That's the Way It Is [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]
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That's the Way It Is [Deluxe Edition] [CD/DVD]

by Elvis Presley
     
 

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That's the Way It Is is arguably where Elvis Presley's discography gets very confusing. Sharing a title with Denis Sanders' 1970 documentary of Elvis' return to the stage, That's the Way It Is in its original 1970 LP incarnation isn't precisely a soundtrack to the film. In fact, only a third of the album captures Presley live on-stage in Vegas, with the

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That's the Way It Is is arguably where Elvis Presley's discography gets very confusing. Sharing a title with Denis Sanders' 1970 documentary of Elvis' return to the stage, That's the Way It Is in its original 1970 LP incarnation isn't precisely a soundtrack to the film. In fact, only a third of the album captures Presley live on-stage in Vegas, with the remainder of the record derived from sessions he recorded in Nashville just a few months prior to launching his long-standing gig at the International Hotel. Vegas looms large over Elvis' legend in the '70s and many of the clichés -- the jumpsuits, the splashy arrangements of contemporary standards, the snazzy melodies of his old hits -- were born on That's the Way It Is, either on film or on the record. In its original LP incarnation, this wasn't especially apparent due to the record's reliance on the Nashville sessions, where Elvis recorded a fair share of perfectly pleasant middle-of-the-road material pitched halfway between Hollywood and Music City. These tunes -- "Twenty Days and Twenty Nights," "How the Web Was Woven," "Just Pretend," and "Stranger in the Crowd" -- are easy to spot because they're by songwriters without marquee names (Colonel Tom Parker insisted Elvis take a larger percentage of publishing, which kept away many writers) and, more tellingly, on the 2014 expansions of the album -- available in a double-disc set, which presents a remastered version of the original album supplemented by single versions of four tracks ("I've Lost You," "The Next Step Is Love," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," "Patch It Up"), five outtakes of alternate tracks, then a full set from August 12; there is also a gigantic eight-CD/two-DVD box that replicates that expanded first disc and six full sets recorded during the filming of the documentary, plus a disc of rehearsals -- these are the songs that don't appear in the live set. They may not have been part of Presley's repertoire but they do indicate how he was shifting away from the soulful, funky sound inspired by his 1968 comeback into something that felt showbiz. The live recordings, though, show that he was still performing with passion, figuring out what worked on-stage and what didn't after his long hiatus from performing. Again, this isn't so apparent on the 1970 LP, which was basically a good studio album that essayed Elvis' new persona for the coming decade, but all the various expanded editions (which include a 2000 special edition that adds a hefty dose of live material) capture the King starting to relax and enjoy his reign yet again. Certainly, the eight-disc set illustrates this in spades, and while it's undoubtedly one for the devoted, it nevertheless isn't overkill because it captures a peerless performer putting his amazing band through the paces. It's wonderful music that actually is more valuable now than it was at the time: Elvis would record more great music in the next few years, but this record -- especially in its 2014 expansion -- captures him at a pivotal moment, when he retained the power of his 1968 comeback and had yet to succumb to all the glitz of Vegas.

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From the Publisher
This 8 CD / 2 DVD deluxe edition of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is features the six complete shows recorded and partially filmed by MGM. All the concerts have been either mixed or remixed and digitally remastered to provide the ultimate audio experience. The original RCA album is expanded with the four single sides from the period, and a selection of “fly-on-thewall” outtakes from the June Nashville sessions that produced the majority of tracks for the album. Completing the audio section, a separate disc of insightful rehearsal highlights showcases both the hard work and the playful atmosphere that governed Elvis’ relationship with his musicians. It also includes a 80-page, 4 color book that features rare photos, memorabilia, recording data and insightful liner notes.

