Noel Gallagher drops Abbey Road versions of Oasis classics


The Brit's High Flying Birds has cut new versions of 'The Masterplan' and 'Going Nowhere'

Noel Gallagher performs at FIB Benicàssim in July 2019.
Noel Gallagher performs at FIB Benicàssim in July 2019.SHUTTERSTOCK

Noel Gallagher has released new renditions of Oasis classics Going Nowhere and The Masterplan.

The legendary Britpop group's former guitarist and songwriter and his High Flying Birds headed down to the hallowed Abbey Road Studios to re-record the orchestral tunes.

Noel, 56, originally performed lead vocals in the place of frontman and estranged sibling Liam Gallagher, 51, on the pair of tunes. Going Nowhere was released as a B-side to Stand By Me in 1998 and was featured on the B-side compilation album The Masterplan.

The collection was re-released to mark its 25th anniversary and re-entered the UK Official Albums Chart at No. 2 in November.

Noel has often admitted he regrets The Masterplan not being a single as it's the "best song" he's ever penned.

"The singles had to have three B-sides and I was always coming up two songs short. I remember writing The Masterplan at home in Camden and then going to Maison Rouge [Studios] in Fulham the next day and playing it on an acoustic guitar to silence," he previously told Music Week. "I'd write The Masterplan, Talk Tonight or Half The World Away and nobody would say, 'Do you want to hold that back?' It's only as the years have gone along that I've realised that was mental. But we were all mad in the '90s — Alan McGee was off his [face] and he was running the label."

Noel will be performing Oasis classics alongside his solo works at various concerts next year throughout the UK.

Meanwhile, the eldest of the Gallagher brothers is set to return to the studio to make his next solo album. The rocker narrowly missed the No.1 spot with his fourth High Flying Birds record Council Skies in June, but will be hoping to land the top spot with his next studio effort, which he says he's going to start recording the New Year after banking enough tunes to fill two albums.

He was recently quoted by The Sun as saying: "I've had to stop writing because I need to get these songs recorded and get them out there so I can write some more. In the pandemic there was nothing to do all day so I just wrote songs. There's another two albums-worth of material there."

"I think I'm going to be back in the studio in January, so we'll see where it goes from there."