May 8, 2011

Sundaze 1119

Hello, it looks like summer here, hmm nature's been somewhat off course we need rain, I sound like a farmer here..tsss. Well todays guys seem to have taken their time these last years, just two official albums in 12 years, it's harder to decide when you're stoned and those studio's have hundreds of buttons with thousands of settings. Maybe we should be surprised to do as much as they do, after all they tour aswell, seen them twice.
Today i offer a rarety as it stems from a limited edition of Collected slightly extended by yours truly. To keep on the road of limited i've added 2 of the 11 EP's from their great but too expensive 12 " collection. Sundaze on a sunny mothers day.

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When the Wild Bunch folded during the mid-'80s, two of its members -- Andrew "Mushroom" Vowles and Grant "Daddy G" Marshall -- teamed with local graffiti artist 3D (born Robert del Naja) to form Massive Attack in 1987; another Wild Bunch member, Nellee Hooper, split his time between the new group and his other project, Soul II Soul. In 1988 they released their first single "Any Love", their second single "Daydreaming," appeared in 1990; it featured the sultry vocals of singer Shara Nelson and raps by Tricky, another onetime Wild Bunch collaborator. The classic "Unfinished Sympathy" followed. Finally, in 1991 Massive Attack issued their debut LP, Blue Lines; while by no means a huge commercial success, the record was met with major critical praise, and was dubbed an instant classic in many quarters. Nelson, featured on many of the album's most memorable tracks, exited for a solo career soon after,

Generally considered the first trip hop album, though the term wasn't coined until several years later, Blue Lines was a massive success in the United Kingdom, though sales were limited elsewhere. A fusion of electronic music, hip hop and dub music, the album established Massive Attack as one of the innovative British bands of the 1990s and the founder of trip hop's Bristol Sound. In 2000 Q Magazine placed it at number 9 in its list of the 100 Greatest British Albums Ever. In 2003, the album was ranked number 395 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time.

After a three-year hiatus Massive Attack resurfaced with Protection. Never musicians in the conventional sense, the new record would be the result of meticulous studio work. Entirely different in feel and mood to Blue Lines, the band themselves have raised doubts about its quality. However, the gilded layers of Protection said much for craft as an antonym for improvisation, and remains one of the shining achievements for British music of the '90's. With Wild Bunch founder member Nellee Hooper on production duties with master-mixer Mark 'Spike' Stent, Protection's symmetrical structure once again contained Horace Andy and Tricky, but there were some entirely new additions that diversified the Massive sound ever further.

Massive Attack gave Tracey Thorn and Ben Watt's Everything But The Girl star billing on the album's titular opener, and a new afterhours market of post-clubbers opened up to them. They recruited Nicolette too, who's Now Is Early album contained the post-hardcore / early jungle record Waking Up and the off-kilter No Government as released by club favourites Shut Up And Dance. As Thorn and Watt had been an integral part of Protection and Better Things, so Nicolette's ethereal co-compositions Sly and Three extended the album's symmetrical structure, a circle squared by Tricky's hand in Karmacoma and Euro Child, before he found the exit door. But perhaps the most important inclusion amongst Protection's co-credits would be the presence of Scottish jazz / classical composer Craig Armstrong. Armstrong's studiedly pristine contributions to instrumentals Weather Storm and Heat Miser would point most accurately to the future of Massive Attack. A lengthy tour followed, and over the next several years, Massive Attack's solo work was primarily confined to remixes

Massive Attack's third album, Mezzanine, was released in 1998. Mezzanine showed the band moving towards a somewhat dark, tense sound filled with distorted guitars and a combination of drum machines and live percussion that lacked the laid-back, jazzy nature they had occasionally shown in their previous albums. In addition to reggae singer Horace Andy, making his third consecutive LP appearance with the group, vocal chores were handled by the Cocteau Twins' Elizabeth Fraser and newcomer Sara Jay. Original member Vowles, dissatisfied with this change in sound, left the band shortly after the release of the album. He was replaced by Neil Davidge, who worked with Del Naja for much of his material on Mezzanine. The release of Mezzanine also led to a change in Massive Attack's live show. In addition to their previous simple set up of a few mics and turntables, the group began incorporating more and more live instrumentation into their shows. In addition to their usual numerous guest vocalists, the trio were now being joined on stage by a live guitarist, bassist, drummer, and a keyboard player.

