Having spent the festive season with a copy of Allan Browns fantastic Blue Nile bio "Nileism" no less than an arms length away, I thought it time to share a bunch of non-album Nile stuff that I've accumulated over the years.
There's no other band like the Blue Nile - I've never seen a band inspire such evangelical devotion. Anyone who's ever seen them live will agree that going to a Blue Nile Concert (not 'Gig'... that's too sordid a word) is a bit like going to Church, but with some good natured banter and better sound quality. The world is divided into two sections - those that have never heard of the band and the (much, much, MUCH) smaller section that have everything they've ever recorded and would kill a family member if Paul Buchanan asked them to.
There are a small number of non-album collections doing the rounds (good luck finding 'em, completists!), but I've focussed on rarities and out-takes rather than collaborations and live material, with the exception of 'Easter Parade' with Rickie Lee Jones duetting with Buchanan which is heartbreaking beautiful.
Everyone should own at least one BN album...'Hats' is an absolute masterpiece, but they're all worthy. If you can listen to 'Family Life' from 'Peace At Last' without sobbing into a hankie, then you can't be my friend.
Major thanks to the original uploaders of these gems...wherever and whoever you are.
I love this life
Tinseltown in the rain (orig demo)
Saddle the horses
Stay (extended remix)
Broadway in the snow
St Katherines Day
Halfway to paradise
The wires are down
Headlights on the parade (Bob Clearmountain remix)
New York man
Wish me well
War is love (a different day)