Finally, the result of an historic partnership with Warner Brothers, two DVDs featuring the original theatrical version (1970) and subsequent re-edited extended version (2000) completes the ultimate overview of this truly
memorable event in the career of Elvis Presley.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/05/2014
Label:
Sony Legacy
UPC:
0888430517622
catalogNumber:
305176
Rank:
13742

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Just Can't Help Believin'
  2. Twenty Days and Twenty Nights
  3. How the Web Was Woven
  4. Patch It Up
  5. Mary in the Morning
  6. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  7. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  8. I've Lost You
  9. Just Pretend
  10. Stranger in the Crowd
  11. The Next Step is Love
  12. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  13. I've Lost You
  14. The Next Step is Love
  15. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  16. Patch It Up
  17. How the Web Was Woven
  18. I've Lost You
  19. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  20. Patch It Up
  21. Bridge Over Troubled Water

Disc 2

  1. That's All Right
  2. Mystery Train/Tiger Man
  3. I Can't Stop Loving You
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. The Next Step is Love
  6. Words
  7. I Just Can't Help Believin'
  8. Something
  9. Sweet Caroline
  10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  11. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  12. Polk Salad Annie
  13. Introductions
  14. I've Lost You
  15. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  16. Patch It Up
  17. Can't Help Falling in Love

Disc 3

  1. That's All Right
  2. I Got a Woman
  3. Hound Dog
  4. Heartbreak Hotel
  5. Love Me Tender
  6. I've Lost You
  7. I Just Can't Help Believin'
  8. Something
  9. I Can't Stop Loving You
  10. Sweet Caroline
  11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  12. Polk Salad Annie
  13. Introductions
  14. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  15. Suspicious Minds
  16. Can't Help Falling in Love

Disc 4

  1. That's All Right
  2. I Got a Woman
  3. Hound Dog
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. There Goes My Everything
  6. Just Pretend
  7. I Just Can't Help Believin'
  8. Something
  9. Men with Broken Hearts
  10. Walk a Mile in My Shoes
  11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  12. Polk Salad Annie
  13. One Night
  14. Don't Be Cruel
  15. Love Me
  16. Instrumental Vamp
  17. Heartbreak Hotel
  18. Introductions
  19. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  20. Suspicious Minds
  21. Can't Help Falling in Love

Disc 5

  1. That's All Right
  2. I Got a Woman
  3. Hound Dog
  4. Heartbreak Hotel
  5. Love Me Tender
  6. I've Lost You
  7. I Just Can't Help Believin'
  8. Patch It Up
  9. Twenty Days and Twenty Nights
  10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  11. Polk Salad Annie
  12. Introductions
  13. Blue Suede Shoes
  14. You Don't Have to Say You Love Me
  15. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  16. Suspicious Minds
  17. Can't Help Falling in Love

Disc 6

  1. That's All Right
  2. Mystery Train/Tiger Man
  3. Hound Dog
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. Just Pretend
  6. Walk a Mile in My Shoes
  7. There Goes My Everything
  8. Words
  9. Sweet Caroline
  10. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  11. Polk Salad Annie
  12. Introductions
  13. Heartbreak Hotel
  14. One Night
  15. Blue Suede Shoes
  16. All Shook Up
  17. Little Sister/Get Back
  18. I Was the One
  19. Love Me
  20. Are You Lonesome Tonight?
  21. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  22. Suspicious Minds
  23. Can't Help Falling in Love

Disc 7

  1. That's All Right
  2. I Got a Woman
  3. Hound Dog
  4. Love Me Tender
  5. Don't Cry Daddy
  6. In the Ghetto
  7. I Just Can't Help Believin'
  8. Stranger in the Crowd
  9. Make the World Go Away
  10. Sweet Caroline
  11. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
  12. Polk Salad Annie
  13. Introductions
  14. The Wonder of You
  15. Heartbreak Hotel
  16. Blue Suede Shoes
  17. One Night
  18. All Shook Up
  19. Bridge Over Troubled Water
  20. Suspicious Minds
  21. Can't Help Falling in Love

