John Murray on the anniversary of a groundbreaking album
It’s nearly 20 years since the debut album from that most definitive of bands, Oasis.
To say it was groundbreaking is quite simply an understatement and since their demise a new generation is now discovering the sounds of the brothers Gallagher.
Rumours are rife of a reunion too this year and insiders say a major festival appearance has already been signed up.
Meanwhile this week sees the start of some original album remasters beginning with Definitely Maybe (Big Brother).
This was the album from August 1994 that became the fastest selling debut album ever going seven times platinum in the UK and five million sales overseas. A 2008 music mag poll placed it number one of the ‘Greatest British Albums’.
At the time anticipation was already building due to the debut single Supersonic already a hit and further singles within would be Shakermaker, Live Forever and of course Cigarettes & Alcohol.
With that amount of sales what incentives are there to buy now then?
Well, collectors will scoop up the various editions, as it comes as a standard CD (with digital download), Special Deluxe 3CD, 12” vinyl LP (with digital downloads and bonuses) and finally a Deluxe Box Set. The latter retails at £99.99 and contains the LP, the 3 CD set, a tote bag, enamel key ring, 12” exclusive print, a set of postcards and a limited 7” single with Supersonic recorded live at the Glasgow Tramshed.
Additionally a 56- page hard back coffee table book has some rare photographs from the period. Both deluxe editions have B-sides and rarities like the Christmas single Whatever and unheard demos and live recordings from concerts and hotel rooms like Half The World Away as used in the TV series The Royle Family.