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That's The Way It Is Box set, Deluxe Edition


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  • Audio CD (4 Aug 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 10
  • Format: Box set, Deluxe Edition
  • Label: Sony Music Cmg
  • ASIN: B00KGMTJFE
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,587 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Elvis fans were thrilled by a full length concert and album titled “That’s The Way It Is” in 1970, but could never before own both these amazing complimentary pieces together until now. This stunning box compiles the album, theatrical and home video versions of the film, six full length concerts which feature previously unreleased performances, rehearsal highlights and rare recordings all in one place. Additional highlights are a new 80 page book detailing the entire event including songwriter and musician interviews and photos. With 8 CDs and 2 DVDs plus the 80 page booklet, this package boasts a whole host of new highlights for Elvis fans, all in one place.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Dave on 17 Aug 2014
Format: Audio CD
What on earth has Sony Music done to That’s The Way It Is?

I don’t own a CD player so any CD’s I play on my Blu-ray player and have the sound going through my Bose Solo.

The sound quality is absolutely fantastic, stunning in fact. I was able to hear things on this release which I never heard on the 3 CD set of the same name which was released some years ago.

As for the picture quality of the DVD’s, again this is fantastic. You would never think this was recorded 44 years ago.

Initially when the press release came out for this set along with the price, a lot of fans complained about the cost as it were out of reach for a lot. Due to the hard work involved in putting this set together I personally can see how the cost is justified. It is certainly a must have for any collection.

It is by far one of the best releases to date. Keep up the good work.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. Shardlow on 12 Sep 2014
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If you like Elvis' Vegas years, as I do, then this box set is for you! A quick breakdown of the 8 CD/2 DVD set:

CD 1 - The original album and some singles/outtakes
CD 2 - Show from 10/08/70
CD 3 - Dinner show from 11/08/70
CD 4 - Midnight show from 11/08/70
CD 5 - Dinner show from 12/08/70
CD 6 - Midnight show from 12/08/70
CD 7 - Dinner show from 13/08/70
CD 8 - Various rehersals
DVD 1 - Elvis: That's The Way It Is (Special Edition 2001 film)
DVD 2 - Elvis: That's The Way It Is (Original 1970 film)

This box set provides a very specialised look near the beginning of Elvis' residences in Las Vegas performing at the International Hotel in 1970 (though he had played there a year earlier in 1969 as potential dry run). As you can see by the film it captures Elvis at arguably his best (in physical and vocal form) after the '68 Comeback Special and before the slow decent into ill-health from around 1973/4 to his untimely death in 1977.

Whilst there are quite a few tracks that are marked unreleased, many others have already shown up on the Live In Las Vegas or Walk A Mile In My Shoes box sets.
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I do partly agree with the last reviewer however to say Elvis was bored at this point in his career is simply not true that did not come until 1973 when Elvis was sick of performing in Vegas, remember that Elvis performed two shows a day so of course some of the repertoire and banter will be similar but his performances was faultless okay some of his 50s numbers was rushed or was he really trying to be more contemporary and keep the show flowing who knows but to hear him sing songs like Bridge over troubled water,Just Pretend,Ive lost you,Wonder of you and the rip roaring Polk salad Annie is pure magic the set also includes rarely performed songs such as Twenty days and twenty nights,Stranger in the Crowd,Make the world go away.There goes my everything and Walk a mile in my shoes.I know most of the content as been released many times over but not in this quality you also get two unreleased shows and the packaging and the book that comes with it is first class, i actually sold all my previous outings to buy this set and i am glad that i did.My only criticism is the DVDs that come with it are not the new Bluray discs that is why i gave it four stars and not five however do not be put off by that this set is a winner and should belong in every fans collection but if you are just a casual Elvis listener opt for TTWII legacy 2 disc version that can be bought for less than a tenner.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By T. C. Casagranda on 7 Aug 2014
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This is a great set, which I am compelled to write about in glowing terms.

The reasons being that, in the time frame of 1968-1970, rock and pop was reborn. You had some amazing albums coming out at this time, i.e. The Rolling Stones' Beggars Banquet, Let It Bleed: The Beatles' White Album, Abbey Road, and Let It Be. Elvis' immediate contemporaries were also in the ascendancy, as Jerry Lee Lewis was making a country comeback, Johnny Cash had come out of an amphetamine abyss with the Folsom and San Quentin prison concerts, and was bridging the gap between country and rock by recording with Bob Dylan. Carl Perkins was even returning to the country charts with Daddy Sang Bass, as a writer, and Restless as a performer.

However, at the time that Elvis was making his comeback, revisiting his oldies with passion on the 68 TV Special, producing soulful contemporary material in Memphis in 1969, recordings from the South were in vogue. There was Bobbie Gentry recording and hitting the charts, Tony Joe White also obtaining critical acclaim, Stax in the ascendant, and even jazz artists like Herbie Mann recording in Memphis. These years also saw the rise of southern rock in the form of the first two Allman Brothers albums, and songwriters like Eddie Hinton and Dan Penn having their tunes recorded by Dusty Springfield, Aretha Franklin, Clarence Carter, Wilson Pickett etc.

So coming to Elvis; the hybrid studio-live That's The Way It Is, initially released in November 1970, was mostly recorded in June 1970, with, unlike the Memphis Sessions from 1969, some of the Muscle Shoals swampers, and James Burton. Also, unlike the Memphis Sessions, the soulful touches were put on the backburner mostly, and replaced with an almost adult contemporary sound.
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