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Elvis Doc ‘The Searcher’ Pulls Hits, Rarities for Soundtrack

Deluxe edition will feature selections from original score composed by Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready

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The soundtrack for the new Elvis documentary, 'The Searcher,' will boast hits, rarities and parts of an original score from Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.

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An expansive soundtrack to accompany HBO’s upcoming documentary, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, will be released April 6th via RCA/Legacy Recordings. The soundtrack will feature a mix of Presley hits and alternate mixes, while a deluxe edition will feature selections from the documentary’s score composed by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready.

The Searcher soundtrack will be available digitally and on CD and double vinyl LP, while the deluxe edition will packaged as a three-CD set. All versions are available to pre-order now.

Along with the original soundtrack and parts of McCready’s score, the deluxe edition of The Searcher soundtrack will include a plethora of bonus material including additional rarities, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ rendition of “Wooden Heart” and classic R&B, country and gospel songs that inspired Elvis. The set will also come with a 40-page hardcover book packed with rare photographs, liner notes from Warren Zanes and a note from The Searcher director Thom Zimny.

“From day one I had a soundtrack in mind; one that would cover Elvis in a new way and go deep into the vault,”Zimny tells Rolling Stone of The Searcher soundtrack. “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.”

He added that McCready’s score “brought additional sonic textures and emotional overtones that helped to capture this artist’s journey.”

The Searcher will premiere on HBO April 14th. The two-part, three-hour documentary will chronicle Presley’s life from childhood to his final Jungle Room recording sessions in 1976. The film was made with the cooperation of the Presley estate, and Zimny was reportedly allowed unprecedented access to the Graceland archives. 

Elvis Presley: The Searcher Soundtrack Track List

Standard Edition
1. “Trouble / Guitar Man”
2. “My Baby Left Me”
3. “That’s All Right”
4. “Baby Let’s Play House”
5. “Heartbreak Hotel”
6. “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy”
7. “Hound Dog”
8. “Crawfish”
9. “Mona Lisa”
10. “Milky White Way”
11. “Like A Baby”
12. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”
13. “It’s Now Or Never”
14. “Tomorrow Is A Long Time”
15. “Suspicious Minds” (take 6)
16. “Separate Ways” (rehearsal version)
17. “Hurt” (take 5)
18. “If I Can Dream”

Deluxe Edition – Disc One
1. “Trouble / Guitar Man”
2. “My Baby Left Me”
3. “Baby, What You Want Me To Do”
4. “Old Shep”
5. “That’s When Your Heartaches Begin”
6. “That’s All Right”
7. “Blue Moon Of Kentucky”
8. “Fool, Fool, Fool”
9. “Tweedlee Dee”
10. Baby Let’s Play House”
11. “Good Rockin’ Tonight”
12. “Trying To Get To You”
13. “Blue Moon”
14. “When It Rains It Pours”
15. “Blue Christmas”
16. “Heartbreak Hotel”
17. “Lawdy, Miss Clawdy”
18. “Money Honey”
19. “Hound Dog”
20. “(There’ll Be) Peace In The Valley (For Me)”
21. “Crawfish”
22. “Trouble”
23. “Farther Along”
24. “Mona Lisa”
25. “Hide Thou Me”
26. “Loving You” (end title take 16)
27. “Lonely Man” (solo version)
28. “Power Of My Love”

Disc Two
1. “Milky White Way”
2. “A Mess Of Blues”
3. “Fame And Fortune”
4. “Love Me Tender” / “Witchcraft” (duet with Frank Sinatra)
5. “Like A Baby”
6. “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”
7. “It’s Now Or Never”
8. “Wooden Heart”
9. “Swing Down Sweet Chariot”
10. “Reconsider Baby”
11. “Bossa Nova Baby”
12. “C’mon Everybody”
13. “Tomorrow Is A Long Time”
14. “Take My Hand, Precious Lord”
15. “Run On”
16. “Baby What You Want Me To Do”
17. “Suspicious Minds” (take 6)
18. “Baby Let’s Play House” (rehearsal)
19. “Words” (rehearsal)
20. “That’s All Right”
21. “Never Been To Spain”
22. “An American Trilogy”
23. “You Gave Me A Mountain”
24. “Burning Love” (rehearsal version)
25. “Separate Ways” (rehearsal version)
26. “Hurt” (take 5)
27. “If I Can Dream”

Disc Three
1. “Dissolution 2” – Mike McCready
2. “Satisfied” – The Blackwood Brothers
3. “That’s All Right” – Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup
4. “She May Be Yours But She Comes To See Me Sometimes” – Joe Hill Louis
5. “Mystery Train” – Little Junior’s Blue Flames
6. “Smokestack Lightning” – Howlin’ Wolf
7. “Rock-A-My Soul” – The Blackwood Brothers
8. “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” – The Prisonaires
9. “Rocket 88” – Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats
10. “Write Me A Letter” – The Ravens
11. “Blue Moon Of Kentucky” – Bill Monroe
12. “Ain’t That Right” – Eddie Snow
13. “Just Walkin’ In The Rain” – Johnnie Ray
14. “Lawdy Miss Clawdy” – Lloyd Price
15. “Home Sweet Home” – Gladys Presley
16. “Blowin’ In The Wind” – Odetta
17. “Tomorrow Is A Long Time” – Odetta
18. “The Weight” – The Staple Singers
19. “Heartbreak Hotel” – The Orlons
20. “Wooden Heart” – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
21. “Rebound” – Mike McCready 

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