Portishead ‎– Third

Island Records ‎– 1766400
CD, Album, Super Jewel Box

Tracklist Hide Credits

1 Silence
Cello – Charlotte NichollsVocals [Spoken Intro] – Claudio Campos
2 Hunter 3:58
3 Nylon Smile 3:19
4 The Rip
Bassoon – Wendy Bertram
5 Plastic
Clarinet – Team Brick
6 We Carry On 6:27
7 Deep Water
Vocals [Additional] – Ben Salisbury, David Poore, The Somerfield Workers Choir, Team Brick
8 Machine Gun 4:46
9 Small 6:47
10 Magic Doors
Electric Piano [Rhodes] – John BaggottHurdy Gurdy – Stu BarkerSaxophone – Will GregoryWritten-By – Baggott*
11 Threads
Bass – Jim BarrCello – Charlotte NichollsDrums – Clive DeamerGuitar – Beth GibbonsSaxophone – Will Gregory



℗ & © 2008, Go! Discs Ltd. Exclusive License to Universal Island Records Ltd.

Total play time: 49:15.

(Track 1, "Silence", was originally titled "Wicca". Its opening is a sample of Claudio Campos, a Capoeira master, speaking in Portuguese. He recites an adaptation of the Wiccan precept of the "Threefold Law" which translates back to English as:
"Be aware to the rule of thirds. What you give will return to you. You have to learn this lesson. You only receive what you deserve".)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02517 66400 5
  • Barcode (String): 602517664005
  • Other (Rights Societies): BIEM/SABAM

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1764013 Portishead Third(CD, Album, Sup) Island Records 1764013 UK 2008 Sell This Version
602517664012 Portishead Third(CD, Album) Go! Discs Ltd., Universal Island Records Ltd. 602517664012 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
1766402 Portishead Third(CD, Album, Lic) Island Records 1766402 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
1766402 Portishead Third(CD, Album) Island Records 1766402 Poland 2008 Sell This Version
B0011142 Portishead Third(2x12", Album) Mercury B0011142 US 2008 Sell This Version



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July 6, 2008
It's been almost 11 years since Portishead released their last self-titled album (I'm not counting Roseland NYC Live). The three member group of Adrian Utley, Geoff Barrow and more prominent Beth Gibbons have been often credited with making the trip hop genre more mainstream. Originating out of Bristol, UK, Portishead introduced their hometown sound to the commercial radio waves in 1994 with Dummy. With downtempo hip-hop beats, a touch of turntablism, and Gibbons' staple vocals, Portishead instantly created their own style and with that came a vast following. It's no wonder then, that when appropriately titled Third album hit the shelves, it was snatched with a hunger. Prior to the album's street date it was released on last-fm and attracted over 327,000 listeners within 24 hours. On Third, Portishead experiments in a darker territory, a bit brooding and at times almost industrial in nature, while rewarding the listener with a familiar voice. There are many unforgettable moments on the album when you find yourself go "what" and "nice". Perhaps there is not much revolutionary on Third for some, and they may not feel justified for the waiting period. Nevertheless you can't just let it slip by. Portishead remains a favorite and after consecutive rotations, Third climbs to the my list of "Best of 2008 so far..." I still love and play the first two albums. [Gibbons also released a solo album titled Candy Says in 2003]. Favorite tracks: Plastic and Machine Gun.