Massive AttackProtection

Label:Circa – 5700962, Circa – 00602557009620, Wild Bunch Records – 5700962, Wild Bunch Records – 00602557009620
Vinyl, LP, Album, Reissue, Stereo, 180g
Style:Trip Hop, Downtempo, Dub


VocalsTracey Thorn
Written-ByBob Locke, Tim Norfolk
Written-By, VocalsTricky
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.
℗ & © 2016 Virgin Records Ltd.

Universal International Music B.V.
Gerrit Van Der Veeniaan 4, 3743 DN, Baarn, Nederlands

Made in the EU.

Includes a download code for a digital copy of the album in CD quality WAV files. Some copies may not include the download code.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 6 02557 00962 0
  • Barcode (Scanned): 602557009620
  • Label Code: LC 3098
  • Rights Society: BIEM/SDRM
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 1): BG39594-01 A1 5700962 :s
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 1): BG39594-01 B1 5700962 :s
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 2): BG39594-01 A1 5700962
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 2): BG39594-01 B1 5700962
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 3): BG39594-01 A1 5700962 .+IS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 3): BG39594-01 B1 5700962 S.IV
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 4): BG39594-01 A1 5700962 =IS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 4): BG39594-01 B1 5700962 VIS
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 5): BG39594-01 A1 5700962 =s
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 5): BG39594-01 B1 5700962
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 6): BG39594-01 A1 5700962
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 6): BG39594-01 B1 5700962 VI
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side A, variant 7): BG39594-01 A1 5700962 C1▽
  • Matrix / Runout (Runout side B, variant 7): BG39594-01 B1 5700962 13X

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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
Protection (LP, Album, Stereo)Wild Bunch Records, CircaWBRLP2, 7243 8 39883 1 0Europe1994
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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



  • _ZERO_'s avatar
    Edited 16 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
      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
        came back to state, that I really HATE the last track, ruins an otherwise perfect album.
        • chaospuzzler's avatar
          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.
          • NOISYLAND's avatar
            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
              what a great album for real! I love it since 90´s...the sound of vinyl is amazing.
              • LPmannen's avatar
                Fantastic sound! Super dynamic and punchy, the bass in Weather Storm is insane.
                • retrocandy's avatar
                  It took me three times but I finally found a clean copy of this. Sounds fantastic. A gem in their great discography.
                  • EwenMerry's avatar
                    I only have the CD to compare with but to my ears this pressing is way superior with great depth and detail and a beautifully balanced sound.
                    My copy has none of the annoying surface noise problems mentioned in other reviews, guess I was lucky.
                    • otnemeM's avatar
                      Some surface noise, particularly on first half of side A. B1 distortion quite obvious at the pointy end of the spectrum. One to be listened to because it's good music, not for the Hi-fi quality.


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