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While Oasis could be considered a two-hit phenomenon in America, a band with a devote but cult following at best, in England they were a pop culture behemoth in the 90s. Their debut album, Definitely Maybe, was (at the time) the fastest selling debut album in British chart history. They quickly went from clubs to selling out two of the biggest indoor shows in European history at Earl’s Court along with their era-defining shows at Knebworth for which 2.6 million Britons applied for tickets. Their third album, Be Here Now, still stands as the fastest selling record in British chart history, moving 350,000 copies in one day. Their influence can still be heard in arena ready acts such as Arctic Monkeys and Kasabian.
In celebration of twenty-years since Definitely Maybe’s release, the band have planned a reissue campaign for their first three albums. The release of a newly remastered Definitely Maybe will be available on May 14th. Both the special edition CD and box set will contain the remastered album along with a collection of remastered b-sides and previously unreleased demos and live takes. The box set will also include various items of memorabilia including a 56-page coffee table book, the album pressed on 180g vinyl and a tote bag. The band will also be reissuing their initial cassette demo, which has also been remastered. Reissues of (What’s the Story) Morning Glory?, currently the fifth best selling album in British chart history and a 4x platinum album in America, and Be Here Now will follow later in the year.
It will be interesting to see how drastic these reissues are. All three of these albums are well known for their controversial brickwall mastering, a technique that sacrificed dynamics but made sure that their music was louder than anything else being played on the radio.