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Oasis: Definitely Maybe (Limited Edition) [DVD]
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- Bonus Disc Featuring Exclusive Live Performances and the Making of Documentary
- Song By Song Documentary on the Recording and Making of the Album
- Alternate Versions of videos With Directors Commentaries
- Hidden Story Strands
Celebrating the release of the Mancunian rock band's debut album, this collection of live performances was filmed in various locations including Glastonbury Festival, New York, Los Angeles and on TV shows including The Word, Later With Jools Holland and Top of the Pops..
So, what's the story, then, behind Oasis' 1994 debut album Definitely Maybe? Did this brash salvo of rakish Mancunian rock 'n' roll egotism usher in the era of "laddism", the shock waves of which still reverberate around town centres in the form of Saturday night yob culture? Was this Britain's victorious reclaiming of the rock band throne, the crown having been stolen in a coup (arguably for the first time since Elvis Presley) by Yankee grunge imposters? Or were Oasis just second-hand Sex Pistols with a twist of Lennon? Six enthralling DVD hours later--promo videos, footage from Top Of The Pops, Naked City, multitudinous live venues etc and heaps of extended foul-mouthed chit-chat with shrewd label managers, cocky band members, loopy mates and Burt Bacharach--and the viewer may not reach any discernable conclusion. However, one's thinking cap is well and truly stretched in an exhaustively entertaining manner. Rich in anecdote--a nocturnal meeting with a spaced-out member of the Stone Roses on a tractor in Wales, ferrying bass amps across the River Fowey in Cornwall on a speed boat, Tony Carroll's "crap" drumming, Digsy's lasagne--and bulging with barnstorming rock tunes about roll-ups, booze, dole queues, fame and flatulent canines, Definitely Maybe the DVD definitely does the job. And snapper-decking singer Liam Gallagher? A twit sometimes but you have to admire anyone who can make a tambourine look like an offensive weapon. --Kevin Maidment
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"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.
Just avoid the super deluxe set at all costs.
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.
"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."
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.
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)
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wasn't going to write a review because anyone with any musical taste can clearly hear that this is a great album. Read morePublished 15 days ago by DirtyDan
Vinyl version sounds like they used the masters and stuck them in a mail sack. It is muddy and the base is not existent. Read morePublished 22 days ago by Vincent Connare