Before the bickering and sibling rivalry tabloid fodder tore them apart, Britpop group Oasis were a flat-out amazing band. Their first two albums — 1994’s “Definitely Maybe” and 1995’s “(What’s the Story) Morning Glory?” — are pretty much perfect and deservedly catapulted Oasis to international stardom.
Big Brother Recordings is in the process of reissuing the band’s first three albums, starting with a deluxe 3-CD, 44-track version of “Definitely Maybe” to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the fantastic LP’s release.
Disc 1 is the original album, digitally remastered, and the 11-track slab has aged remarkably well. Songs like “Rock ‘N’ Roll Star,” “Live Forever,” “Supersonic,” “Cigarettes & Alcohol” and “Slide Away” have never sounded better. Discs 2 and 3 are the real finds for Oasis fans, with dozens of B-sides, live cuts and demos. All in all, it’s nearly 3.5 hours of music from one of the truly great bands of the 1990s. (Jeffrey Sisk)