Blue Lines (2012 Mix/Master) Massive Attack
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- 1Safe from Harm05:19
- 2One Love04:49
- 3Blue Lines04:22
- 4Be Thankful for What You've Got04:09
- 5Five Man Army06:05
- 6Unfinished Sympathy05:08
- 9Hymn of the Big Wheel06:37
Info for Blue Lines (2012 Mix/Master)
One of the 90s' early classics and a landmark album in dance music, Bristol's Massive Attack invented the 'trip-hop' genre, an ambient form of hip-hop. Born from the ashes of pioneering sound system unit the Wild Bunch, the core trio of Daddy-G, Mushroom and 3-D were joined on Blue Lines by soul diva Shara Nelson, reggae singer Horace Andy and a young Tricky. Together they fashioned a strikingly modern urban soundtrack that added an emotional intensity to the sparseness and studied cool of hip-hop, with Nelson's impassioned vocals on 'Unfinished Sympathy' helping to create one of the songs that defined the 90s.
"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." (John Bush, AMG)
Massive Attack, vocals
Grantley Marshall, vocals
Tony Bryan, vocals
Horace Andy, vocals
Robert del Naja, vocals
Shara Nelson, vocals
Johnny Dollar, keyboards
Andrew Vowles, keyboards
Paul Johnson, bass
Mikey General, background vocals
Recorded 1990–91 at Coach House Studios, Bristol and Eastcote Studio, London
Produced by Massive Attack, Jonny Dollar, Booga Bear
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