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Massive Attack / Mezzanine 20th anniversary deluxe on 2CD and 3LP

Massive Attack / Mezzanine 20th anniversary

3LP coloured vinyl • 2CD deluxe • remastered • unheard dub mixes

Universal Music will issue a 20th anniversary reissue of Massive Attack‘s third studio album Mezzanine.

The 1998 album has been remastered (by Tim Young at Metropolis) and comes with an album of previously unreleased dub mixes by the Mad Professor. These remixes were originally intended to be released on a Mad Professor Mezzanine remix album – yet in the end, only a few of his remixes were issued as single b-sides.

All eight of the Mad Professor remixes included on the anniversary reissue are previously unreleased and include his dub mixes of two tracks not originally featured on Mezzanine but from the same period – Metal Banshee – a dub version of ‘Superpredators’ which was a cover of Siouxsie and the Banshees’ ‘Metal Postcard’ – and ‘Wire’, a track they recorded for the soundtrack of the film Welcome to Sarajevo.

The reissue is on two physical formats: a two-CD deluxe and a three-LP super deluxe which features three colour vinyl albums and comes with a 48-page hardcover book featuring photos from Nick Knight that show the development of the cover imagery. An additional 32-page booklet is a new edition of the art-book ‘Fitting In’ which Del Naja originally issued in 2000 (only 50 of which were ever available to buy).

The 2CD version of this 20th anniversary release is issued on 16 November. The triple vinyl super deluxe is out on 7 December 2018. You can pre-order the former from the SDE shop using this link, or the button below.

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Massive Attack

mezzanine 3LP coloured vinyl super deluxe

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Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 99.99
Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 97.99
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 134.82
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 108.9
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mezzanine 2CD deluxe

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Amazon uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 9.99
Amazon de 6LP coloured vinyl box 12.99
Amazon usa 6LP coloured vinyl box 19.98
Amazon it 6LP coloured vinyl box 16.8
Amazon ca 6LP coloured vinyl box 15.37
JPC de 6LP coloured vinyl box 12.99
HMV uk 6LP coloured vinyl box 9.99
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3LP Super Deluxe/ 2CD

  1. Angel (2018 remaster)
  2. Risingson (2018 remaster)
  3. Teardrop (2018 remaster)
  4. Inertia Creeps (2018 remaster)
  5. Exchange (2018 remaster)
  6. Dissolved Girl (2018 remaster)
  7. Man Next Door (2018 remaster)
  8. Black Milk (2018 remaster)
  9. Mezzanine (2018 remaster)
  10. Group Four (2018 remaster)
  11. (Exchange) (2018 remaster)
  12. Metal Banshee (Mad Professor Mix 1)
  13. Angel (Angel Dust)
  14. Risingson (Setting Sun Dub 2)
  15. Teardrop (Mazaruni Dub 1)
  16. Inertia Creeps (Floating On Dubwise)
  17. Exchange (Mountain Steppers Dub)
  18. Wire (Leaping Dub)
  19. Group Four (Security Forces Dub)

30 responses to Massive Attack / Mezzanine 20th anniversary deluxe on 2CD and 3LP

  1. Blake says:

    Hmm…. so are ALL of the Mad Professor remixes unreleased versions?

    Because Mad Professor dubs of Angel, Teardrop, Inertia Creeps, Superpredators, and Group Four were released back in the 90’s…

    It’d be insanely lame if there really were actually only three “new” mixes: Risingson, Exchange, and Wire; on this release.

  2. psykomyko says:

    I’ve never been a fan of the Mad Professor remixes. If this included a third disc collecting the B-sides/remixes/period tracks I’d be all over this. But this album already sounds good enough to me, so this is a pass.

  3. Ron de Joode says:

    Instead of this too expensive re-release, a reissue of 100th Window on vinyl would be more welcome than this reissue. It was announced two years ago but there was never a follow-up.

  4. Scott G says:

    I would love the vinyl but it is very expensive for what you get. If they had thrown in a blu-ray/dvd audio with high res stereo and MC 5.1 I would have jumped at it.

    • moog_man says:

      Agree. It’s odd that they had a DVD-Audio with hi-res tracks (albeit, no 5.1) for the “Blue Lines” deluxe, yet haven’t thought to update that offer in this set, i.e. choice of blu-ray or DVD.
      They are big on the visual and graphic elements, too – hence the two books. But it wouldn’t have hurt to throw in a multi-channel mix on disc.
      Still, pre-ordered through Amazon in the hope that it drops to around £62. Which is still a bit excessive.

  5. Philippe says:

    Hope that at this price it will be pressed by Pallas, that masterpiece deserve it.

