Definitely Maybe is the debut studio album by English rock band Oasis. The album was released on 29 August by Creation Records. Definitely Maybe was an immediate commercial and critical success in the United Kingdom, having followed on the heels of the singles " Supersonic ", " Shakermaker ", and " Live Forever ". The album went on to sell over 8 million copies worldwide and brought widespread critical acclaim.
Definitely Maybe helped to spur a revitalisation in British pop music in the s and was embraced by critics for its optimistic themes and supposed rejection of the grunge music of the time. The album is regarded as a seminal entry of the Britpop scene, and has appeared in many publications' lists of the greatest albums of all time. In , the NME conducted a readers' poll in which Definitely Maybe was voted the greatest album of all time.
Formerly called The Rain, Oasis formed in The elder Gallagher insisted that if he were to join, the group would give him complete control and they would work towards superstardom. Oasis signed to independent record label Creation Records in The limited-edition 12" single "Columbia" was released in late as a primer for the band for journalists and radio programmers.
Unexpectedly, BBC Radio 1 picked up the single and played it 19 times in the fortnight after its release. The following week it debuted at number 31 on the British singles chart.
Oasis booked Monnow Valley Studio , near Monmouth , in late to record their debut album. Their producer was Dave Batchelor, whom Noel Gallagher knew from his days working as a roadie for the Inspiral Carpets. The sessions were unsatisfactory.
We'd play in this great big room, buzzing to be in this studio, playing like we always played. He'd say, 'Come in and have a listen. What's that? Too clean.
As the sessions proved increasingly fruitless, the group began to panic. Arthurs said, "Noel was frantically on the phone to the management, going, 'This ain't working.
Tim Abbot of Creation Records said while visiting the band in Chiswick , "McGee, Noel, me and various people had a great sesh, and we listened to it over and over again. And all I could think was, 'It ain't got the attack. In January , the group returned from an ill-fated trip to Amsterdam and set about re-recording the album at Sawmills Studio in Cornwall.
This time the sessions were produced by Noel Gallagher and Mark Coyle. The group decided the only way to replicate their live sound on record was to record together without soundproofing between individual instruments. Over the tracks, Gallagher overdubbed numerous guitars.
Arthurs said, "That was Noel's favourite trick: get the drums, bass and rhythm guitar down, and then he'd cane it. The results were still deemed unsatisfactory, and there was little chance of another attempt at recording the album.
The recordings already made had to be used. In desperation, Creation's Marcus Russell contacted engineer-turned-producer Owen Morris , who had previously mixed the album's songs.
Marcus was like, 'You can do what you like — literally, whatever you want. Morris worked on mastering the album at Johnny Marr 's studio in Manchester, and recalled that Marr was "appalled by how 'in your face' the whole thing was", and questioned Morris' mixing choices such as leaving the background noise at the beginning of "Cigarettes and Alcohol". Music journalist John Harris noted, "The miracle was that music that had passed through so many hands sounded so dynamic: the guitar-heavy stew that Morris had inherited had been remoulded into something positively pile-driving.
The photograph on the front cover of the album was taken by rock photographer Michael Spencer Jones in guitarist Paul 'Bonehead' Arthurs' house. He also said that he asked Liam to lie on the floor to draw attention away from the room's wood flooring , which he felt would make the picture look like an advert for varnish. The wine glass to Liam's right was filled with diluted Ribena : according to Spencer Jones, although an urban legend suggests that this was used because the band could not afford wine, the real reason was that Ribena photographs better than red wine, which comes out black.
Spencer Jones asked the band to bring objects of personal value to them to the shoot.
Meanwhile, a photograph of George Best can be seen in the window, at the behest of Bonehead, a Manchester United fan. Some writers believe that Oasis were trying to pay homage to the album cover of Pink Floyd 's Ummagumma album by placing Bacharach's picture in the same prominent position used for the soundtrack of Vincente Minnelli 's film Gigi on Ummagumma.
The release of Definitely Maybe was preceded by a third single, " Live Forever ", which was released on 8 August The continuing success of Oasis partially allowed Creation to ride out a period of tough financial straits. Abbot tried to determine how best to use his small budget.
This is what we listen to. You don't read the NME. You don't read Q. How do we get the people to like you? Abbot's suspicions that Oasis would appeal to these non-traditional audiences were confirmed when the dance music magazine Mixmag , which usually ignored guitar-based music, gave Definitely Maybe a five-star review.
Definitely Maybe was released on 29 August On 4 September the album debuted at number one on the British charts.
The first-week sales earned Definitely Maybe the record of the fastest-selling debut album in British history. Noel Gallagher said " Slide Away " was considered as a fifth single, but he ultimately refused, arguing, "You can't have five [singles] off a debut album. The album received widespread critical acclaim along with commercial success, with many critics and listeners welcoming the album's fearless optimism, particularly in an era of rock which was dominated by American grunge which seemed at odds with the album,  while also praising Noel Gallagher's songwriting and melodic skills along with younger brother Liam's vocals.
Keith Cameron of NME called Noel Gallagher "a pop craftsman in the classic tradition and a master of his trade" and believed that "the only equivocal thing about Definitely Maybe is its title. Everything else screams certainty", going on to say, "The fact is that too much heartfelt emotion, ingenious belief and patent songwriting savvy rushes through the debut Oasis album for it to be the work of a bunch of wind-up merchants It's like opening your bedroom curtains one morning and discovering that some f—er's built the Taj Mahal in your back garden and then filled it with your favourite flavour of Angel Delight.
Yeah, that good. A rutting mess of glam, punk and psychedelia, you've heard it all before of course, but not since the Stone Roses debut have a young Lancastrian group carried themselves with such vigour and insouciance".
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The 11 songs that make up Definitely Maybe [ Certainly when put next to the flimsy, uncommitted music of most new British bands, Definitely Maybe spits feathers Spunky, adolescent rock, vivifying and addictive". It's a force that courses, unmanageably, through Oasis' debut album even today This is transcendental rock'n'roll music that celebrates the moment, not a moment. In the U. Rolling Stone included the album in its end-of-year round-up of 's most important records, with Paul Evans saying that "Liam Gallagher has God-given cool.
And with his brother Noel supplying him with sumptuous rockers, it's easy to see why this quintet is next year's model. Heavier on guitar than Blur or Suede , they're the simpler, catchier outfit.
All tracks are written by Noel Gallagher.
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The Definitely Maybe box set was released on 4 November , featuring four discs of singles, including B-sides, and one disc of interviews. The set charted at number 23 on the UK Albums Chart. As part of a promotional campaign entitled Chasing the Sun , the album was released on 19 May , a deluxe edition featured the remastered original album packaged with two additional discs of material. Additionally, a limited edition reproduction of the band's original demo cassette was also made available to purchase.
Definitely Maybe was released on DVD in September to mark the tenth anniversary of its original release.
It went triple platinum in the UK. The DVD featured an hour-long documentary about the recording of the album featuring interviews with the band and its associates. The programme combined existing and unused interview footage from the DVD documentary and focused on the origins of the band, and the four singles from Definitely Maybe.
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