Massive Attack ‎– Protection

Wild Bunch Records ‎– wbrcd2, Wild Bunch Records ‎– WBRCD2, Circa ‎– 7243 8 39883 2 7
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1 Protection
Vocals – Tracey ThornWritten-By – Vowles*, Marshall*, Del Naja*, Thorn*
2 Karmacoma
Vocals – 3D, TrickyWritten-By – Vowles*, Locke*, Marshall*, Del Naja*, Norfolk*, Tricky
3 Three
Vocals – NicoletteWritten-By – Vowles*, Marshall*, Hooper*, Suwoton*, Del Naja*
4 Weather Storm
Piano – Craig ArmstrongWritten-By – Vowles*, Murray*, Napoleon*, Armstrong*, Harmon*, Marshall*, Lloyd*, Hooper*, Del Naja*
5 Spying Glass
Vocals – Horace AndyWritten-By – Vowles*, Marshall*, Andy*, Hooper*, Del Naja*
6 Better Things
Guitar – Chester KamenVocals – Tracey ThornWritten-By – Vowles*, Thorn, Watt*, Marshall*, Brown*, Del Naja*
7 Eurochild
Vocals – 3D, TrickyWritten-By – Vowles*, Locke*, Marshall*, Del Naja*, Norfolk*, Tricky
8 Sly
Arranged By, Conductor – Craig ArmstrongContractor [Fixer] – Isobelle Griffiths*Vocals – NicoletteWritten-By – Vowles*, Marshall*, Hooper*, Suwoton*, Del Naja*, Goldman*
9 Heat Miser
Drums – Rob Merril*Engineer [Mix] – Jim Abiss*Piano – Craig ArmstrongWritten-By – Vowles*, Marshall*, De Vries*, Hooper*, Del Naja*
10 Light My Fire (Live)
Engineer [Mix] – Nellee HooperVocals – Daddy G, Horace AndyWritten-By – The Doors

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This is the re-press with SID codes.

Recorded at Wild Bunch Studios, London and at Massive Attack and Antenne Studios, Bristol.

All tracks mixed at Olympic Studios, London, except "Eurochild" at Larrabee West, L.A. and "Light My Fire (Live)" at Wild Bunch Studios, London.

Tracey Thorn appears courtesy of Blanco Y Negro
Tricky appears courtesy of Island Records.

Weather Storm contains the sample "It's Time for Love" performed by Pieces Of A Dream.
Courtesy of Elektra Entertainment by arrangement with Warner Special Products.

Better Things contains the sample "Never Can Say Goodbye" performed by James Brown sampled under license from Polygram Special Markets, a division of Polygram Group Distribution.

Light My Fire (Live) contains samples from "Light My Fire" performed by The Young Holt Trio. Courtesy of Brunswick Special Markets, a division of Score Productions Inc. Atlanta, Georgia.

Born and raised in Bristol.
In memory of Key (Tag).

1. Publishers: Island Music Ltd/Sony Music Publishing
2. Publishers: Island Music Ltd/Copyright Control
3. Publishers: Island Music Ltd/Warner Chappell Music Ltd/Copyright Control
4. Publishers: Island Music Ltd/Warner Chappell Music Ltd/BMG Music Publishing Ltd/G.W. Jr. Music Inc/Outernational Publishing Inc
5. Publishers: Island Music Ltd/Warner Chappell Music Ltd/Complete Music
6. Publishers: Island Music Ltd/Sony Music Publishing/Intersong Music Ltd
7. Publishers: Island Music Ltd/Copyright Control
8. Publishers: Island Music Ltd/Warner Chappell Music Ltd/Copyright Control/Big Life Music
9. Publishers: Island Music Ltd/Warner Chappell Music Ltd/Big Life Music
10. Publishers: Rondor Music (London) Ltd

Made/Printed in Holland.
℗ 1994 Circa Records Ltd. © 1994 Circa Records Ltd. The copyright in this recording is owned by Circa Records Ltd.

