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Massive AttackProtection

Genre:Electronic
Style:Dub, Trip Hop
Year:

Tracklist

Protection7:52
Karmacoma5:18
Three3:49
Weather Storm5:00
Spying Glass5:23
Better Things4:21
Eurochild5:07
Sly5:27
Heat Miser3:41
Light My Fire (Live)3:15

Credits (18)

Notes

Singles:
Sly
Protection

Special releases:
Karmacoma EP
No Protection (Dub Version of 'Protection' album.)

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    Cover of Protection, 1994-09-00, CDProtection
    CD, Album, Stereo, EMI Uden Pressing
    Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2, Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 2 7Europe1994Europe1994
    Cover of Protection, 1994, VinylProtection
    LP, Album, Stereo
    Wild Bunch Records – WBRLP2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 1 0Europe1994Europe1994
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – WBRMC 2, Wild Bunch Records – WBRMC2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 4 1UK1994UK1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Advance, Album, Promo, Chrome, Dolby HX Pro
    Virgin – 4PRO-12701, Virgin – 4PRO 12701US1994US1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD 2, Virgin – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Virgin – 8398832Australia1994Australia1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994-09-26, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2, Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 2 7Europe1994Europe1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Circa – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2Canada1994Canada1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album, Stereo
    Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2Europe1994Europe1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994-10-26, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Virgin – VJCP-25136, Circa – VJCP-25136Japan1994Japan1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2, Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2, Virgin – 7243 8 39883 2 7Australia1994Australia1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2, Wild Bunch Records – 7243 8 39883 2 7Europe1994Europe1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994-09-26, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2, Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 2 7Europe1994Europe1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Circa – WBRMC 2Netherlands1994Netherlands1994
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release
    Music World (2) – 398Russia1994Russia1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Virgin Music Canada – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD 2Canada1994Canada1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Virgin Music Canada – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 2 7Canada1994Canada1994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Circa – 7243 8 39883 4 1Poland1994Poland1994
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Circa – 7243 8 39883 4 1, Virgin Music Canada – V4 39883, Virgin Music Canada – wbrmc2Canada1994Canada1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Virgin – CDVIR (WF) 180 (8398832), Wild Bunch Records – CDVIR (WF) 180 (8398832)South Africa1994South Africa1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994-09-26, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2, Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 2 7UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Circa – 7243 8 39883 4 1, Circa Records Ltd. – wbrmc2Italy1994Italy1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994-09-26, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2, Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 2 7UK & Europe1994UK & Europe1994
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album, Repress
    Virgin – CDVIR (WR) 180 (8398832), Wild Bunch Records – CDVIR (WR) 180 (8398832)South Africa1994South Africa1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album, Stereo
    Wild Bunch Records – WBRCD2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2UK1994UK1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – 839883 4Turkey1994Turkey1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album, Promo
    Wild Bunch Records – none19941994
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Circa – 7243 8 39883 4 1Thailand1994Thailand1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Circa – WBRMC 2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 4 1United Arab Emirates1994United Arab Emirates1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label – 524019941994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – wbrcd2, Wild Bunch Records – 7243 8 39883 2 7Italy1994Italy1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Wild Bunch Records – WBRMC 2, Wild Bunch Records – WBRMC2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 4 1UK1994UK1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Advance, Album, Non Dolby
    Virgin – noneUS1994US1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1994-10-26, CDProtection
    CD, Album, Promo
    Virgin – VJCP-25136, Circa – VJCP-25136Japan1994Japan1994
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1995-01-25, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Virgin – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Wild Bunch Records – 7243 8 39883 2 7US1995US1995
    Recently Edited
    Cover of Protection, 1995-01-25, CDProtection
    CD, Album, Club Edition
    Virgin Records America, Inc. – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Virgin – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Wild Bunch Records – 7243 8 39883 2 7US1995US1995
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1995-01-25, CDProtection
    CD, Album
    Virgin Records America, Inc. – 7464-47857-2US1995US1995
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1995-01-25, CDProtection
    CD, Album, Promo
    Virgin – 7243 8 39883 2 7, Wild Bunch Records – 7243 8 39883 2 7US1995US1995
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 1995-01-24, CassetteProtection
    Cassette, Album
    Circa – 7243 8 39883 4 1, Virgin – 7243 8 39883 4 1US1995US1995
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 2000, CDProtection
    CD, Album, Unofficial Release
    Not On Label (Massive Attack) – CN-D15-00-274-00/AJ0China2000China2000
    New Submission
    Cover of Protection, 2001, CDProtection
    CD, Album, Reissue
    Wild Bunch Records – 7243 8 39883 2 7Mexico2001Mexico2001
    New Submission

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    Reviews

    • _ZERO_'s avatar
      _ZERO_
      Edited 15 days ago
      An OK listen. A fair amount of static, pops and clicks. Lots of marks on the wax too.

