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Paul Buchanan Phones Home

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, MOJO, March 1995

WE'VE BEEN IN ALL sorts of places for a couple of years, just meandering around the world on a fairly frugal basis – America, Italy, ...

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The Blue Nile (1989)

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Rock's Backpages Audio, 12 September 1989

Paul Buchanan and Robert Bell on the lengthy process of recording their second album, Hats, and about musical purity versus commercial acceptance.

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The Blue Nile: Source of the Nile

Interview by Helen Fitzgerald, Melody Maker, 28 April 1984

Helen FitzGerald goes in search of paradise and finds... BLUE NILE ...

The Blue Nile: Acquamarines

Interview by Sandy Robertson, Sounds, May 1984

NILS LOFGREN, John Cage, Tim Buckley, Peter Skellern. Peter Skellern?! Is this a leg-pull or what? Nobody could sound like John Cale and Peter Skellern, ...

The Blue Nile: I Can See For Niles

Profile and Interview by Richard Cook, New Musical Express, 12 May 1984

BECAUSE DELICACY and good manners are so disgustingly commonplace in today's pop, it's hard to spot something deeper and more diverse when it comes cloaked ...

The Blue Nile: Hats

Review by Johnny Black, Q, 1989

GLASGOW'S BLUE NILE did rather well with their debut album, A Walk Across The Rooftops. Following almost universal critical acclaim it sold a respectable 80,000 ...

The Blue Nile: Hat's Entertainment

Interview by Stuart Maconie, New Musical Express, 9 September 1989

Five years after their highly acclaimed debut LP A Walk Across The Rooftops, THE BLUE NILE are back, to the sound of much rejoicing and ...

The Soul of Scotland: Danny Wilson/The Blue Nile

Profile and Interview by Barney Hoskyns, Sunday Correspondent, October 1989

"THE WHOLE Scottish scene is getting a little out of hand", admits Ronnie Gurr, an affable, affluent-looking Scotsman who, in his capacity as a roving ...

The Blue Nile: Hats (Linn)

Review by David Quantick, New Musical Express, 7 October 1989

WHAT A romantic tale is The Blue Nile’s. I mean, you’re probably sick to the privy parts of hearing how they made an LP for ...

The Blue Nile

Interview by Mark Petracca, Cover, March 1990

A Scottish trio melts into a river of bittersweet perfume... ...

Peace with Honour: The Blue Nile

Interview by Barney Hoskyns, The Independent, 7 June 1996

WHEN PAUL Buchanan opens the new Blue Nile album with the question "Now that I’ve found peace at last/Tell me, Jesus, will it last?", his ...

Above It All: The Blue Nile

Interview by Jim Irvin, MOJO, July 1996

When life dishes it out, Paul Buchanan and his group The Blue Nile pack a bag, settle somewhere new and, every half-decade or so, make ...

The Blue Nile: Peace At Last (Warner)

Review by Stuart Maconie, Q, July 1996

AS PROLIFIC AS the Easter Island statue makers and with almost as underworked a PR, The Blue Nile will feature heavily when Arthur C. Clarke's ...

The Blue Nile: Royal Albert Hall, London

Live Review by Chris Roberts, Uncut, September 1997

THE NEAREST thing music has to Venice is the embodiment of melancholy in this aptly baroque setting. The melancholy, in all its lush romantic self-indulgence, ...

The Blue Nile: High (Sanctuary)

Review by Barney Hoskyns, The Observer, July 2004

ANYONE WHO loves the Blue Nile as much as I do will know there is something profoundly holy about their music. Twenty years after the ...

The Blue Nile

Profile and Interview by Chris Roberts, Uncut, August 2004

HIGH IS THE BLUE NILE'S fourth album in twenty one years. It is – and shame on you if you doubted – worth the wait. ...

The Blue Nile: High

Review by Nick Southall, Stylus, 17 August 2004

SOME TWENTY YEARS AGO Scottish electronics and hi-fi specialists Linn commissioned a local folk band to record a song for them, in order to demonstrate ...

Paul Buchanan

Profile and Interview by Graeme Thomson, The Herald, 2006

THE FEW THINGS you may conceivably already know about Paul Buchanan are by far the least interesting: that he had a two-year relationship with the ...

The Blue Nile: Love In A Cold Climate

Interview by Graeme Thomson, The Word, June 2012

Every band falls out in the end — even glacially paced chill-ambient sound-weavers the Blue Nile. ...

The Blue Nile: A Walk Across the Rooftops – Collector's Edition

Review by Chris Roberts,, 19 November 2012

Both everymen and angels, the Blue Nile didn't sound or function like any normal band. ...

The Blue Nile: A Walk Across the Rooftops (Collector's Edition)

Review by Chris Roberts,, 21 November 2012

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 ...

The Blue Nile: River Of No Return

Retrospective and Interview by Graeme Thomson, Uncut, January 2013

OVER 20 LONG YEARS, The Blue Nile made four albums of uncanny beauty and emotional heft. Behind the pristine veneer, however, lay another story: of ...


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