Fair Game

Fair Game

by John Powell


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Fair Game

Director Doug Liman's Fair Game is the cinematic account of one of the biggest scandals of the George W. Bush administration, the Valerie Plame Affair. The screenplay is based on the book of the same name by Valerie Plame Wilson and on the book The Politics of Truth by her husband, Joseph Wilson, both concerning Plame Wilson's public outing as a CIA agent after Wilson disputed the Administration's assertion that Saddam Hussein had "Weapons of Mass Destruction" as a justification for the 2003 invasion of Iraq by the U.S. (Of course, it turned out that, as Wilson suggested, he did not.) Who outed Plame Wilson was a disputed matter, but eventually Scooter Libby, an assistant to Vice President Dick Cheney, was convicted of perjury in connection with it. Liman's film is described as an "action thriller" depicting these events, and John Powell's score, while employing an orchestra, relies heavily on highly percussive sounds provided by guitarist Vivian Milanova, keyboard sampler Zac Rae, and especially drum and percussion sampler Joey Waronker. (There is also a credit to Beth Caucci as "sound programmer.") The strings are there in the music, but they are often in the background, with an echoey sound, adding accents to the throbbing bass and percussion sounds. This is a score full of disturbingly dark and low-pitched sounds, no doubt supporting the mystery and suspense of the story. At times, the music suggests a U2 song that hasn't quite gotten going yet, particularly the final track, "Testify," which sounds like it might turn into "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" any second.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/02/2010
Label: Lakeshore Records
UPC: 0780163419429
catalogNumber: 34194

Album Credits

Performance Credits

John Powell   Primary Artist
Gavin Greenaway   Conductor
Vivian Milanova   Guitar

Technical Credits

Paul Mounsey   Arranger,Programming
John Bergin   Art Direction,Layout
Gavin Greenaway   Orchestration
Nick Wollage   Engineering
Paul Katz   Executive Producer
Skip Williamson   Executive Producer
Marc Viner   Engineering
James McKee Smith   Arranger,Programming
Germaine Franco   Orchestration
Brian McNelis   Executive Producer
Julianne Jordan   Executive Producer
Perry Montague-Mason   Orchestra Leader
Michael John Mollo   Arranger,Programming
John Powell   Composer
Tommy Laurence   Orchestration

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