The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps [Remastered DeluxeEdition] (2010)

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The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps [Remastered DeluxeEdition] (2010)
Artist: The Boo Radleys
Title Of Album: Giant Steps
Year Of Release: 2010
Label (Catalog#): Cherry Red [CDTRED 447]
Country: UK
Genre: Psychedelic Pop, Britpop, Shoegaze, Indie Rock
Quality: Mp3 / FLAC (tracks +.cue,log)
Bitrate: CBR 320 kbps / Lossless
Time: 3:07:44
Full Size: 455 mb / 1.19 gb

The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps [Remastered DeluxeEdition] (2010)

CD Description
Giant Steps is the third album by the Boo Radleys, released in 1993. NME and Select named it as album of the year. It reached the UK Top 20, but did not spawn a Top 40 single. The title is inspired by John Coltrane s album of the same name. The Boo Radleys were never comfortable fitting into any of the easily defined categories that pigeonholed so many British bands in the early 1990s. Arriving on the scene as shoe-gazing My Bloody Valentine wannabes, they signed to Alan McGee's hip-to-the-times Creation Records, They surprised everyone by releasing Giant Steps in early '93. Living up to its title, the album is indeed a step above and away both from what their peers were doing and what was expected of the band themselves. The album is a cornucopia of varying influences, from the Smiths-y Wish I Was Skinny to the lovely brass arrangement in Lazarus . Giant Steps is a mouthful, containing 17 songs, but it's also their definitive album. This re-issue brings together all the b-sides and singles from around the time into one great triple CD.

Re-mastered and with a enhanced booklet this is a fine introduction to the Boo Radleys and the influence that Creation had on the world

BBC Review
If ever a group were deserving of rehabilitation, it is the Boo Radleys. In that grim time when if you didn't like grunge, all you had was Suede or Cud, they synthesised the many factors that had made the Liverpudlian musical past so great. Mixed with a huge dose of the American sunshine psych-rock so beloved on Merseyside, the Boos acted as a bridge between The La's and The Coral. And Giant Steps was their crowning glory, lofty in ambition, widescreen in its production. It is hard to believe that it is now 14 years old, and at the time it topped the NME Reader's Poll and was Select's album of the year.

Giant Steps is still, as the Virgin Encyclopaedia Of Popular Music heralds 'dripping with poise, attitude and melody.' Leader Martin Carr's ear for a tune is unimpeachable - the indie chime of "I Hang Suspended", the bright "Wish I Was Skinny"; there is feedback ('Leaves and Sand'); funky undercurrents ('Upon 7th and Fairchild', 'Lazarus'); humour; synthesizers, touching interludes and lots of big, big noise.

It was extremely unfortunate that they were sunk, like many before and since by their big hit (in their case 'Wake Up Boo!' in 1995) and soon they were pushed back into oblivion by Britpop. Carr's refusal to play ball with the media-generated movement meant their final two albums languished in semi-obscurity. It's hard to comprehend why Giant Steps is so currently forgotten, while people randomly cite, say, Screamadelica as one of the best ever. It, like the Boos themselves, are all but gone from pop history - although the album's place in the recent book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die suggests their may be a quiet move for Giant Steps to reclaim its place at pop's top table. --Daryl Easlea


1-01 I Hang Suspended 3:59
1-02 Upon 9th And Fairchild 4:50
1-03 Wish I Was Skinny 3:37
1-04 Leaves And Sand 4:26
1-05 Butterfly McQueen 3:29
1-06 Rodney King (Song For Lenny Bruce) 2:46
1-07 Thinking Of Ways 3:49
1-08 Barney (... And Me) 4:42
1-09 Spun Around 2:31
1-10 If You Want It, Take It 2:47
1-11 Best Lose The Fear 4:13
1-12 Take The Time Around 4:07
1-13 Lazarus 4:38
1-14 One Is For 1:36
1-15 Run My Way Runway 2:20
1-16 I've Lost The Reason 5:18
1-17 The White Noise Revisited 5:05

2-01 Lazy Day 1:38
2-02 Vegas 3:49
2-03 Feels Like Tomorrow 2:25
2-04 Whiplashed 4:18

Boo! Forever
2-05 Does This Hurt? 3:27
2-06 Boo! Forever 3:53
2-07 Buffalo Bill 2:16
2-08 Sunfly II (Walking With The Kings) 4:27

I Hang Suspended
2-09 Rodney King (Saint Etienne Remix) Remix - Saint Etienne 6:48
2-10 As Bound As Tomorrow 4:54
2-11 I Will Always Ask Where You Where You've Been Even Though I Know The Answer 3:07

Wish I Was Skinny
2-12 Peachy Keen 3:39
2-13 Further 5:54
2-14 Crow Eye 2:58

Barney (...And Me)
3-01 Tortoiseshell 4:04
3-02 Zoom 4:05
3-03 Cracked Lips, Homesick 2:39

3-04 At The Sound Of Speed 3:45
3-05 Let Me Be Your Faith 2:52
3-06 Petroleum 3:58

Lazarus (Remixes)
3-07 Lazarus (7" Version) 3:40
3-08 Lazarus (Acoustic) 4:09
3-09 (I Wanna Be) Touch Down Jesus 3:45
3-10 Lazarus (Saint Etienne Remix) Remix - Saint Etienne 6:25
3-11 Lazarus (Secret Knowledge Mix) Remix - Secret Knowledge 8:50
3-12 Lazarus (Ultramarine Remix) Remix - Ultramarine 8:51
3-13 Lazarus (Augustus Pablo Mix) Remix - Augustus Pablo 6:35
3-14 Lazarus (12" Version) 6:22

Sice - vocals
Rob Cieka - drums, percussion
Tim Brown - bass guitar, keyboards
Martin Carr - guitar, keyboards, vocals

Steve Kitchen - trumpet, flugel horn
Lindsay Johnston - cello
Jackie Toy - clarinet, bass clarinet
Meriel Barham - vocals on "Rodney King" and "One Is For"
Chris Moore - trumpet on "Lazarus"
Margaret Fiedler - cello on "Lazarus"
Keith Cameron - vocals on "The White Noise Revisitied"
Yvette Lacey - vocals on "The White Noise Revisitied"
Moose - handclaps on "Wish I Was Skinny", vocals on "The White Noise Revisitied"
Kle - vocals on "The White Noise Revisitied"
Laurence - vocals on "The White Noise Revisitied"
Nick Addison - vocals on "The White Noise Revisitied"
Guy Fixsen - vocals on "The White Noise Revisitied"
Russell - handclaps on "Wish I Was Skinny"

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