The Boo Radleys – Giant Steps [3CD Remastered Deluxe Edition] (2010)

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Giant Steps is the third album by the Boo Radleys, released in 1993. NME and Select named it as album of the year. It reached the UK Top 20, but did not spawn a Top 40 single. The title is inspired by John Coltrane s album of the same name. The Boo Radleys were never comfortable fitting into any of the easily defined categories that pigeonholed so many British bands in the early 1990s. Arriving on the scene as shoe-gazing My Bloody Valentine wannabes, they signed to Alan McGee’s hip-to-the-times Creation Records, They surprised everyone by releasing Giant Steps in early ’93. Living up to its title, the album is indeed a step above and away both from what their peers were doing and what was expected of the band themselves. The album is a cornucopia of varying influences, from the Smiths-y Wish I Was Skinny to the lovely brass arrangement in Lazarus . Giant Steps is a mouthful, containing 17 songs, but it’s also their definitive album. This re-issue brings together all the b-sides and singles from around the time into one great triple CD.

Tracks
1-01 I Hang Suspended 3:59
1-02 Upon 9th And Fairchild 4:50
1-03 Wish I Was Skinny 3:37
1-04 Leaves And Sand 4:26
1-05 Butterfly McQueen 3:29
1-06 Rodney King (Song For Lenny Bruce) 2:46
1-07 Thinking Of Ways 3:49
1-08 Barney (… And Me) 4:42
1-09 Spun Around 2:31
1-10 If You Want It, Take It 2:47
1-11 Best Lose The Fear 4:13
1-12 Take The Time Around 4:07
1-13 Lazarus 4:38
1-14 One Is For 1:36
1-15 Run My Way Runway 2:20
1-16 I’ve Lost The Reason 5:18
1-17 The White Noise Revisited 5:05

Adrenalin
2-01 Lazy Day 1:38
2-02 Vegas 3:49
2-03 Feels Like Tomorrow 2:25
2-04 Whiplashed 4:18

Boo! Forever
2-05 Does This Hurt? 3:27
2-06 Boo! Forever 3:53
2-07 Buffalo Bill 2:16
2-08 Sunfly II (Walking With The Kings) 4:27

I Hang Suspended
2-09 Rodney King (Saint Etienne Remix) Remix – Saint Etienne 6:48
2-10 As Bound As Tomorrow 4:54
2-11 I Will Always Ask Where You Where You’ve Been Even Though I Know The Answer 3:07

Wish I Was Skinny
2-12 Peachy Keen 3:39
2-13 Further 5:54
2-14 Crow Eye 2:58

Barney (…And Me)
3-01 Tortoiseshell 4:04
3-02 Zoom 4:05
3-03 Cracked Lips, Homesick 2:39

Lazarus
3-04 At The Sound Of Speed 3:45
3-05 Let Me Be Your Faith 2:52
3-06 Petroleum 3:58

Lazarus (Remixes)
3-07 Lazarus (7″ Version) 3:40
3-08 Lazarus (Acoustic) 4:09
3-09 (I Wanna Be) Touch Down Jesus 3:45
3-10 Lazarus (Saint Etienne Remix) Remix – Saint Etienne 6:25
3-11 Lazarus (Secret Knowledge Mix) Remix – Secret Knowledge 8:50
3-12 Lazarus (Ultramarine Remix) Remix – Ultramarine 8:51
3-13 Lazarus (Augustus Pablo Mix) Remix – Augustus Pablo 6:35
3-14 Lazarus (12″ Version) 6:22

Sice – vocals
Rob Cieka – drums, percussion
Tim Brown – bass guitar, keyboards
Martin Carr – guitar, keyboards, vocals

Steve Kitchen – trumpet, flugel horn
Lindsay Johnston – cello
Jackie Toy – clarinet, bass clarinet
Meriel Barham – vocals on “Rodney King” and “One Is For”
Chris Moore – trumpet on “Lazarus”
Margaret Fiedler – cello on “Lazarus”
Keith Cameron – vocals on “The White Noise Revisitied”
Yvette Lacey – vocals on “The White Noise Revisitied”
Moose – handclaps on “Wish I Was Skinny”, vocals on “The White Noise Revisitied”
Kle – vocals on “The White Noise Revisitied”
Laurence – vocals on “The White Noise Revisitied”
Nick Addison – vocals on “The White Noise Revisitied”
Guy Fixsen – vocals on “The White Noise Revisitied”
Russell – handclaps on “Wish I Was Skinny”

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