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Giant Steps [CD]

Boo Radleys Audio CD
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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: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,647 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. I Hang Suspended (Album Version) 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Upon 9th And Fairchild (Album Version) 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Wish I Was Skinny (Album Version) 3:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Leaves And Sand (Album Version) 4:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Butterfly McQueen (Album Version) 3:280.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Rodney King (Song For Lenny Bruce) 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Thinking Of Ways (Album Version) 3:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Barney (...And Me) (Album Version) 4:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Spun Around (Album Version) 2:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. If You Want It, Take It (Album Version) 2:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Best Lose The Fear (Album Version) 4:140.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Take The Time Around (Album Version) 4:070.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Lazarus (Album Version) 4:380.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. One Is For (Album Version) 1:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Run My Way Runway (Album Version) 2:200.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I've Lost The Reason (Album Version) 5:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. The White Noise Revisited (Album Version) 5:040.99  Buy MP3 

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars A Kaleidoscopic Masterpiece!!! 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
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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just rediscovered this jam-packed classic! 2 Jun 2005
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Mention the Boo Radley to your average music listener and they'll say "Wake Up, it's a beautiful morning? Yeah, they were alright, I suppose". Now mention the Boo Radleys to anyone that has heard Giant Steps and they will say "Lazarus, I hang Suspended, Leaves and Sand, Barney...and me? Man, they were such a s..t-hot band!"
I Recently decided to give Giant Steps a spin for the first time in about 6 years. I've had it stuck in my head now all week and it's right back on my playlist. The entire album is a trip for me - not just down memory lane but back to listening to music, damn good music, LOUD! From the first song to the last, the Boo Radleys fire catchy guitars, lyrics, and rhythms at your ears, tune after tune. The Beatles and Beach Boy influences are clear but with more originality than the likes of Oasis.
The album is a journey and quite a long one at that. From the dub of 'Upon 9th and Fairchild', Butterfly McQueen and the seminal 'Lazarus' to the rampaging guitars in 'I hang suspended', 'Leaves and Sand', 'I've lost the reason' and again in 'Lazarus', the Boo Radleys soared me through my Sunday afternoon (and many trashed days and nights in the 90s). From take off till landing the in-flight entertainment is first class.
For me the album stands the test of time incredibly well (unlike so many other albums of the era) and I will keep on coming back to it while I still have my hearing somewhat in-tact. It's a shame the Boo's will be remembered for the mediocre stuff like 'Wake up' and not for this, their ultimate masterpiece.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It will surprise you
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... Read more
Published on 3 Sep 2011 by indiechild
5.0 out of 5 stars Great CD - so i've been told.
I would love to write a review of this (apparently) very good album but i have not received it yet and it's now well past the 'delivery estimate' date. Read more
Published on 14 Dec 2010 by Soldbyfascists..Not!!
5.0 out of 5 stars The B sides are as good as the main album.
I already own all of the original singles that these b-sides appeared on, but it's nice to have them all in this collection instead of like 10 discs. Read more
Published on 29 Aug 2010 by Aaron Mendola
5.0 out of 5 stars So why did I buy it again?
Ok, so I had the album I'd seen the band I'd even sought out the promo of Lazarus the tracks of which feature on disc 3) I have the greatest hits compilation. So why buy this? Read more
Published on 29 Jun 2010 by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album
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... Read more
Published on 17 May 2010 by Philip Riley
5.0 out of 5 stars Deserved Mercury prize winner
Those of you that have this will know what a unique piece of 90's indie it is. For those of you that only have Wake Up Boo as a reference - cast away any fears and pick up a... Read more
Published on 30 April 2009 by Neill Kedward
5.0 out of 5 stars carr powered
This is for me the greatest record by a British band from the nineties. Martin Carr was a great songwriter/songwriter and I´d love to know what he´s up to now. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2006 by David Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars I've got a thing about double-albums...
especially this classic from 1993. Has it really been 10 years?- whatever, this is an album I've rediscovered & been blown away every few years since its release. Read more
Published on 3 Feb 2003 by Jason Parkes
5.0 out of 5 stars Boo! Forever
Previously a decent, if run-of-the-mill, indie guitar band, the Boo Radleys suddenly upped the stakes with the release of their third LP. Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2001 by knowledeayton
5.0 out of 5 stars classic album of the 90s
This really is one of the greatest albums you'll ever hear. 17 tracks, each one absolutely perfect, from one of the most magnificent singles ever, Lazarus, to the intense... Read more
Published on 26 Jan 2001
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