on 5 September 2006
Once every so often, a debut album comes along that is so self-assured, so complete in its own self-belief that it takes you along with it. It doesn't even need to be the most accomplished or the most profound.
"Definitely Maybe" sounds like it's very good and it knows it.
From the opening noise of "Rock And Roll Star", it's not shy. Here we discovered the best rock and roll vocalist for a generation and his brother who had an instinctive songwriting ability.
Never mind the short-fall of the others. The drumming is rudimentary, the bass is buried and the rhytmn guitar is workmanlike. But that doesn't seem to matter. They all fall into line behind the force of the songs.
"Live Forever" is brash and emotive and beautiful and definite. "Supersonic" is all arrogant swagger and attitude and sounds perfect. "Bring It On Down" is corrosive punk which works despite some of the worst drumming on a great album ever to have happened. "Slide Away" is stunning and moving. Yeah alright "Digsy's Dinner" is just ok and "Married With Children" might not cut the mustard but they're not bad enough to detract from the quality of this album.
A statement of intent that still sounds essential.
on 29 May 2014
Great album but the £79 box set is a rip off. You get the 3cd version which can be bought separately, poor sounding double vinyl complete with poor quality packaging, a so called exclusive 7" single which has 2 tracks already on the 3cd version, a rebranded cheap and nasty bag for life and loads of other tat literally thrown into the box. The 2014 remaster of the album is awful but i would recommend the 3cd deluxe set for the extra tracks (the japan version has 2 bonus tracks that arent even in the super deluxe boxset!)
Just avoid the super deluxe set at all costs.
on 25 April 2010
It is actually quite difficult to define exactly why I like Definitely Maybe so much. There's nothing particularly innovative about its music. Although I emphasise the importance of quality lyricism, many of the lyrics on here are nonsensical, or reference aspects of life such as drug usage which I have no relation to. Yet somehow, Oasis' debut is so much more than the sum of its parts. Disregarding any objective analysis, the most important aspect of music is how it makes you feel. The songs on Definitely Maybe are probably the most uplifting I have ever had the pleasure of listening to. Let's take, for instance, debut single Supersonic. Its lyrics are ridiculous, but anybody who can listen to its chorus without wanting to punch the air is quite evidently dead inside.
This is not to say that the album's lyrics are entirely vacuous. Perhaps as a reaction to the misery of the 80's and the grunge scene of the early 90's, many of the statements made on this album are extremely poignant in reminding us why it's good to be alive. "In my mind, my dreams are real," cries Liam Gallagher on opener Rock 'n' Roll Star. It's the sound of five working-class young men who had nothing, and yet felt they had every reason to get up in the morning. "You and I are going to live forever," is a bold statement to make, yet it is sung so convincingly here you think they genuinely believe they will.
The album was written entirely by Gallagher Senior (Noel) and is the only Oasis record on which every song is sung by Liam. The talent of both brothers shines throughout. Take Slide Away, one of the most powerful yet tender love songs ever written. Noel managers to encapsulate not just the joy of love, but the feelings of uncertainty and utter helplessness that come with it. It's made all the more incredible by Liam's brilliant vocal performance, singing with such emotion one knows he believed every word. There's also the rock and roll anthems Bring it on Down and Cigarettes & Alcohol, the underrated Digsy's Dinner and the gentle acoustic Married With Children which puts a final cherry on the end of an exceptional collection of songs.
Oasis would frequently be criticised in the years which followed for failing to make an album of the standard of Definitely Maybe (although they came close with follow up ...Morning Glory). As the ever self-confident Noel Gallagher would later comment, they hadn't managed to better their debut but nor had anybody else. It sounds like an arrogant statement, but it's completely true. This is undoubtedly one of the finest albums ever produced. It's the sort of album that makes life worth living. It is, of course, "Just rock and roll," as Liam snarls on the opening track. But when a record makes you feel like this, it really is so much more.
on 20 May 2014
This is a five star album.
However, the sound quality on this new 2014 double album re-master is not a patch on the original CD version.
The definition has been compressed almost out of existence.
It's a great pity that increasingly vinyl re-masters and a number of new releases for that matter, are being produced from highly compressed, bass heavy files.
on 28 March 2012
As described by 'TheCunningStunt' on Rateyourmusic.com; -
"It's definitely a landmark album and the whole time that serves as a backdrop around this album is incredibly romanticised and it's a big part of musical history - the arrogance, the swagger, the fighting, the silly outlandish opinions, their media coverage, the rivalry with Blur. It was a fantastic period, and they helped revitalise the British music industry. They were a breath of fresh air. A lot of music publications have talked about the famous 'Oasis swagger', and their attitude - which was fantastic, but pretty irrelevant but they continued to lap it up. Even though they were BIG and had big personalities, you have to look at them musically and ask were they good? And the answer is YES. Underneath all of it, they had some brilliant songs."
on 27 January 2016
Wasn't going to write a review because anyone with any musical taste can clearly hear that this is a great album. I read the comments from people that left a 1 star rating and my God there are some complete sad c**** in this world. Seriously read what some of them are writing. It's enough to make you want to take a bite out of your own hand.
