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

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All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Elvis' live albums from the early '70s contain a substantial store of quality material -- dinner-show horn charts, strings, grandstanding vocals, and all. This 1970 offering from Las Vegas proves to be one of his best (it's actually the soundtrack to Denis Sanders' documentary of Elvis' summer run at the International Hotel). Acting on his affinity for country-pop figures like Campbell and Mac Davis, Elvis especially shines on the slow to mid-tempo ballads "I Just Can't Help Believin'" and "Just Pretend" (both seamless blends of torch song glitz and contemporary rock elements). And to provide the requisite amount of sweat for those nightly towel giveaways, the King works ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Cook
Elvis' live albums from the early '70s contain a substantial store of quality material -- dinner-show horn charts, strings, grandstanding vocals, and all. This 1970 offering from Las Vegas proves to be one of his best (it's actually the soundtrack to Denis Sanders' documentary of Elvis' summer run at the International Hotel). Acting on his affinity for country-pop figures like Campbell and Mac Davis, Elvis especially shines on the slow to mid-tempo ballads "I Just Can't Help Believin'" and "Just Pretend" (both seamless blends of torch song glitz and contemporary rock elements). And to provide the requisite amount of sweat for those nightly towel giveaways, the King works out extra hard on showstoppers like "Patch It Up" and "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me." Throughout the album, Presley sounds as commanding and powerful as he ever would and gets optimal backing by well oiled, Nashville-to-L.A. session luminaries like guitarist James Burton, bassist Jerry Scheff, and drummer Ronnie Tutt (Aretha Franklin's '60s backup singers, the Sweet Inspirations, deserve special mention as well). Also available as a deluxe three-disc set (including expanded concert highlights and rehearsal takes), That's the Way It Is is essential listening for Elvis fans, both die-hard and casual. [A Deluxe CD/DVD Edition was released in 2014.]
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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.
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.

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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/5/2014
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • UPC: 888430517622
  • Catalog Number: 305176
  • Sales rank: 13,088

