6th May – The Number One Album in Australia – 1998 (Massive Attack – Mezzanine)


The third studio album Mezzanine by Massive Attack, a trip hop group from Bristol, England was the Number One Album in Australia in 1998.

Although a departure from sound of their first two albums – Blue Lines and ProtectionMezzanine is another of their longplayers that stands the test of time.

There are a number of samples on the album including:

• Angel (sampled “Last Bongo In Belgium” by The Incredible Bongo Band)
• Risingson (sampled “I Found A Reason” by The Velvet Underground)
• Teardrop (sampled “Sometimes I Cry” by Les McCann)
• Inertia Creeps (sampled “Rockwrok” by Ultravox)
• Exchange (sampled “Our Day Will Come” by Isaac Hayes & “Summer in the City” by Quincy Jones)
• Man Next Door (sampled “10.:15 Saturday Night” by The Cure & “When the Levee Breaks” by Led Zeppelin)
• Black Milk (sampled “Tribute” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band)
• Mezzanine (sampled “Heavy Soul Slinger” by Bernard Purdie)

The song “Man Next Door” was originally recorded in 1968 by John Holt & his group The Paragons.

It has also been covered by other artists including Dennis Brown and UB40; and was released as a single in 1980 by The Slits and reached number 5 on the UK Indie Chart, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.


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