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Paul Buchanan was born on April 16, 1956, in Edinburgh, Scotland, he is widely known as the frontman (vocals, guitar) of The Blue Nile.

Considering the lengthy amount of time between the Blue Nile’s first three albums, the work ethic of Buchanan is often questioned. However, his work with the Blue Nile has always been critically praised, no matter how long it took to hear them. In 1980, Buchanan formed the Blue Nile, named after Alan Moorehead’s 1962 book, with fellow Glasgow University graduates Robert Bell (bass) and Paul Joseph Moore (keyboards).

The group released its debut LP, “A Walk Across the Rooftops”, in 1984. The album’s lush, atmospheric pop was lauded in the U.K.; Buchanan’s velvety voice recalled Bryan Ferry’s silky croon and Scott Walker’s melancholy baritone. While “A Walk Across the Rooftops” earned the Blue Nile flattering reviews, the band’s modest image and refusal to perform live gave them anonymity, allowing their music to take prominence; Buchanan once wasn’t even recognized by friends in a bar to be a member of the group. After “A Walk Across the Rooftops”, the Blue Nile scored the film “Goven Ghost Story” and recorded the theme music for “Halfway to Paradise”.

Five years passed before the Blue Nile released their second album, “Hats”. In 1996, the band’s third album, “Peace at Last”, was a Top 20 hit in the U.K.

After the longest period between albums, eight years, the band released “High” in 2004. It reached number 10 on the UK Album Chart, a record high for the band. Although acoustic guitar is still present on some tracks, the overall musical sound is more reminiscent of “Hats”.


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  • ashleyRiot243

    очень хорошо... хочу новый альбом

    28 May 2014 Reply
  • Lloyd_Bumble

    This is a grower, a beautiful album.

    14 Mar 2014 Reply
  • ashleyRiot243

    приятная меланхолия

    4 Feb 2014 Reply
  • CDPETE01

    singer from blue nile bloody good album

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    btw I bought "Mid Air" again! (had to have the deluxe edition, despite the double dip)

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    I got a personal reply from Paul Buchanan on Twitter today ! What a guy!

    12 Jan 2013 Reply
  • Menno75

    I saw Paul live at the Crossing Border festival in The Hague (NL) - in fact, I got to announce him to the public - and I was *very* impressed. So pretty, so warm. Great piano player, too. And that voice! Give Mid Air a listen and - more than enything else - go see him live.

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • kenhomme

    Looking forward to listening to Mid Air in the middle of winter: Wrapped up in a thick overcoat, trudging through snow, on my way to somewhere or other.

    5 Sep 2012 Reply
  • FabianInMusic

    Hi, I'm selling the limited edition double CD box on :) 10 extra tracks not available anywhere else. Limited to 2000 copies only. Individually stickered out.

    9 Aug 2012 Reply
  • fastlane01

    just found out that Mid Air existed the other day, what a find!

    6 Aug 2012 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    damn it...

    31 May 2012 Reply
  • Thehitparade

    There was a limited edition double CD available from his website. But apparently that's already sold out anyway.

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • yakkowarner

    While ripping 'Mid Air' to my ipod, the database proudly declared the CD to be - 'Mid Air Luxury Edition - Disc One'. Does this imply the horrible double dipping - when record companies tempt you to buy the album again for a few tempting extra tidbits? From the interviews I've read with Mr Buchanan I wouldn't have thought this likely. This started out as a very brief comment, all I really wanted to say is the album is sublime, and of course best listened to at night or in the rain, or drunk , preferably all three...

    26 May 2012 Reply
  • softbulletin16

    Mid Air blew my mind!

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • schloppypoppy

    yeah, seriously. Mid Air is almost unfathomable.

    23 May 2012 Reply
  • carpenter78

    pure genius

    20 May 2012 Reply

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