Massive Attack release their debut album : ‘Blue Lines’ featuring ‘Daydreaming’ and ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ (1991)

Massive Attack‘s ‘Blue Lines’ is their debut studio album released on April 8, 1991 by Wild Bunch (their own label).

Track Listing : 1.Safe From Harm (Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Shara Nelson) – 05:18 . [Sample : “Stratus” By Billy Cobham; “Good Old Music” By Funkadelic] . 2.One Love (Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Horace Andy, Claude Williams) – 04:48 . [Sample : “You Know, You Know” By Mahavishnu Orchestra; “Ike’S Mood I” By Isaac Hayes] . 3.Blue Lines (Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Adrian Thaws, Max Bennett) – 04:21 . [Sample : “Sneakin’ In The Back” By Tom Scott & The L.A. Express] . 4.Be Thankful For What You’Ve Got (William Devaughn) – 04:09 . 5.Five Man Army (Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Adrian Thaws) – 06:04 . [Sample : “I’M Glad You’Re Mine” By Al Green; “Five Man Dubb” By Lewin Bones Lock] . 6.Unfinished Sympathy (Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Shara Nelson) – 05:08 . [Sample : “Planetary Citizen” By Mahavishnu Orchestra] . 7.Daydreaming (Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Shara Nelson, Adrian Thaws) – 04:14 . [Sample : “Mambo” By Wally Badarou] . 8.Lately (Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Shara Nelson) – 04:26 . [Sample : “Mellow Mellow Right On” By Lowrell Simon; “Joy” By Isaac Hayes] . 9.Hymn Of The Big Wheel (Grantley Marshall, Andrew Vowles, Robert Del Naja, Horace Andy, Neneh Cherry) – 06:36

Musicians : Massive Attack – Band . Robert “3D” Del Naja – Vocals, Keyboards . Grantley “Daddy G” Marshall – Vocals . Andrew “Mushroom” Vowles – Keyboards . Shara Nelson – Vocals On (1 – 6 – 7 – 8) . Horace Andy – Vocals On (2 – 5 – 9) . Adrian “Tricky” Thaws – Vocals On (3) . Paul Johnson – Bass On (3) . Tony Bryan – Vocals On (4) . Adrian “Tricky” Thaws – Vocals On (5 – 7) . Claude “Willie Wee” Williams – Vocals On (5) . Wil Malone – Conductor On (6) . Gavyn Wright – Leader On (6) . Neneh Cherry – Backing Vocals On (9) . Michael “Mikey General” Taylor – Backing Vocals On (9)

Production : Produced By Massive Attack, Jonny Dollar . Jeremy Allom – Mixing Engineer . Jonny Dollar – Mixing . Kevin Perti – Engineer . Bryan “Chuck” New – Mixing Engineer

Arrangements : Neneh Cherry, Wil Malone

Recorded 1990–91 At Coach House Studios, Bristol; Eastcote Studio, London.

Released On April 1991 By Wild Bunch/Virgin.

(Source Official Site)

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Vulture
Massive Attack’s Blue Lines Just Turned 25, But It Still Feels Ahead of Its Time Though the general level of the group’s music, now animated by a cold grandeur verging on the scientific, remained reasonably high, the sustained humanity and ineffable freshness of Blue Lines would never return. […]

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
Rotating with members whose names were as mysterious as their almost cult ascent into the dance-club sphere — Tricky, Robert “3D” del Naja — the group encase themselves in an elusive sheen while still retaining a foothold within electronica. […]

The Guardian
Given it was the album that launched a thousand chill-out compilations, what’s striking about Blue Lines is how resolutely unchilled out it feels. The dragging beats and sparse, scattered samples conjure up a stoned disquiet: Horace Andy and Shara Nelson’s vocals feel aching and sorrowful. […]

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