At a press conference in London last week, NOEL GALLAGHER officially announced the release of his first solo album project since the split in 2009 of the mega-platinum UK band Oasis. NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS, the album eponymously named for Noel’s current working band, will be released on November 8th in the U.S., on Sour Mash/Mercury Records.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds will tour this autumn in support of the album, dates to be announced in the months ahead. At the press conference, Noel stated that the band would be performing classic Oasis tracks along with his new solo material. “I’m proud of them and of what they mean to people,” he said of the Oasis repertoire. “I’ll never do a gig without playing them. They’re like drugs to me.”
NOEL GALLAGHER’S HIGH FLYING BIRDS was recorded in London and completed in Los Angeles during 2010 and the first half of 2011. The album was co-produced by Noel Gallagher and David Sardy, who produced the last Oasis album, Dig Out Your Soul (2008).
Following is the track listing for the new album:
1. Everybody’s On The Run
2. Dream On
3. If I Had A Gun…
4. The Death Of You And Me
5. (I Wanna Live In A Dream In My) Record Machine
6. AKA… What A Life!
7. Soldier Boys And Jesus Freaks
8. AKA…Broken Arrow
9. (Stranded On) The Wrong Beach
10. Stop The Clocks
As songwriter, guitarist and producer of Oasis since the band’s inception in 1993, Noel Gallagher was at the helm for their global success. For 15 years – from the launch of their first indie UK singles in 1994 (“Supersonic,” “Shakermaker,” “Live Forever,” “Cigarettes & Alcohol,” “Whatever”) to their final shows together in the summer of 2009.
Over the course of their seven consecutive #1 studio albums – Definitely Maybe (1994), (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? (1995), Be Here Now (1997), Standing on the Shoulder of Giants (2000), Heathen Chemistry (2002), Don’t Believe the Truth (2005), and Dig Out Your Soul (2008) – and one live double-album, Familiar To Millions (2000) – Oasis sold over 70 million records worldwide, including near 40x-platinum cumulative album sales and over 7 million single sales in the UK, and 7x-platinum album sales in the U.S. The band’s second album, (What’s the Story) Morning Glory? has sold over 22 million copies worldwide.
Oasis charted 22 consecutive Top 10 UK hits from 1995 to 2008 (including eight #1′s), creating an astounding historical record. The band logged 765 total weeks on the UK singles and albums charts from 1995 to 2005, including 177 cumulative weeks for Definitely Maybe; and 145 cumulative weeks for (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?.