Vinyl love: Oasis “Definitely maybe”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Oasis
Album Title: Definitely maybe
Year released: 1994
Details: Gatefold, double LP, original pressing

The skinny: A few weeks ago I posted about how purchasing Oasis’s b-sides compilation, “The masterplan”, completed* the Oasis section of my vinyl collection. So I thought I might spin and take pics of the rest of said section over the next few weeks. (Don’t worry, I don’t have everything they ever released, just the important pieces.) And as mentioned in the preamble to my record collection list, Oasis’s debut album, “Definitely maybe”, was one of two albums purchased by wife at a Greenwich Village street sale, effectively kick-starting my obsession with vinyl. Not coincidentally, it is also one of the only two used records in my collection. As your can see by the pics, the album’s sleeve is not perfect, yet in pretty good shape considering its age. However, the sound that comes from the discs’ grooves is immaculate. Victoria once told me that she wouldn’t be offended if I wanted to dump this record in favour of a new reissue but the thought has never crossed my mind. It already has that built-in sentiment because it came from her. And oh yeah, the album? In my opinion, it’s up there amongst the best debut albums ever.

Standout track: “Live forever”

* I say ‘completed’ but I might be tempted if I ever found certain EPs or singles on vinyl out there in the wild.

Vinyl love: Crash Test Dummies “The ghosts that haunt me”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Crash Test Dummies
Album Title: The ghosts that haunt me
Year released: 1991
Year reissued: 2019
Details: Black vinyl, reissue

The skinny: A couple of songs from this very album have already seen the light on these pages: the Winnipeg folk-rock band’s cover of The Replacements’ “Androgynous” and their first huge and at the time ubiquitous hit, “Superman’s song”. It was in that latter post that I went on about how I bought the cassette tape on the back of that song, how it spent a lot of time in my Walkman, and how I likely would’ve worn it out had it not been stolen first. I also mentioned how I would love to have it on vinyl and since that time, noticed that the Crash Test Dummies’ sophomore album, “God shuffled his feet”, was getting the reissue treatment. And yeah, it probably did better commercially but I was still partial to the debut so I held out. One day last month, I was scrolling through the Amazon Vinyl pre-orders list, as I sometimes do, and I found this sitting there for the taking. There was no hesitation. I received it a few days ago and it’s already hit my platter a few a go-rounds. Just like the old days.

Standout track: “The ghosts that haunt me”

Vinyl love: Oasis “The masterplan”

(Vinyl Love is a series of posts that quite simply lists, describes, and displays the pieces in my growing vinyl collection. You can bet that each record was given a spin during the drafting of each corresponding post.)

Artist: Oasis
Album Title: The masterplan
Year released: 1998
Year reissued: 2016
Details: Gatefold, double LP, 180 gram

The skinny: So here’s one of my more recent purchases and having it pretty much completes my Oasis vinyl collection. Not that I have everything they ever released, but I think I have the ones now that really matter. When I brought the disc up to the counter at one of my favourite local shops, the clerk mentioned what a great album it was as he put it in the bag. To which, I agreed and commented on the fact that it was likely one of my favourite B-sides compilations ever. The clerk’s response: “It just speaks to how prolific they were at the time.” And he was so right. This amazing collection of songs were “throwaways” from the short period around the recording of just their first two records. It’s definitely worth a spin if you haven’t heard it and you love yourself a bit of early Oasis.

Standout track: “The masterplan”