It has been almost 20 years since seminal Britpop band Oasis released their debut album, ‘Definitely Maybe.’ Now, the band has announced that they will be re-releasing and re-mastering their first three albums to celebrate the anniversary.
According to a news post on the website, the re-masters will be released chronologically with ‘Definitely Maybe’ coming out on May 19 (May 20 in the U.S.), and ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’ to be released later in the year. Each release will also feature “a carefully selected collection of rarities and additional tracks culled from Oasis label Big Brother Recordings and the band’s own archives.” The post details that “each album will be made available as a special edition 3 CD set, heavyweight vinyl in a gatefold sleeve, and extremely limited deluxe box set (including both formats, plus a 56 page hard back book, bonus 7” and exclusive memorabilia) as well as standard CD and digital formats.”
Along with the re-issues, Oasis has also redesigned their website to be an archive of the band’s work. The site features photos, videos, press, past gigs, and more from the band’s heyday in the 1990s. The site also has a fan section where people can share their memories and stories about the band.
Oasis formed in 1991 with Liam Gallagher on vocals, Paul Arthurs on guitar, Paul McGuigan on bass, and Tony McCarrol on drums, with the addition of Noel Gallagher shortly after. The band released their first album, ‘Definitely Maybe,’ in September 1994. After the departure of McCarrol, Alan White took over drums, and the band released ‘(What’s the Story) Morning Glory’ in 1995, and ‘Be Here Now’ in 1997. In 1999, both Arthurs and McGuigan left the band, leaving the Gallagher brothers and White to record and release their 2000 album, ‘Standing on the Shoulder of Giants,’ as a three-piece. The band brought on Colin Archer to play guitar and Andy Bell to play bass soon after recording had finished in order to tour. A live album was released later the same year, and the band’s fifth album, ‘Heathen Chemistry’ was released in 2002. In 2004, White left the band, and Zak Starkey was made Oasis’ unofficial drummer. The band then released ‘Don’t Believe the Truth’ in 2005, and what would be their final album, ‘Dig Out Your Soul,’ in 2008. Oasis broke up in 2009 after Noel left the band before their set at Rock en Seine.
There are currently no plans for the band to reunite.
‘Definitely Maybe,’ will be re-released on May 20 in the U.S. and May 19 everywhere else. For more information about Oasis, and to stay up-to-date on when the next re-releases will come out, visit the band’s website.