Just found out that it's Liam who is singing the "you and i are gonna live forever" part on the record.
Much debate went into this over the years and actually it's supposed to be Owen Morris and Marcus Russell, it doesn't really sound like a doubletracked Liam to my ears anyway. Here's a quote from Owen, taken from Davidjay's brilliant site:
Owen Morris: ‘The only thing I remember of interest about [Live Forever] was that officially that high bit wasn’t either Noel or Liam – it was actually me and Marcus [Russell, Oasis's manager]. One for the trainspotters there. The Welsh choir came in.’ (Morris, quoted in Easter Egg on Definitely Maybe DVD). www.oasis-recordinginfo.co.uk/?page_id=289
I think this came up a few months back, so I thought I'd re-post my notes on this in case it's any help.
On this unreleased version the falsetto part is sung by Liam. Recording engineer Anjali Dutt has confirmed that this was recorded between 24th February - 4th March 1994 at Sawmills Studio, Cornwall and mixed at Eden Studios in London between 7th - 25th March 1994. These sessions were co-produced by Noel Gallagher and Mark Coyle and engineered by Anjali Dutt.
When the band decided that the Eden Studios mix didn't quite capture the sound they were after the Sawmills recordings (including Live Forever) were handed to Owen Morris to be remixed. Morris got the job after successfully remixing Rock n Roll Star and Columbia at Loco Studios on 23rd - 24th April 1994. (Note: the dates here are taken from the Melody Maker article on the making of DM from October '94. However these appear to be wrong in that case, as the multi-track master tape for that session (shown in the reissue sleeve notes) says 2 April '94).
They also re-recorded the lead vocals on both songs (this is apparently the session where Liam said to Morris "you're Phil Spector and I'm John Lennon", which Noel wasn't too impressed with!). Owen Morris takes up the story:
"After the success of the first Loco session with my mixes approved only by Noel and management we did a day in a studio in North Wales to record a bunch of Liam’s lead vocals [...] That day we recorded Cigs and Alcohol, Live Forever, Up in the Sky and Bring it on Down. Again, Liam did only four takes on each track and I compiled them. Noel checked that Liam sang everything correctly on the first take then left us to it. Oasis toured after that and I was left to mix the album with Marcus Russell always with me for company and to check I didn’t miss anything important on the tracks. He knew the songs better than I did."
Live Forever (Isolated lead vocal - re recorded version)
So the album version is a remix and partial re-recording of the Sawmills take. I always thought that it was Liam singing, given that in various live recordings from this period he often sings the high part. But listening closely to the isolated vocal from Guitar Hero the high part does have a slightly different character to it. It also seems to have a different effect applied). Owen Morris commented on the Live Forever vocal in an Easter Egg hidden on the Definitely Maybe DVD.
Owen Morris: ‘The only thing I remember of interest about [Live Forever] was that officially that high bit wasn’t either Noel or Liam – it was actually me and Marcus [Russell, Oasis's manager]. One for the trainspotters there. The Welsh choir came in.’
Also, the Sawmills tracking sheet for Live Forever (on display at the Chasing the Sun exhibition earlier this year) shows that Owen Morris re-recorded new falsettos onto tracks 9 and 10 of the multitrack master, replacing two room ambience tracks from the original tracking session.
shirleyroadshow: I gave the band a slot on my roadshow for ITV telethon production in June 1992. My brother worked with Boneheads brother Martin Arthurs and we were producing a 24 hour on/off LIVE event. The band were very much together at that time!
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tongaoasis07: Listening to this remaster i must admit it sounds awesome!!
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welshylad: what remaster
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tongaoasis07: don't remember... but for sure it was one from the thieving magpie! hahaha
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BugmenAndBoxes: I was catching up on the Matt Morgan podcast and got to the part where Noel refuses to let Matt tell the story of how Dead In The Water was written, but does mention it was written in response to thinking he could one up a song he heard... Bold?
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artumlobov: He failed
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Wolf: I don't think he did
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World71R: It might be Once. That was directly aimed tied into Liam's relationship with Noel and both songs have that ballad feel to them.
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Hazed: maybe i just wanna fly
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garys: Is the Supernova Heights Forum gone???
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JohNLiaM: THIS IS HISTORY !
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moonlightdriver: Wow, Just noticed the riff at the very end of the Familiar To Millions version of Gas Panic sounds like the intro of Magic Pie (somewhere around 7 mins). Am I hallucinating or... ?
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