d.teil

Massive Attack - Heligoland d.teil

December 23, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

i think the reissue is very nice for everyone who likes to own a vinyl version, but it will be not the same with this release here: Material Design of the Sleeve can't be the same, it would be too expensive. Sound Quality: Very hard to believe that the original version can be beaten. And last but not least: the 3rd Vinyl will be missing, probalby also the cd Version of it.
d.teil

Massive Attack - Heligoland d.teil

January 29, 2014
edited over 4 years ago

as others already mentioned: a highlight; probably THE highlight in massive attack's career by considering this certain vinyl edition. The artwork is absolute amazing ( i guess nowadys the VINYL FACTORY would sell exactly the same record for at least the double price, but when this record came out the price was just around 35 Euro's); as usual the sound quality is about the best money can buy. a highlight for every collection. the one and only minus: the cardboard of the cover should be thicker!!!! very easyily the gatefold cover will be tearing. Besides: From the beginning i seperated the vinyl from the masterpiece cover.
chronophobia

Massive Attack - Heligoland as reviewed by chronophobia

August 22, 2012
edited over 6 years ago

What a phenomenal record! Easily the most interesting, intelligent, addictive set of songs that this duo has put out since Mezzanine, in a deluxe package from the "Budget?-What's-that?" crew at The Vinyl Factory.

"Paradise Circus" is the obvious jewel in the crown: a catchy downtempo beat paired with the bottom of Hope Sandoval's vocal range. It's easy and cool like any Massive classic, an anthem to mellow euphoria, with a transcendent swelling of synthy melody at the end. People, this is how your music should treat you.

But the album is just filthy with great songs. "Pray for Rain," the opener, is a classic chill-out tune and sets things off right. Martina Topley-Bird marks her return to the cast with two catchy, up-tempo tracks, "Babel" and "Psyche." And if you're looking for another gem from reggae man Horace Andy, "Girl I Love You" has got you covered.

The only track that falls short is "Flat of the Blade," a weird experiment in bass and dull vocals that never really gets off the ground. Far more successful is the one-two closer: In "Saturday Come Slow," Damon Albarn of Blur fame gives us the slowest song on the album, and perhaps the most powerful. Then Robert Del Naja spends nearly eight minutes reminding you who's really behind the wheel in "Atlas Air," a gritty, perfect lesson in trip hop with a few solid minutes of unadulterated techno at the end. Heligoland is, after all, electronic music, but Massive Attack once again defies its boundaries. They're a vibrant, multidimensional act that improves with age.
Sunbird76

Massive Attack - Heligoland Sunbird76

August 14, 2010
Bizarrely, given the general excellent quality and detail of this vinyl production, the tracklisting on the sleeve is wrong. The sleeve lists the Additional 12" as containing Girl I Love You (She is Danger Remix), Paradise Circus Breakage's Tightrope Remix), United Snakes, Pray for Rain (Tim Goldsworthy Remix).
carlosrmanuel

Massive Attack - Heligoland as reviewed by carlosrmanuel

May 10, 2010
edited over 9 years ago
Like any other edition from the Vinyl Factory this is a collectors edition, as it takes the music of the artist to high level of presentation detail. Before listen to the music I was really impressed by the quality and detail of this cover, need to be seen in the flesh. The pressing of the vinyls is top... fantastic deep and fat sound, I can feel a lot of differences from the CD.
These days, in that more people buy vinyl and that limited editions grow in every style of music, it is important to detail when something stands for quality in the presentation and sound, otherwise we would all simply buy MP3.
The music itself is like any other Massive Attack... timeless and now following the line since Mezzanine, more and more music for the mind.
Heligoland is a world of sensations, something that takes your mind to different trips. If sometimes you can sing along with Robert, Martina, Horace or Hope, other times you just surf between Heaven and Hell, like with Guy, but always moving... always loosing your mind in timeless memories of a lost future.
I will not bother you with more details about the edition, but please pay attention to the third vinyl where you can find the remixes.

P.S.: Don't loose the video of Paradise Circus
carlosrmanuel

Massive Attack - Heligoland carlosrmanuel

May 23, 2017
The video was at Massive's Attack at the time but you can find it in youtube. There were two official versions, one of them is adult's rated.
maxal

Massive Attack - Heligoland maxal

May 23, 2017
Agreed - it's always a pleasure to listen to vinyl pressed properly. Where is the video of Paradise Circus you mention? On the CD? (I have the Vinyl Factory pressing, but there is no mention of a video.)
oopu

Massive Attack - Heligoland oopu

April 9, 2013
edited over 5 years ago
thats all nice, the limited vinyl. but. any artist should also consider a non-deluxe vinyl pressing too, without the glitter, cant hear the glitter, thanks.