Definitely Maybe [Remastered] [Deluxe Edition] [With Book]

Definitely Maybe [Remastered] [Deluxe Edition] [With Book]

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by Oasis
     
 

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Definitely Maybe begins with a statement of aspiration, as Liam Gallagher sneers that "tonight, I'm a rock & roll star" -- the words of a bedsit dreamer hoping he'd break out of those four walls and find something greater. Maybe all he could muster is a fleeting moment of stardom as he sings in front of a fleet of amps pushing out power chords, or perhaps he'd

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Definitely Maybe begins with a statement of aspiration, as Liam Gallagher sneers that "tonight, I'm a rock & roll star" -- the words of a bedsit dreamer hoping he'd break out of those four walls and find something greater. Maybe all he could muster is a fleeting moment of stardom as he sings in front of a fleet of amps pushing out power chords, or perhaps he'd really become a rock & roll star; all that matters is he makes the leap. This dream echoes throughout Oasis' debut, a record which takes the dreams of its listeners every bit as seriously as those of its creators. Both the artist and audience desire something greater than their surroundings, and that yearning gives Definitely Maybe a restlessness that resonates. Certainly, Oasis aren't looking to redefine rock & roll here; they'd rather inhabit it. They scour through the remnants of the past three decades to come up with a quintessentially British rock & roll record, one that swaggers with the defiance of the Rolling Stones, roars with the sneer of the Sex Pistols, thieves from the past like the Happy Mondays, and ties it all together with a melodicism as natural as Paul McCartney, even if Definitely Maybe never quite sounds like the Beatles. All the Fab Four comparisons trumpeted by the brothers Gallagher were a feint, a way to get their group considered as part of the major leagues. Soon enough, these affirmations became a self-fulfilling prophecy -- act the way you'd like to be and soon you'll be the way you act, as it were -- but that bravado hardly diminishes the accomplishment of Definitely Maybe. It is a furious, inspiring record, a rallying cry for the downtrodden to rise above and seize their day but, most of all, it's a blast of potent, incendiary rock & roll. Soon after its release, Noel Gallagher would be hailed as the finest songwriter of his generation, an odd designation for a guy drawn to moon/June rhymes, but his brilliance lies in his bold strokes. He's never shied away from the obvious, and his confidence in his reappropriation of cliches lends these bromides a new power, as do his strong, sinewy melodies -- so powerful, it doesn't matter if they were snatched from elsewhere (as they were on "Shakermaker" or the B-side "Fade Away"). The other secret is of course Noel's brother, Liam, the greatest rock & roll vocalist of his generation, a force of nature who never seems to consider either the past or the present but rather exists in an ever-present now. He sometimes sighs but usually sneers, shaking off any doubt and acting like the rock & roll star Noel so wanted to be. This tension would soon rip the group apart but here on Oasis' debut, this chemistry is an addictive energy, so Definitely Maybe winds up a rare thing: it has the foundation of a classic album wrapped in the energy of a band who can't conceive a future beyond the sunset. [For the 20th Anniversary of Definitely Maybe, Oasis released a deluxe Chasing the Sun edition of the album containing three discs. On the first disc is the album proper in a new remaster. On the second are all the B-sides from the record's singles, along with some stray songs: "Sad Song," a really nice acoustic song originally released as a bonus on the vinyl edition of Definitely Maybe, plus "Whatever," the chart-topping 1994 Christmas single that's been left off of previous Oasis compilations, presumably because David Bowie now owns half of the publishing of the song (the doppelganger is "All the Young Dudes"). This leaves disc three as the real treasure for hardcore fans, as it contains a host of live performances, demos, and other oddities that haven't been widely circulated. Some of these include remnants of Rain, the pre-Noel baggy band Liam led, and "Strange Thing" is a wonderfully awkward artifact of the '90s, all Madchester beats and tinny overdrive. Nothing else here seems quite so foreign because these are all familiar songs, songs that appeared either on Definitely Maybe or its B-sides; sometimes they feel anemic, particularly for the demos ("Fade Away" is a particular offender but "Rock & Roll Star" is muscular in any incarnation), but usually they reinforce just how good Oasis was in 1993 and 1994 and how strong Noel's stable of songs was.]

Product Details

Release Date:
05/19/2014
Label:
Big Brother Recordin
UPC:
5051961070002
catalogNumber:
70
Rank:
23640

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Rock 'N' Roll Star
  2. Shakermaker
  3. Live Forever
  4. Up In the Sky
  5. Columbia
  6. Supersonic
  7. Bring It On Down
  8. Cigarettes & Alcohol
  9. Digsy's Dinner
  10. Slide Away
  11. Married With Children

Disc 2

  1. Columbia
  2. Cigarettes & Alcohol
  3. Sad Song
  4. I Will Believe
  5. Take Me Away
  6. Alive
  7. D'Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman?
  8. Supersonic
  9. Up in the Sky (Acoustic)
  10. Cloudburst
  11. Fade Away
  12. Listen Up
  13. I am the Walrus
  14. Whatever
  15. (It's Good) To Be Free
  16. Half the World Away

Disc 3

  1. Supersonic
  2. Rock 'N' Roll Star
  3. Shakermaker
  4. Columbia
  5. Cloudburst
  6. Strange Thing
  7. Live Forever
  8. Cigarettes & Alcohol
  9. D'Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman?
  10. Fade Away
  11. Take Me Away
  12. Sad Song
  13. Half the World Away
  14. Digsy's Dinner
  15. Married With Children
  16. Up in the Sky
  17. Whatever

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Oasis   Primary Artist
Liam Gallagher   Vocals,Group Member
Noel Gallagher   Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Tony McCarroll   Drums,Group Member
Paul McGuigan   Bass Guitar,Group Member
Anthony Griffiths   Background Vocals
Paul "Bonehead" Arthurs   Rhythm Guitar,Group Member

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Oasis   Producer
Mark Coyle   Producer,Engineer
Anjali Dutt   Engineer
Owen Morris   Producer,Additional Production
Noel Gallagher   Composer,Producer
Roy Spong   Engineer
Brian Cannon   Booklet Design,Logo Design,Sleeve Design
Dave Batchelor   Producer
Dave Scott   Engineer

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Definitely Maybe 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a great rock n roll record you've come to the right place. Every song soars. From the pub rocker 'Rock n Roll Star' to the majestic 'Live Forever' to the dry humor of the acoustic 'Married With Children' every song is a pure joy. Recommended for everyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago