Oasis Announce Special 30th Anniversary Reissue Of ‘Definitely Maybe’


Oasis have announced a special 30th anniversary reissue of ‘Definitely Maybe’ which features previously unheard recordings and outtakes.

This special edition which arrives on August 30 via Big Brother Recordings, will be available as a limited-edition 4LP record, deluxe 2CD, exclusive coloured vinyl and other formats. You can pre order here.

Oasis had been hinting that such a release was on the horizon in recent days. See more here.

‘Definitely Maybe (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)’ will contain several unreleased tracks which were recorded at Monnow Valley Studios, including an unreleased demo version of ‘Sad Song’, which features the vocals of former singer Liam Gallagher.

The release will also include outtakes which were also recorded at this studio, which were mixed for the first time by Liam Gallagher and Callum Marinho.

All formats will also include the 2014 remastered version of ‘Definitely Maybe’. 

Oasis To “capture the kinetic energy”

A description of this special Oasis release reads the following.

“Following signing a worldwide record deal, Liam Gallagher, Noel Gallagher, Paul ‘Bonehead’ Arthurs, Paul McGuigan and Tony McCarroll decamped to Monnow Valley studios on the Welsh borders of Monmouthshire, to capture the kinetic energy of their live shows on record”, it said.

“At the time, the initial recordings felt overly technical and polished, failing to capture the essence of the band. The sessions were ultimately scrapped, and the band moved to the remote confines of Sawmills Studios in Cornwall to re-record the album. Eventually, with the addition of Owen Morris joining to complete the definitive mixes, ‘Definitely Maybe’ was formed”. 

“understanding the process”

The description also adds: “The Monnow Valley recordings and Sawmill outtakes, now unearthed for the first time, offer a new and compelling understanding of the process that led to the finished article”. 

“With its raw edges and restless energy, ‘Definitely Maybe’ always sounded like an album that had arrived fully formed – however the newly revealed versions provide fans with a fascinating new insight into the album; demonstrating the self-belief that drove the early years of Oasis and the determination it took to create their debut”.

“Shelved until now, revisiting the archive 30 years on signifies the importance of the recording process in telling the story of the uneasy creation of one of the most vital albums of all time”. 

Oasis’ ‘Definitely Maybe (30th Anniversary Deluxe Edition)’ also features new artwork from original artists Brian Cannon, and original sleeve photographer Michael Spencer Jones.

It will also feature sleeve notes from Creation Records owner Alan McGee, and journalist Hamish MacBain.

Vinyl editions will also be part of this special release, including an ‘Up In the Sky’ lyric inspired blue and white marble 2LP, as well as a ‘Digsby Dinner’ lyric-inspired pink and white marble 2LP. Limited-edition blue cassettes can also be accessed too.

Oasis confirmed news of this release on their X/Twitter account. Check that out here.