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Massive AttackMezzanine

Label:Virgin EMI Records – 6742755, Virgin EMI Records – 00602567427551
Format:
CD, Album, Reissue, Stereo, Black Disk, Orange Label
CD, Stereo, Black Disk, Pink Label
All Media, Deluxe Edition, Remastered, 20th Anniversary Edition
Country:Europe
Released:
Genre:Electronic
Style:Leftfield, Trip Hop, Downtempo, Dub

Tracklist

Mezzanine XX / 2018 Remaster
1-1Angel
Written-ByVowles*, Marshall*, Hinds*, Del Naja*
6:20
1-2Risingson
Performer ["I Found A Reason" Sample]The Velvet Underground
Written-ByVowles*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
Written-By [Sample]Reed*, Seeger*
4:58
1-3Teardrop
Written-ByVowles*, Fraser*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
5:30
1-4Inertia Creeps
Written-ByVowles*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
5:56
1-5Exchange
Performer ["Our Day Will Come" Sample]Isaac Hayes
Written-ByHilliard*, Garson*
4:11
1-6Dissolved Girl
Written-ByVowles*, Marshall*, Schwartz*, Del Naja*, Jay*
6:06
1-7Man Next Door
Performer ["10:15 Saturday Night" Sample]The Cure
Written-ByHolt*
Written-By [Sample]Tolhurst*, Dempsey*, Smith*
5:56
1-8Black Milk
Written-ByVowles*, Fraser*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
6:21
1-9Mezzanine
Written-ByVowles*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
5:56
1-10Group Four
Written-ByVowles*, Fraser*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
8:12
1-11(Exchange)
Performer ["Our Day Will Come" Sample]Isaac Hayes
Written-By [Sample]Hilliard*, Garson*
4:10
Mezzanine Mad Professor
2-1Metal Banshee (Mad Professor Mix One)
RemixMad Professor
Written-ByMcKay*, Morris*, Sioux*, Severin*
5:49
2-2Angel (Angel Dust)
RemixMad Professor
Written-ByVowles*, Marshall*, Hinds*, Del Naja*
6:04
2-3Teardrop (Mazaruni Dub One)
RemixMad Professor
Written-ByVowles*, Fraser*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
6:05
2-4Inertia Creeps (Floating On Dubwise)
RemixMad Professor
Written-ByVowles*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
6:05
2-5Risingson (Setting Sun Dub Two)
Performer ["I Found A Reason" Sample]The Velvet Underground
RemixMad Professor
Written-ByVowles*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
Written-By [Sample]Reed*, Seeger*
4:53
2-6Exchange (Mountain Steppers Dub)
Performer ["Our Day Will Come" Sample]Isaac Hayes
RemixMad Professor
Written-ByHilliard*, Garson*
5:44
2-7Wire (Leaping Dub)
RemixMad Professor
Written-ByVowles*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
5:21
2-8Group Four (Security Forces Dub)
RemixMad Professor
Written-ByVowles*, Fraser*, Marshall*, Del Naja*
8:14
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Notes

Originally due for release on 16 Nov 2018, some pre-orders were shipped but the actual release date got pushed back a few times.

Disc 2 has previously unreleased mixes. 16 pages booklet has new images.
Slightly shorter version of track 2-1 was previously released as "Superpredators (The Mad Professor Remix)" in B-side of "Risingson" single and Japanese edition of "Mezzanine".

Underside (play side) of both CDs is black.

Some copies have "Made in Czech Republic" sticker on outside of rear shrink-wrap.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Scanned): 0602567427551
  • Barcode (String): 00602567427551
  • Rights Society: BIEM SDRM
  • Label Code: LC 03098
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1 CD1 + CD2): IFPI 94K6
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2 CD1 + CD2): IFPI 94K8

Other Versions (5 of 92)View All

Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Mezzanine (2×LP, Album, 180g)Circa, Circa, Virgin, VirginWBRLP4, 7243 8 45599 1 5Europe1998
Recently Edited
Mezzanine (CD, Album, EMI UDEN Pressing)Circa, Circa, Virgin, VirginWBRCD4, 7243 8 45599 2 2Europe1998
Recently Edited
Mezzanine (CD, Album)Virgin, Circa7243 8 45599 2 2US1998
Recently Edited
Mezzanine (Minidisc, Album)Circa, Virgin, Circa, VirginWBRMD4, 7243 8 45599 8 4Europe1998
Recently Edited
Mezzanine (CD, Album)VirginVJCP-25360Japan1998
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K-OS
I'm a little late on the review, but, here goes. I bought mine back in 2020. The first time I played Disc 1 in my computer, it made the clicking noises as if trying to recognize a disc. Second attempt, it played fine. Disc 2? Same thing. I figured I'd rip it to my computer, but, it didn't rip Disc 1. Thinking the Discs were defective I quickly ordered another CD from another store. The second CD I ordered arrived, popped Disc 1 in, same thing happens. It took 25 times before it ripped Disc 1. Disc 2, no problem. I put both CD's up, never to put them in my computer again. They both play fine in my CDJ players though. I thought I was the only one, apparently not.
ikkiRamirez's avatar
ikkiRamirez
1st time I played it was nice and clean. From second time and on it’s a freaking mess!!! So dissaponted…
Lots of broblems to play cd 1, especially on tracks 10 and 11.
hound23's avatar
hound23
My Arcam cds50 has trouble reading disk 1. Oddly, disk 2 has no issues.
invalidusername's avatar
Disappointing remaster, which sounds more like the Japanese 2002 mini lp cd version. To my ears, the epic open sound of the original Canadian cd I compare all other versions to, is sucked away by compression. Honestly not sure what I expected, I was always very impressed by my original cd version, and still am!
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orgwell
i have purchased two physical copies of this release, with both having the first disc (the original album) being rejected by my cd ripper. what a shame.
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FernandoHM
Anyone else having skips and stucks between Group Four and (Exchange)? It's the third CD I bought, all of them with the same problem
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Doomguy-id
Edited 2 years ago
I've compared the original and the remaster side by side with foobar2K comparator (never go off memory if you can help it, it's too unreliable) in flac, and they sound barely distinguishable from one another to my ears. Whatever the differences are, they're very subtle, so unless you're absolutely puritanical I think this is a safe buy from a SQ perspective.

I also quite like the presentation of this one, certainly a lot nicer than a jewel case, and the black 'PlayStation' style discs are a great touch to set it apart from a typical CD release. Worth owning!
angelbear's avatar
angelbear
This remastering destroy the feeling of the original album. loose the warm, the lush, the depth and the echo of the sound.
Terrible. Avoid!!
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argylecymru
This was finally released on 23rd August 2019. It was delayed as the accompanying Deluxe Vinyl had issues. See Massive Attack statement (15th August) below:

"We’ve decided to withdraw the Mezzanine special edition package as the design materials were no longer available.

After many months of extra work and research we felt that the alternative packaging ideas were not relevant to the original album project and decided to release the Mad Professor Dub versions instead in order to make use of the vinyl.

Apologies to anyone who pre-ordered the special edition."
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alexswin
bought it about month ago in canada (CD version) it's said 2018 virgin records limited, only the second time i'm listening to it, for the quality it's really good