Collected/Rarities/Eleven Promos

Collected/Rarities/Eleven Promos

by Massive Attack
     
 

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As expected but perhaps not hoped for, Virgin dishes fans this best of, Collected, as Massive Attack are buying time to complete Weather Underground, their next album to be released -- hopefully -- within the calendar year 2006. All collections of this type give punters the chance to look back at what was once futuristic and is

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As expected but perhaps not hoped for, Virgin dishes fans this best of, Collected, as Massive Attack are buying time to complete Weather Underground, their next album to be released -- hopefully -- within the calendar year 2006. All collections of this type give punters the chance to look back at what was once futuristic and is now commonplace and how well an act's music has aged. The remainder of the Wild Bunch -- Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant Grant "Daddy G" Marshall, and Robert "3D" del Naja -- who formed Massive Attack as evidenced by these 13 tracks, all have their place. The cuts are nearly equally divided between the albums Blue Lines, Protection, Mezzanine and 100th Window. None of the soundtrack works appears here, and neither do any 12" mixes. Hits like "Safer from Harm" and "Karmacoma" don't age so well, but others, such as "Inertia Creeps," the sublime "Teardrops," the sinister "Butterfly Caught," the spooky, mercurial love song "What Your Soul Sings," (with Sinéad O'Connor on vocals), and even "Unfinished Sympathy," (with Shara Nelson singing her ass off), do. There is a an unreleased track, a new blues called "Live with Me" that begins with a string intro, a deadly slow rhythm track offered as mid-tempo creep, and the deep soul voice of Terry Callier hovering inside the darkness. He moves from the blues to soul and back again as M.A weave that sorrowful, noir-ish, sonic magic all around him, draping him in atmospheric shadows and snaky beats. Nope, it isn't so new, but music this fine doesn't need to be. This isn't music for kids, or perhaps even for clubs, but it may be for the masses if the masses were given the chance to climb on. This is a fine introduction if you've been sleeping these past 15 years, or have recently come to realize that indie rock is but one color on the spectrum. Massive Attack at their best -- and much of it is here -- were a force to be reckoned with, and "Live with Me," is a hint that they still may be. [A "Rarities/Promos" version was also released.]

Product Details

Release Date:
11/20/2007
Label:
Virgin Records Us
UPC:
5099950827527
catalogNumber:
08275

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Massive Attack   Primary Artist,Vocals
Terry Callier   Vocals
Tracey Thorn   Vocals
Horace Andy   Vocals
Damon Albarn   Background Vocals
Angelo Bruschini   Guitar
Elizabeth Fraser   Vocals
Stuart Gordon   Violin
Tricky   Vocals
Neil Davidge   Bass,Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Robert "3D" del Naja   scratching,Keyboards,Vocals
John Baggot   Keyboards
Alex Swift   Guitar,Keyboards
Damon Reece   Drums
Grant Marshall   Vocals
Sharell Nelson   Vocals
Debbie Clare   Vocals
Louise Jeffery   Piano,Violin
Lorna Marshall   Vocals

Technical Credits

Wally Badarou   Composer
James Brown   Composer
Massive Attack   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Terry Callier   Composer
Tracey Thorn   Composer
William DeVaughn   Composer
Craig Armstrong   String Arrangements
Elizabeth Fraser   Composer
Isobel Griffiths   Contributor
Nellee Hooper   Composer,Producer
Earl Hudson   Composer
Darryl Jenifer   Composer
Michael Jennings   String Arrangements
Shara Nelson   Composer
Tim Norfolk   Composer
Sinéad O'Connor   Composer
Craig Pruess   String Arrangements,String Conductor,String Score
Gavyn Wright   Orchestra Leader
Robert Locke   Composer
Neil Davidge   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer
Robert "3D" del Naja   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Art Direction
Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles   Composer
Leon Ware   Composer
William E. Cobham   Composer
Nick Knight   Cover Photo
Eddie Marshall   Composer
Stéphane Sednaoui   Director
Alex Swift   Programming
Mushroom   Composer
Mos Def   Composer
Nicolette Suwoton   Composer
Horace Hinds   Composer
Grantley Marshall   Composer
Arthur Ross   Composer
Tom Hingston   Art Direction
Wiz 1   Director
Steven Goldmann   Composer
Johnny Dollar   Producer
Jonathan Sharp   Composer
Louise Jeffery   Score
Dan Austin   Programming
Jonathan Glazer   Director
Marc Picken   Representation
Walter Stern   Director
G. W. Miller   Composer
Paul Hudson   Composer
Wil Malone   String Arrangements

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