Oasis have learned not to look at the past with anger

Oasis have learned not to look at the past with anger

The room in Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs' house where photographer Michael Spencer Jones captured a special moment with his camera for eternity is now empty. Oasis are no longer here. Only the traces of their passage: wine glasses, jugs, ashtrays, cigarettes, lighters, the TV turned on with a frame from “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” by Sergio Leone, Noel Gallagher's favorite director. And then the photos of Rodney Marsh, icon of Manchester City, Noel and Liam's favorite team, and of George Best, United's star, who Bonehead supported instead. The cover of the

new edition of “Definitely maybe”which returns to stores on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of its original release, is emblematic in its own way: Noel, Liam, Paul Arthurs and Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan have literally disappeared. Yet what they did remains. The news of the reissue of “Definitely maybe”, which will arrive in stores on August 30thwas anticipated in recent days by enigmatic clips published on the band's official social channels, which had kept fans on tenterhooks, who had long wanted to see the Gallagher brothers on the same stage together.

That it wasn't the imminent reunion announcement – although this year, in addition to the release of “Definitely Maybe”, also marks the fifteenth anniversary of the breakup: it was August 2009 when a very violent argument backstage at the Rock en Seine in Paris put an end to the history of the group – this was evident from the building taken from above in a clip, on the bank of a river: not just any building, but the Sawmills Studios in Golant, bordered by the River Fowey, in Cornwall. An important detail: it was there that between 1993 and the very first months of 1994 Oasis recorded part of their dazzling debut albumwhich would be shipped to stores by Alan McGee's Creation Records on August 30, 1994.

It won't be a simple reprint, that Sony Music will publish on the precise thirtieth anniversary of the release of the original edition: the “30th anniversary deluxe edition” of “Definitely maybe” will contain several outtakes of the songs recorded at Sawmills Studios, mixed for the first time by Noel Gallagher together with Callum Marinho, as well as songs recorded and then discarded from another of the album's recording sessions, the one at Monnow Valley Studios. The reissue – already available for pre-order at this link – will be released in digital, deluxe quadruple vinyl and deluxe double CD formats, in a limited edition (but exclusive colored vinyls will also be available, one in blue and white marble color inspired by the lyrics of ” Learning to Fly” and “Digsy's dinner”, the other in pink and white marble color inspired by “Strawberries and cream”).

The reissue will also include a .unreleased demo of “Sad song”, originally released as a bonus track on vinyl: it is an alternative version with vocals by Liam Gallagher.


The impact that “Definitely maybe” had on 90s rock – British, but not only – is well known: the release of the Gallagher brothers' debut album, preceded by singles such as “Supersonic”, “Shakemaker” and “Live forever”, marked a critical moment in British youth culture. Oasis' music, bold, brazen, shameless, embodied a completely new mood of rock and pop, hedonistic, guitar-driven and optimistic, of which the two record-breaking concerts of Knebworth of August 1996 – in the meantime the band had consecrated itself with “(What's the story) Morning glory?”, the “Wonderwall” album and “Don't look back in anger” – would have represented the definitive celebration, in the background Of an England slowly recovering from the previous ten years of recession and ready to be reborn: of that imminent cultural and political change in Great Britain “Definitely maybe” became the official soundtrack. Three decades have passed since then, but that record remains an unprecedented classic.

“We found tapes from those sessions in the Sony archives. We thought they were lost, but they were mislabeled. They're wonderful versions of those songs, some acoustic versions“, Noel Gallagher himself anticipated a few months ago. With respect to the celebrations, Liam moved forward as early as last Octoberannouncing the dates of a celebratory tour entirely dedicated to “Definitely maybe”. Dates which naturally do not include the presence of brother Noel on stage. The tour, confined, at least for now, only to the United Kingdom, will start onJune 1st from the Utilita Arena in Sheffield and will then see the singer stop in the main British cities, from Manchester to London.

“.It is the most important album of the 90s. I wouldn't be here without it, and you wouldn't be here either, so let's celebrate together“, said Liam. The celebrations – you can bet – will be very long, as they should be. They must have understood this too, Noel and Liam, who are no strangers to nostalgic operations (a re-edition of “Definitely maybe” was already released in 2014 – and then Knewborth's concert film, books and so on): even if they can't help but hate each other, and reiterate it through social media digs and interviews, at least they have learned not to look at the past with anger.