Disc 8

  1. Alla en el Rancho Grande
  2. Ghost Riders In the Sky
  3. Cotton Fields
  4. Froggy Went A-Courtin'
  5. Baby Let's Play House
  6. I Was the One
  7. Money Honey
  8. Don't
  9. (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I
  10. Such a Night
  11. It's Now or Never
  12. What'd I Say
  13. Yesterday
  14. Little Sister/Get Back
  15. Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home
  16. I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water
  17. Stranger in My Own Home Town
  18. Farther Along
  19. Santa Claus is Back In Town
  20. Oh Happy Day

Disc 9

  1. Elvis: That's the Way It Is [2001 Special Edition
  2. Patch It Up: The Restoration of "That's The Way It Is" [DV
  3. Career Highlights
  4. Director/Restorer Filmographies
  5. Theatrical Trailer

Disc 10

  1. Elvis: That's the Way It Is [Original 1970 Theatr
  2. Outtakes

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Elvis Presley   Primary Artist
Imperials   Vocals
James Burton   Guitar
Sweet Inspirations   Vocals
Glen D. Hardin   Piano
Charlie Hodge   Guitar,Vocals
Millie Kirkham   Vocals
Jerry Scheff   Bass
John Wilkinson   Guitar
Ronnie Tutt   Drums

Technical Credits

Joe Hill Louis   Composer
Percy Mayfield   Composer
Don Gibson   Composer
Eddie Rabbitt   Composer
Jimmie Rodgers   Composer
Ray Charles   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Carl Perkins   Composer
Elvis Presley   Arranger,Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Joe South   Composer
Mort Shuman   Composer
Dave Bartholomew   Composer
Lincoln Chase   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Tony Joe White   Composer
Johnny Cymbal   Composer
Paul Evans   Composer
Stan Jones   Composer
Phil Spector   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Joe Babcock   Composer
Simon Napier-Bell   Composer
Hal Blair   Composer
Hank Cochran   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Pino Donaggio   Composer
Edwin Hawkins   Composer
Guy Fletcher   Composer
Dallas Frazier   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Wally Gold   Composer
Bob Klein   Photo Courtesy
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Pachucki   Engineer
Junior Parker   Composer
Paul Parnes   Composer
Doc Pomus   Composer
Aaron Schroeder   Composer
Winfield Scott   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Vicki Wickham   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Ernst Mikael Jorgensen   Information
Roger Semon   Art Direction
Alan Blaikley   Composer
Doug Flett   Composer
Sam Phillips   Composer
Mae Boren Axton   Composer
Rob Santos   Producer
Joseph A. Tunzi   Photo Courtesy
Claude Demetrius   Composer
Tommy Durden   Composer
Lou Handman   Composer
Pearl King   Composer
Vera Matson   Composer
Barry Man   Composer
Bill Trader   Composer
Sam Burns   Composer
Jorge del Moral   Composer
Emilio de Uranga   Composer
Cynthia Wel   Composer
Clive Westlake   Composer
Tom Burleigh   Direction
Traditional   Composer
Vito Pallavicini   Composer
Baker Knight   Composer
Bob Miller   Composer
Bill Peppers   Composer
Michael Rashkow   Composer
Silvano Ramos   Composer
Chris Giles   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
John Jackson   Direction
Ken Howard   Composer
Steve Barile   Photo Courtesy
Sören Szameitat   Memorabilia,Photo Courtesy
George Weiss   Composer
Rory Bourke   Composer
Ernst Jorgenson   Producer
Mark James   Composer
Scott "Mac" Davis   Composer
Hans Slebos   Photo Courtesy
Robert Frieser   Memorabilia
Arthur Gunter   Composer
Kenny Kjøhl   Photo Courtesy
Derek Phillips   Photo Courtesy
Erik Lorentzen   Photo Courtesy
Thomas Thalau   Memorabilia
Dave Most   Composer

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