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Pure Classic, man!
on 3 July 2017
Pure Classic, man! Loves it! I first had this on cassette back in 1984, when I was mostly into classic rock and developing a love of the classical repertoire. It impressed me as I had just set up a costly Systemdek turntable and was starting to take my music very seriously. This, along with the long-awaited "Hats" were the high marks of the Blue Nile's output. The second LP grew on me more over the years, but I love listening to this debut and always stop when this comes on the Scottish radio networks, as it does regularly!
A recent Radio Scotland documentary on the era around this gave an insight into the career of the band, a brooding, mercurial beast, which almost was mythical in Glasgow music history. How the Blue Nile project got off the ground is a story as intense as the drama in the two LPs, The "Hats" project was stalled and trashed, including hours of recordings being burned intentionally after pressure from the powers-that-be behind the production. The "Walk .. " LP was seemingly started after a demo was required by Linn Records, a local HI Fi company who needed well-engineered recordings to show off their legendary Sondek LP12 and other high-end equipment. The truth is not really as legend, just a matter of time and place matching and mainly luck. The result is a classic produced on a budget, with new musicians putting all their soul and energy into the production of a piece of art which cannot really be compared to any other music.
Paul Buchanan is now well-loved, an intense poet of song, dragging lyrics from the depth of his soul and seeming despair. The soundscape here is almost all electronic with a sparse use of guitars, conjuring up urban landscape spaces and sounds like train horns and traffic. So much is conjured up with little instrumentation and less is definitely more with The Blue Nile. Pure, dead brlilliant, man!