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Giant Steps

15 Jan 2001 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 13 Aug 1993
  • Release Date: 13 Aug 1993
  • Label: Creation Records
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  • Total Length: 1:04:05
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  • ASIN: B001I84TCI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 47,703 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Cokey2008 on 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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