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Wake Up Box set, Deluxe Edition

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  • Audio CD (5 July 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Cherry Red
  • ASIN: B003EH3IPK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. WAKE UP BOO
  2. FAIRFAX SCENE
  3. IT'S LULU
  4. JOEL
  5. FIND THE ANSWER WITHIN
  6. REACHING OUT FROM HERE
  7. MARTIN, DOOM! IT'S 7 O'CLOCK
  8. STUCK ON AMBER
  9. CHARLES BUKOWSKI IS DEAD
  10. 4AM CONVERSATION
  11. TWINSIDE
  12. WILDER

Disc: 2

  1. JANUS B-Side Wake Up
  2. BLUES FOR GEORGE MICHAEL B-Side Wake Up
  3. FRIENDSHIP SONG B-Side Wake Up
  4. WAKE UP BOO! MUSIC FOR ASTRONAUTS B-Side Wake Up
  5. AND TOMORROW THE WORLD B-Side Wake Up
  6. THE HISTORY OF CREATION PARTS 17 & 36 B-Side Wake Up
  7. FIND THE ANSWER WITHIN (High Llamas Mix)B-Side Find the Answer Within
  8. THE ONLY WORD I CAN FIND B-Side Find the Answer Within
  9. VERY TOGETHER B-Side Find the Answer Within
  10. DON'T TAKE YOUR GUN TO TOWN B-Side Find the Answer Within
  11. WALLPAPER B-Side Find the Answer Within

Disc: 3

  1. THIS IS NOT ABOUT ME B-Side It's Lulu
  2. REACHING OUT FROM HERE (High Llamas Mix)
  3. MARTIN, DOOM! IT S SEVEN O CLOCK (Stereolab Mix)
  4. JOEL (Justin Warfield Mix) B-Side It's Lulu
  5. TAMBO B-Side It's Lulu
  6. DONKEY B-Side It's Lulu
  7. FROM THE BENCH AT BELVEDERE From The Bench
  8. HI FALUTIN B-Side From The Bench
  9. CRUSHED B-Side From The Bench
  10. ALMOST NEARLY THERE B-Side From The Bench

Product Description

Although the band had received critical acclaim with their previous album, Giant Steps, Wake
Up! was their first true commercial success, reaching number one in the UK album charts. This
was due in large part to two factors: the emergence of Britpop as a driving force in mid-1990s
British music, and a catchy Top 10 single, Wake Up Boo! .
This deluxe edition brings together on 3 discs the original album as well as all the B-Sides from
the time, with newly written notes and a booklet featuring original sleeves this is a great
reminder of how good Brit pop really was.

Released in 1985 on Creation Wake Up! is the fourth album by the Boo Radleys.

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After their surprise but well-deserved top 20 success with the Giant Steps album, it was only a matter of time before the band's gathering momentum saw them reap dividends with their next outing: Wake Up Boo! was probably THE definitive summer pop tune of 1995, which in itself caused the band (and their loyal following) an equal amount of wonder, elation, bemusement, and disillusionment at its huge success (played to death on daytime radio, and now, some 15 years later, used - incredibly - on the TV to advertise a hay-fever remedy tablet brand!!). The parent album Wake Up! was the pop album that Martin Carr had always threatened to make: its ambitious scope across its dozen tracks effectively mirrors the same degree of eclecticism that stamped its authority all over Giant Steps - albeit this time the wilful experimental textures (songs suddenly veering off into all directions) were tempered somewhat in favour of more straightforward arrangements - excepting one track, Joel, which is virtually three songs in one.

What better way to kick off the album than with the acapella Beach Boy harmonies that preface the title track? Okay, so it's probably one of those songs you'll either love or hate, and for me personally, I have found that the more immediate and catchy a song, the easier it is to get tired of it. Wake Up Boo! is such a tune. Its brass-driven breeziness and joyful confidence may have been perfect for the long hot summer of 1995 (soundtracked of course by the much-hyped UK Britpop 'scene' which the Boos were really not even a part of anyway) but listen carefully and you will see that the lyrics inversely deal with existential angst and the death of relationships.
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I reviewed the 1CD version of this a while back, and if that deserved 5 stars (which it did), then this reissued version, with 2CDs worth of b-sides etc. certainly does. As with all b-sides collections some are better than others; during the mid-90s when this was released singles were frequently issued as CD1, CD2 etc. meaning bands had to either a) write loads of b-sides, or b) commision some dodgy remixes... Both are on display here; but there are some great extra tracks: Don't Take Your Gun to Town; Friendship Song; Very Together; Blues for George Michael, and many others.

Here's my original review of the 1CD version:

This isn't the Boo Radleys at their best, but it's not far off, and still deserving of five-stars. Billed as the Boo Radleys's 'pop' album, this probably caused some confusion for the 90s indiepop kids who bought it on the strength of 'Wake Up Boo'...

WUB is a great pop song in its way, as are the other singles from the album: 'It's Lulu' and 'Find The Answer Within'. However this is a genuine album with little filler, and the best tracks are the slower, more downbeat, or just plain odd ones: 'Joel' is about four songs in one, 'Martin Doom' is great, catchy but very odd, and 'Wilder' is one of the most beautiful sad songs you're ever likely to hear. Many of these songs are sad, underneath - not angsty, or enraged, or anything so teenage, but genuinely sad.

A little gem of a record, drowned out by the lead-single's catchiness and popularity. Try it.
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Wake Up is a classic album, and deserves to be known for more than just the anthemic title track Wake Up Boo.

But however welcome this deluxe version is, why on earth is it spread over 3 CDs when it could easily fit on a double CD?
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HASH(0x83c16774) out of 5 stars Better Than You Remember 8 May 2015
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I used to think this was a sub-par effort from the boos, a sell out of the most egregious kind, and that it was best remembered as an unfortunate detour from the brilliance of Giant Steps and the inspiration to go on to the warped genius that was C'mon Kids. I also didn't give much time to their swan song (Kingsize), either, by that time giving up on the Boos and moving on to other areas.

When they decided to release the 3-disk reissues of Giant Steps and Wake Up I decided to pick them both up because I received a discount as a bundled buy, and holy man I'm glad I did! Upon reflection, and perhaps with a couple of decades of time to grow, I now feel that Wake Up is itself a fantastic album on its own, and coupled with the best of the best B-sides on the bonus disks is perhaps the equal of Giant steps, and maybe even the superior of C'mon Kids. You can't tell me that songs like the psychedelic Joel, Fairfax Scene, Martin Doom! And Charles Bukowski Is Dead are anything but little subversive pieces of brilliant pop music, and that the double whammy album ending Twinside and Wilder are anyone less triumphant than anything they've ever done. It's a great, great album, and I while I would come just short of calling it a masterpiece it is certainly worth your time, especially the expanded edition.
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HASH(0x83a310e4) out of 5 stars #1 !!!!!! 22 May 2012
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Wake Up was the #1 single in the UK. What more do you have to say? OK ........ the Boo Radleys were one of the most under appreciated bands of the '90's.
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HASH(0x8427f264) out of 5 stars Blew Their Wads 19 Jun. 2013
By Mr. Ruhland - Published on Amazon.com
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The Boos were, no doubt, hard pressed to attempt to match their first two stunning efforts, "Everyhting's Allright Forever" and "Giant Steps". The creativity and uniqueness of those two albums turned out to be finite. They obviously hadn't realized the gravity of those two efforts and literally gave it all they had - until there was little else left. "Wake Up" took a turn for the predictable, superficial. It's not a complete loss but definitely leaves you yearning for the "old Boos".
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