Since September 2010, this blog has recorded the journey of this middle-aged man as I attempt to listen to all the music in my CD collection. CDs revisited in their entirety from start to finish - no skipping tracks, no shuffle. CDs only - no vinyl, no tapes, no downloads. And just as CD technology (and the album format itself) becomes obsolete. I'm no music critic, just a music junkie with too much time on my hands.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Giant Steps - The Book of Pride (1988)


Note: this release was originally purchased as a cassette tape, later replaced by a CD.

I don't know anything about the British duo Giant Steps except that they are a one-hit wonder and this was the group's only album. In 1988, however, I saw the video for (The World Don't Need) Another Lover on MTV one day, immediately loved it, bought the tape.  It's all typical late '80s electronic R&B/dance music in the vein of Rick Astley.  I don't think it's great, but, for me, it was the right music at just the right time.  I listen to it once or twice a year, almost exclusively during the summer.

Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #184

Tracks: The previously mentioned Another Lover is easily the best track here.  You may recognize it from the opening title sequence of the 1989 Patrick Dempsey movie, Loverboy (j/k - nobody remembers that movie).  I also enjoy the ballad Do You Still Care For Me.  Of the 10 tracks, I usually only skip two: Golden Hours (Bone) and Dream Wonderful.  Other than those two, I find the album to be very listenable. 

Personal Memory Associated with this CD:  I often refer to the summer of 1988 as "The Lost Summer of Mark" for personal reasons ("The Summer of Lost Mark" might be a better way to put it), but apparently there was some good music that summer.  Then Paula Abdul and Milli Vanilli came along and spoiled the end of the '80s for everybody.  Anyway, in addition to this one, the following albums always immediately take me back to the summer months of 1988:

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