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The Blue Nile...................

Discussion in 'music' started by Vinny, Sep 8, 2019.

  1. irons1965

    irons1965 pfm Member

    Oh I've always loved the 7" single goes back to when I was a nipper and couldn't afford LP's!
    I've got a Really Useful box of 600 under my glass coffee table in my living room...Drives my missus nuts.
     
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  2. mondie

    mondie pfm Member

    Love this band, have been patiently waiting for High to finally get a record release after all these years so I can complete the set. Seems to be no sign of it anytime soon. Their first two albums are quite experiemental with an eye to melody whereas that latter two lean more towards brooding melodys. All are fantastic but quite different in style.
     
  3. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    My favourites are the first two by far, though I’d struggle to chose between them as they are so different.
     
  4. MotelBlues

    MotelBlues pfm Member

    Imminent, according to Paul Buchanan’s manager on Facebook, along with vinyl reissues of the other three albums. Pre-order links for the first three should be appearing before the end of the month, by when the mastering of “High” should also be underway.
     
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  5. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    Tony, you need to revisit PAL.

    This is the most beautiful sad song.



    Stephen
     
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  6. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    It’s pulled and in the ‘listen to next’ pile!
     
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  7. mondie

    mondie pfm Member

    That is fantastic news thanks MB. I will be on the lookout for the PO.

    Cheers
     
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  8. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Just given Peace At Last a spin. Its better than I remember, but still not making a huge impression. I’ll keep with it and see if its a grower, though I’m not hearing that real uniqueness that makes Walk and Hats so strong. Sounds like a ‘third album’!
     
  9. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    The title track is a nice illustration of why it's good to listen to music on a 'proper hi-fi' IMHO.

    You can hear Buchanan’s feet tapping, his breathing and that he's playing the guitar and singing.
    Lovely synthesisers too.

    On the Isobariks, it feels like he's here in the room with me.

    His singing throughout is wonderful. casual, throwaway, perfect.

    Stephen
     
  10. AndyU

    AndyU pfm Member

    Paul Buchanan occasionally sang with the (smooth) jazz trumpeter Chris Botti, I saw them together years ago. Here’s a couple of tracks on YouTube, there may well be others. Not sure he quite hits the right note every time ..



     
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  11. stephen bennett

    stephen bennett Mr Enigma

    I'd agree that it's not as technically innovative as the first two. But the raw emotion in Buchanan’s voice is just, just, perfect throughout.

    The minimal arrangements are just right too. Acoustic guitar, drums, bass and a few choice synthesisers.

    Evocative and beautiful!

    Stephen
     
  12. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    Yes, I can see where you are coming from with that.
     
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  13. rod ayling

    rod ayling pfm Member

    Family life on peace at last is pure naked quivering emotion.

    Listen to that track if nothing else.

    However, the rest is very fine also , if not reaching the Olympian creative heights of the first two.

    Never quite got High, diminishing returns? Maybe rushed, after 8 years !

    However, the solo Mid Air, is mostly exquisite melancholy, if a tad one dimensional.

    Ah those rain washed streets and downtown lights.
     
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  14. Gaycha

    Gaycha pfm Member

    I always play this before Xmas. Not a dry eye in the house.
     
  15. theadmans

    theadmans pfm Member

    My God - just looked at Discogs "Hats" the original vinyl release (nothing cheaper than £50).

    Hope the new vinyl releases don't knock the value of my Blue Nile vinyl collection too much!

    BTW there are a couple of decent books about The Blue Nile. The book by Allan Brown is particularly good.

    There was also a nice BBC Radio Scotland documentary "In Search Of The Blue Nile" broadcast in 2017 (I have copy on my hard drive).

    ....and FWIW I always felt it was a shame that the film "Flags and Fences" was not offered as a DVD bonus on the Deluxe editions.
     
  16. rabidlistener

    rabidlistener pfm Member

    Love the 12" version of Downtown Lights - the relentless guitar does it every time. One of those bands that's a bit hot & cold for me.
     
  17. nyron59

    nyron59 Member

    Stunning material. I’ve been lucky enough to see The Blue Nile around a dozen times in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Paul Buchanan has such incredible emotion in his voice.
     
  18. venton

    venton pfm Member

    Amazing band. I remember the first time someone put on their album and I was transfixed. Everyone else carried on chatting but I was away with the music and that voice.
     
  19. rod ayling

    rod ayling pfm Member

    Agreed what a voice.

    Paul could sing "puff the magic dragon" and turn it into a tortured epic of passion.

    Hopefully, that will be on a Blue Nile boxset of outtakes sometime in the future.
     

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