John Powell burst into film scoring with a magnificent, emotional and modern soundtrack to John Woo’s iconic hit, Face/Off (1997). Six years later, Woo and Powell reunited for Paycheck (2003), a sci-fi techno-thriller based on a 1953 short story by Philip K. Dick (Blade Runner, Total Recall).
Ben Affleck stars as a programming engineer who undergoes a voluntary memory wipe to protect his client’s secrets—but upon going to collect his paycheck, he is given an envelope of seemingly random trinkets and items. He must use these clues to unearth the terrible secrets of his own project.
By 2003, John Powell had already scored The Bourne Identity and had his finger on the pulse of the modern action-thriller score. Paycheck blends synth and pop-rhythms with orchestral scope and, most importantly, Powell’s impeccable sense of taste. Despite almost non-stop action and suspense, he focuses on emotion and utilizes melody to elevate the proceedings.
Paycheck was released by Varèse Sarabande at the time of the film. This 2CD set Deluxe Edition greatly expands the playing time to over 95 minutes, and features new liner notes by Brian Satterwhite, incorporating new interview comments with Powell.
A limited edition of 2.000 items!
1. Paycheck: Main Title From The Motion Picture (3:29)
2. A Kiss Of Flexible Morality (1:10)
3. Memory Wipe (0:54)
4. A Good Life (1:05)
5. Party Of Two (0:32)
6. Portents Of Crystal Balls (2:11)
7. Injection (0:32)
8. A Second Chance (1:54)
9. You’re Done (1:16)
10. Freeze Frames (1:59)
11. Hot Seat (7:39)
12. The Ring (0:42)
13. That’s You (0:31)
14. Twenty Items (5:39)
15. Lucky Number (2:01)
16. Wolfe Pack (4:01)
17. The Third Rail (3:28)
18. Reservations (3:25)
19. Mirror Message/Imposter (8:43)
1. Hog Chase Pt.1 (3:18)
2. Hog Chase Pt.2 (4:06)
3. I Don’t Remember (1:33)
4. I Don’t Remember (Alternate Version) (1:35)
5. Tomorrow’s Headlines (4:27)
6. Return to Allcom (3:13)
7. Future Tense (7:58)
8. Bio Lab Bash (3:08)
9. Fait Accompli (6:39)
10. One Big Payback (5:37)
11. Uma’s Tune (Bonus Track) (2:55)
Produced by John Powell and Batu Sener at 5 Cat Studios
Deluxe Edition Executive Producer for Varèse Sarabande Records: Cary E. Mansfield
Deluxe Edition Mastered by John Traunwieser at 5 Cat Studios
Art Direction and Design by Bill Pitzonka
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