That's The Way It Is (Legacy Edition/2-CD)

That's The Way It Is (Legacy Edition/2-CD)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: August 5, 2014
  • Originally Released: 2014
  • Label: Sony Legacy

Entertainment Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 6/26/03, p.83
4 stars out of 5 - "...This was the blueprint for an Elvis we could have grown old with..."
Rolling Stone - 6/26/03, p.83
4 stars out of 5 - "...This was the blueprint for an Elvis we could have grown old with..."
Entertainment Weekly - 7/28/00, p.183
"...It's Elvis in full effect: magnificent pop arais in the studio, swampy grit on stage, and covers that sound schmaltzy until the towering emotion in his voice makes you realize he means every word." - Rating: A
Q - 9/00, p.128
3 stars out of 5 - "...Fuels the legend rather than the reputation...with likeable stage banter....There are moments of glory [here]..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 9/00, p.111
"...Elvis rocks out, clearly enjoying himself, playing to the crowd at the International, including the smoochfest with the ladies during 'Love Me Tender'....[It's] Elvis poised at the top of the arc of his decline..."

Tracks on 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 Loving Feeling
  • 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 [Single Version]
  • 15.You Don't Have to Say You Love Me [Single Version]
  • 16.Patch It Up
  • 17.How the Web Was Woven [Take 1]
  • 18.I've Lost You [Take 1]
  • 19.You Don't Have to Say You Love Me [Take 2]
  • 20.Patch It Up [Take 1]
  • 21.Bridge over Troubled Water [Take 1]

Tracks on Disc 2:

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

Product Description:

Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals); James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge, Chip Young (guitar); Charlie McCoy (harmonica, organ); David Briggs (piano); Glen D. Hardin (keyboards); Jerry Scheff, Norbert Putnam (bass); Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Carrigan (drums); Millie Kirkham, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials Quartet, The Nashville Edition, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, Jeannie Green (background vocals).
Reissue producer: Chick Crumpacker.
Recorded at RCA's "Nashville Sound" Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee on June 6 & 7, 1970 and live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada through August 13 to 15, 1970.
Digitally remastered by Dick Baxter (1992, BMG Recording Studios, New York).
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals); James Burton, John Wilkinson, Charlie Hodge, Chip Young (guitar); Charlie McCoy (harmonica, organ); David Briggs (piano); Glen D. Hardin (keyboards); Jerry Scheff, Norbert Putnam (bass); Ronnie Tutt, Jerry Carrigan (drums); Millie Kirkham, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials Quartet, The Nashville Edition, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, Jeannie Greene (background vocals).
Recorded at RCA's "Nashville Sound" Studio B, Nashville, Tennessee on June 6-7, 1970 and live at the International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada on August 13-15, 1970. The new liner notes are taken from a 1980 interview with original producer Felton Jarvis.
This 3-disc set includes the original album THAT'S THE WAY IT IS and two discs of unreleased tracks.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar); James Burton, Chip Young, Eddie Hinton, John Wilkinson (guitar); Charlie McCoy (harmonica, organ); David Briggs, Glen D. Hardin (piano); Norbert Putnam, Jerry Scheff (bass); Jerry Carrigan, Ron Tutt (drums); Charlie Hodge Orchestra; The Imperials, The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, Millie Kirkham, Mary Green, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, Temple Riser, June Page, Sonja Montgomery, Dolores Edgin (background vocals).
Compilation producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon.
Principally recorded at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada on August 12, 1970.
This 3-disc set includes the original album THAT'S THE WAY IT IS and two discs of unreleased tracks.
Personnel: Elvis Presley (vocals, guitar); James Burton, Chip Young, Eddie Hinton, John Wilkinson (guitar); Charlie McCoy (harmonica, organ); David Briggs, Glen D. Hardin (piano); Norbert Putnam, Jerry Scheff (bass); Jerry Carrigan, Ron Tutt (drums); The Imperials, The Jordanaires, The Sweet Inspirations, Millie Kirkham, Mary Green, Mary Holladay, Ginger Holladay, Temple Riser, June Page, Sonja Montgomery, Dolores Edgin (background vocals); Charlie Hodge Orchestra.
Compilation producers: Ernst Mikael Jorgensen, Roger Semon.
Principally recorded at The International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada on August 12, 1970.
Personnel: Charlie Hodge (vocals, guitar); John Wilkinson, James Burton (guitar); Glen D. Hardin (piano); Ronnie Tutt (drums).
Audio Mixers: Kabir Hermon; Steve Rosenthal.
Liner Note Author: Warren Zanes.
Recording information: RCA's Studio "B," Nashville, TN (06/04/1970-06/09/1970); RCA's Studio "B," Nashville, TN (08/12/1970).
Unknown Performer Role: Joe Guercio and His Orchestra.
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 clich‚s -- 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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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