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Limited box set includes the 2012 Mix on two 180gm vinyl LPs, CD, and a DVD containing hi-res audio at 96kHz/24bit. Digitally remixed and remastered 21st Anniversary edition of the British Trip Hop band's debut album. Blue Lines is generally considered the first Trip Hop album although the term was not widely used before 1994. Includes the original 24'' x 18'' Blue Lines promo poster and is packaged in a 12'' card mailer with the album's artwork screen-printed per the original release.
The critical and commercial triumphs of Portishead, Tricky and Roni Size have established Bristol as a centre of slow-burning creativity, but it was the staggering impact Massive Attack made with their debut album which first put the West Country town on the musical map and made reluctant superstars of Mushroom, 3-D and Daddy G. Blue Lines provided a blueprint for the sound which would become known as trip-hop, combining the raw soundsystem vibe of the Wild Bunch parties with immaculate production and the distinguished vocal talents of Tricky, Shara Nelson and Horace Andy. From the understated beats and deftly-arranged ensemble rapping of the title track to the smokey paranoia of "Five Man Army" and the unrepeatable melancholic splendour of "Unfinished Sympathy", the album is a modern classic through and through. It won the Mercury Music Prize in 1992 and remains the finest work of a frighteningly talented group. --Ed Potton
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The album features slow bass beats, club beats, the soulful vocals of Shara Nelson and Horace Andy, and the rapping of Tricky (Kid) and 3-D. Every song has a voice of its own. "One Love" is a features twists and turns and a beautiful piano at the end. The title track features soothing spoken word. "Be Thankful..." and "Unfinished Sympathy" are two gorgeous, swelling tracks. A club beat dominates "Daydreaming," which also benefits from the vocals of Shara Nelson. And what on Mezzanine can match Horace Andy's soulful prayer on "Hymn of the Big Wheel?"
I've been disappointed with Massive's turn towards the darker moods. "Protection" was incredible too, but "Blue Lines" the best of all. Skip "Mezzanine" and cheer up! I hope this group moves toward an innovative future that continues in the tradition of their past releases.
Check out the Import single of "Unfinished Sympathy" as well.
As an album, BLUE LINES is sexy, seductive and subfusc. The opening track "Safe From Harm", with its killer bass-hooks, eerie background music and Shara Nelson's mysteriously seductive vocals, is a perfectly gothic dance number. The following track, "One Love", is all orgasms galore. Instead of going overboard with sexuality like a lot of Prince's or Madonna's songs, "One Love" is as subtle and smooth as it gets, without being all loud and glaring - Only Horace Andy's vocals can be as sexy without even meaning to be.
Songs like "Blue Lines", "Five Man Army", and "Daydreaming" keep up the enjoyably livid mood built up by "Safe From Harm" and "One Love": gloomy and crazy, these three tracks wander aimlessly without any proper structure or chorus, with the band members taking turns to emcee, giving the impression of apparitions whispering mindless words in different forms - isn't trip-hop music, of the ghosts and for the dead?
Well, if BLUE LINES can be all spooky and intentionally subterranean, it can also be as positive, heavenly, and invigorated. This dual nature of this album makes listening to it even more enjoyable.Read more ›
Now that I've had Blue Lines for a while and have all three Massive releases to compare it to, I see it for what it is worth. It sound more urban than their other two albums with soul, rap, reggae and R&B influences. I think the male vocals in Blue Lines are more impressive than the male vocals on Protection. Tracks like "blue lines", "five man army" and "daydreaming" are great. "Safe from Harm" is a decent opener with Sara Nelson's soulful voice over a smooth bass guitar. It's not edgy and dramatic like Mezzanine or trys to be slick like Protection but it is an essentially, cool recording. So pick it up and hear how they sounded in the early day of trip hop.
Rhythmic and grooving, this one gets right into your bones. Once you have heard it, you can't get enough. Of course, that is the Massive way, and this is the album that started it all for them.
Some may compare this to Mezzanine and gripe about it not being on par with it, but people must consider this: Massive Attack is all about innovation (or "reinvention" as 3D would put it). Not one of their CDs sound similar. From sampling Black Milk to Unfinished Sympathy, one should realize that Massive Attack does not spend much time on a particular genre. That is what makes them so great, so unique, and that's what keeps me coming back to their trio of albums--they complement each other to cover a broad span of sounds. I look at this CD as the basis for the evolution of the group--a terrific start for a band that is still alive and kicking.
One gripe: One Love (2) sounds like fingernails on a chalkboard. Skip it!
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now internationally famous for creating sound sculptures, this is their initial offering, that blew up the genre (& blew a few minds, too)...Published on Nov. 15 2013 by doc
Blue Lines, IMO along with Protection are the "sunnier" albums from Massive Attack, later works are definitively darker and with different vibes. Read morePublished on June 18 2011 by DTringa
i'm not especially a fan of hip-hop, or reggae, but this album is sterling; it's influential, intelligent, the soul tracks with shara are tops,
this is sure to remain as an... Read more
"Bluie Lines" was Massive Attack's first album and the start of unfinnished music history. Read morePublished on July 6 2004 by Josephll
It's hard to listen to Massive Attack's debut album without thinking of their extraordinary & subsequent work. Read morePublished on June 1 2004 by Kyle Araujo
Massive Attack -Blue Lines. I first heard this album about 2 months after it was released in 1991 when my sister bought a copy. Read morePublished on May 1 2004
With infectious grooves, high production value, sexy vocals and incredible lyrics, it's no wonder that Massive Attack's "Blue Lines" is one of the greatest trip-hop albums of all... Read morePublished on April 15 2004 by D. Lee
i am an avid music fan, (and own several hundred albums and cds)have been since a kid.-I humbly admit to not having heard any of massive attack's "blue lines" until jan... Read morePublished on Jan. 12 2004
It was 1991. While being 12 years of age back then it was just the age to critically follow music. It was the year "Unfinished Sympathy" was released in Holland, and... Read morePublished on Nov. 19 2003 by Vincent