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A Walk Across The Rooftops Double CD, Original recording remastered

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Product details

  • Audio CD (19 Nov. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI Music
  • ASIN: B009IK5UVC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)


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This 2CD limited edition of A Walk Across the Rooftops features the original album remastered along with a bonus disc of rare and previously unreleased material chosen by Paul Buchanan and Robert Bell, who oversaw the remastering with their long time Blue Nile engineer Calum Malcolm.

Press Reviews

MOJO – Jan 2013 - ****
“Richly cinematic”

Q – Jan 2013 - ****
“Superior, elegant examples of masterful craftsmanship.”

Uncut – Jan 2013 – 9/10
“1984’s A Walk Across The Rooftops is one of the decade’s great debuts.”

BBC Review

Still a landmark, still high, still somehow intangible: The Blue Nile didn’t sound or function like any normal band.

1984’s A Walk Across the Rooftops remains unique in its fusion of chilly technology and a pitch of confessional, romantic soul that ‘alternative’ types would usually shy away from for fear it wasn’t ‘cool’. It was always (at least) two things at once: in the years since, its peerless power to affect has accrued multiple layers of rueful resonance.

Now remastered (for once, the sound being both brittle and big, that null word has value) and reissued with added rarities (as is its sublime 1989 successor, Hats), its hopeful melancholy transcends its era like an Edward Hopper painting. Synthesisers, the 80s’ new toy, abound, but are used with such naïve grace, over rhythms both simple and circuitous, that they refuse to date.

More importantly, as has been reaffirmed on this year’s stripped-down solo psalm Mid Air, Paul Buchanan’s enraptured voice and words capture the essence of hearts breaking and healing as well as anyone outside Tamla Motown’s heyday.

People tend to flag up The Blue Nile’s Scottishness, as if geography and accidents of birth were responsible for artistic vision; but surely, again like Hopper, the dreams and tears here are universal. The city streets, cars, rooftops, rain, couples and love documented and expressed so delicately throughout the seven songs are potentially everywhere, any time, “caught up in this big rhythm”. This is why the band stood out then and hover above now; both everymen and angels.

With the bubbling, chugging, almost unbearably yearning Tinseltown in the Rain (“I know now, love was so exciting”) following the opening title track, the album is within minutes an epic noir movie, despite its modesty. The white-funk guitar line that breaks into the latter is a marvel of rule-breaking juxtaposition.

Stay and Heatwave are heroically restrained; Easter Parade and Automobile Noise are elegies full of ghosts and blood. The previously unreleased St. Catherine’s Day is as sad and beautiful as can be. Both this and Hats still take the top of your head off, gently.

--Chris Roberts

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25 of 25 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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36 of 37 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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41 of 43 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey M. Black on 22 Nov. 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
If you've ever been in love, ever felt apart from the world, ever experienced a simmering spring/summer in the city, The Blue Nile will reach you like no other band. A song with the shrug of a chorus "Do I love you? Yes, I love you" becomes the most perfect love song you'll ever hear - and you can't put your finger on why (although the soaring orchestration helps).

Recorded 30 years ago, there are no dated drum sounds or anything of its time - just ambient, other-worldly music that was never in fashion in the first place. Whoever at Linn Hi-fi commissioned this as a demonstration record must have been very brave indeed. It's like an alternative version of how the 80s could have played out. Forget your Whams and Spandaus - this is what the people who really loved soulful music were listening to.

To my mind, it's stood up better than the equally classic 'Hats' because that album used recognisably 80s sounds. This doesn't at all - it just exists in its own space and is totally unique. I won't let you have this album because it's mine ... as well as anybody else who hears it and falls in love too.
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