February 07 - The Searcher Details

Here are the final details of the upcoming HBO special "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" soundtrack which is due for release April 6, 2018.

This spring, the three-hour, two-part documentary "Elvis Presley: The Searcher" will peel back the legend of The King of Rock and Roll to focus on Elvis' evolution as a musician and a man. The Thom Zimny-directed feature uses rare footage and new interviews with those who knew Elvis best to share the stories behind the songs that made him famous.

The soundtrack to Elvis Presley: The Searcher showcases Elvis' most enduring hits, powerful performances and rare alternate takes, from his early blues and country-influenced recordings to his final 1976 recording sessions at the Jungle Room in Graceland. The soundtrack will be available on April 6 as an 18-track overview on CD or 2LP. A 3CD deluxe version adds 37 additional Elvis cuts, original score compositions by Mike McCready of Pearl Jam plus songs that inspired Elvis, from R&B and country classics to his mother Gladys Presley singing at home. The deluxe edition includes a 40-page book of photos, liner notes by Warren Zanes, and a producers note from film director Thom Zimny. Soundtrack Producers: Ernst Mikael Jørgensen, Thom Zimny and Jon Landau.

Tracks (Deluxe Version) CD 1:
Trouble / Guitar Man (Live) - My Baby Left Me - Baby, What You Want Me To Do (First 'Stand-Up' Show) (Live) - Old Shep - That's When Your Heartaches Begin - That's All Right - Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Fool, Fool, Fool - Tweedlee Dee - Baby Let's Play House - Good Rockin' Tonight - Trying To Get To You - Blue Moon - When it Rains It Pours - Blue Christmas - Heartbreak Hotel - Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Money Honey - Hound Dog - (There'll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me) - Crawfish - Trouble - Farther Along - Mona Lisa - Hide Thou Me - Loving You (End Title - Take 16) - Lonely Man (Solo Version) - Power Of My Love

CD 2: Milky White Way - A Mess Of Blues - Fame And Fortune - Love Me Tender / Witchcraft (With Frank Sinatra) (Remastered) - Like A Baby - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It's Now Or Never - Wooden Heart - Swing Down Sweet Chariot - Reconsider Baby - Bossa Nova Baby - C'mon Everybody - Tomorrow Is A Long Time - Take My Hand, Precious Lord - Run On - Baby What You Want Me To Do  (Version 1) (Live)  - Suspicious Minds (Take 6) - Baby Let's Play House (Rehearsal version) - Words (Rehearsal version) - That's All Right (Live) - Never Been To Spain (Live) - An American Trilogy (Live at the Honolulu International Center) - You Gave Me A Mountain (Live at the Honolulu International Center) - Burning Love (Rehearsal Version) - Separate Ways (Rehearsal Version) - Hurt (Take 5) - If I Can Dream (Stereo Mix)

CD 3: Dissolution (Mike McCready) - Satisfied (The Blackwood Brothers) - That's All Right (Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup) - She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me So (Joe Hill Louis) - Mystery Train (Little Junior's Blue Flames) - Smokestack Lightning (Howlin' Wolf) - Rock-A-My Soul (The Blackwood Brothers) - Just Walkin' In The Rain (The Prisonaires) - Rocket 88 (Jackie Brenston And His Delta Cats) - Write Me A Letter (The Ravens) - Blue Moon Of Kentucky (Bill Monroe) - Ain't That Right (Eddie Snow) - Just Walkin' In The Rain (Johnnie Ray) - Lawdy Miss Clawdy (Lloyd Price) - Home Sweet Home (Gladys Presley) - Blowin' In The Wind (Odetta) - Tomorrow Is A Long Time (Odetta) - The Weight (The Staple Singers) - Heartbreak Hotel (The Orlons) - Wooden Heart (Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers) - Rebound (Mike McCready) 

Note that the download version link listed appears to omit disc 3, track 14,  Lloyd Price - "Lawdy Miss Clawdy" thereby featuring 20 tracks rather than 21 for disc 3.

Elvis Presley: The Searcher (The Original Soundtrack) - 2LP

Side A: Trouble / Guitar Man (Live) My Baby Left Me - That's All Right - Baby Let's Play House - Heartbreak Hotel 
Side B: Lawdy, Miss Clawdy - Hound Dog - Crawfish - Mona Lisa - Milky White Way 
Side C: Like A Baby - Are You Lonesome Tonight? - It's Now Or Never - Tomorrow Is A Long Time 
Side D: Suspicious Minds (take 6) - Separate Ways (rehearsal version) - Hurt (take 5) - If I Can Dream (Stereo Mix)

A quote by Thom Zimny regarding the soundtrack (from Rollling Stone):

"From day one I had a soundtrack in mind; one that would cover Elvis in a new way and go deep into the vault. Thanks to the help of Sony Legacy and the efforts of Ernst Jorgensen, I was able to pore over thousands of recordings and Elvis Presley outtakes. I also wanted the film's soundtrack to pay tribute to the many artists who influenced Elvis, and to incorporate their music to create a sonic landscape that I hoped would give the viewer the experiences Elvis had absorbing the many genres he was exposed to and influenced by – from gospel, to R&B, to country."

Private Presley Exhibition

Graceland Commemorates Elvis' Army Anniversary with Offer for Veterans, Active Duty Military. Graceland to Open Expanded “Private Presley” Exhibit  Chronicling Elvis’ Military Career

Elvis Presley began his service in the United States military on March 24, 1958, when he was inducted into the U.S. Army. To salute our troops and to commemorate the 60th Anniversary of Elvis’ military service, Graceland has announced that complimentary tickets to the new Elvis Presley’s Memphis entertainment and exhibit complex will be made available on Saturday, March 24, 2018 to all military veterans and those serving on active duty. Additionally, the AAA four-diamond Guest House at Graceland resort hotel will offer its “Salute to Heroes” discounted rate of 30% off standard room rates to both active and retired military. 

This anniversary day will also mark the opening of an expanded “Private Presley” Army exhibit at Elvis Presley’s Memphis.  The newly-expanded “Private Presley” exhibit will take an in-depth look at Elvis’ military service, including letters from Elvis’ manager Col. Parker to the Army asking for a deferment to allow Elvis to complete filming of “King Creole,” letters from the Army regarding press access to Elvis, his original Army footlocker, the dress that his mother Gladys wore at his induction ceremony, and more. Fans can also learn about how Col. Parker kept Elvis’ career alive while he was serving in Germany and see items from Frank Sinatra’s legendary “Welcome Home, Elvis” 1960 ABC television special.

(Source: Sony Legacy / FECC / Rolling Stone)

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