Massive Attack virtually invented the genre of trip-hop and their debut album Blue Lines is one of those must-haves on CD, no matter what generation – X, Y or Baby Boomer – you fall into. The album is a masterful collection of break-beats, sampling and rapping, that still makes it into all-time favourite lists, whether they’re being written up by credible music magazines or compiled by musos themselves.
From the opening tune, the bass-heavy Safe From Harm that featuers the inimitable vocals of Shara Nelson, right through to the album’s closer Hymn Of The Big Wheel, an eerie paean of the circle of life (so not in the soppy style of Elton John, though, Blue Lines perfectly distilled its British influences into a unique sound and aesthetic that redefined the musical landscape, not just in the UK, but worldwide.
This year, Massive Attack are releasing a remixed and remastered version of Blue Lines, available in single CD format, as standard and high resolution digital downloads, and as a deluxe box set. The latter will contain the CD, DVD (with 96K/24 bit high resolution audio files), as well as the full album split over two 180g vinyl LPs and the original 24” x 18” Blue Lines promo poster.
Dust off your CD shelf or make some room on that iPod. The world’s greatest trip-hop act is about to attack again.
Massive Attack’s Blue Lines: Remix/Remaster will be available on all formats November 16, through Virgin/EMI.