- Audio CD (4 July 2005)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: CD
- Label: Sanctuary
- ASIN: B00077372O
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,788 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|2. Happens To Us All|
|3. Hip Clown Rag|
|5. The Finest Kiss|
|7. Lazy Day|
|9. Does This Hurt|
|10. Sunfly 2: Walking With The Kings|
See all 20 tracks on this disc
|1. Wake Up Boo: Music For Astronauts|
|2. Blues For George Michael|
|3. Find The Answer Within|
|5. Reaching Out From Here|
|6. From The Bench At Belvidere|
|7. Nearly Almost There|
|8. What's In The Box?|
|9. Four Saints|
|10. C'mon Kids|
See all 15 tracks on this disc
Anyway, from the indie underground to Number 1 in just five years - not bad work by the Boos, especially given their impressive sonic evolution between point A and point B. The entire technicolour journey is chronicled here in gloriously remastered detail.
Disc 1 charts the Wirral band's rise from pedal happy Dinosaur Jr fans (this era culled from 1990's long out of print Ichabod & I LP and a slew of increasingly ambitious EPs for Action Records and Rough Trade) through their early Creation Records days as shoegazing troubadours (1991's Everything's Alright Forever and attendent EPs) to their arrival as full-blown-mind guitar pop geniuses with 1993's Giant Steps - a bona fide White Album for the early 90s indie set.
On this sprawling double album, Boos songwriter Martin Carr finally blossomed, with proper widescreen production helping mini epics like the indie dub odyssey of Lazaurus come to life. There's a reason people are evangelical about this record. You'll have to hear it in full to understand why - preferably on double vinyl on a good stereo - but the tracks included here (the extended 12" version of Lazarus, Best Lose The Fear, I Hang Suspended, I've Lost The Reason, Wish I Was Skinny and Barney And Me) provide a mouth-watering taste of its genius.
Disc 2 starts by covering the band's 15 minutes of mainstream fame. How many idiots loved the horn infused pop glory of Wake Up Boo! so much they went out and bought the album, only to flog it to Cash Converters a few months later? Tons, judging by the number of copies currently lurking in the racks of said establishments nationwide.
Perhaps it was 1996's C'Mon Kids!Read more ›
The excellent liner notes perhaps make a stronger case for the Boo Radleys than I, a longtime fan, would justify. Brian Block gives an overview of the band's ascension via the grittier shoegazing/fuzzy guitar cohorts to more eclectic popsters, to briefly chart-topping fab four Scousers, to again grittier mixers of beats and harshness into their polychromatic textures. Extra points to Block for putting the band's scope next to not only XTC but The Loud Family, an overlooked array of genii from Northern California you all must hear. Keith Cameron sensitively charts the band's rise and decline, although, like Block, I think he gives the latter part of the band's output too much credit and diminishes the appeal of their grottier early shambling noise--"Everything's" a far better album than both reviewers in the notes rate, and I prefer it actually as a whole to "Giant Steps," although that album has the band's best songs.
The selections here take six songs from the very first stage of the band, which is my primary reason for purchasing the anthology, as well as some extended mixes, which frankly outwear their welcome, and a few often very short interludes tracked as separate songs. For those who have followed the band and have the albums and many of the e.p.'s, this is best bought for the impressive notes appended by Martin Carr's own reflections on each of the 35 tracks.Read more ›
The key material here comes from the point when they transcended peers like Chapterhouse & Slowdive with the eclectic double-album 'Giant Steps' - highlights from which include singles 'Lazarus', 'I Hang Suspended', 'Wish I Was Skinny' & 'Barney (...and me)', as well as the gorgeous 'Best Lose the Fear' & my favourite track from 'Giant Steps', 'I've Lost the Reason.' There are still plenty of tracks from 'Giant Steps' not here - 'Find the Way Out', 'Thinking of Ways', 'The White Noise Revisited' - and odd that something like 'Blues for George Michael' is picked over the sublime 'Touchdown Jesus' from the reissue of 'Lazarus'...
The second disc opens with their most famous moment, 'Wake Up Boo!', which is overplayed and overfamiliar but was quite gorgeous with 'Pet Sounds' aspirations at the time (here it's merged with the electronic instrumental 'Music for Astronauts'). I was never that convinced by the other pop-singles from 'Wake Up' - 'It's Lulu' and 'Find the Answer Within'- but at least the great melancholy of 'Reaching Out from Here' is present (sad that 'Wilder' didn't make the cut as well!).Read more ›