Collection includes five studio albums by British trip-hop duo Massive Attack.
Too bad the film "Sliver" wasn't a hit, or else this could've been one of the greatest film soundtracks of all-time. While most soundtracks just throw songs together without much thought, there's a theme on this album. You can feel the atmosphere of loneliness, lust, and mystery even if you've never seen the film. Enigma's haunting "Carly's Song" and "Carly's Loneliness" are great tracks to get you in a trance, Massive Attack's "Unfinished Symphony" is downright sexy, and Aftershock's "Slave To The Vibe" is the album's showstopper. The film (which was beautifully shot in an MTV style) could rightfully be a showcase just for these songs, kinda like "Purple Rain".
The soundtrack was created by Massive Attack. It was released under the name Danny the Dog, in 2004 from EMI. In 2005, Virgin Records re-released the soundtrack under the title Unleashed, with two bonus tracks. Neither version features the song "Aftersun", featuring vocals by Dot Allison, that appears in the end credits of the film. The classical piano solo played in several scenes of the film is Mozart's Piano Sonata No.11 "Andante grazioso".
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 Unleashed (Also Known as 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.
Originally released in April 1991 on the Circa imprint via Virgin Records, Blue Lines was an unprecedented mixture of breakbeats, sampling and live instrumentation with vocal styles ranging from soulful female to gritty rapping. With influences as diverse as soul, punk, reggae, dub, lover s rock, electro and hip hop, Blue Lines was truly groundbreaking, and remains one of the most unique and influential British albums ever made.
Massive Attack had wanted to work with Cocteau Twins' vocalist Elizabeth Fraser since the early '90s, and, after years of wrong-time, wrong-place scenarios, they finally had their chance on 1998's Mezzanine. Although Fraser co-wrote three of the album's 11 tracks and had a far more interesting impact on "Group Four," it was the sweetness of "Teardrop" that allowed the song the most commercial success. The single, released in May 1998, gave Massive Attack their first-ever Top Ten hit in the U.K. and gave Cocteau Twins' fans a chance to nearly clearly hear Frazer's lyrics…
Limited Edition (2 CD + NTSC/Region 0 DVD) of "best of" album by Massive Attack. First disc contains the album itself, second cd features additional new tracks, unreleased material, rarities, remixes, including the new single and rare live footage, DVD includes all 11 promo videos to date (2006).
The sound of a group at the very height of their power, flexing their ample muscle, Heligoland is the album Massive Attack had to produce for fear of fading further from relevance. Now we can all learn to love them once again. Piers Martin–Uncut