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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/19/2014
  • Label: Big Brother Recordin
  • EAN: 5051961070002
  • Catalog Number: 70
  • Sales rank: 4,737

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Rock 'N' Roll Star (5:22)
  2. 2 Shakermaker (5:08)
  3. 3 Live Forever (4:36)
  4. 4 Up In the Sky (4:27)
  5. 5 Columbia (6:17)
  6. 6 Supersonic (4:43)
  7. 7 Bring It On Down (4:17)
  8. 8 Cigarettes & Alcohol (4:49)
  9. 9 Digsy's Dinner (2:32)
  10. 10 Slide Away (6:32)
  11. 11 Married With Children (3:14)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Columbia (5:28)
  2. 2 Cigarettes & Alcohol (4:37)
  3. 3 Sad Song (4:29)
  4. 4 I Will Believe (3:48)
  5. 5 Take Me Away (4:32)
  6. 6 Alive (3:58)
  7. 7 D'Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman? (2:41)
  8. 8 Supersonic (5:15)
  9. 9 Up in the Sky (Acoustic) (3:34)
  10. 10 Cloudburst (5:23)
  11. 11 Fade Away (4:16)
  12. 12 Listen Up (6:42)
  13. 13 I am the Walrus (8:18)
  14. 14 Whatever (6:22)
  15. 15 (It's Good) To Be Free (4:23)
  16. 16 Half the World Away (4:27)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Supersonic (5:31)
  2. 2 Rock 'N' Roll Star (5:46)
  3. 3 Shakermaker (4:05)
  4. 4 Columbia (5:37)
  5. 5 Cloudburst (5:10)
  6. 6 Strange Thing (5:14)
  7. 7 Live Forever (4:42)
  8. 8 Cigarettes & Alcohol (3:58)
  9. 9 D'Yer Wanna Be a Spaceman? (2:46)
  10. 10 Fade Away (4:23)
  11. 11 Take Me Away (4:15)
  12. 12 Sad Song (4:29)
  13. 13 Half the World Away (3:53)
  14. 14 Digsy's Dinner (2:36)
  15. 15 Married With Children (3:16)
  16. 16 Up in the Sky (3:19)
  17. 17 Whatever (4:53)
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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 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
Ian Cooper Mastering, Remastering
Roy Spong Engineer
Brian Cannon Booklet Design, Logo Design, Sleeve Design
Andy Baldwin Mastering
Dave Batchelor Producer
Dave Scott Engineer
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  • Posted May 21, 2014

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    "Definitely Maybe" was first released just weeks after

    "Definitely Maybe" was first released just weeks after Kurt Cobain committed suicide. It seemed almost like a changing of the guard, so to speak, when the mantle of The Greatest Rock Band In The World was passed from Nirvana to Oasis. While Nirvana didn't have the cockiness or arrogant swagger of Oasis, "Definitely Maybe" wouldn't have worked as well as it did if they didn't have a great singer and songwriting team in Liam and Noel Gallagher, respectively. They came from a rough and tumble upbringing in Manchester, raised on diet of Beatles, Stone Roses and The Smiths. In fact, the dour environment of Manchester looms large in Oasis' music. But so do the many influences of this band: The Who, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, Mott The Hoople, Slade, even The Sex Pistols and The Buzzcocks. One can actually hear all of these influences on "Definitely Maybe" as the Gallaghers turn the volume up to ten and make that music their own. On this 20th anniversary edition of "Definitely Maybe", it's not surprising that the music remains exciting and not the least bit dated. Nearly every song is memorable from that moment you hear it, particularly the anthemic "Live Forever" and "Slide Away". On this three disc set, there are plenty of great outtakes, demos and live cuts. The B-sides, most of which are available here for the first time in America, are especially good, such as "D'Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?", "Listen Up", "Fade Away" and "Half The World Away". The best cuts here are "Whatever", a rousing Britpop anthem that sounds an awful lot like Neil Innes' "How Sweet To Be An Idiot" (and got the Gallaghers into court for supposedly copying it) and a sensationally bang-up live version of The Beatles' "I Am The Walrus". Once I heard that song as a young man, I was like, "Wow! This is a GREAT band!" And for a time, they were. Oasis is promising remastered versions of their next two albums, "What's The Story, Morning Glory?" and "Be Here Now". So, since Oasis has broken up due to the Gallagher's constant rowdy fighting, we'll take whatever we can get.

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