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Where do you start. Lets get the cliches out of the way... greatest band of their generation, critically acclaimed/ criminally underrated yadda yadda yadda.

The fact is they were just unfortunate. Tagged in first with shoegazing then Brit pop they released what can only be described as an awesome body of work and all they will ever be remembered for is "Wake Up...
Published on 18 Aug 2009 by Tubyshady

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3.0 out of 5 stars A beginner's guide to the Boos, but better to get Giant Steps 3CD instead!!
The Boo Radleys disbanded in 1999, and since then there have been two retrospectives issued documenting their progess from shoegazing-influenced guitar noiseniks to bona-fide art-pop experimentalists. The first compilation, Find The Way Out, was a 36 track 2CD chronological journey taking in all their five albums and EPs and thus is a better starting point for any...
Published on 1 July 2010 by Martin Gray


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars albatross around the neck, 18 Aug 2009
This review is from: Best Of (Audio CD)
Where do you start. Lets get the cliches out of the way... greatest band of their generation, critically acclaimed/ criminally underrated yadda yadda yadda.

The fact is they were just unfortunate. Tagged in first with shoegazing then Brit pop they released what can only be described as an awesome body of work and all they will ever be remembered for is "Wake Up Boo!". It was their making and like many bands their hit was proabably also their failing too. Its a great song but as you will discover if you listen to this not their best. "Wake Up Boo!" is the song joe public always hears, usauly on a segment on a GMTV or the like. Its akin to judging the Beach Boys on california girls. Martin Carr wrote some truely beautiful songs which puts him up their with Gallagher, the Head Brothers, Lee Mavers in my book.

Im not even going to begin trying to describe all the music on here because like most of the greats their songs were very different with "only" great guitars, beautiful vocals and a catchy chorus the common theme.

Its a shame if they are lost forever to only appear on indie compilations along with Sleeper, Slowdive and a whole host of other bands with names of oneword we all recall from University in the 90's.

Go one buy it. What else are you going to do with with 4 quid?
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3.0 out of 5 stars A beginner's guide to the Boos, but better to get Giant Steps 3CD instead!!, 1 July 2010
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The Boo Radleys disbanded in 1999, and since then there have been two retrospectives issued documenting their progess from shoegazing-influenced guitar noiseniks to bona-fide art-pop experimentalists. The first compilation, Find The Way Out, was a 36 track 2CD chronological journey taking in all their five albums and EPs and thus is a better starting point for any newcomers than this admittedly rather anaemic non-chronological beginner's guide (inexplicably released just two years after the far superior 2CD best of). But still, as it's a budget-priced item beggars can't be choosers.

Most of the big singles (and the hits) are present and correct here, but with the unforgivable omission of the killer triumvirate Lazy Day, Does This Hurt? and What's In The Box - not to mention Wish I Was Skinny, and the incredible Ride The Tiger.... These tunes showcase the Boos as arguably the finest of that whole slew of post-My Bloody Valentine guitar FX acts that all issued 4-track EPs between 1990 and 1993 (Chapterhouse, Slowdive, The Catherine Wheel, Telescopes, Ride included amongst them). The only difference is that the Boos weren't afraid to vary their sonic palette and try unexplored paths, which often yielded some amazing results (see Lazarus in particular). By no means a regular chart presence back in the day - until when Wake Up Boo! catapulted them into the top 10 - they still managed to clock up a number 1 album, a feat NONE of their contemporaries ever managed, and something which I still can't get my own head around (imagine that - The Boo Radleys with a number one album!!!).

This short resumé merely serves as a warm up for newcomers but my advice is to either seek out all of their Creation albums (starting with the equally wonderful Everything's Alright Forever from 1992) or better still if you just want one option then get hold of the 2CD compilation Find The Way Out for a better chronological track listing.

Alternatively, by far the best way to enjoy the very best of what The Boo Radleys had to offer is to simply buy the recently reissued 3xCD box set of Giant Steps and rejoice in the untold brilliance of this most under-appreciated of bands.
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