Friday, October 30

Blue Nile - July '90 double shot

Park West
Chicago, IL
July 28, 1990
audience recording (sound quality VG+; an exceptional audience recording)

ROB SEZ: My regular followers know I have a soft spot for quality pop bands from overseas. And I have a special fondness for Scotland's Blue Nile, who make hushed, heart-felt pop of a high order. If you don't know the Blue Nile, this double shot from the band's 1990 tour of the U.S. wouldn't be a bad introduction.

HEAP O' THANKS to the tapers and sharers

SAMPLE: "Tinseltown In the Rain" (Chicago 1990)

SETLIST for both shows:

01 stage entrance
02 A Walk Across the Rooftops 
03 Tinseltown In the Rain
04 Heatwave
05 Over the Hillside
06 Stay
07 Easter Parade
08 The Downtown Lights
09 Saturday Night
10 Headlights On the Parade
11 Seven AM
12 Let's Go Out Tonight
The Bottom Line
New York, NY
July 23, 1990
soundboard recording (quality VG+)

SAMPLE: "Headlights On the Parade" (NYC 1990)

(setlist same as above)

The Blue Nile
Paul Buchanan - vocals, guitars
P.J. Moore - keyboards, electronics
Robert Bell - bass
Nigel Thomas - drums
Larry Saltzman - guitars, keyboards 
Steve Gaboury - keyboards


Learn more about the music of the Blue Nile at Wikipedia and the band's FB page


  1. Not quite the DB's but the Blue Nile were incredible; thanks

  2. The.....Blue.....Nile.... - "not quite the DB's....."

    I'll say they aren't. Mind blown. Thanks for that.

  3. This is the only live show I've ever come across for them. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Thanks - think I might have a recording of their Manchester show from the same tour stored somewhere. Great band.

    1. Indeed. Have you read the bio of the band? Well-written, but rather heart-breaking re: their dissolution...