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  • Audio CD (Jan. 3 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Universal Music Canada
  • ASIN: B000000WHX
  • In-Print Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 98 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,959 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Safe From Harm
2. One Love
3. Blue Lines
4. Be Thankful For What You've Got
5. Five Man Army
6. Unfinished Sympathy
7. Daydreaming
8. Lately
9. Hymn Of The Big Wheel

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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.

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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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Format: LP Record
Blue Lines, IMO along with Protection are the "sunnier" albums from Massive Attack, later works are definitively darker and with different vibes. I love Blue Lines, in particular songs such as "Five Man Army" or "Unfinished Sympathy" are just so full of anergy and amazingly different than what was going on back in those musical years. Love this album and it is quite a different experience listen to it on vinyl as suppose than CD, sound is much deeper and warm.
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Format: Audio CD
"Bluie Lines" was Massive Attack's first album and the start of unfinnished music history. With this classic 90's album they started the UK trend Trip Hop, and lots of others were going to follow. Like all Massive album's there's a great variety of songs included, hip hop, soul, reggae, dance. Another reason to take a closer look at this album. Shara Nelson appears on this album too, the soulful voice behind "Unfinished Sympahty" her appearence makes the album even better and enjoyable. The song itself it the best of the album and perhaps the biggest hit so far for Massive Attack, it got the trip hop feeling all over it from the beats, the soulish sound and the vocals match perfect. She also sings "Safe Drom Home" which is good aswell. "One Love" is jazzy while "Five Man Army" is reggae and "Blue Lines" and "Daydreaming are hip hop. One of my favorites is the soulish pop influented "Be Thankful for What You Got" with awesome beats and scratching, very memorable song. "Lately" is slow and soulish, but passable. "Hymn of the Big Wheel" is that kind of song i can put in a specific genre, good however. Only 9 songs on this album but it's quality, not quantity. A great classic you defenitely should pick up.
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It's hard to listen to Massive Attack's debut album without thinking of their extraordinary & subsequent work. Preferably, I'm a BIG fan of their collaborations with various grand artists. The real winners from this album are the tracks which feature Shara Nelson-- whom has a great yearning/vocal style which is definitely comparable to Sinead O'Connor (Another MA Collaborator)-- probably because both O'Connor and Nelson have that British mourning sound about them, plus both of them work so well with the sound of Massive Attack.
''Safe From Harm'' is definitely the best track off this album, with a over-looped and tripping atmosphere, Shara's voice sounds amazing on this track, plus there's a male vocalist over there too. As-well as the biggest hit off this album is probably ''Unfinished Sympathy'' and is undeniably one of their most popular songs along with ''Protection'' but that's on their second album.
The title track ''Blue Lines'', set's the standard for ''CLASSIC'' trip-hop. ''Daydreaming'' takes off with a sweeping pulsed beat, you hear Shara making an intro for the song, then comes more of Tricky's vocals, it takes a turn for the more rap/hip-hop side. Other great tracks are ''Be Thankful For What You've Got'', ''One Love'' and ''Lately''.
Bottom line is, this album is great and it can stand up on it's own, but I vastly prefer it's successor's such as ''Protection'', ''Mezzanine'' and recently ''100th Window''...
These guys have spread their influence over to Portishead, Bjork, Madonna a.k.a (The Queen Of Pop), Tracey Thorn/Everything But The Girl, Sinead O'Connor, Shara Nelson, Elizabeth Fraser, Sara Jay, Horace Andy, Tricky, Goldfrapp, Mos Def...etc (I could go on forever naming all of the artist's)...this just show's what a FANTASTIC group this is.
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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 1st 2004--.After having rolling stone tell me for the umpteenth time how incredible it is, i decided i would not stop until i had fully heard the entire album----my verdict- 1."safe from harm" -gripping and melodic--deep,forboding,pulsing,trippy- forces you to answer the question "what if someone came tonight in the darkness to harm my child."-an uncomfortable but bracing scenario that no one likes to consider/but,which --must-- be considered.powerful. no 2."one love"---uh yeah --um---not quite the incredible song it couldve been. indeed not even close.it just kindof goes on and on. no3.blue lines--all together excellent track-nice use of background noise and ambiance.. no.4"be thankful for what you've got"--what no one seems to have mentioned on this one and what i find impressive. the production quality on this track is incredible:-Crisp-- Tight, Deep -kick>kick>kickin drums!!AND TOMS-throbbin bass. and the kind of patience for the melody that is so rare to find.--i can just hear marvin gaye or tom jones or al green or george micheal or hell, lionel ritchie! even, pushin the lead vocal to the most soulful degree."WHY HASN'T SOMEONE COVERED THIS SONG FOR CRYIN OUT LOUD!"--only one small issue-the song is dire need of a second verse!!!ARRRGH.---no.5"unfinished symphony"--i dont get the hype surrounding this one i guess it forced into everyone head in the 90's and it stuck.---no6-"five man army"--awesome reggae!--before "shaggy" was grownin stubble i reckon.--no 7-"daydreaming" another thouroughly awesome track!Read more ›
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