Republic Records will release the official soundtrack album for the acclaimed music documentary, “Muscle Shoals“, on September 24 in stores and through all digital retailers. The film releases in select theaters in New York on September 27 as well as on VOD. Other markets will receive release soon after.
This beautiful and unique film tells the story of FAME Studios and Muscle Shoals Sound Studios. Located in Muscle Shoals, AL, they’re the birthplace of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s and soul’s most iconic songs. Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, and many more recorded at the studios, and they’re all represented on the soundtrack by some of their most recognizable hits as well as a never before heard track from Alicia. This collection embodies the magical spirit of the area and legacy it forged. It’s the perfect companion to the film and a wonderful window into Muscle Shoals.
This release follows up a streak of successful soundtracks from Republic Records including chart-dominating albums for, Les Miserables, Pitch Perfect, The Hunger Games, and AMC’s The Walking Dead.
Located alongside the Tennessee River, Muscle Shoals, Alabama is the unlikely breeding ground for some of America’s most creative and defiant music. Under the spiritual influence of the “Singing River” as Native Americans called it, the music of Muscle Shoals changed the world and sold millions upon millions of copies.
At its heart is Rick Hall, founder of FAME Studios. Overcoming crushing poverty and staggering tragedies, he helped defy boundaries and create unifying music. At the same time, he was instrumental in the birth of the “Muscle Shoals Sound” and “The Swampers”. Icons such as Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Bono, Alicia Keys and more extol his work and that signature sound. The film illuminates just how influential this music remains today.
1. Arthur Alexander “You Better Move On”
2. Jimmy Hughes “Steal Away”
3. Percy Sledge “When A Man Loves A Woman”
4. Aretha Franklin “I Never Loved A Man (The Way That I Love You)”
5. Etta James “Tell Mama”
6. Clarence Carter “Patches”
7. Wilson Pickett “Hey Jude”
8. Lynyrd Skynyrd “Free Bird” (Original Muscle Shoals Version)
9. The Staple Singers “I’ll Take You There”
10. Jimmy Cliff “Sitting In Limbo”
11. Traffic “(Sometimes I Feel So) Uninspired”
12. Paul Simon “Kodachrome”
13. Alicia Keys “Pressing On”