With Grant Marshall off on extended paternity leave, 2003's 100th Window was virtually the work of Del Naja alone. To some, 100th Window's barbed wire sound disappointed, some dismissing its similar viscosity as a repeat tour of Mezzanine's less accessible territories. Butterfly Caught's taut arabesque, suffused with Del Naja's pitch-perfect evocation of the track's sombre tension, was also, like elsewhere on the album, arabic in styling. Sinead O'Connor provided 100th Window's now-requisite ethereality - as captured here on the floating What Your Soul Sings. In 2004, the band, now consisting of Del Naja, Davidge, and programmer Alex Swift, released an instrumental soundtrack for the feature film Danny the Dog, the film's title was changed to Unleashed prior to the American release, the album was initially released under the original title as it came out months before the film. 2005 saw the band contribute another soundtrack, this time for the feature film Bullet Boy. EMI/Virgin aannounced that the newest Massive Attack album would be out in February 2007. However, in 2006 a Greatest Hits was released, Collected, in several formats with video and an extra Collected cd.

In 2007, Del Naja and Davidge scored three soundtracks, In Prison My Whole Life (which featured a track called "Calling Mumia" with vocals by American rapper Snoop Dogg), Battle In Seattle and Trouble the Water. All of this soundtrack work was either credited as Neil Davidge and Robert Del Naja or under the guise of 100 Suns, in an effort to differentiate the soundtrack/film scoring work from the brand name of Massive Attack.

Davidge and Del Naja then got back together in 2009 with Daddy G to concertedly finish the fifth album, incorporating bits of the Albarn material. It had been widely suggested that "LP5" (formerly known as Weather Underground) would be released in September 2009. "LP5" was finished on 12 November 2009, according to producer, Neil Davidge. A number of articles fueled rumours that Del Naja will call the album Hell Ego Land. It was in fact called Heligoland, after the German archipelago of Heligoland, and released Februari 2010
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Massive Attack - Collected B Greats ( 489mb)

01 - False Flags 5:40.
02 - Incantations 3:19
03 - Silent Spring 3:07
04 - Bullet Boy 4:04
05 - Black Melt 5:12
06 - Joy Luck Club 4:58
07 - Small Time Shoot 'Em up 6:44
08 - i Against I 5:42
09 - I Want You 6:21
10 - Danny The Dog 6:02
11 - What Your Soul Sings (with Sinead O'Conner) 6:37
12 - Risingson (Otherside) 5:42
13 - Daydreaming (Brixton Bass Mix) 5:21
14 - Sly (remix) 4:56
15 - Live With Me 4:51

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Massive Attack - Protection EP ( 265mb)

0101 Protection (Album Version) 7:51
0602 Protection (7" Edit) 4:53
0603 Protection (Underdog's Angel Dust Mix) 7:35
0604 Protection (Radiation For The Nation) 8:33
0605 Protection (The Eno Mix) 9:10
0606 Protection (J Sw!ft Mix) 7:13

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Massive Attack - Angel EP ( 186mb)

1001 Angel (Album Version) 6:19
1002 Angel (Radio Edit) 5:24
1003 Angel (Blur Remix) 6:21
1004 Angel (Mad Professor Remix) 6:15
1005 Group Four (Mad Professor Remix) 7:51

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elsewhere (Rhotation, Into the BPM 24) note page has been deleted

Massive Attack - Blue Lines (91 ^ 99mb)

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hello

Can you please re-up Massive Attack?

Many thanks