Elvis Presley: The Searcher [Original Soundtrack]

Elvis Presley: The Searcher [Original Soundtrack]

by Elvis PresleyElvis Presley

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Overview

The intent of Thom Zimny's documentary The Searcher is to showcase the artistry of Elvis Presley, an aspect that can sometimes get overwhelmed by Presley's enduring popularity. Appropriately, its accompanying soundtrack -- available either as a single CD/LP or in a triple-disc deluxe edition -- follows the same aesthetic, showcasing Elvis as an artist, not a hitmaker. Of course, there are plenty of hits here, especially on the three-CD edition, which contains two discs of Presley recordings and a disc split between Elvis inspirations, selections from the evocative score from Mike McCready, and a version of "Wooden Heart" by Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers. The key is context: "Hound Dog" leads into "(There'll Be) Peace in the Valley (For Me)," "Suspicious Minds" is heard in an alternate take where Elvis is still sorting through the song, "Heartbreak Hotel" is paired with the hard blues of "Lawdy Miss Clawdy." The first disc relies on early material, the second latter-day material, and the editorial touch is a bit more evident on the latter: Since the '50s sides are so frequently reissued, there isn't much room for surprises, but the late-'60s and '70s material -- not unfamiliar, but not as common as the '50s -- makes the case for Presley's artistry quite nicely. Ultimately, this isn't for Elvis fanatics -- there's not much in the way of rarities -- but as an introduction to Presley's work, this is quite good, and it's an excellent way to dig deeper than the hits.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/06/2018
Label: Sony Legacy
UPC: 0190758117324
catalogNumber: 581173
Rank: 159895

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Bob Dylan   Composer
Elvis Presley   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Lloyd Price   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Mark James   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Wally Gold   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Richard Mainegra   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Roger Semon   Art Direction
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Paul Bevoir   Artwork
Tommy Durden   Composer
Lou Handman   Composer
Jimmie Crane   Composer
Tom Burleigh   Production Director
W. Earl Brown   Composer
Jacobs   Composer
Jerry Hubbard   Composer
Red West   Composer
Arthur Gunter   Composer

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