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Elvis' 1970 Album & Concert Documentary "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" Deluxe Box Set Now Available

In 1970, Elvis Presley fans were thrilled by the arrival of two cultural milestones: one an album, the other a full-length concert/documentary and each of them called "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is." Since then, aficionados of Elvis have been clamoring for a package that included both the album and the film. The new deluxe edition combination set is now available on Shop.Graceland.com.


Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has now released "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is" (Deluxe Edition), the most ambitious Elvis Presley restoration package ever created, bringing together - for the first time ever - the album, the theatrical and home video versions of the film, six full-length concerts (featuring previously unreleased performances), rehearsal highlights and other rare recordings in one astounding and essential package. The result of an historic partnership between Sony Music and Warner Brothers Home Video, the deluxe set combines the video and audio assets of "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is" with unique and previously unreleased material.


In addition, Elvis fans can see the world premiere of "Elvis: That's The Way It Is - Special Screening" on August 16 at the historic Memphis Orpheum Theatre. Fans in town for Elvis Week 2014 will be treated not only to the newly-remastered film, but also some outtakes that have never-before-been-seen on the big screen. Fans will be treated to a special performance by Elvis’ Imperials members Joe Moscheo and Terry Blackwood, along with Darrell Toney and Lynn Royce Taylor. Tickets for this event are available through Ticketmaster.com, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000, at any Ticketmaster outlet or at the Orpheum box office.


The highly-collectible 8CD/2DVD box set, "Elvis: That’s The Way It Is" (Deluxe Edition), marks the first time the 1970 documentary and album have been available in a single package, with bonuses including unreleased material, remixed and remastered audio and a new 80-page book detailing the entire event with facts, songwriter and musician interviews, and photos in a deluxe 8CD/2DVD box set. A 2-CD Legacy Edition of "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" will also be available.


Originally released on RCA Records in November 1970, "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" combined eight studio tracks, recorded in Nashville, and four live concert performances recorded in Las Vegas during Presley's 1970 "Summer Festival" season at The International Hotel in Las Vegas to create what the All Music Guide has called "…one of his best…" and "essential listening for Elvis fans, both die-hard and casual."  Though never considered a soundtrack album, Elvis: That's The Way It Is was initially released to accompany the first theatrical run of "Elvis: That's The Way It Is," a 1970 documentary feature, directed by Denis Sanders, which combined on-stage, off-stage and behind-the-scenes footage in Presley's first non-dramatic film since his 1956 Hollywood movie debut. In the documentary, Sanders captured and illuminated a pivotal moment in Elvis' transformation from teen idol to consummate showman, Memphis meets Vegas via Hollywood, the King's return to full concert performances after years of film stardom. Elvis Presley had made a dramatic comeback two years prior to these shows in a transcendent NBC-TV special, which aired in December 1968. The International Hotel, then-newly-built and the largest live venue in Las Vegas, booked Presley for an unprecedented 57 show run in July 1969, a four-week-long residency that would raise the bar and set the standard for superstar entertainment in Vegas and beyond.


"There are several unbelievable things about Elvis, but the most incredible is his staying power in a world where meteoric careers fade like shooting stars,” Newsweek wrote of his incredible new approach to live performance at the time, while Rolling Stone lauded Elvis as “supernatural--his own resurrection.”  


Early in 1970, Elvis returned to Vegas for a second engagement at the International, with RCA recording songs for the then forthcoming "On Stage, February 1970." Elvis was on a roll and making big plans - including a feature film - surrounding what would be his third Las Vegas engagement, scheduled for the summer of 1970. On June 4, 1970, Elvis arrived at RCA's Studio B in Nashville, where producer Felton Jarvis had assembled a hot new session band featuring Elvis' on-stage guitar legend James Burton. Five nights of recording generated material for no less than three future albums and four singles, including "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" and the essential "Elvis Country" album. On July 14, rehearsals for the movie and live shows commenced at the MGM lot in Culver City, California. The Hollywood cameras rolled for five different rehearsals prior to the opening night on August 10, including augmentation run-throughs with the singers and the orchestra at the hotel. Unquestionably, Elvis was keen to broaden his repertoire for the film, as more than 60 songs were attempted during the period, far more than the usual average of 20 to 25 that would normally be chosen. Over the four nights filmed by MGM, Elvis and his band worked tirelessly, trying out a broad variety of musical styles, emphasizing his desire to share the wide range of music he loved with his audience. Director Denis Sanders captured the end result magnificently, providing fans throughout the world with their first glimpse of the new contemporary Elvis performing at the peak of his vocal prowess both in rehearsal and on the stage.


