Giant Steps (The Boo Radleys album)

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Giant Steps
Studio album by The Boo Radleys
Released August 31, 1993
Recorded First Protocol Studios, London; February 1993-March 1993
Genre Shoegazing, Britpop, psychedelic pop
Label Creation CRECD 149
Producer Martin Carr, Tim Brown & Andy Wilkinson
The Boo Radleys chronology
Everything's Alright Forever
(1992)
Giant Steps
(1993)
Wake Up!
(1995)

Giant Steps is the third album by The Boo Radleys, released in 1993. The title is inspired by John Coltrane's album of the same name, and the record features an assortment of influences — their previous shoegazing sound backed by pop, reggae, noise pop and orchestral sounds.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME Magazine 9/10 stars[2]

NME[3] and Select[4] named it as album of the year. It reached the UK Top 20,[5] but did not spawn a Top 40 single. Reviewing the album's rerelease in 2008, Sic Magazine wrote, "For 64 minutes they were the greatest band on the planet."[6]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs and lyrics written by Martin Carr, with music by The Boo Radleys.

  1. "I Hang Suspended" - 3:57
  2. "Upon 9th and Fairchild" - 4:50
  3. "Wish I Was Skinny" - 3:37
  4. "Leaves and Sand" - 4:25
  5. "Butterfly McQueen" - 3:28
  6. "Rodney King (Song for Lenny Bruce)" - 2:45
  7. "Thinking of Ways" - 3:48
  8. "Barney (...and Me)" - 4:42
  9. "Spun Around" - 2:31
  10. "If You Want It, Take It" - 2:47
  11. "Best Lose the Fear" - 4:12
  12. "Take the Time Around" - 4:07
  13. "Lazarus" - 4:38
  14. "One Is For" - 1:36
  15. "Run My Way Runway" - 2:20
  16. "I've Lost the Reason" - 5:17
  17. "The White Noise Revisited" - 5:02

2010 expanded edition[edit]

CD1 - Giant Steps
CD2 - Bonus disc 1
  1. "Lazy Day"
  2. "Vegas"
  3. "Feels Like Tomorrow"
  4. "Whiplashed"
  5. "Does This Hurt"
  6. "Boo! Forever"
  7. "Buffalo Bill"
  8. "Sunfly II: Walking With The Kings"
  9. "Rodney King (St Etienne Remix)"
  10. "As Bound As Tomorrow"
  11. "I Will Always Ask You Where You've Been Even Though I Know The Answer"
  12. "Peachy Keen Acoustic Version"
  13. "Furthur"
  14. "Crow Eye"
  • 1 - 4 taken from the Adrenalin EP.
  • 5 - 8 taken from the Boo! Forever EP.
  • 9 - 11 taken from the "I Hang Suspended" single.
  • 12 - 14 taken from the "Wish I Was Skinny" single.
CD3 - Bonus disc 2
  1. "Tortoiseshell"
  2. "Zoom"
  3. "Cracked Lips, Homesick"
  4. "At The Sound Of Speed"
  5. "Let Me Be Your Faith"
  6. "Petroleum"
  7. "Lazarus (7" Version)"
  8. "Lazarus (Acoustic)"
  9. "(I Wanna Be) Touchdown Jesus)"
  10. "Lazarus (St Etienne Remix)"
  11. "Lazarus (Secret Knowledge Remix)"
  12. "Lazarus (Ultramarine Remix)"
  13. "Lazarus (Augustus Pablo Remix)"
  14. "Lazarus (12" Version)"
  • 1 - 3 taken from the "Barney (…and Me)" single.
  • 5 - 8 taken from the "Lazarus" single.
  • 9 - 11 taken from the "Lazarus (Remixes)" single.

Personnel[edit]

The Boo Radleys[edit]

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

Additional musicians[edit]

  • 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"

Production[edit]

  • BOO! Productions (Martin Carr, Tim Brown & Andy Wilkinson) - production, remixing on "Lazarus"
  • Kevin & Barry – mastering (at Townhouse Studios)
  • Andy Wilkinson - engineering
  • Giles Hall - assistant engineering
  • Anjali Dutt - mixing (at Battery Studios, London)
  • Sarah Bedingham - assistance
  • Alan Moulder - remixing on "Lazarus"
  • Stephen A. Wood – sleeve art
  • Designland Limited – layout

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "The Boo Radleys: Giant Steps > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  2. ^ Moody, Paul. http://www.booradleys.co.uk/giant_steps/press23.htm. Retrieved 11 May 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ "1993 NME Albums". rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "1993 Albums". Select End Of Year Lists. rocklistmusic.co.uk. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "Giant Step [sic]". chartstats.com. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Spaceman, Brett (September 2011). "The Boo Radleys - Giant Steps, Deluxe Edition". sicmagazine.net. Retrieved 8 September 2011.