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The Bourne Identity
(2002)
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Composed, Programmed, Arranged, and Co-Produced by:

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
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Varèse Sarabande
(June 11th, 2002)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... only if you are a tremendous supporter of all of the Bourne films of the 2000's and seek the most gritty and electronically harsh score of the franchise.

Avoid it... if you want the best recordings of the same basic ingredients introduced in this first score, because John Powell's subsequent sequel works are much stronger in their balance of grit and style.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #204
WRITTEN 7/6/02, REVISED 2/17/09
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The Bourne Identity: (John Powell) When author Robert Ludlum was writing his internationally popular series of three thriller novels involving the talented spy Jason Bourne, it is doubtful that he had this music by John Powell in mind. The first of the trilogy of stories, The Bourne Identity was a bestseller in its initial release in 1980, and the 2002 interpretation of the story by director Doug Liman on the big screen follows the same nervous, frenetic, and action-packed feeling of determination encapsulated by the original story. A Richard Chamberlain television miniseries a number of years prior didn't do the same justice to the concept, but 2002's film version of The Bourne Identity (as well as the two sequels later in the decade) is a 21st Century techno-thriller with all the modern gadgets and super-fighting that studios had been anxiously developing for modern audiences. For that realm, talented composer John Powell was hired to score the new chase in The Bourne Identity. While blockbuster spy thriller remakes have dwindled in numbers from Hollywood through the years, the scores that accompany them have often been an interesting, if not entirely enjoyable combination of sounds from both the era in which the story was conceived as well as the modern era in which the film is created. In Powell's case, The Bourne Identity opened the doors to a franchise of work that would see superior sequel scores. It was a fortuitous change of direction for the composer, whose fame at the time had come via animated comedies and silly spoofs (ranging from Shrek and Chicken Run to Evolution and Rat Race). Powell's ability to merge the sounds of the traditional orchestra with his wide range of expertise with synthesizers was defining him as one of the more versatile composers of the day, and this assignment would catapult him on to other high profile action works. Both elements are employed for The Bourne Identity, but with the orchestra playing a minor, if not completely subdued role. It's intriguing to see such a large-scale production use only a string section and a single bassoon, and it is mostly because of this lack of depth in the soundscape that this score doesn't hold as much interest as its two successors from Powell. All of the major structural elements that would flourish to a greater degree in The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum are clearly established in this first score, but their use is marginalized.



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The last four tracks are utter trash
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 54:59
• 1. Main Titles (4:17)
• 2. Bourne Gets Well (1:20)
• 3. Treadstone Assassins (2:09)
• 4. At the Bank (4:07)
• 5. Bourne on Land (1:42)
• 6. Escape from Embassy (3:12)
• 7. The Drive to Paris (1:29)
• 8. The Apartment (3:25)
• 9. At the Hairdressers (1:29)
• 10. Hotel Regina (2:11)
• 11. The Investigation (1:34)
• 12. Taxi Ride (3:43)
• 13. At the Farmhouse (2:54)
• 14. Jason Phones It In (3:04)
• 15. On Bridge Number 9 (3:41)
• 16. Jason's Theme (2:20)
• 17. Mood Build (3:34)
• 18. The Bourne Identity (6:00)
• 19. Drum and Bass Remix (2:15)

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The insert includes a list of performers in the partial Hollywood Studio Symphony, but no extra information about the score or film.
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