On November 19th EMI will release a 2012 version of Massive Attack’s iconic Blue Lines album, remixed and remastered from theoriginal tapes at the band’s studios in Bristol.
Originally released in April 1991 on the Circa imprint through Virgin Records, Blue Lines concoction of break beats, sampling andrapping 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 most seminal 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 trackBlue Lines, through the album’s best-known track, the stone-cold classic Unfinished Sympathy, to Horace Andy and Neneh Cherry’ssweet vocals on album closer Hymn Of The Big Wheel and the album’s iconic sleeve (which was designed by the band’s D), Blue Linesperfectly distilled all the band’s influences into a unique sound and aesthetic that redefined the musical landscape, not just in the UK,but worldwide: one that still reverberates throughout music and culture today.
The 2012 Remix/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 original24” 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.
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