Oasis – Definitely Maybe {Remastered Deluxe} (1994/2014) [Official Digital Download 24bit/44,1kHz]

Oasis – Definitely Maybe {Remastered Deluxe} (1994/2014)
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 03:24:08 minutes | 2,41 GB | Genre: Rock
Studio Master, Official Digital Download  – Source: highresaudio.com | © Big Brother Recordings
Recorded: December 13, 1993–April 2, 1994 at Clear Studios, Manchester and The Pink Museum, Liverpool, England

Definitely Maybe“ was originally released in August 1994 and was an immediate critical and commercial success. The fastest selling debut album ever (at the time), it went seven-times platinum in the UK (over 2 million copies), and sold 5 million worldwide. Containing the classic debut single Supersonic, released April 1994, and subsequent singles Shakermaker, Live Forever, and Cigarettes & Alcohol. The Deluxe Edition includes rare and previously unheard tracks. Definitely Maybe has now been remastered for the 2014 reissue by Ian Cooper at Metropolis studios.

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 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. –Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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

B-Sides & Extra Tracks
2-1 Columbia (White Label Demo)
2-2 Cigarettes & Alcohol (Demo)
2-3 Sad Song
2-4 I Will Believe (Live)
2-5 Take Me Away
2-6 Alive (Demo)
2-7 D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman?
2-8 Supersonic (Live)
2-9 Up In The Sky (Acoustic)
2-10 Cloudburst
2-11 Fade Away
2-12 Listen Up
2-13 I Am The Walrus (Live Glasgow Cathouse June ’94)
2-14 Whatever
2-15 (It’s Good) To Be Free
2-16 Half The World Away

Unreleased Demos, Out-Takes & Live Recordings
3-1 Supersonic (Live At Glasgow Tramshed)
3-2 Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (Demo)
3-3 Shakermaker (Live Paris In-Store)
3-4 Columbia (Eden Studios Mix)
3-5 Cloudburst (Demo)
3-6 Strange Thing (Demo)
3-7 Live Forever (Live Paris In-Store)
3-8 Cigarettes & Alcohol (Live At Manchester Academy)
3-9 D’Yer Wanna Be A Spaceman (Live At Manchester Academy)
3-10 Fade Away (Demo)
3-11 Take Me Away (Live At Manchester Academy)
3-12 Sad Song (Live At Manchester Academy)
3-13 Half The World Away (Live At Tokyo Hotel Room)
3-14 Digsy’s Dinner (Live Paris In-Store)
3-15 Married With Children (Demo)
3-16 Up In The Sky (Live Paris In-Store)
3-17 Whatever (Strings)

Liam Gallagher – vocals, tambourine
Noel Gallagher – lead guitar, backing vocals, piano
Paul “Bonehead” Arthurs – rhythm guitar, piano
Paul “Guigsy” McGuigan – bass
Tony McCarroll – drums
Anthony Griffiths – backing vocals on “Supersonic”



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