      Traded it in and picked up another copy (may 2024). It is mint. Sounds amazing too aside from ssssssssssssssssssssss
      • Unmakable's avatar
        Unmakable
        Sounds great for the most part, with no overly apparent surface noise, but the sibilance is pretty bad at times, much like the most recent version of Blue Lines.
        • chaospuzzler's avatar
          chaospuzzler
          came back to state, that I really HATE the last track, ruins an otherwise perfect album.
          • chaospuzzler's avatar
            chaospuzzler
            A real nice pressing. Also love it that there are few pressings overall. Mine was bought still sealed, but after 8 years there happened a seal split, from handling, I assume, while the cover is still looking pristine.
            Unfortunately there are a few crackles on Track three and four, I'll maybe get rid off with cleaning. Otherwise an extremely nice sounding album, have yet to compare it to the CD.
            However, I still don't understand why they put the awful last track on the album.
            • brenthammer03's avatar
              Despite flimsy packaging, the sound on this pressing is wonderful!
              Sleeve 6/10 Vinyl 10/10
              • NOISYLAND's avatar
                NOISYLAND
                Beautifully mastered and pressed. My copy had obviously been knocked about in transit (brand new) the LP had knocked out a 2-inch hole in the back end of the card inner sleeve so LP was a bit dusty, but after a wipe down, wow what a phat sounding LP, massive but really tight bottom end, gorgeous version of a classic that I've had on CD for ages...
                • OneOffRockers's avatar
                  OneOffRockers
                  what a great album for real! I love it since 90´s...the sound of vinyl is amazing.
                  • renegadeviking's avatar
                    When Massive Attack's Blue Lines first appeared in 1991 the music was completely ground breaking and the lyrics hauntingly simply and beautiful and so welcomed by the world ready for that sort of message and the way of its delivery. Protection, delivered in 1994 by pretty much the same people grouped under the banner of Massive Attack not only did not disappoint us, but in many ways reinforced and upgraded the original feeling. Most of us where so glad to be able to place Massive Attack at the top if our then current music scene and watch them reap the rewards of their well deserved success. The significance of their music and lyrics was their focus on what brings us all together and their desire to work towards the good and common of all of us, by setting their vision straight ahead, rather than looking around to point out what bothers us about ourselves. There was good uniting energy layered between the novel sounds if our chilling, down tempo experience.

                    The atmosphere of Protection feels as interesting to me today 15 years later as it did when it first came out. Protection is my favorite album by Massive Attack and it is not an easy choice to make. Fans of this band are most likely fairly equally divided between calling any one of their first 3 albums as their favorite. They are all great and I am choosing the middle one because I sense and I am attracted to the variation of mood which Protection delivers. I am very influenced by the lightness and the ambience of tone of this music.

                    The title song Protection is my favorite song of this album. The lyric is simple and powerful, the voice of Tracy Thorn is perfect to bring her message across. Melodically this title song has two layers mixed into it. There is a rather simple bass and drum based melody but the underlying electronic mood escalates and develops beautifully. I would love to have that ambient background on its own, without the drum and bass and vocal tracks. That ambient mood dances around the base melody and sound which gives us the full effect of this song. Karmacoma might have he most techno feel to it. It is the first of 2 songs on this album where the song is performed by Tricky and 3D singing or rapping it in alternating succession and this song has their jointly singing parts as well. Three is one of the most beautiful songs of Protection. It is a soulful down tempo mood with great vocal by Nicolette and intriguing lyrics but the texture becomes much more dimensional by the echo of `three' rapped in the background. Weather Storm is an electronica ambient instrumental Craig Armstrong style with his unique piano playing. Spying Glass is sort of a distorted reggae song placed against the atmospheric background. Better Things has a dubbed bass feel to it musically but vocally and lyrically it is one of the best songs of the album. The difference of sound and mood and the overall dimension between Better Things and following it Eurochild is a perfect example of the greatness of this moody Protection. We are being taken from one place to another, completely different, with such ease and comfort. Eurochild is a beautiful dialog between Tricky and 3D and the sound is again Protection specific. This song is like Karmacoma played in the background with a beautiful melody playing over it and overpowering it. It is a great song with many elements and sounds coming together and taking us from place to place during these five minutes. Sly is another song sung by Nicolette. It is less complex musically and lyrics are leaving us...'wandering'... It is one of the weaker songs of this album and that is a complement. It is still a nice song. Heat Miser is a very nice instrumental reminding me of Craig Armstrong's influence again. He is the master of the mood created and sustained so well here. Picking a song by The Doors as a song to cover shows great taste on the part of Massive Attack as well as the desire to build new bridges between us. However it is not my favorite cover by any means and the sound of this recording could be more interesting as well. To be honest, this is the only song of this album which I might end up skipping over, if I was to listen to this music on repeat with a remote control right next to me. Here are some of my favorite songs of Massive Attack and Tricky (up to 2009): Unfinished Sympathy. Protection, Dissolved Girl, Trinity Dub, Car Crash, Heat Miser, Three, Contradictive, Teardrop, Safe From Harm (perfecto mix), Evolution Revolution Love, Blue Lines, Angel, Better Things, Inertia Creeps, Hymn Of The Big Wheel.
                    • LPmannen's avatar
                      LPmannen
                      Fantastic sound! Super dynamic and punchy, the bass in Weather Storm is insane.
                      • mjsoundadvice's avatar
                        mjsoundadvice
                        Just realized my other copy in addition to the original was this one. It's the same slightly blurry outer sleeve as the EMI Electrospective reissue, but obviously unofficial. I guess it should suck - it doesn't. In fact it sounds considerably better than the original 1994 UK release I also own, and which is no slouch. Deeper bass, cleaner and sweeter highs, more dynamics.

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