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  • Audio CD (15 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B0000240JU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Boo Radleys (The) Giant Steps

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

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Martin Gray on 30 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
The timely reissue of this album makes me realise just how much I miss the Boo Radleys right now. An audacious 17 track odyssey that is as diverse as it is utterly spellbinding. The twisted genius that is Giant Steps takes its cue from all manner of influences (power pop, dub reggae, 60s Merseybeat, 80s jangle-pop, dark electronica, psychedelic, scuzzy garage rock, Beach Boys harmonies, chamber music, freakout noise, grunge pop, etc....) and runs rings around all of the competition. Suede, remember, were the huge breakthrough story of 1993 - a year before the hype of Britpop caught the nation's attention. But they would surely sell their souls and their crushed velvet blouses to be as dazzlingly inventive as this. The Boo Radleys were regarded as the runts of the post-Valentines shoegazing pop litter. But like the ugly ducklings of folklore, their subsequent blossoming into fully-fledged swans caught everybody by surprise. The transformation from their previous (debut) Creation album Everything's Alright Forever to this magnum opus in the space of just a year was remarkable: a huge leap in songwriting, arrangement, production and, above all, confidence. Listening to both albums in succession it is hard to believe that they are the same band! Martin Carr's noisy guitar sound is just about the only constant remaining from the past whilst the other components, in particular Sice Rowbottom's assuredly angelic vocals, were a massive improvement. You could hear what he was singing this time around without the need for his voice to be hidden beneath dense layers of distorted guitars and fuzzy static (as was the case with the previous album).Read more ›
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Red on Black TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jun. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Fate delivers a cruel hand and none more so than in the case of Liverpool's "Boo Radleys" named after the character in Harper Lee's classic novel "To kill a mockingbird". The band seem forever destined to soundtrack TV AM, holiday programmes and anything in particular where a shot of the sun poking through the clouds requires the jolly strains of their Top Ten horn fuelled hit "Wake up boo". It is a song which appears so regularly it has started to grate although not as much as the equally ubiquitous but truly appalling "Walking on sunshine" by Katrina and the Waves.

Yet it all looked so different at one point especially when Martin Carr and his fellow band members released the new wave monster "Giant Steps" in 1993 on Creation records, a truly inspired signing by Alan McGee. It is hard to imagine the sheer impact and effect of this album at that time. The NME compared it to the White Album and it beat tough opposition by winning the Best Album in end of years polls in Melody Maker and the now defunct "Select" magazine who were particular champions of the band (Let us remember that 1993 also saw the release of "In Utero" by Nirvana, Bjork's brilliant debut which was NME's first choice - please note Amazon- and Belly's fun packed "Star"). Did "Giant Steps" deserve all this lauded praise, do bears defecate in woody areas?

Giant Steps ambitiously took its name from John Coltrane's great album of experimentation and like that work it was hugely audacious, inspired, original and mind blowing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By indiechild on 3 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
As has been said, the Boo Radleys may well be remembered for pop heaven such as 'Wake up Boo'. Sure some of this is present in Giant Steps, such as Wishing I Was Skinny, but the release of Wake up Boo was a genuine disappointment to those who had discovered the band before. Friends suddenly became interested in a band that was so much more than this song. If you had listened to and loved Giant Steps the acclaim attained from the lurch into the mainstream felt a little hollow. The Boo Radleys were so much better than this and the world still had no idea and didn't know how to best pigeon-hole them.

I remember a friend becoming interested in the band just as my interest waned as I longed for the soaring heights that I knew from before. He just did not 'get' this album. I was kind of glad he didn't! I bought this on a whim based on reviews and it remains in my top 5 that I own, and that's among a lot of music from the late 80's onwards. The diversity, the way they can take a pop song and then twist it, you will not know what is coming next. Upon 9th and Fairchild, when the verse ends and the chorus begins is amongst the most magical moments of guitar heaven and nearly 20 years on it still grabs those I know who listen to it for the first time.

Don't get me wrong, you may not like the whole album when taken in chunks but as a piece of art from start to finish there is not much to compare.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Philip Riley on 17 May 2010
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See the title - if you have a single indie bone in your body, this is a must own album.

Listen to it again and again and it simply rewards you with its sheer staggering genius. Every track blends seamlessly into the next one. There is no clear stand out track on this album, because they all stand out. OK, if I had to choose, Barney.

I met the band once - I went to a gig round about the time that Wake Up came out. I was jumping around at the front with a Lazarus t-shirt on - got me backstage, as I already knew their earlier stuff. And arguably this is their finest moment.

Forget Oasis, this is *the* best album from Creation records, ever. Period.
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