LP on Oct. 7 to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the start of recording sessions at Abbey Road Studios in London.
The multi-format release has been remastered from the Manchester rockers’ original tapes and is the third in the Chasing The Sun: 1993-1997 series following the reissue of Oasis’ first two albums Definitely Maybe and (What’s The Story) Morning Glory.
The “Special Edition” CD, “Deluxe Download” and “Super Deluxe Box Set” formats will feature the 14 track Mustique demos and Noel Gallagher’s new mix of “D’You Know What I Mean?,” the first single lifted from the album and a U.K. No. 1 on its release.
“As the years went by I’d started to accept that the songs on Be Here Now were in fact insanely long… too long!,” says Gallagher of the new mix, titled “NG’s 2016 Rethink.” “Someone — I can’t remember who — had the idea that we re-visit, re-edit the entire album for posterity’s sake. We got as far as the first track before we couldn’t be arsed anymore and gave up….it does sound fucking mega though.”
The demos were recorded on the Caribbean Island of Mustique in 1996. “They bring back memories of what turned out to be – if nothing else – a bloody awesome holiday,” Noel adds.
“D’You Know What I Mean? (NG’s 2016 Rethink)” is available to stream and download and as an instant grat with album pre-orders here.
Be Here Now is the sound of a band who’d become the biggest in their homeland, and its sales were beyond anything that came before it, or since.
On its first week of release in 1997, the album sold 696,000 units in the U.K., a mark that stood until Adele’s 25 shifted 800,307 copies in its first week last November. Although it must be added that that Oasis disc was released on a Thursday, when the chart sales week ran until a Saturday night, so it reached its mark in only three days (and this was in the pre-digital era, so forget downloads or streams). Be Here Now’s seven-day sales total was 813,000. To date it has sold more than 8 million copies worldwide, according to a rep for the band.
Just don’t expect the brothers Gallagher to bury the hatchet any time soon and play these hits – or any new material — for live audiences. Every time either Noel or Liam are quizzed on a reunion, the response is a downer. Noel said he’d consider it, though only for one gig and for a ridiculous $30 million payday. Liam let it all out with two words: “Fuck Oasis”.
Stream “D’You Know What I Mean? (NG’s 2016 Rethink)” below.