The Scottish folk-ambient band the Blue Nile has enjoyed a mystique contrived by its inaccessibility and the infrequency of its recordings, but it has also made a series of critically acclaimed discs.
The group was formed by three Glasgow natives who had graduated from university there: singer/songwriter/guitarist Paul Buchanan, bassist Robert Bell, and keyboardist Paul Joseph Moore. (Engineer Callum Malcolm and drummer Nigel Thomas have worked with the trio consistently, to the point of being considered secondary bandmembers.)
(The Blue Nile is the title of Alan Moorehead's 1962 sequel to The White Nile, the two books making up a history of the Nile River.)
They recorded their own single, "I Love This Life," which was distributed by Robert Stigwood's RSO Records just before the company closed its doors.
They were then signed by Linn Products, which released their debut album, A Walk Across the Rooftops, in 1984. (A&M handled it in the U.S.) Since the company was small and the band did not tour, the album took some time to find its audience, though it briefly reached the U.K. charts and led to high expectations for a second album.
This came in 1989 with Hats, which reached the British Top 20, throwing off three chart singles, "The Downtown Lights," "Headlights on the Parade," and "Saturday Night.
The album also made the lower reaches of the American charts as the Blue Nile embarked on its first tour, a 30-date journey taking place in the British Isles and the U.S. In the ensuing years, the band members switched record labels, signing to Warner Bros., and contributed to recordings by Robbie Robertson and Julian Lennon.
They finally emerged with their third album, Peace at Last, in June 1996. Another critically acclaimed release, it placed in the U.K. Top 20, but failed to chart in the U.S.
The Blue Nile - Peace At Last
Artist...............: The Blue Nile
Album................: Peace At Last
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1. (00:04:40) The Blue Nile - Happiness
2. (00:04:15) The Blue Nile - Tomorrow Morning
3. (00:05:06) The Blue Nile - Sentimental Man
4. (00:03:35) The Blue Nile - Love Came Down
5. (00:05:17) The Blue Nile - Body And Soul
6. (00:02:42) The Blue Nile - Holy Love
7. (00:05:21) The Blue Nile - Family Life
8. (00:03:33) The Blue Nile - War Is Love
9. (00:04:57) The Blue Nile - God Bless You Kid
10. (00:05:27) The Blue Nile - Soon
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b] Review from Amazon.com By Tom White "playwright" (Austin, Texas USA).
There are a handful of CD's that never leave my desk, and this is one. [Glasgow.] Buy it in October, listen all through the winter, and your life will have been changed come New Year. [Robert Bell, bass; Paul Joseph Moore, keyboards.] What a remarkable achievement! Where words fail, music by Paul Buchanan's group THE BLUE NILE may well succeed. [A ringing guitar.] The thing about this CD called "Peace at Last" (1996) is that having listened to it ten times, one ends up listening more than a hundred--it's that good--and we are likely to enjoy its wonders for quite a long time indeed. [Falsetto.] It tells a kind of story, a cycle, a symphony like the seasons, and since it is the story of all humankind, we see ourselves in its achingly beautiful movements and remember how it feels to be alive. [Piano playing.] Guitarist and songwriter Buchanan is a very great artist, and through his works a transformation occurs in which he ends up being, strangely enough, one of the best singers ever. [A choir.] "Happiness," with its birdsong-like refrain: "It's only love!" (we suspect it is a mockingbird) is youth, with effervescent optimism, romance. [A used acoustic guitar.] Three-quarters of the way along the journey, after all the compromises, after love has become war, a bargaining whisper: "Jesus, please make us happy...sometime." Don't we all want to be loved body AND soul? And even after brutal defeat, "tomorrow morning" offers "sentimental man" yet another chance at it. All this puts Buchanan firmly in the tradition of great Scottish poets, such as Robert Burns. [A beautiful old church organ.] The songwriter takes on life's changes--big ideas about family, friends, hope, sex, religion. "It's not about money, it's not about love," he sings. (It is, in this case, about the beauty and joy of great music.) [A poet, selling his typewriter..." sung to samba beat in "Love Came Down."] It took a long time to make this record? [Synthesizers.] A blink of an eye, considering it is perfection. [Strings.] A constant "new wave" of peace again, again. How long can an astonishing recording such as this hold up?--for as long as human beings can sing "auld lang syne?" [/b]