"Elvis: That's The Way It Is" (Deluxe Edition) centers on the six complete shows recorded and partially filmed by MGM. Two of the shows are released for the first time in their entirety; two more have only been available through the mail-order Elvis fan-club network. The original RCA album is expanded with the four single sides from the period, and a selection of “fly-on-the-wall” 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, featuring unusual song selections showcases both the hard work and the playful atmosphere that governed Elvis’ relationship with his musicians.   


The original "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" includes fiery renditions of “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me,” previously a hit for Dusty Springfield; “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin',” made famous by The Righteous Brothers, and a show-stopping rendition of Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” The original album and singles will fill Disc One of the new edition with six CDs worth of concert performances and one of rehearsal takes from the Summer of '70 International Hotel residency. "Elvis: That's The Way It Is" (Deluxe Edition) puts the original RCA album and the 1970 MGM documentary feature together in a single package for the first time. It includes both the original theatrical DVD version (1970) and the re-edited and extended DVD version from 2000. 


CD 1


The Original Album

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


The Original Singles

13. I’ve Lost You (single version)

14. The Next Step Is Love (single version)

15. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (single version)

16. Patch It Up (single version)


The Outtakes

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)


CD 2


August 10 – Opening Night

1. That's All Right

2. Medley: 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


CD 3


August 11 – Dinner Show

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 *


CD 4


August 11 – Midnight Show

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


CD 5


August 12 – Dinner Show

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 *


CD 6


August 12 – Midnight Show

1. That's All Right

2. Medley: 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. Medley: 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


CD 7


August 13 – Dinner Show

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


CD 8


The Rehearsals

1. Alla En Al 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. Medley: 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


* Previously unreleased


DVD 1


The first disc features the following highlights:

  • 2001 Special Edition Restoration Featurette Patch It Up: The Restoration of "Elvis – That’s The Way It Is"
  • Presley Career Highlights
  • Director / Restorer Filmographies
  • Theatrical Trailer

Scene Selections

1. Mystery Train/Tiger Man

2. In The Studio

3. That’s All Right

4. Little Sister/Get Back

5. Horseplay

6. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights

7. Las Vegas

8. Cattle Call; Chime Bells

9. Words; You Can’t Say That

10. Mary In The Morning

11. Countdown To Showtime

12. That’s All Right

13. I Got A Woman

14. Hound Dog

15. Heartbreak Hotel

16. Love Me Tender

17. I Can’t Stop Loving You

18. Just Pretend

19. The Wonder Of You

20. In The Ghetto

21. Patch It Up

22. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

23. Polk Salad Annie

24. One Night

25. Don’t Be Cruel

26. Blue Suede Shoes

27. All Shook Up

28. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me

29. Suspicious Minds

30. Can’t Help Falling In Love


DVD 2


1970 Original Theatrical Version

Outtakes


Scene Selections

1. Credits

2. Good Morning, Hollywood Camera

3. Bonafide Fans Of Elvis

4. I Just Can’t Help Believin’

5. Elvis’ Summer Festival

6. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ (rehearsal)

7. A Romantic Wedding

8. Opening Night Jitters

9. That’s All Right

10. I’ve Lost You

11. Patch It Up

12. When I First Started

13. Love Me Tender

14. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’

15. Sweet Caroline

16. I Just Can’t Help Believin’

17. Presley Fans In Vegas

18. Elvis Impersonators

19. Bridge Over Troubled Water

20. Heartbreak Hotel

21. One Night

22. Blue Suede Shoes

23. All Shook Up

24. Polk Salad Annie

25. Audience Mingling

26. Suspicious Minds”

27. Can’t Help Falling In Love

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