    • moog_man says:

      UMG generally don’t work with Pallas (except for the Deutsche Grammophon pressings; which may be down to an earlier contract). They have worked with Optimal in Berlin, though.

  6. Michael says:

    Ordered.
    Have never owned the original only burns or cassette copies.
    Can’t wait for this. My fave group.
    Wish they’d release that last ep on cd…plus a new album.

  7. Rustin Zomorodi says:

    It’s too bad the vinyl version is quite pricey, as it looks nice, but I can’t justify it. Glad it’s getting a 2CD issue – I’m looking forward to the content.

    I was happy with the Blue Lines remaster but agree that it could have included a lot of bonus material (and actual surround)…

  8. Simon Thornhil says:

    No inclusion of Silent Silent or Black Melt both featuring Elizabeth Fraser so I’ll pass thanks

  9. Dom says:

    Will definitely get this. Just realised I only own the original album on Minidisc. Agree with other posters about Blue Lines and Protection being ripe for deluxe reissues. There are some fantastic remixes on the singles from these albums, including iirc some vinyl only. Similarly this reissue could be expanded with one if not two discs of the relevant remixes.

  10. Simon says:

    Their masterpiece!

    It was mastered by Tim Young in 1998 and It sound great even though the dynamic range was a bit high… Would be interesting to see what he does with it 20 years later.

  11. Kevin says:

    While I do think this is their best, most fully realized and cohesive record, the later we get into the 90’s the less any of these bad boys really ‘needs’ remastering. I’m a bit on the fence. Were this a Protection deluxe, I’d be all over it. That is in need of such refurbishing.

  12. Jamie says:

    I’m a massive vinyl fan but some of these prices are taking the proverbial. £100 for 3 albums and a book? Much as I love this album I’ll just go for the CD and wait and see if it comes down (a lot)…

  13. Tim-Meh says:

    Absolutely adore this album. Pricey for the vinyl but I wish that besides getting a new record together, they would issue some live sets because MA live are beyond anything they issued on wax. The Mezzanine tour was phenomenal. It was LOUD.

    • GentleRabbit says:

      Completely agree. Massive Atfack live is on a whole other level completely… they’re one of those bands.

      Their tunes truly become monsters to behold in a live setting, and as far as I’m aware their live show is under (or completely un-) represented on any official record or filmed release. They work with U2’s genius cohort Willie Williams on some of the most incredible, high-concept live shows ever conceived – and have also aired several elusive tracks over the years that more than deserve release.

      They truly are still a magical little secret in that way, but should release far more.

      • Tim-Meh says:

        Totally agree. They stuff they played with Stephanie Dosen on vocals deserves to be available, and the reworked/rearranged versions of their cuts for live band are incredible. The reworked version of Teardrop they played on the Heligoland tour was amazing.

  14. Robert Morgenstern says:

    Thanks ordered. But for how long futher must we wait for a proper new album?

  15. Kauwgompie says:

    Still a bit miffed that “Blue Lines” never got a real deluxe reissue except for a whimpy cd/dvd version with the album on dvd not even in surround sound but stereo. Huge miss. One of my favorite 90’s albums still in need of a decent reissue.
    Mezzanine is a great album as well. Too bad no 5.1 mix but looking forward to the dub mixes!!

  16. David Cattell says:

    Protection remaster?
    Mezzanine was a step down.

  17. moog_man says:

    Two further thoughts…
    1) This, plus the anticipated Beatles “White Album” super deluxe – both in proximity of Black Friday – means a hefty pre-XMas spending surge.
    2) Anyone from Universal that is a decision maker: please do the intelligent thing and *not* use GZ Vinyl to press the vinyl.
    Cheers !

  18. moog_man says:

    Pricey (£100 @SoundOfVinyl) but excited – remains one of my touchstone albums for the late 90s. And, Mad Professor did superb reworks on the No Protection album so am keen to hear how he treats these songs. Let’s see some keener pricing first, please

  19. Robert Smith says:

    Wunderbar. That’s my Christmas sorted.

  20. CAB says:

    I’m enjoying this period of CD releases. Thanks to all you vinyl buyers for providing the incentive to re-release stuff. 10 quid for this is excellent.
    Can’t imagine what they can do to the remaster to make it sound much better, but I’m tempted.

    • Iain McCarthy says:

      Agree about the remaster as the original CD sounds brilliant (for example, it sounds much better than the ‘Mezzanine’ tracks that were released on the Best Of years later).

      • CAB says:

        Can you imagine being a re-master engineer confronted by that sort of quality? You have to make it sound ‘different’ so that an exec can justify the studio time.
        If there’s ever a remaster of Heligoland, I’ll be very suspicious. It sounds good everywhere, on every format, on all audio kit.

      • SimonH says:

        Agree, a great sounding cd!

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