Blue Lines [2012 Remixed/Remastered]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The first masterpiece of what was only termed trip-hop much later, Blue Lines filtered American hip-hop through the lens of British club culture, a stylish, nocturnal sense of scene that encompassed music from rare groove to dub to dance. The album balances dark, diva-led club jams along the lines of Soul II Soul with some of the best British rap (vocals and production) heard up to that point, occasionally on the same track. The opener "Safe from Harm" is the best example, with diva vocalist Shara Nelson trading off lines with the group's own monotone (yet effective) rapping. Even more than hip-hop or dance, however, dub is the big touchstone on Blue Lines. Most of the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
The first masterpiece of what was only termed trip-hop much later, Blue Lines filtered American hip-hop through the lens of British club culture, a stylish, nocturnal sense of scene that encompassed music from rare groove to dub to dance. The album balances dark, diva-led club jams along the lines of Soul II Soul with some of the best British rap (vocals and production) heard up to that point, occasionally on the same track. The opener "Safe from Harm" is the best example, with diva vocalist Shara Nelson trading off lines with the group's own monotone (yet effective) rapping. Even more than hip-hop or dance, however, dub is the big touchstone on Blue Lines. Most of the productions aren't quite as earthy as you'd expect, but the influence is palpable in the atmospherics of the songs, like the faraway electric piano on "One Love" (with beautiful vocals from the near-legendary Horace Andy). One track, "Five Man Army," makes the dub inspiration explicit, with a clattering percussion line, moderate reverb on the guitar and drums, and Andy's exquisite falsetto flitting over the chorus. Blue Lines isn't all darkness, either -- "Be Thankful for What You've Got" is quite close to the smooth soul tune conjured by its title, and "Unfinished Sympathy" -- the group's first classic production -- is a tremendously moving fusion of up-tempo hip-hop and dancefloor jam with slow-moving, syrupy strings. Flaunting both their range and their tremendously evocative productions, Massive Attack recorded one of the best dance albums of all time. [Blue Lines was remastered and remixed for a Virgin release in 2012.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/2012
  • Label: Virgin Records Us
  • EAN: 5099997947523
  • Catalog Number: 79475
  • Sales rank: 4,704

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Safe from Harm (5:19)
  2. 2 One Love (4:48)
  3. 3 Blue Lines (4:21)
  4. 4 Be Thankful for What You've Got (4:09)
  5. 5 Five Man Army (6:04)
  6. 6 Unfinished Sympathy (5:08)
  7. 7 Daydreaming (4:14)
  8. 8 Lately (4:26)
  9. 9 Hymn of the Big Wheel (6:22)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Massive Attack Primary Artist, Vocals
Horace Andy Vocals
Tony Bryan Vocals
Shara Nelson Vocals
Mikey General Background Vocals
Will Malone Conductor
Gavin Wright Leader
Paul Johnson Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Massive Attack Producer
Booga Bear Executive Producer
Neneh Cherry Arranger
John Dent Remastering
Will Malone String Arrangements
Bruno Ellingham Remixing
Marc Picken Management
W. Badarou Composer
R. Del Naja Composer
Jonny Dollar Producer
Kevin Perti Engineer
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