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Their debut album, Blue Lines (1991), was co-produced by Jonny Dollar and Cameron McVey, who also became their first manager. Massive Attack went on to critical acclaim for their ever-changing line-up of distinctive, often 'ethereal' or whispery guest vocalists, interspersed with Del Naja and Marshall's (initially Tricky's) own,'and other eclectic references, musical and ... Read more in Amazon's Massive Attack Store

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  • Audio CD (April 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gyroscope
  • ASIN: B0000035DC
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
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1. Radiation Ruling The Nation-Protection
2. Bumper Ball Dub-Karmacoma
3. Trinity Dub-Three
4. Cool Monsson-Weather Storm
5. Eternal Feedback-Shy
6. Moving Dub-Better Things
7. I Spy-Spying Glass
8. Backwood Sucking

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This is the studio work of London's prodigious dub godfather, Mad Professor, who takes Massive Attack's Protection album as raw material to create a completely new experience. Bits are added, dropped out, accentuated, run through sonic effects, drenched in reverb, turned inside out until the songs disappear and in their place emerge reborn textural soundscapes. No Protection gives a sort of discursive aural commentary on Protection's original songs, pointing out all the obscured details--the minutest percussive rings and beeps, the most mesmerizing bass loops. --Roni Sarig

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Protection might be my favorite from the band.
MARCEL
I don't want to gush, but this is one of the best albums I ever bought.
chimni
As a result, almost every song sounds the same, and very boring.
Christopher Culver

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 31, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Re-mixes and dub remixes are two different animals. Often, as is the case with Mad Professor's take of Massive Attack's Protection, dubs radically manipulate and reshape a recording. Dubs, and particularly those of the Mad Professor, should not be compared to the original, per se, but should be judged on their own merits. Remixes by non-dub producers play it rather safe in comparison. Which is fine, of course. To say that the Mad Professor "ruined" Protection, as several reviewers have, is incoherent. This isn't a slight tweak, this is a reworking, and a damn good one at that.
No Protection is deep and spacey, with heavy bass. While there is a dark undercurrent, it generates plenty of warmth as long as you are not expecting the same plane of soulfulness found on Massive Attack's original. No Protection is one of the heaviest grooves of any downtempo album, and if you are in the mood, you'll feel it.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 24, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When I first heard about a the dub version of Protection I nearly wet my pants (being a big fan of that album), but I held off for nearly two years while I built up my "proper" dub collection of various essentials and oddities from such greats as King Tubby, Lee Perry, Augustus Pablo etc. Finally I figured I'd buy No Protection. Boy was I dissapointed. This album lacks the charm that comes with any good dub record. It's stark, and devoid of the beauty that made Protection so great in the first place. This sounds like "dub by numbers" executed by a computer program. Gone (completely) are Tracy Thorn and Nicollette's beautiful vocals. They are brutally reduced to miniscule snippets and misplaced samples; a grave mistake on the Mad Professor's part. A dub artist making versions is supposed to accentuate the best parts of the track whether it be the beats or the melody or the vocals, and drop them in and out of sequence accordingly. The album lacks warmth. It's much too digital and clean cut. Random stabs of deafening static and distortion don't make a good dub record either; they only jar the ears and divert your interest. No Protection was a great idea to begin with, but didn't exactly deliver the goods. You'll either love it or hate it. My recommendation: just stick with Protection and buy yourself some real dub music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 21, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD hasn't come off my player for about 4 months. Definitely better than the original (and that's saying quite a lot). Most people I know are disappointed when they first hear it, expecting something altogether different. However, after three or four spins on their player, they can't take it off. A masterpiece.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By J. Holmes on November 18, 2005
Format: Audio CD
i might be the only person who has this dub remix album but has never heard the original Massive Attack songs! so, perhaps my feelings on this cd are a bit more free of speculation than the average reviewer...but i love this cd! i'm a fan of dub and i've only got a mild appreciation for Mad Professor's work; but this collection really sees his talents shine and his production values soar to new heights. each cut has a strange sound; stradling old dub ethics with some more modern stylings. the beauty of it is that the warmth of the songs is kept alive and it does not feel like a cold studio effort. well done.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "sjjjjjjjjjj" on June 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album contains great dub remix/re-"interpretations" of Massive Attack tracks...
Just a comment on some other reviewers who have faulted the disc for its lack of harmony and that it strays too far from the original songs...Thats the beauty of this album for me! What good would it be to have two copies of essentially the same songs? The point of a remix (to me) is to re-examine and alter a piece of music so that what you're left with is something new and exciting. Don't get me wrong I love the original Massive Attack versions, but I would prefer a remix to be something (if not) entirely new then at least to show evidence that the remixer put some thought/heart into creating something more substantial than a higher hi-hat tap or a techno drumbeat.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By fetish_2000 on February 13, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Massive Attack, after having being (unfair) criticized, after the release of their second Album "Protection", handed over the Original Master Tapes to U.K. Dub Cut-and-paste mastermind "The Mad Professor", who subsequently, took the original source material completely apart, deconstructed, incorporated Dub-reggae sampling and completely Rebuild the album with a much harder (but, Dub-influenced) sound.....(which was what the original "Protection" album was heavily Criticized for lacking).....every track has been completely reworked, to incorporate a thicker more sampled, and Trip-Hop styled sound, Tracks such as the album titled "Protection", "Karmacoma", & "Spying Glass" have had the vocals heavily "Reverbed" & "Distorted" to produce something that is recognisable, yet far removed from the original's Electronica-styled sound, and the surround & resonance move this version into a sound space that the original couldn't possibly hope to occupy, and therefore this makes it a tremendous accompaniment to the original album, rather than a replacement for it....
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 17, 1998
Format: Audio CD
The trip-hop stylings of Massive Attack fall into the Mad Professor's Dub Vortex to create something much more than a simple album of remixes. Many tracks are almost completely unrecognizable. The bass-heavy rhythms are now far in front, the lovely vocals and melodies are used sparely and made clearer and dearer. The yardstick by which remixes should be measured.
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