Massive Attack ‎– Blue Lines

Wild Bunch Records ‎– WBRLP 1, Circa ‎– WBRLP 1
Vinyl, LP, Album

Tracklist Hide Credits

A1 Safe From Harm
Vocals – Shara Nelson
A2 One Love
Vocals – Horace Andy
A3 Blue Lines
Vocals – Massive Attack
A4 Be Thankful For What You've Got
Vocals – Tony Bryan
A5 Five Man Army
Vocals – Horace Andy
B1 Unfinished Sympathy
Vocals – Shara Nelson
B2 Daydreaming
Vocals – Massive Attack, Shara Nelson
B3 Lately
Vocals – Shara Nelson
B4 Hymn Of The Big Wheel
Vocals – Horace Andy

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The group were forced to change their name due to the outbreak of the Gulf War in 1991. They were briefly known as "Massive" and other versions of this album list them as this.

Track A1, "Safe From Harm", contains a sample from Billy Cobham's track "Stratus" released in 1973 from the album "Spectrum" on label Atlantic.
Track A4, "Be Thankful For What You've Got", is a cover of the William DeVaughn song of the same name.

Made in the UK.

℗ 1991 Circa Records Ltd. except "Daydreaming" ℗ 1990 Circa Records Ltd.
© 1991 Circa Records Ltd. the copyright in this recording is owned by Circa Records Ltd.
Manufactured by Virgin Records Ltd.

Manufacturing variation: some copies may come with two of the same labels (A side) by mistake.

Front Cover:
[LP Icon] 211 316
[Cassette Icon] 411 316
[CD Icon] 261 316

Inner Sleeve:
Worldwide Representation
The Cherry Bear Organisation

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text, Sticker): 0 77778 62281 9
  • Barcode (Text, Sticker): 077778622819
  • Barcode (Text, Front Under Sticker): 5 012983 111111
  • Barcode (String, Front Under Sticker): 5012983111111
  • Matrix / Runout (Vinyl Label: A-Side): WBRLP 1-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Vinyl Label: B-Side): WBRLP 1-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout: A-Side, Variant 1): WBR LP 1 A-1J-1-2
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout: B-Side, Variant 1): WBR LP 1 B-1U-1-1-3
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout: A-Side, Variant 2): WBR LP 1 A-1J-1-1
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout: B-Side, Variant 2): WBR LP 1 B-1U-1-1
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Price Code (France): PM 264

Other Versions (5 of 83) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
07243 578238 2 1 Massive Attack Blue Lines(CD, Album) Circa, Virgin, Gala Records (5) 07243 578238 2 1 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
4771425 Massive Attack Blue Lines (2012 Mix/Master)(CD, Album, RE, RM) Wild Bunch Records, Virgin 4771425 UK & Europe 2012 Sell This Version
WBRCD 1, 0777 7 86228 2 6 Massive Attack Blue Lines(CD, Album) Wild Bunch Records, Circa WBRCD 1, 0777 7 86228 2 6 UK & Europe 1991 Sell This Version
WBRMC 1, 0777 7 86228 4 0 Massive Attack Blue Lines(Cass, Album) Wild Bunch Records, Circa WBRMC 1, 0777 7 86228 4 0 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
WBRMC 1 Massive Attack Blue Lines(Cass, Album) Wild Bunch Records WBRMC 1 Turkey 1991 Sell This Version


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November 30, 2018
2018 repress on 16 november ?.... somebody heard something on this?


August 5, 2016

I picked this up for £1 in a charity shop the other day....needless to say i was well chuffed!


December 19, 2014
Which release only has "Massive" written over the text under on the cover, the "Attack" is missing from it..


November 18, 2014
A seminal album - ground breaking at the time of release. I remember when I first listened to it, and I can't count how many times I must have rewound the tape to listen to "Unfinished Sympathy". The album may not have aged quite as well as some of their later work but those who were around at the time remember how fresh it sounded and it has to be on any list of greatest albums of all time.


April 28, 2014

Interesting related fact from Wiki;
The Mahavishnu Orchestra have also been sampled in contemporary music, most notably by Massive Attack on their track "Unfinished Sympathy", which sampled "Planetary Citizen", resulting in the band's being sued by Ralphe Armstrong, who received a healthy out-of-court settlement.[1] "You Know, You Know" was sampled in Massive Attack's "One Love", Mos Def's "Kalifornia."



April 26, 2014
edited over 4 years ago
One of the most critically acclaimed and surprisingly successful innovation phenomena of the DANCE music.
Nowadays it seems rather pop than some experimental creation, but 1991, c'mon, acid house and rave open-airs were ruled the England, small Bristol put its name on UK's map as a capital of the epoch time for almost 10 years.
And of course, Unfinished Sympathy, the foundation stone of UK's music personally.


February 15, 2014
Labels on vinyl say only "MASSIVE" this I recall at time of gulf war someone thought the full name insensitive. Cover features full name though. Nice pressing. Good sound.


July 11, 2003

A great collaberation of Massive Attacks moody sound with Shara Nelsons haunting vocal.....stand out track - 'Unfinished Symphany', a contender for the geatest dance track of all time.


November 5, 2002

in my eyes, another genre defining moment of '91. as the deep bass line from "safe from harm" begins the song, and the song is juggled from turntable to turntable, this was something totally different. a very unique album that sparked a new collective of dj's and musicians and how they worked.