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No Protection

Massive AttackAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

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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: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,626 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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

Editorial Reviews

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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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars No Comparison May 31, 2003
By A Customer
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
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely amazing. One of the best. July 21, 1999
By A Customer
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
5.0 out of 5 stars great dub great album cover art! 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
4.0 out of 5 stars Dis Good Dub... 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Massive Attacks "No Protection" (Reinterpreted Via Dub) 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Radiation Ruling the Nation May 17, 1998
By A Customer
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars a Mad Professor miss...
There is much better Mad Professor stuff out there.

I'd guess, that since Massive Attack isn't quite Dub, then he's a bit out of his element / comfort-zone here. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Johnny Law
2.0 out of 5 stars Dub not = dubstep
I much prefer the original versions of these songs. I was expecting a more dubstep sound, and this is dub. Read more
Published on October 7, 2011 by Ryan K. D. James
3.0 out of 5 stars A good version
of one of Englands best kept secrets. Massive Attack is one of those groups that is all their own, Portishead in co-hoots. Read more
Published on February 18, 2010 by Leif A. Ostgard
5.0 out of 5 stars Bliss
I loved PROTECTION, though only recently did I `get into' Massive Attack. I remember when PROTECTION - the single came out, I liked it a lot, but I was into faster electronic music... Read more
Published on January 5, 2009 by MARCEL
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT ALBUM
Anything by Massive Attack and anything by Mad Professor is great by me. I love it all but not by itself, but in a mix with other genres.
Published on July 13, 2005 by HOT MIX
2.0 out of 5 stars D-U-L-L
I really enjoy dub, from the old-school Trojan stuff up through Burning Spear, LKJ, etc., and I have a couple Mad Professor CDs. Read more
Published on April 12, 2004 by Daniel McGoldrick
1.0 out of 5 stars No Connection
"Protection" was Massive Attack`s worst record, but this remix album is even worse, destroying the few interesting moments that the band`s second effort had. Read more
Published on February 19, 2004 by gonn1000
5.0 out of 5 stars Dub Madness - Expertly Produced
I'll take this album over PROTECTION any day as the latter sounds almost boring in comparison. Flying tablas, breathing atmospheres, 2-ton beats . . . Read more
Published on January 28, 2004 by Rich Latta
5.0 out of 5 stars sounds good
off the samples and reviews, i'm sold!
sounds like a mellow groove freak your mama for an hour tape.
i can't wait to get the cd, blaze 1, and talk about love.
Published on October 14, 2003 by izm
2.0 out of 5 stars wasted effort
The original of this album was 'Protection' and was excellent, though perhaps not as good as their brilliant first album 'Blue lines' or their 3rd 'Mezzanine'. Read more
Published on October 9, 2003
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