If you ask me, this is the first time I have felt that it might be worth buying an album DVD equivalent. The Definitely Maybe DVD includes, of course, all the songs, including videos and live performances of each song. The chances are you already own the album itself, so it's the visuals and the live performances you'll be interested in. And both are definitely worth while, although possibly not particularly in the long term - depends what sort of fan you are.
And if you are the sort of fan I am, then that may not be why you got this DVD at all - the key to Oasis (as many fans will know) is the combination between the music and the men. And in the interviews on this DVD, the men are in fine form. They are full of anecdotes, as you would be in recalling one of the most pivotal events in your life (and in modern music history). The brilliant stories of the recording studio on an island, which meant the lads had to leave the pub early to avoid being cut off, and tales of drug-stealing, tractor driving shenanigans with the Stone Roses are joyous, and hilarious, and will catch you up in the magic of the beginnings of Brit Pop. So will the stories from the technicians - dealing with Liam Gallagher for the first time, or pushing the volume up to the max so that Definitely Maybe was the loudest album on the juke box for the year after its release.
And for anyone that doesn't own the album, then remember that this is the classic oasis - raw, swaggering and brilliant. From the ripped off intros to Shakermaker and Cigarrettes and Alcohol to the wonderful solos and sweeping melodies of Live Forever and Slide Away, to the minimalist brilliance of Married With Children and Sad Song, this is a superb, superb album.
on 19 September 2004
10 years has certainly gone quick hasn't it eh? And how better to celebrate it than with a DVD release of the best album of that particular year.
When you pop Disc 1 into your DVD player the album starts playing straightaway.
You now have the interactive options at your fingertips.
All you have to decide is whether to push "UP", "DOWN", "LEFT" or "RIGHT" on your DVD remote.
You will then be treated to either documentary, live or video for that particular track.
Or if you want press "MENU" and you can choose what to view individually.
Also for certain videos you can select "ANGLE", and be treated to another version (promo).
If I may suggest something, I would put the disc in and press "UP" and watch the "documentary" all the way through. (much easier, and flows better.
"Disc Two" involves a number of featurettes, but can be viewed continuously if need be.
I loved this DVD as you can listen to the album as a kind of Bootleg album as well if you so wished.
Anyway here is the tracklisting if you're interested.
1. Rock 'N' Roll Star (from 'Top Of The Pops', September 1994)
2. Shakermaker from ('Naked City', June 1994)
3. Live Forever (from Glastonbury, June 1994)
4. Up In The Sky (from Chicago Metro, October 1994)
5. Columbia (from Hammersmith Palais, December 1994)
6. Supersonic (from 'The Word', March 1994)
7. Bring It On Down (from Gleneagles, February 1994)
8. Cigarettes And Alcohol (from Southampton Guildhall, November 1994)
9. Digsy's Dinner (from Buckley Tivoli, August 1994)
10. Slide Away (from New York Wetlands, July 1994)
11. Married With Children (from Los Angeles Whiskey A Go Go, September 1994)
12. Sad Song (from 'Later With Jools Holland', December 1994)
The featurettes on the second disc could have been longer but this is not the story of oasis after all, just their debut album. The main interviewee here is Noel, in fact Liam is not on here that much but he only grunts when asked questions anyway. His singing is what he does best anyway.
The group re-visit the shoot where Definitely Maybe was photographed, the booklet is nice work as is the sleeve.
A must for all Oasis fans.
on 2 June 2014
The musical content is unquestionably excellent the remastering on this set is awful which is a pity ...its louder than the original and features some questionable mixing choices ..slide away is missing Noel's backing? couple of tracks are ok as they sound the same. The contents of this box simply are not worth the money a book some badges and a bag , im 47 what am i going to do with them? the 7 inch and book are nice but not essential. Do yourself a favour pick up the old cd from creation its still better. The vinyl is again too loud and bass boosted a fatiguing listen but worth buying just to have a vinyl edition but if you have this much money buy the original vinyl or the 2009 edition...way better. A rip off Liam was right about staying away from it ..Noel have you authorised this junk?
on 25 October 2014
I hear what Fred says about the re-master not being as good as the 1994 original, when this album was recorded it was raw, meant to be played loud so you enjoyed it as it was recorded. So I feel the original still has it's place in the collection on top of all others, the re-master does a good job though on discs 2 and 3 with the demo's and B sides, you can listen to the song construction in it's element.
Placing Whatever on this was a surprize to me, Liam hated the track although I can't think why, played loud you can't get a better anthem maybe it was the fact that Rutles music creator Neil Innes sued Noel over the track using a riff from one of his Archeology tracks. So officially it's a Gallagher/Innes track after winning his court case against Noel which beggars belief after Innes copied so many Beatles riffs and effects without court action taken against himself. It was fantastic to hear the Whatever orchestration track which sounds excellent on it's own and gives you a challenge in singing the lyrics to it especially if you sound like a buffoon at the best of times!!!!
The live tracks I feel help with the new re-masters clearing some of the rhythm mayhem that Oasis provided at their concerts, again originals have their place so nothing to lose here. The Demo's have been a very welcome addition as these sound much better, the clarity improved so much it makes them playable as loud as you like without the back noise.
All in all, I love the set it is well worth the small amount of cash for the extra's offered. Regarding the original tracks I'm like Fred, I'll be playing the original master which can't be improved, don't put you off buying this re-master though!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!