Oasis – Noel Gallagher On ‘Be Here Now’ The Album
Noel Gallagher discusses the ‘Be Here Now’ album
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Be Here Now is the third studio album by English rock band Oasis, released on 21 August 1997 by Creation Records. Oasis had achieved worldwide success with their 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe and 1995 follow up (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?. The third album was highly anticipated by both fans and music critics. Oasis’ management company, Ignition, were aware of the dangers of overexposure, and before release sought to control the media’s access to the album. The campaign included limiting pre-release radio airplay and forcing journalists to sign gag orders. The tactics resulted in the alienation of both the press and many industry personnel connected with the band, and fueled large-scale speculation and wide publicity within the British music scene.
On the first day of release, Be Here Now sold over 424,000 copies, becoming the fastest-selling album in British chart history, while initial reviews were overwhelmingly positive. Retrospectively, however, the album is viewed by many music journalists and fans and by most members of the band as over-indulgent and bloated. Q magazine, which gave the album a five-star review on its release, admitted in 2007 that Be Here Now is often thought of as “a disastrous, overblown folly—the moment when Oasis, their judgement clouded by drugs and blanket adulation, ran aground on their own sky-high self-belief.” The album’s producer Owen Morris said the recording sessions were marred by arguments and drug abuse, and that the band’s only motivations were commercial. As of 2008, the album had sold eight million copies worldwide.