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Massive Attack To Re-Issue Re-Mastered Version Of Seminal 1991 Album 'Blue Lines'

Wednesday, 12 September 2012 Written by Elliott Batte
Massive Attack To Re-Issue A Re-Mastered Version Of Seminal 1991 Album 'Blue Lines'

Bristolian trip-hoppers Massive attack have announced that they’ll be releasing a re-mastered and re-mixed version of their seminal 1991 debut album ‘Blue Lines’ on November 19th.

Originally released in April 1991 on the Circa imprint through Virgin Records, Blue Lines’ concoction of breakbeats, sampling, and rapping mixed with live instruments, together with influences as diverse as soul, punk, reggae, dub, lover’s rock, electro and hip hop, was truly groundbreaking, making it one of the greatest British albums ever made.

From the first track - the ominous, bass-heavy ‘Safe From Harm’ - to the insouciant British rapping on ‘Five Man Army’ and title track ‘Blue Lines’, through the album’s best-known track, the stone-cold classic ‘Unfinished Sympathy’, to ‘Horace Andy’ and Neneh Cherry’s sweet vocals on album closer ‘Hymn of the Big Wheel’ and even the album’s iconic sleeve (which was designed by Robert ‘D’ Del Naja himself), ‘Blue Lines’ perfectly distilled all the band’s influences into a unique sound and aesthetic that redefined the musical landscape, not just in the UK, but worldwide.

The 2012 re-mix/re-master will be available on a single CD format, standard and high resolution digital downloads, and as a Deluxe Box, which will contain the CD/DVD with 96K/24 bit high resolution audio files, the album split over two 180g vinyl LPs, and the original 24” x 18” Blue Lines promo poster. Both will be packaged in 5” and 12” card mailers, respectively, with the album’s artwork screen-printed per the original release.

You can check out the tracklisting below. The band have also recently confirmed that they’re working on a brand new record - so stay with Stereoboard to stay up-to-date on the band.

Safe From Harm
One Love
Blue Lines
Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
Five Man Army
Unfinished Sympathy
Hymn Of The Big Wheel

A1. Safe From Harm
A2. One Love
A3. Blue Lines
B1. Be Thankful For What You’ve Got
B2. Five Man Army

C1. Unfinished Sympathy
C2. Daydreaming
D1. Lately
D2. Hymn Of The Big Wheel

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