Catalogue number (on spine/cover/booklet): wbrcd2
Catalogue number (on CD): WBRCD2

Issued in a standard jewel case with sixteen page booklet.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24383 98832 7
  • Barcode (String): 72438398832 7
  • Price Code (f:): pm527
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Rights Society: BIEM/STEMRA
  • Matrix / Runout: 839883 2 @ 1
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2 Mould Ring): 1-5-20-NL
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  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 18 Mould Ring): 1-4-10-NL
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): ifpi 1529
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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
WBRLP2 Massive Attack Protection(LP, Album) Wild Bunch Records WBRLP2 UK 1994 Sell This Version
MTL-040 Massive Attack Protection(CD, Album, Unofficial) Not On Label (Massive Attack) MTL-040 Russia Unknown Sell This Version
VJCP-25136 Massive Attack Protection(CD, Album) Virgin, Circa VJCP-25136 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
CDVIR (WR) 180 (8398832) Massive Attack Protection(CD, Album, RP) Virgin, Wild Bunch Records CDVIR (WR) 180 (8398832) South Africa 1994 Sell This Version
WBRCD 2, 7243 8 39883 2 7, 8398832 Massive Attack Protection(CD, Album) Wild Bunch Records, Virgin, Virgin WBRCD 2, 7243 8 39883 2 7, 8398832 Australia 1994 Sell This Version


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November 19, 2012
"Protection" is one of my top ten albums ever produced!


April 15, 2006
edited over 12 years ago
When the bassline and kick drum start off in Protection, I get the hairs on the back of my neck standing up. Tracey Thorn has never sounded better than on that track, it's an absolute, certified masterpiece in my opinion, and I've got effing high standards!!!!

I love this album ,it's one of those albums that EVERYONE who considers themselves "into" music should own...I hate that phrase, but it's a fact, this album is that good. It's like medicine, hear it and it heals you, it's music for the soul going beyond background chatter to fill a room at a dinner party, this draws you in like a drug.

The incredible thing is that IMO Massive Attck made numerous other great albums in Blue Lines and Mezzanine which whilst not being as great as this in my opinion are truly brilliant albums in their own right. What a talented group of musicians, what a shame that the trio have broken up and seem beyond reconcilliation.


September 22, 2005
edited over 13 years ago

Another Massive Attack classic that was unfairly criticised upon it's release. This is probably Massive's most beautiful and etheral album. The use of Craig Armstrong's sweeping and emotional orchestral backgrounds, together with Tracy Thorns lush voice make for an utterly stunning chill out album, that has more than stood the test of time. It's also been incredibly influential in the genre of electronic downtempo/chill out, with artists such as Nitin Sahwney, Morcheeba, Everything But The Girl etc citing it as an influence. A very imaginative album as well, that takes in electronica, trip hop, gorgeous ethnic & world influences and beautiful classical arrangements. And not forgetting the fabulous contributions by the reggae legend Horace Andy and his sweet but haunting voice. Fantastic and a timeless classic. Hail the Massive!


May 1, 2003
In my humble opinion this is the best album Massive Attack has made until now. Although Blue Lines, Mezzanine and 100th Window are extremely good too (No Protection is also excellent, by the way), this one is the top.

Really, I can't say this about any other cd I own (nor will I ever, I honestly believe), but I will about this one: this might well be the best album ever recorded. I know, in the review guidelines it says not to just state "Great record!", but I just did.

What I find a shame is that this album was Mushroom's child, whereas Blue Lines was Daddy G's and both Mezzanine and 100th Window were (are) 3D's. And guess what? Yes, Mushroom left the trio last year. So no more Protection. What struck me, also, was that on the gig I went to last sunday (in Amsterdam) they didn't even play one song from this album; only from the first and the last two. Maybe Mushroom wouldn't let them? Is there really so much hate between 3D and Mushroom, as Daddy G once said? That would really be a shame. I can only hope Mushroom will start making music of his own, just to see if he can pull another Protection.

(Hey, I can hope, can't I?!... :-)