156 Songs, 8 Hours 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 2014 deluxe edition of That’s the Way It Is presents 156 tracks; the original album had just 12. This edition includes the recently expanded legacy edition and much more. Where the legacy edition includes just the complete Aug. 12, 1970, dinner show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, this deluxe edition features six full sets recorded during the filming of Denis Sanders’ 1970 documentary of the same name—and an entire set of rehearsals with songs that didn’t make it into the final live set. Casual fans may find this overwhelming, but for anyone seduced by Elvis Presley’s obvious and overwhelming charisma, this is quite the treat. The arrangements slide into the showbiz mode of the final phase of his career, with enough backup singers to overtake a lesser singer. But Presley is so relaxed and jovial throughout that his punch lines are plentiful and in perfect relief to the magnitude of the event. His versions of The Beatles’ “Something,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” are as endearing as the songs from his early career.

EDITORS’ NOTES

This 2014 deluxe edition of That’s the Way It Is presents 156 tracks; the original album had just 12. This edition includes the recently expanded legacy edition and much more. Where the legacy edition includes just the complete Aug. 12, 1970, dinner show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas, this deluxe edition features six full sets recorded during the filming of Denis Sanders’ 1970 documentary of the same name—and an entire set of rehearsals with songs that didn’t make it into the final live set. Casual fans may find this overwhelming, but for anyone seduced by Elvis Presley’s obvious and overwhelming charisma, this is quite the treat. The arrangements slide into the showbiz mode of the final phase of his career, with enough backup singers to overtake a lesser singer. But Presley is so relaxed and jovial throughout that his punch lines are plentiful and in perfect relief to the magnitude of the event. His versions of The Beatles’ “Something,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” and Simon & Garfunkel’s “Bridge Over Troubled Water” are as endearing as the songs from his early career.

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Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
17 Ratings

17 Ratings

Joe Kro ,

Elvis' last great engagement

TTWII is significant for so many reasons. It was recorded at a time when Elvis was still full of energy and the live show was still a nerve wracking experience for him. He has just released a previous live album that had done very well in 1969, and felt pressure to top his performance. He was doubly under pressure to deliver for the film of this engagement. On top of all this there were more new songs in the live act that had ever been attempted. Elvis rose to the occasion and delivered a steller performance. TTWII will stand the test of time as his last truely great engagement. His voice is magnificent, and the band is incredibly tight. Sit back and be raptured by performances of "In The Ghetto", "Twenty Days and Twenty Nights", and "Suspicious Minds." If you've never purchased an Elvis live album this is a good place to start.

Coaches eyes ,

cannot wait!

Best music ever!

Elvis Presley #1 ,

Elvis Presley = Greatest Ever!!!

Need I say more?!

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