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Just Can't Help Believin' (4:39)
  2. 2 Twenty Days and Twenty Nights (3:17)
  3. 3 How the Web Was Woven (3:25)
  4. 4 Patch It Up (4:00)
  5. 5 Mary in the Morning (4:10)
  6. 6 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:31)
  7. 7 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (4:24)
  8. 8 I've Lost You (3:40)
  9. 9 Just Pretend (4:05)
  10. 10 Stranger in the Crowd (3:47)
  11. 11 The Next Step is Love (3:33)
  12. 12 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:38)
  13. 13 I've Lost You (3:35)
  14. 14 The Next Step is Love (3:33)
  15. 15 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:32)
  16. 16 Patch It Up (3:12)
  17. 17 How the Web Was Woven (4:26)
  18. 18 I've Lost You (4:33)
  19. 19 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:54)
  20. 20 Patch It Up (2:43)
  21. 21 Bridge Over Troubled Water (5:30)
Disc 2
  1. 1 That's All Right (2:24)
  2. 2 Mystery Train/Tiger Man (3:55)
  3. 3 I Can't Stop Loving You (2:23)
  4. 4 Love Me Tender (2:35)
  5. 5 The Next Step is Love (3:28)
  6. 6 Words (3:27)
  7. 7 I Just Can't Help Believin' (5:44)
  8. 8 Something (3:32)
  9. 9 Sweet Caroline (2:45)
  10. 10 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (4:17)
  11. 11 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:52)
  12. 12 Polk Salad Annie (4:25)
  13. 13 Introductions (2:56)
  14. 14 I've Lost You (4:33)
  15. 15 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:25)
  16. 16 Patch It Up (3:46)
  17. 17 Can't Help Falling in Love (1:58)
Disc 3
  1. 1 That's All Right (2:39)
  2. 2 I Got a Woman (2:40)
  3. 3 Hound Dog (5:06)
  4. 4 Heartbreak Hotel (3:14)
  5. 5 Love Me Tender (2:51)
  6. 6 I've Lost You (5:14)
  7. 7 I Just Can't Help Believin' (5:58)
  8. 8 Something (3:38)
  9. 9 I Can't Stop Loving You (2:57)
  10. 10 Sweet Caroline (3:16)
  11. 11 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (4:50)
  12. 12 Polk Salad Annie (6:49)
  13. 13 Introductions (4:48)
  14. 14 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:12)
  15. 15 Suspicious Minds (6:06)
  16. 16 Can't Help Falling in Love (1:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 That's All Right (2:49)
  2. 2 I Got a Woman (2:23)
  3. 3 Hound Dog (4:01)
  4. 4 Love Me Tender (4:13)
  5. 5 There Goes My Everything (3:01)
  6. 6 Just Pretend (4:19)
  7. 7 I Just Can't Help Believin' (4:52)
  8. 8 Something (3:46)
  9. 9 Men with Broken Hearts (0:31)
  10. 10 Walk a Mile in My Shoes (2:12)
  11. 11 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (4:24)
  12. 12 Polk Salad Annie (5:46)
  13. 13 One Night (2:01)
  14. 14 Don't Be Cruel (1:34)
  15. 15 Love Me (1:55)
  16. 16 Instrumental Vamp (0:58)
  17. 17 Heartbreak Hotel (2:19)
  18. 18 Introductions (2:22)
  19. 19 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:15)
  20. 20 Suspicious Minds (6:01)
  21. 21 Can't Help Falling in Love (2:00)
Disc 5
  1. 1 That's All Right (3:51)
  2. 2 I Got a Woman (2:47)
  3. 3 Hound Dog (5:00)
  4. 4 Heartbreak Hotel (2:18)
  5. 5 Love Me Tender (4:04)
  6. 6 I've Lost You (4:11)
  7. 7 I Just Can't Help Believin' (4:00)
  8. 8 Patch It Up (5:43)
  9. 9 Twenty Days and Twenty Nights (4:36)
  10. 10 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (4:03)
  11. 11 Polk Salad Annie (6:54)
  12. 12 Introductions (5:15)
  13. 13 Blue Suede Shoes (0:54)
  14. 14 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:17)
  15. 15 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:40)
  16. 16 Suspicious Minds (6:42)
  17. 17 Can't Help Falling in Love (2:01)
Disc 6
  1. 1 That's All Right (2:45)
  2. 2 Mystery Train/Tiger Man (3:42)
  3. 3 Hound Dog (4:19)
  4. 4 Love Me Tender (7:05)
  5. 5 Just Pretend (3:56)
  6. 6 Walk a Mile in My Shoes (2:18)
  7. 7 There Goes My Everything (3:53)
  8. 8 Words (2:35)
  9. 9 Sweet Caroline (2:55)
  10. 10 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (7:01)
  11. 11 Polk Salad Annie (5:57)
  12. 12 Introductions (2:24)
  13. 13 Heartbreak Hotel (1:56)
  14. 14 One Night (1:43)
  15. 15 Blue Suede Shoes (1:33)
  16. 16 All Shook Up (1:57)
  17. 17 Little Sister/Get Back (3:32)
  18. 18 I Was the One (1:14)
  19. 19 Love Me (1:59)
  20. 20 Are You Lonesome Tonight? (1:58)
  21. 21 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:28)
  22. 22 Suspicious Minds (6:01)
  23. 23 Can't Help Falling in Love (2:05)
Disc 7
  1. 1 That's All Right (2:56)
  2. 2 I Got a Woman (3:14)
  3. 3 Hound Dog (2:33)
  4. 4 Love Me Tender (4:32)
  5. 5 Don't Cry Daddy (2:31)
  6. 6 In the Ghetto (2:43)
  7. 7 I Just Can't Help Believin' (3:49)
  8. 8 Stranger in the Crowd (3:59)
  9. 9 Make the World Go Away (3:21)
  10. 10 Sweet Caroline (3:21)
  11. 11 You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (4:12)
  12. 12 Polk Salad Annie (5:27)
  13. 13 Introductions (3:41)
  14. 14 The Wonder of You (2:38)
  15. 15 Heartbreak Hotel (1:41)
  16. 16 Blue Suede Shoes (1:09)
  17. 17 One Night (2:01)
  18. 18 All Shook Up (1:08)
  19. 19 Bridge Over Troubled Water (4:21)
  20. 20 Suspicious Minds (6:05)
  21. 21 Can't Help Falling in Love (2:06)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Alla en el Rancho Grande (2:03)
  2. 2 Ghost Riders In the Sky (2:38)
  3. 3 Cotton Fields (1:23)
  4. 4 Froggy Went A-Courtin' (2:38)
  5. 5 Baby Let's Play House (1:10)
  6. 6 I Was the One (1:02)
  7. 7 Money Honey (1:24)
  8. 8 Don't (1:54)
  9. 9 (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I (2:46)
  10. 10 Such a Night (1:38)
  11. 11 It's Now or Never (2:18)
  12. 12 What'd I Say (4:47)
  13. 13 Yesterday (2:51)
  14. 14 Little Sister/Get Back (5:49)
  15. 15 Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home (0:16)
  16. 16 I Washed My Hands in Muddy Water (4:18)
  17. 17 Stranger in My Own Home Town (4:39)
  18. 18 Farther Along (1:22)
  19. 19 Santa Claus is Back In Town (2:03)
  20. 20 Oh Happy Day (1:50)
Disc 9
  1. 1 Elvis: That's the Way It Is [2001 Special Edition
  2. 2 Patch It Up: The Restoration of "That's The Way It Is" [DV
  3. 3 Career Highlights
  4. 4 Director/Restorer Filmographies
  5. 5 Theatrical Trailer
Disc 10
  1. 1 Elvis: That's the Way It Is [Original 1970 Theatr
  2. 2 Outtakes
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elvis Presley Primary Artist
The Imperials Vocals
James Burton Guitar
The 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
Al 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
Vic Anesini Mastering
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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