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Tuesday, April 6, 1999 Published at 17:48 GMT 18:48 UK


Oasis take French leave

Oasis flee across the Channel for peace and quiet

Rock group Oasis have escaped fans and media in the UK and are recording their new album at a secret location in France.

Work on the band's 1997 Be Here Now album was disrupted when the band had to relocate from studios in London to rural Surrey because of a mob of reporters and fans.

The band have now re-grouped in France with singer Liam Gallagher joining brother Noel and the rest of the group at the unamed location on Monday.

"I wouldn't blame it all on the media harassment," said a spokesman for the band.

"They just want to do it in a pleasant, quiet environment with no distractions, really."

[ image: Work on Be Here Now was interrupted by a media scrum]
Work on Be Here Now was interrupted by a media scrum
The band are believed to have hired a chateau, but the group's spokesman would not reveal the area in which the band will be staying.

Their last album was released in summer 1997 and became the fastest selling album in the UK with 696,000 copies sold in the first week.

The group - Noel and Liam Gallagher, Paul "Guigsy" McGuigan, Alan White and Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs - have been rehearsing in London for the past few months, preparing a number of new songs which will form the basis of the fourth album.

Producer Mark "Spike" Stent - who has collaborated with Madonna, U2 and the Spice Girls in the past - is joining Noel Gallagher to produce the new album.

The band are looking to release the record some time next year.

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