Paycheck [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Paycheck is an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story directed by John Woo and scored by John Powell. Powell's previous work on films like Shrek, Two Weeks Notice, and Woo's Face/Off showed a flair for fusing contemporary and classical, and his work here is a flawless stew of electronic mayhem and orchestral elegance. The piano cues employed throughout the piece bring to mind the schizophrenic motif from the Nightmare on Elm Street films, and they provide a sinister breath between the bombast of tracks like "Hog Chase" -- a mad concoction dripping with James Bond-meets-Bollywood excess. Scoring action movies must be a tiresome assignment, as a great deal of...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Christopher Monger
Paycheck is an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story directed by John Woo and scored by John Powell. Powell's previous work on films like Shrek, Two Weeks Notice, and Woo's Face/Off showed a flair for fusing contemporary and classical, and his work here is a flawless stew of electronic mayhem and orchestral elegance. The piano cues employed throughout the piece bring to mind the schizophrenic motif from the Nightmare on Elm Street films, and they provide a sinister breath between the bombast of tracks like "Hog Chase" -- a mad concoction dripping with James Bond-meets-Bollywood excess. Scoring action movies must be a tiresome assignment, as a great deal of the composer's time is spent propelling characters through the films at a speed that defies the establishment of memorable musical interludes. Powell manages to find a unique middle ground, utilizing percussion as his engine and strings as his vehicle. The result is a lush, textured joyride that stands apart from the film it was designed for, and an exercise in utility with an emphasis on creativity.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/13/2004
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206653526
  • Catalog Number: 066535

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Main title (3:10)
  2. 2 20 items (2:53)
  3. 3 Wolfe pack (2:54)
  4. 4 Crystal balls (2:09)
  5. 5 Mirror message (3:37)
  6. 6 Imposter (3:52)
  7. 7 Hog chase, Part 1 (3:12)
  8. 8 Hog chase, Part 2 (4:04)
  9. 9 I don't remember (1:28)
  10. 10 Tomorrow's headlines (4:02)
  11. 11 Future tense (7:13)
  12. 12 Fait accompli (6:09)
  13. 13 The finger (0:33)
  14. 14 Rachel's party - Julie Gigante (2:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
John Powell Primary Artist
Steve Kujala Flute
Bruce Dukov Violin, Concert Master
John Fumo Trumpet
Richard Altenbach Violin
Rick Baptist Trumpet
Charlie Bisharat Violin
Mari Tsumura Violin
Larry Corbett Celli
Brian Dembow Viola
Joel Derouin Violin
Stephen Erdody Celli
Christine Ermacoff Celli
Richard Feves Bass
Michael Fisher Percussion
Armen Garabedian Violin
Pamela Goldsmith Viola
Paula Hochhalter Celli
Patricia Johnson Violin
James Kanter Clarinet
Alan Kaplan Trombone
Randy Kerber Piano, Keyboards, Soloist
Katie Kirkpatrick Harp
Gina Kronstadt Violin
Bill Lane Horn
Victor Lawrence Celli
Dimitrie Leivici Violin
Charles Loper Trombone
Michael Markman Violin
Edward Meares Bass
Bruce Morgenthaler Bass
Yvonne S. Moriarty Horn
Robin Olson Violin
Katia Popov Violin
Mark Robertson Violin
David Shostac Flute
Cecilia Tsan Celli
John VanHouten Tuba
Brad Warnaar Horn
Roger Wilkie Violin
Ken Yerke Violin
Andrew Shulman Celli
Susan Ranney Bass
James V. Ross Viola
David Carpenter Bass
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Norm Hughes Violin
Natalie Leggett Violin
Gavin Greenaway Conductor
Timothy Landauer Celli
Nico Abondolo Bass
Darrin McCann Viola
Robert Sanders Trombone
Al Hershberger Violin
Keith Greene Viola
Robert Berg Viola
Emily Bernstein Clarinet
Roberto Cani Violin
Michael Valerio Bass
Trevor Handy Celli
Fred W. Greene Tuba
Liane Mautner Violin
Sarah Thornblade Violin
Marc Sazar Violin
Piotr Jandula Viola
Jo Ann Turosky Harp
Phillip Yao Horn
Dave Walther Viola
Hollywood Studio Symphony Performing Ensemble
Julia Ann Gigante Violin
Alex Iles Trombone
Steven Holtman Trombone
Victoria Miskolczy Viola
Michael Nowak Viola
David Duke Horn
James Thatcher Horn
Phillip Levy Violin
Marlow Fisher Viola
Paul Cohen Celli
Tamara Hatwan Violin
Mario de León Violin
Matthew Funes Viola
Brian O'Connor Horn
Technical Credits
Bruce Fowler Orchestration
Rick Baptist Principal
Brian Dembow Principal
Stephen Erdody Principal
James Kanter Principal
Katie Kirkpatrick Principal
Charles Loper Principal
Suzette Moriarty Orchestration
Shawn Murphy Engineer, Engineering
Robert Townson Executive Producer
John VanHouten Principal
Paul Wertheimer Engineer, Engineering
Erik Zobler Engineer, Engineering
Elizabeth Finch Orchestration
Tino McIntosh Orchestration
Michael Valerio Principal
James McKee Smith Arranger, Composer
Germaine Franco drum programming
Daniel Lerner drum programming
John Powell Arranger, Composer, Programming, Producer
Jeff Jones Orchestration
James Thatcher Principal
T.J. Lindgren Arranger, Composer
John Ashton Thomas Arranger, Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Fantastically entertaining...

    I'm a huge fan of John Powell's scores from THE BOURNE IDENTITY and THE ITALIAN JOB, so I decided to give this one a shot as well. And am I glad - the score is very rich and entertaining, with some very bombastic, brassy action cues that seem so inspiredly chaotic. In some of the slower cues, we get a little of Bernard Hermann influence, and it works really well. Highly recommended!

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