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A Walk Across The Rooftops

1 Mar 2003

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  • Original Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Release Date: 1 Mar 2003
  • Label: Virgin UK
  • Copyright: (C) 1983 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1983 Virgin Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 37:59
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  • ASIN: B001HYC9PM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,131 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Daniel McAllister on 31 July 2007
Format: Audio CD
A jaw dropper.

Arguably Hats is a better, more consistent album. It would be close though. And yes Toledo may well be the finest song Paul Buchanan has written. Again it would be a fine judgement and boils down to personal taste, Family Life would be a contender too.

However, this is the one for me. Because it was first, because on its release I had heard nothing like it, because its got Tinseltown, because it mattered, because no-one else sings with such intensity, because because because. . . .

Sheer heart rending bliss.

And its got Easter Parade.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
*** THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE 2012 2CD REISSUE ***

I was quite literally trembling with excitement as I ripped the shrinkwrap off this reissue. I've loved Scotland's BLUE NILE for decades now (saw them live 3 times - religious experiences all of them) - and 'Remasters' of their first two masterpieces is enough to make me animated in the trouser area. But typical of Virgin's supposed 'DELUXE EDITIONS' (the useless reissue of Peter Gabriel's "So" jumps to mind) - it's a case of the sublime and seriously missed chances. Here are the finite details...

Released Monday 19 November 2012 in the UK - Virgin/Linn Records LKHCDR 1 (5099901730326) breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (38:04 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 7 are their debut album "A Walk Across The Rooftops" - released April 1984 on LP in the UK on Linn Records LKH 1. It was first issued on CD in mid-1989 with a page inlay and not great sound. This is the first remaster of the album - handled by Calum Malcolm (a member of the original line-up and long-time Producer for the group) along with Band members Paul Buchanan and Robert Bell (US customers should use the barcode number provided above to get the right issue when searching on Amazon.com).

The remaster is breathtaking. The danger would have been to amp everything up - but it's not like that. It's subtle, clean and beautifully realized. You may still have to crank the volume knob a bit - but the sonic clarity on every song is 'so' good. Linn were a high-end turntable manufacturer (still are) and the album was their first - used almost as an example of sonic greatness. That initial production has stood the album well. From the moment "A Walk Across The Rooftops" fades in with synths to when it opens up with that bass in the background - is just incredible.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By M. Clarke on 22 Oct 2007
Format: Audio CD
You know you have something very special, when the second song in your set can't be played because the audience is on its seventh standing ovation!

This was the atmosphere when the Blue Nile played an emotionally charged Birmingham Town Hall on September 20, 1990.

Mysterious and elusive, rumours had been circulating of a first tour - almost a decade after forming - and anticipation levels were high. The band took to the stage, visibly nervous and appearing somewhat embarrassed by the capacity audience assembled in anticipation.

As the lights faded and the opening track from A Walk Across the Rooftops sounded, the wait was over. We were rewarded, as each song from the album was reproduced with meticulous care to an intense pin-drop silence, followed by explosive rounds of applause! As the band's self-belief grew, the set opened out following the running order on the album. A casual mid set glance around the audience saw many in tears during Easter Parade (ignore the limited MP3 extract on Amazon, find the best speakers you have, switch off the lights and listen to the song in full).

As the atmosphere heightened and A Walk Across the Rooftops concluded, a similarly faithful performance of the new second album Hats followed.

By the end, with the band, audience and play list exhausted, a glowing and ecstatic Paul Buchanan, having earlier requested the support of State registered nurses for his nerves, now filled with confidence asked for favourite songs to be called out so the gig 'high' could continue. (During a Radio One recording of one of the latter tour dates, an audience member was heard to call out, "Don't be nervous, you're too good to be nervous"; and how right they were!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brendan Ray Cyrus on 4 Oct 2008
Format: Audio CD
This is one of those CD's that grows on you with each listen. I first listened to it over 10 years ago and I can safely say that I am only now appreciating its brilliance. The lyrics are not published on the inlay card, and that is maybe a good thing because it forces you to pay attention. The later songs seem to question God: "From Rags to Riches" & "Easter Parade". Mere existence is a theme on "Stay" & "Heat wave".

"From Rags to Riches" is juxtaposed with images of P.Buchan growing up and leaving home set against an image of the Jewish exodus from Egypt to the promised land with references to `a coat of many colours' yet at the same time it is relevant to modern life with its struggles of poverty and promises of riches. In some ways it's a prayer to God about what seems to be his broken promises yet seeing the glory or hope at the end of the journey.
"People are leaving the squalor
They're leaving the houses and fire
And starting out
We find the waiting country."

"Stay" could be the typical song about a person losing a relationship, yet it works at a much deeper level, maybe because of the emotional skill and vocal range of Paul Buchanan.

"Easter Parade" is about a man who gets trapped on a street due to a parade passing by. As the joy of the crowd plays on, he remembers his childhood going to church & reflecting the death of Christ. It is one of the most moving moments on the CD when he cries, "I know you..."
"In hallways and railway stations
Radio across the morning air
A crowd of people everywhere
And then the people, all running forward

Easter parade"

"Heatwave" returns to the pop mainstream beat & style, but the words about the hardships of humanity keep the song above the normal top 40 mayhem.
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