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Blue Lines Gets Remastered. Out 19th November!

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Posted on Tuesday, September 11th 2012 in News
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Blue Lines Gets Remastered. Out 19th November!

The Deluxe Box which will contain the CD, DVD with 96K/24 bit high resolution audio files, the album split over two 180g vinyl LPs and the original 24” x 18” Blue Lines promo poster.

The Deluxe Box which will contain the CD, DVD with 96K/24 bit high resolution audio files, the album split over two 180g vinyl LPs and the original 24” x 18” Blue Lines promo poster.

Just saying, but it might have made more sense releasing this last year, what with it being the then 20th anniversary, but rather belatedly or not, Blue Lines will be getting released this 19th November in remastered guise.

It was announced earlier today on Facebook (where else?, maybe MassiveAttack.com might also have been suitable, seeing as it is the official site and all :roll: ) and has from when I’m making this blog post roughly 12 hours later, already received over 10,000 likes and 500 comments, so it seems the response from the fans has been favourable, or at least its definitely sparked off some discussion which is always a good thing.

I would imagine that if this remastered version of Blue Lines sells well for EMI, it would leave the door open for further similar remastered versions of other Massive Attack albums, which sounds like an exciting prospect now that I think of it assuming of course the remastering job done on Blue Lines is for lack of better word “good” and is it really warranted.

Will I be able to hear new sounds buried in the original mix brought to the fore in the new mix? Will it just be a case of “remastered=louder” as some on Facebook have questioned? Will I want to listen to the new remastered version over the good old trusty original version which has more than sufficed for the last 21 years? Well, I guess its a wait and see until 19th November.

Anyway enough with speculation, here’s the facts from an online press release I found  for the remastered Blue Lines:

The 2012 Remix/Remaster will be available on a single CD format, standard and high resolution digital downloads, and as a Deluxe Box which will contain the CD, DVD with 96K/24 bit high resolution audio files, the album split over two 180g vinyl LPs and the original 24” x 18” Blue Lines promo poster. Both will be packaged in 5” and 12” card mailers, respectively, with the album’s artwork screen-printed per the original release. Blue Lines: 2012 Remix/Remaster is dedicated to the memory of Johnny Dollar.

The back cover of the original vinyl issue of Blue Lines depicting the diagram for building an antique vinyl player. Looks like the new Deluxe Box sleeve will have the same design.

The back cover of the original vinyl issue of Blue Lines depicting the diagram for building an antique vinyl player. Looks like the new Deluxe Box sleeve will have the same design.

Not to appear ungrateful, but it does appear there will be no bonus material present. I was thinking of outtakes or unused material from the original Blue Lines sessions, probably the most well known being “Just A Matter Of Time”. This would have been a perfect opportunity to release it (well this and when Collected was released over 6 years ago), so I guess at this stage we’re never going to get a chance to hear a clear studio quality version of it. :-x

Just for the Massive Attack collector in me I’m definitely getting this release. Hell, I might even get two copies. One to listen to and the other one to remain shrink wrapped on my shelf alongside all my other Massive Attack vinyls. Here’s hoping even if I was’nt a collector, the remastering job done on this is worth buying.

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12 Responses To "Blue Lines Gets Remastered. Out 19th November!"
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  1. 1

    Amazon UK have the pre-orders up now for the standard CD edition and the Deluxe vinyl boxset.The boxset is a kind of on the pricey side.

    Deluxe Boxset – http://madot.ie/RWTW8a

    Standard CD – http://madot.ie/RWTNRU

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    and standard cd with price tag of £23.70 isn't!? rolleyes

     

    wink

     

    btw, if one zooms in picture on amazon it could read that year associated both with (P) and (C) is 2011…

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    The standard CD was only £16 when I looked at it the other day. Amazon's pre-orders tend to flucatate a bit. Hopefully from now until release, it will be a downward trend.

     

    Also another thing that's just popped up online in the last few days I've taken notice of is this – Massive Attack have have their own YouTube Channel. I suppose I've been filling in for them when it comes to YouTube in the last few years, but its about time they got their own channel.

     

    http://www.youtube.com/user/massiveattack

     

    Nothing too exciting about it at the moment as it has no videos yet, but one to keep an eye on. Someone else used to own that channel username “massiveattack” going back to 2006. I wonder if they bought it off them or not.

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    well, deluxe edition is now just £111.17rolleyeslol

     

    yes, i'm quite aware that amazon's pre-order prices have tendency to fluctuate from insanely low to even more insanely high at almost random manner, but even starting price of £16 is a little bit high-ish because for some time now new releases (mostly standard editions) are around

     

    damn, still no useful info about what is remixing all about…even banner on official site emphasises term remix (remastering isn't mentioned at all)…i wonder if this is some new marketing scheme because of negative connotations of remastering old releases because of loudness war… 

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    well standard edition is at standard price finally (9.99), and boxest's price decreased to 78.00…

     

    btw i've found about article about bad mastering on collected:

     

    http://www.stylusmagazine.com/articles/staff_top_10/top-ten-worst-sounding-records-1997-present.htm

     

    09. Massive Attack – Collected
    This is oh-so-subtle, but it’s annoying. Take your CD of Mezzanine and take your CD of Collected, and play “Angel” back-to-back from one to the other. Notice how on the original album that ominous bass fades in from nothing; sense how deep it goes; see how sharp the rimshot is; feel the air around the bass drum and the shock of the guitars entering. But from this year’s beautifully-packaged Best Of, surreptitiously remastered, the bass is jarringly there from the get go, all width and no depth; the rimshot is flabby and indistinct; and there’s no sense of air or space. It’s like that for the rest of the CD—“Unfinished Sympathy” seems to have more of an impact on first listen but it’s less satisfying on repeated exposure, the strings that should soar are backgrounded, their timbre masked.

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    Is there any headroom left in the waveform to louden (sorry, I mean, master) it more? Massive Attack eschewing nostalgia and swimming pool bills as ever

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    judging by the samples on amazon, i guess that we do have another victim of loudness war…new master/mix sounds very in-your-face with prominent bass but not in a good way..ok, i know that samples are some shitty quality mp3s and that original mix cd do sound little bit tinny when is reproduced through headphones, but i can't say that i'm looking forward to listen new mix/master on proper sound system…

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    but, at the same time youtube sampler do sounds much better than samples on amazon…

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    The recommended retail price of £55.99 for the special edition seems to be a bit steep does anyone else conclude. I think a tenner cheaper would be more than enough to ask for. Its not as if I'm getting a free copy (not asking), so thats why I'm kind of begrudging the price at the minute. rolleyes

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    Will never bother to pre-order again (except for 1000 copy ltd editions).

    I'll have a stroll to the Antwerp Saturn on November 21th and save myself the shipping cost ,

    and between 5 and 10 € on the current retail price.Then I'll smile and think to myself,

    One day baby we'll be old, oh baby we'll be old and think of all the stories that we could've told

  11. 11

    DVD without 5.1? Sacrilege!

  12. 12

    sfh – original:

    sfh-original

    sfh – 2012 remaster:

    sfh-2012 remaster

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