20th anniversary 3LP reissue of Massive Attack’s double platinum (UK) 1998 album, Mezzanine featuring theoriginal album re-mastered plus an album of previously unreleased dub remixes by the Mad Professor. Widely hailed as their masterpiece, and clocking in at No. 15 in Q Magazine’s 100 Greatest British Albums Ever (2000), Mezzanine saw the band move away from the ‘trip-hop’ sound they had helped define to embrace rock and electronica. Mezzanine was remastered by Tim Young at Metropolis who has worked with the band for over twenty years.
The Mad Professor remixes were originally intended to be released on a Mezzanine remix album – as the band had done with previous album Protection (No Protection) – yet in the end only a number of his remixes were issued as single b-sides. All eight of the Mad Professor’s remixes included here 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 Siouxie and the Banshee’s “Metal Postcard” – and “Wire,” a track they recorded for the soundtrack of the film Welcome to Sarajevo.
As per the original release, the artwork is by Hingston studios who have worked with Robert Del Naja from the band – the 3LP super-deluxe set takes the form of a 48-page hardback book featuring photos from Nick Knight that show the development of the striking cover imagery plus an additional 32-page booklet which 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).