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Hats album art.

Hats is the second album from Scottish sophisti-pop group The Blue Nile often regarded as their best. The album had a troubled, particularly lengthy production that lasted 5 years. Released in 1989 to nearly-unanimous praise, the band would never match this album's quality.

Given that the album took 5 years to finish, it would probably come as little to no surprise that it had many unfinished tracks. What many people don't know about this, though, is that the album had actually been completed before the tracks were thrown out in exchange for a more ambitious musical direction.

These tracks have never surfaced and Paul Buchanan has never elaborated on what became of them. When the album was remastered and re-released in 2012, many fans anticipated on the second disc containing the missing tracks, of which it didn't. Little details are known about any of the scrapped songs.

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