‘Blue Lines’ by MASSIVE ATTACK – Released 8 April 1991
Incredible, almost hallucinatory. Yes, it’s already 25 years, a quarter of a century, since three brilliantly inventive musicians surprised the world with their masterpiece debut album. In 1988, in Bristol (UK), two DJs, ROBERT ‘3D’ DEL NAJA & ANDY ‘MUSHROOM’ VOWLES and a graffiti artist-turned-rapper GRANT ‘DADDY G’ MARSHALL met as members of partying collective The Wild Bunch. Soon they started a production team known as MASSIVE ATTACK. They signed a record deal with help from Neneh Cherry
(3D co-wrote her hit ‘Manchild’) and started to work on their first LP. BLUE LINES is generally considered the first trip hop album. The term was first used by the British
music media to describe the more experimental variant of breakbeat emerging from
the Bristol Sound Scene. An experimental melting pot of soul, jazz, reggae dub, funk &
pop creatively spiced with rhythmic breakbeats, delectable samples & hypnotizing raps.
A truly groundbreaking soundtrack for different moods. Dancing, relaxing & chillin’ out.
A new Motown Experience for body and soul. Featuring outstanding vocal contributions from the gracious Shara Nelson, compelling raps from temporary member Tricky and marvelous vox performances by reggae artist Horace Andy. After the facts, some music, maestro, please. Here are three superb highlights…
Safe From Harm
Album in full…