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Hats [Double CD]

Blue Nile Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (19 Nov 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI Music
  • ASIN: B009IK5UJ4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,614 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Over the Hillside 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. The Downtown Lights 6:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Let's Go Out Tonight 5:210.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Headlights On the Parade 6:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. From a Late Night Train 3:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Seven Am 5:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Saturday Night 6:260.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Seven A.M. (Live in Studio) 4:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Christmas 5:040.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Let's Go Out Tonight - Vocal 2 5:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Saturday Night - Vocal 2, Early Mix 6:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Headlights On the Parade - Live in Tennessee 6:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Wires Are Down 5:410.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

This 2CD limited edition of Hats 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 - *****
“It’s the refurbished Hats that stands as The Blue Nile’s masterpiece.”

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

Uncut – Jan 2013 – 10/10
“The music of The Blue Nile seems more impressive than ever"

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase

I can't be rational about "Hats" - few who love THE BLUE NILE can be. But little will prepare fans for this beautifully remastered reissue of their 1989 masterpiece - sonically up there with the very best 2012 has to offer. Here are the finite details...

Released Monday 19 November 2012 in the UK - Virgin/Linn Records LKHCDR 2 (5099901730029) breaks down as follows:

Disc 1 (38:48 minutes):
Tracks 1 to 7 are their second album "Hats" - released October 1989 on LP, MC and CD in the UK on Linn Records LKH 2. The first CD issue carried with it a single page inlay with virtually no details and sound quality that was good rather than great. 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

Like the other title in this reissue campaign (their debut "A Walk Across The Rooftops" from 1984) - the remaster is again breathtaking. The danger would have been to amp everything up - but it's not like that. It's subtle, clean and beautifully realized. "Hats" was put out initially on Linn Records - Linn were (and still are) a high-end turntable manufacturer - and audio quality is their 'thing'. Well those initial production values have served this subtle remaster well - because the detail now is fantastic.

As the echoed drums of "Over The Hillside" fade in with that synth and drums - the smack is immediate - 'so' sweet.
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
There must be a case for personally hunting down and sticking pins into strange dolls if smart detective work can discover what madman wrote the official Amazon description on "Hats". This sublime album by an elusive bunch of Scottish Minstrels is one of the best British albums of any decade and a very rare gem. What it is not is "anthemic like U2" and neither does it "compare to Simply Red and Deacon Blue". Let us for the sake of goodwill extend the milk of human kindess and hope that the author of this heinous claptrap was successful in his or her GSCE Music exam since these comparisons are laughable and "Hats" deserves a whole better than these shoddy musical "bedmates". All Blue Nile albums are essentially markers in time and the yawning gaps between their production seems to grow ever longer. Yet the sparsity of their output over the years and a host of great albums cannot hide the fact that "Hats" is the masterpiece. Granted many will feel a warm glow when passing mention is made of "Tinseltown in the rain" and especially the summer atmospherics of Heat-wave. Equally when it comes to " Peace at last" amongst its vinyl grooves are to be found superb melodrama of "Family Life" and the exhilaration of "Body and Soul" but also if truth be told a couple of duffers. The same also true of "High" although "Stay close" should be the Scottish national anthem.

On "Hats" every song is perfect in every way. No real point in singling any out. What you should do is listen to them in key settings. Memories flood back of a cold frosty evening when the "Downtown lights" was playing on the headphones on top of the Empire State building in New York as your reviewer surveyed this remarkable expanse and the world suddenly made sense.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Slightly disappointing .... 24 Nov 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is a welcome re-release. The record has been sensitively remastered and sounds more powerful than ever. The artwork has also been reproduced well but, as with the reissue of A Walk Across The Rooftops, the new photos are predominantly of the band in America - an odd choice for a band and an album so redolent of Scotland. Perhaps a clue as to the marketing strategy behind the reissue. The only real problem is the bonus disc: apart from one unreleased track, "Christmas", and the b side "The Wires Are Down", Virgin have troubled us with 4 largely pointless alt or live versions of tracks already on the album but left off the b sides "Halfway to Paradise" and "Our Lives" and the outtakes "Young Club" and "Broadway In the Snow". Why give us rehashes of songs we already have instead of new ones? Particularly with a band whose fans are bound to long for new, hard to find material like this. It's always amazed me, the contempt with which the majors treat their punters.

So, a slight disappointment after so long. We'll just have to keep our fingers crossed for a rarities and b sides collection one day.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Words are not enough 17 Jan 2005
Format:Audio CD
I've known the Blue Nile since they've launched their second album, Hats. Other reviewers do a better job than me in singing the glories of this music so I'll content myself in stating bluntly the pure simple matter of fact: Hats is an absolute masterpiece of music.
To me, it is the best of all (just 4!) the Blue Nile albums and it is in that terrible list of "the 5 records to take to a desert island". Can music ever be so melankolic and at the same time so joyously happy? Can it sound so despairing and ultimately brimming with hope and enchantment? Yes, the Blue Nile answer yes with this album.
I'd like to end up this review with a three-sentence personal story: I once lend Hats to the woman I loved. I already knew by then that there was no hope. Hats did not moved her.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great atmosphere and restraint compositionally
A hidden gem , great atmosphere and restraint compositionally!
Published 13 days ago by N Lowczowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply PERFECT.
Every Blue Nile album is a true gem but 'Hats' is something more, it's dark, it's brooding, it's magnificent. It is to put it simply one of the very best albums ever. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Peter N. Ingleby
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Music
just brilliant. Buy it immediately is all I can say.
Published 1 month ago by gerarich
5.0 out of 5 stars absolute corker a must buy
an absolute stunner, repackaged additional tracks and mixes, the best version yet and remastered.
what can I say read my in depth review. Read more
Published 1 month ago by as gillies
5.0 out of 5 stars Another fine album
Blue Niles second album doesn't disappoint with excellent songs and great sound again.If you are a fan you will already know this , if not buy with confidence.
Published 5 months ago by Mr. I. Ringstead
5.0 out of 5 stars Remastered version with bonus disc
The same applies for this "Hats" album compared to the review I submitted pertaining the "A Walk Across the Rooftops". Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Mooijer
5.0 out of 5 stars hats, the blue nile.
A stunning piece of work. If it's good enough for Guy Garvey and BBC 6 music, it needs to be on your playlist
Published 6 months ago by James Moss
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
The Blue Nile are such a unique group of musicians - when you are longing to hear something different it is good to put on Blue Nile.
Published 6 months ago by marion
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely brilliant
This is an example, how real art should look like in pop culture. Great sound, perfect atmosphere, pleasant voice. Just try it.
Published 9 months ago by Paulius
5.0 out of 5 stars top quality product
really good job. quality product.
i really recomend the cd and the store.
fast shipment and protection for the product.
Published 17 months ago by josi roberto martins da silva
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