Virgin Records will release Massive Attack’s original score to the Luc Besson film Danny The Dog on 11 October.
The band were approached personally by Luc Besson and the film’s director, Louis Leterrier, to record the soundtrack. Working over an 11-week period, the band set out to create an instrumental soundtrack which captures both the fast-paced action and reflective sadness of Danny The Dog. The soundtrack is made up of 21 pieces of music, which run in chronological order throughout the film, with each piece depicting a certain scene, from the intensity of tracks such as Atta’ Boy, Simple Rules, Collar Stays On, You’ve Had A Dream to the haunting dub and ambience of Sam’s Tunes, Right Way To Hold A Spoon and Everybody’s Got A family, the soundtrack demonstrates perfectly the band’s gift for capturing the intricate mood of film.
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Danny The Dog is a martial arts thriller starring Jet Li, Bob Hoskins and Morgan Freeman. It is the story of Danny(Li), a slave who has lived his life without any sort of normal human education, with the mind and personality of a young child, with only one lesson learned: how to fight. Treated like a
dog by his owner, Bart(Hoskins), which includes having to wear a collar, Danny fights in illegal gladiator-style fight clubs. After a car accident that lands Bart in a coma, however, Danny meets a kind elderly blind piano tuner(Freeman), who uses music to teach Danny some humanity. Danny The Dog is a film about the power of love, the terrifying realities of man’s capacity for violence, and the wonder of music.