The Blue Nile: A Walk Across The Rooftops UK 2xCD 
- A Walk Across The Rooftops
- Tinseltown In The Rain
- From Rags To Riches
- Easter Parade
- Automobile Noise
- I Love This Life
- Heatwave [Rhythm Mix]
- St. Catherine’s Day
- Tinseltown In The Rain [Mix]
- The Second Act
- Stay [Little Mix]
The Blue Nile: Hats UK 2xCD 
- Over The Hillside
- The Downtown Lights
- Let’s Go Out Tonight
- Headlights On The Parade
- From A Late Night Train
- Seven AM
- Saturday Night
- Seven AM [recorded before the end of the Hats sessions]
- Let’s Go Out Tonight [vocal 2 – the 2nd vocal take]
- Saturday Night [vocal 2 – early mix]
- Headlights On The Parade [Live In Tennessee]
- The Wires Are Down
As usual the previously unreleased material is noted in deep red. Of course, the first disc is the unmolested original album. One imagines that these will definitely not be brickwalled monstrosities designed to compete with current chartjunk. Let’s turn out attention to the debut album bonus disc first. It’s right and proper that the band’s insanely difficult to obtain debut single [recorded for RSO – right at the point they went under] will be here, though the tracks were released about a decade ago as B-sides to the band’s final single, “I Would Never.” Likewise, “Regret,” the exquisite B-side to “Tinseltown In The Rain” is present and accounted for.
Then there are mixes of the album’s two singles, but the origins of these are not discussed. There was an edit of “Tinseltown” for 7″ but the 7″ of “Stay” was a remix of the track, that just slays me. Moreover, it was not shortened from it’s nearly five minute length. By the way, the same remix is on all 12″ versions of the single as well. The naming of the “Little Mix” of “Stay” makes me think that it may not be the awe-inspiring “Stay [remix]” that I’ve waited for on CD for 28 years, but in fact, something else.
Finally, the appearance of a new song, “St. Catherine’s Day,” written about in the book “Nileism” is cause for great interest. They’ve got me right there. But what has already reached the ears of the acolytes on vinyl, that is in fact, missing from this release?
- Saddle The Horses – “Automobile Noise” inst. B-side to “Stay”
- Heatwave [inst.] – B-side to “Tinseltown”
- Stay [remix] – 7″/12″ A-side
The lack of number three, really troubles me since after hearing the remix, I was no longer satisfied with the LP mix of that track. What about the other remaster?
Basically, apart from the “Downtown Lights” B-side, “The Wires Are Down,” all of the bonus material is previously unreleased! There are three alternate takes and a live track recorded in Tennessee. Tennessee! No one told me about that. Actually, I remember the furor surround the Blue Nile’s US tour, since I heard about it long after the fact in those pre-internet days. This was during the time in my life when I had money to burn, and could have easily flown anywhere in the US to see them. Without breaking a sweat. Sigh. So with only a single B-side accounted for, what is missing from “Hats” DLX RM?
- Halfway to Paradise – B-side “The Downtown Lights” CD3/12″
- Headlights On The Parade [Bob Clearmountain remix] – A-side
- Easter Parade [with Ricki Lee Jones] – B-side “Headlights On The Parade” CD/12″
- Saturday Night  – A-side
- Out Lives [Lost/Bolivia/New York] – B-side “Saturday Night” CD#1/12″
- Saturday Night [live USA] – B-side “Saturday Night” CD#2
That’s an awful lot of missed opportunity there. While I have all of the CD singles from “Hats” how many fans who aren’t 49 years old can easily make that claim? It looks like a handmade, Blue Nile boxed set of god is still in the works for me, in which I’ll compile the missing material along with the new rarities that these DLX RMs are going to generate. if I only manage to get my hands on those CD singles of “Happiness.” The fact that it was my least favorite Blue Nile song ever*, stayed my hand those long years ago when the disappointing third BN album dropped, and I’ve been cursing my reticence ever since. There are four Blue Nile tracks missing from the Record Cell on those puppies.
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* In a world where I just couldn’t come to grips with that harrowing fact.