Massive AttackProtection

Label:Wild Bunch Records – WBRLP2, Circa – 7243 8 39883 1 0
Vinyl, LP, Album, Stereo
Style:Downtempo, Dub, Trip Hop


VocalsTracey Thorn
Vocals3D, Tricky
Written-ByLocke*, Norfolk*, Tricky
Written-ByHooper*, Suwoton*
A4Weather Storm
PianoCraig Armstrong
Written-ByMurray*, Napoleon*, Armstrong*, Harmon*, Lloyd*
A5Spying Glass
VocalsHorace Andy
Written-ByAndy*, Hooper*
B1Better Things
GuitarChester Kamen
VocalsTracey Thorn
Written-ByWatt*, Brown*, Thorn*
B2Euro Child
Written-ByLocke*, Norfolk*
Written-By, VocalsTricky
Arranged By, ConductorCraig Armstrong
Contractor [Fixer]Isobelle Griffiths*
Written-ByHooper*, Suwoton*, Goldman*
B4Heat Miser
DrumsRob Merril*
Engineer [Mix]Jim Abiss*
PianoCraig Armstrong
Written-ByDe Vries*, Hooper*
B5Light My Fire (Live)
Engineer [Mix]Nellee Hooper
VocalsDaddy G, Horace Andy
Written-ByThe Doors

Companies, etc.



Recorded at Wild Bunch Studios, London, UK and at Massive Attack and Antenne Studios, Bristol, UK.
All tracks mixed at Olympic Studios, London, UK, except "Eurochild" at Larrabee West, L.A., USA and "Light My Fire (Live)" at Wild Bunch Studios, London, UK.
Mastered at The Exchange.

"Weather Storm" contains the sample from "It's Time For Love" performed by Pieces Of A Dream.

"Better Things" contains the sample from "Never Can Say Goodbye" performed by James Brown.

"Light My Fire (Live)" contains the sample from "Light My Fire" performed by The Young Holt Trio.

℗ & © 1994 Circa Records Ltd.
Made in England

Some copies came with promotional card.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 24383 98831 0
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Rights Society: BIEM MCPS
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A label): WBRLP2-A
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B label): WBRLP2-B
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout variant 1): WBRLP 2 A-2-1-1- MIKE - THE EXCHANGE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout variant 1): WBRLP 2 B-2-1-1-
  • Matrix / Runout (Side A runout variant 2): D WBRLP 2 A-2-1-2 MIKE - THE EXCHANGE
  • Matrix / Runout (Side B runout variant 2): D WBRLP 2 B-3-1-1

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
Protection (CD, Album, Stereo, EMI Uden Pressing)Wild Bunch Records, Wild Bunch Records, Circawbrcd2, WBRCD2, 7243 8 39883 2 7Europe1994
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Protection (Cassette, Album)Wild Bunch Records, Wild Bunch Records, CircaWBRMC 2, WBRMC2, 7243 8 39883 4 1UK1994
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Protection (Cassette, Advance, Album, Promo, Chrome, Dolby HX Pro)Virgin, Virgin4PRO-12701, 4PRO 12701US1994
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Protection (CD, Album)Wild Bunch Records, Virgin, VirginWBRCD 2, 7243 8 39883 2 7, 8398832Australia1994
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Protection (CD, Album)Wild Bunch Records, Wild Bunch Records, Circawbrcd2, WBRCD2, 7243 8 39883 2 7Europe1994



  • SonicColtrane's avatar
    I am looking for the OG printed inner sleeve for this edition. If anyone has a spare one feel free to contact me. Thanks.
    • ove7's avatar
      It is about time this gets released as double LP
      • monkeymansean's avatar
        It's a thin record compared to the first pressings of Massive Attack albums that came before and after it and it's quite quiet, but brought up it sounds pretty good. The bass is outta control, but seems appropriate for the album.
        • jolyon's avatar
          Classic mid 90s thin, cheap vinyl. Not a great pressing - but then everyone was buying CDs at the time apart from DJs...
          • minimal.compact's avatar
            I just bought this version today and it is very good, no surface noise or scratches, recommended.
            • Mikelud's avatar

              I just found a vinyl copy of this one at a local record store.
              Looking at the track listing on the back of the sleeve, 'Better Things' is spelt 'Beter Things'.
              My CD at home has the correct spelling.
              Anybody knows what this is about ?
              • Tonepusher's avatar
                This is a great album from a band that works hard for their music. I love this album, creatively it's on point, although it resembles the decade in which it was produced, there is a timeless quality to the sentimentality throughout the album. This album helped give electronic music the license to become more thoughtful and real world than most other electronic music of the day which was being labelled "techno". This is a good sounding release, quiet and sounds full and tight and smooth. The bass and sub bass on some tracks are completely out of control though, so be sure to have your limiter on if you roll deep.
                • dlgale1974's avatar
                  Following on from their ground breaking début Massive Attack deliver another classic album. The soulful voice of Shara Nelson has been replaced with the melancholic voice of Tracey Thorn, reggae legend Horace Andy features again, Craig Armstrong adds a classical touch on keyboard on a couple of tunes, and this is Tricky's final venture with the group. On its release this didn't have the same impact as Blue Lines, but it has definitely stood the test of time and is just as strong if not stronger than the original.


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