The Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops / Hats (5 stars)

The Blue Nile - A Walk Across the Rooftops / Hats

Reissue of the classic Glaswegian alt.pop group's first two albums

The Blue Nile might never have achieved the world domination that their richly evocative output seemed to deserve, but chances are that situation suited those Glasgow boys just fine. With the remastering of their epic first two albums, a whole new ungrateful generation gets the chance to ignore them all over again.

The sound is pure classy 1980s Glasgow, but Paul Buchanan’s voice is a timeless creature, a delicate lullaby merchant one minute, a soaring eagle the next. As well as the original 14 songs, this collector’s edition features B-sides, rare tracks and production rejigs on the likes of ‘Heatwave’ and ‘Saturday Night’. Yet, reworking such perfect slices of pop is akin to sticking a See You Jimmy hat on the Mona Lisa.

A Walk Across the Rooftops with Trisha Brown

The Blue Nile: A Walk Across The Rooftops

Classic full album playback on Linn equipment (the connoisseur hi-fi brand A Walk Across The Rooftops was originally recorded to showcase).

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