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Wake Up Box set, Deluxe Edition
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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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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.