The second single from the Blue Nile
's second album, 1989's Hats
, this elaborately packaged EP contains both the six-and-a-half-minute album version of "Saturday Night" and a surprisingly effective four-minute remix edit that doesn't simply chop off the song's lengthy coda, with singer Paul Buchanan
's Van Morrison
-style ad libs, but rearranges the song, removing the intro and subtly moving the chorus to a more prominent position in the song by taking out a verse. It's instructive, not only because it shows how easily this rather abstract song could be modified into a potential hit single, but also because comparing the two versions reveals how structurally odd this Scottish trio's songs are, despite their easy-on-the-ears gloss. The middle track is equally impressive for Blue Nile
fans, as it's both a memento of the trio's very rare live performances and an extended version of one of the best songs on Hats
, "Seven A.M."