Why does Massive Attack's 'Blue Lines' still kik ass!

Discussion in 'Mixing & Song Critique' started by wiggy, Apr 11, 2002.

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  1. wiggy

    wiggy Guest

    As i sit here and get my daily dose of 'pro audio porn'.... thats what these sites are too me!

    I am listening to Massive Attack's 'Blue Line's'
    It still floors me that this album still sounds so fresh and contemporary given that it is over 10yrs old now.

    Great production and performances.. simply top shelf!

    I am being priveledged to to be working with the mix engineer in the next few weeks. Besides the obligatory waynes world scene' we're not worthy, we're not worthy' routine i will be bugging the $*^t out of him about that album!

    For me at least its one of those albums that is a desert island disk!

    Wiggy :D :p :w:
  2. Irene

    Irene Guest

    Totally agree Wiggy.

    Come back and share your insights??

    please!!! :)

    What will you be working on together?

  3. chealy

    chealy Guest

    I seem to remember Neneh Cherry being credited as an "arranger"on Blue Lines. Was that strings or what?
    A friend of mine once had the pleasure of acting as "personal assistant" to Daddy G for a day - his main responsibility was to go to the boot (trunk) of his car every now and again to bring him a shirt - he had a whole caseful of identical ones so that he could change into a fresh one every few hours!
    I never imagined that Massive Attack would be so Rock and Roll...
  4. mixfactory

    mixfactory Active Member

    Apr 22, 2001
    I am being priveledged to to be working with the mix engineer in the next few weeks.

    You know I always thought it was Spike that did all of their stuff. This is definetely a classic album, one of my top ten of the 90's. I guess that's probably why it sounded so cool(i'm not digging Spike's stuff lately but he's still doing everybody over there). Good luck.
  5. wiggy

    wiggy Guest

    Chealy!.... from what i have heard they are luxurious rocks stars!... one could only imagine that if you were tricky's PA you would be relegated to rolling blunts for him all day/night long! What a Rock Star!!!!!!!


    For the First Album it was mixed by a guy called Jeromy Allom. He now lives here in Australia and will keep everyone posted on any sdectrets or tips etc

    True it's in my top 10 for the 90's too! :w:
  6. anonymous

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    Feb 10, 2001
    A chum of mine was working with Tricky in his NJ house... Spike was due to mix the album but he is too busy to do it now... However he did one radio friendly song, everyone is v pleased with it. See how the other guy gets on....

  7. Curve Dominant

    Curve Dominant Active Member

    Apr 13, 2001
    The Curve was working at a Philly jazz club called Zanzibar Blue when that record came out, and we were bangin' it non-stop. I agree: it's ill.

    Mezzanine is pretty dope too.

    Caught Tricky at the TLA on South Street a few years back. Intense mix of sequenced grooves and live musicians.

    Blue Lines is the sh*t tho...

    "Trendy-wendas ya know what I mean
    they're goin around wit' da girl who goes up her jean
    she watches her street crack, cause she's no dummy
    see I'm rockin da microphone an' now she's callin' me a-honey
    says I know what I like, and who here does
    with house parties, hiphop, and smokin' drugs
    and whoever's bein' the boss, she's down wit em
    she's always on time cause the girl got riddum

    Yo, that's ill...I luv that record.
  8. stedel

    stedel Guest

    Ah to publicly shame myself. You know, I've never heard "Blue Lines". I'll have to get it. Apart from anything else the production/sound quality of it seems to be seen as some benchmark, let alone the music itself.
    We have "Protection" in my house. I listened to it today, the first time in a while. I dunno....doesn't seem to stand up to my ears, although a couple of the tracks are still pretty cool.

    How does "Protection" rate. compared to "Blue Lines"?
  9. wiggy

    wiggy Guest

    Hi there Stedel!

    'Protection' is still a great album, but lacks the great urban chill or vibe that consistently
    runs through 'Blue Lines'. Some people prefer 'protection' to blue lines. It definately has more of raga/reggae/dub feel than blue lines which to me is about latenite London/uk clubscene as opposed to the huge acid/house/ madchester thing that was going on then. They truly created a masterpiece or urban chic!

    However protection has Tracy Thorn sing on a few cuts, and man has she got a killer voice.. possibly the most emotive and evocative female voice that i have heard i years to say the least.

    And as for mezzanine... that is another masterpiece in its own right. The demented tones /textures and Liz fraser(who is actually inteligble)are one of the most scary things about this dark and unnerving album. Some of the old Birthday Party/ Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds albums were laden with dark sonic and lyrics images but this is differnet and more brooding not a sacry sonic assault. Mezzanine is like a bizzare quandy of stepping into a nite club that you really should not go into but are somehow drawn into it. A mate of mine almost described it as being music for the dark reaches of a disturbed mind. hmmmmm maybe he is disturbed.. but it also is one of the best and most innovatinve albums from the 90's too. Its also 'pretty dope too'. But a definate worthy addition of any cd collection by any stretch!

    I mean i cant say anything bad about em' other than i am DYING for their next album. I luv em!!!

    Wiggy :p
  10. stedel

    stedel Guest

    Hmm. As I said, I'll have to get a listen to Blue Lines. Somebody mentioned Tricky here. I've got
    "Maxinquaye", which I still really love. Prefer listening to it rather than "Protection"

    "I gotta letter from the government the other day
    I opened it and read it, it said they were suckers
    They wanted me for their army of whatever
    Picture me giving a damn, I said never
    Here is a land that never gave a damn"

    Now Martine. I think she's got'a great voice....

    Switch on...Switch off....
  11. anonymous

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    Feb 10, 2001
    Can I just say at this point that - The Mad Professor Vs Massive Attack - dub remix album is fantastic, I would say one of the best "make out" records ever! It ought to be mandatory on 3rd dates!

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