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The band can booze again as they continue recording their new album...

OASIS have been in a studio in BUCKINGHAMSHIRE recording material which will be included in their fifth full studio album - the follow-up to last year's 'STANDING ON THE SHOULDER OF GIANTS'.

Speaking to PA news, Gallagher said of the songs recorded so far, his brother Liam has written four, while Andy Bell and Gem Archer have each written two.

Gallagher said: "I was a bit wary at first. So I said play us one of your tunes, and I thought 'What if it sounds rubbish?' And honestly they sound good. They sound like us, so it's cool.

"It's been going all right. We're just recording all the songs people have got and at the end we'll mix them and then we'll pick the best songs for the record."

Liam Gallagher is yet to record any vocal parts for the record, which is rumoured to have a working title of 'Longtime Servant Of The Gun'. However, Noel said Liam is able to control his drinking, and that a ban on alcohol in the studio is no longer necessary.

He said: "We only had (the alcohol ban) last time because he was drinking a lot because he was unhappy, which is why people drink. He's not drinking a lot this time, he's got it under control. Everybody's fine - it's cool."

Oasis have traditionally used producers on the recording of their album, the last record being produced by Mark 'Spike' Stent. However, Noel said that he plans to produce this one himself.

He joked: "It's almost like the apprenticeship has been served. It's no disrespect to the people who produced the records in the past, but I've spent six years sitting behind these guys and thinking 'but all they do is tell the engineer what to do, I could do that!'. "

Noel concluded by saying he was not ruling a release out before the end of the year, and that the album will be "definitely" released by early 2002.

Songs slated to appear on the new album include 'Revival', 'Songbird', 'She Is Love', 'The Roller', 'Who's Lookin'', 'Stand Out Man', 'Streets Ahead But Miles Behind', 'Together', 'It's A Crime', 'Longtime Servant Of The Gun', 'Heart On Sleeve' and 'Shout It Out Loud'.

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