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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Dynamite!
This absolutely splendid box set, features the music from Elvis' "That's The Way It Is."
TTWII, is a cracking film, featuring Elvis third season in Vegas (Aug 1970) plus rehearsals and behind the scenes footage.
The music is staggeringly good, especially the live parts where Elvis really is spot-on; perhaps at his best ever!
This 3CD box is really...
Published on 25 May 2002

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1 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars If you're into that kind of thing......
Reading some of the other reviews here it's obvious this period of Elvis has something for them. Not for me though. Elvis was at his peak 1956 to 1960. In the late 60's and early 70's he became almost a caracture of himself, white jumpsuits and all. He became a cabaret act...an after-dinner treat in Vegas, while the Beatles and the Stones held sway with the world's youth...
Published on 14 Mar 2001 by rube_emma@compuserve.com


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5.0 out of 5 stars Mr Dynamite!, 25 May 2002
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This review is from: That's the Way It Is (Audio CD)
This absolutely splendid box set, features the music from Elvis' "That's The Way It Is."
TTWII, is a cracking film, featuring Elvis third season in Vegas (Aug 1970) plus rehearsals and behind the scenes footage.
The music is staggeringly good, especially the live parts where Elvis really is spot-on; perhaps at his best ever!
This 3CD box is really excellent; with a full live concert, rehearsals plus the original TTWII album and bonus tracks.
CD1 is the original album, plus bonus tracks...and starting with the legendary version of "I Just Can't Help Beleivin'"; this favourite is still an amazing masterpiece, extraordinarilly sung and very sadly omitted from the DVD.
"How the Web Was Woven" is another beautifuls song; I really love this gentle piece of music. After this Elvis growls, "hut, two, three four" and lets rip with "Patch it Up", really rockin' on this one, with superb drumming from Ronnie Tutt.
The very famous "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" and "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" and "Bridege Over Troubled Water" are given the Elvis treatment on CD 1, and damn, these are good!
CD2 is a full concert, this is tremendous; really one of the very best concerts he ever gave. Opening with the one, two punch of "That's Alright" and "Mystery Train/Tiger Man", the King is sheer dynamite and in unstoppable form.
The big hits are here too; "Hound Dog", "Blue Suede..." plus a really bluesy "Heartbreak Hotel" and "One Night."
"Polk Salad Annie" is here also; this stunning funk is always amazing as is the recent live, hit version of "Suspicious Minds"; this is just thrilling.
CD3 has 8 or 9 live tracks from other concerts, whilst the rest is the rehearsals; and this is fascinating; listening to the man at work; goofing off, messing up and delivering big time as he is really just having a great time getting down with the band.
Elvis is on electric guitar on much of this; the fantastic "Little Sister/Get Back" especially with Elvis on rythmn guitar and really cutting loose on this gem.
"Johnny Be Goode" is cracking; plus "That's Alright" and a very rocking "I Can't Stop Loving You" really are gripping....whilst a slightly poorer sounding; but absolutely mesmorising version of "Oh Happy Day" might just be the best track on the box.
TTWII is amazing music; as a live performer Elvis may never have been better, and that's including the 68 special. The diversity and range here are amazing.....buy this and the DVD to get the full experience of the King at his best.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Elvis live is the King at his best!, 9 Aug 2000
This review is from: That's the Way It Is (Audio CD)
This 3 disk set captures Elvis, vocally and physically at his peak. 1969 to 1970 he was at the orbit of an incredible comeback, and the tremendous exitement of those live engagements are evident on the live cuts, which are the real gems, particulary on the concert disk two which is my favourite of the set. The sound quality is excellent, and we hear Elvis and the group giving full throttle to Polk Salad Annie, Lovin' Feeling (which includes a soulful encore, which must be the envy of any Motown artist) and Suspicious Minds. Elvis chats with the audience between songs, and is good spirit. His voice deep and powerful, he pours his heart and soul into every tune with perfect phrasing. Disk one is mainly studio cuts, which have been issued before, and these showcase the different musical directions he was taking at that time.
Disk 3 is the rehearal has more good live outtakes, so they are not rehearsal at all. Elvis and his rythm band hash around with some oldies in preparation for the concerts. The rehearsals sound quality varies from poor to average, and are more of historical interest. Listen to "Oh Happy Day", and hear, the full grasp that Elvis had on Spiritual and Gopsel music. With this unreleased material which continues to surface, one wonders what else lies in the vaults of RCA and MGM - perhaps the concert at Phoenix which was filmed in September 1970? Or the live sets from Vegas in August 1969? Only time will tell!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the way it is, the best there is!, 14 Nov 2003
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A. Rood (Uithoorn, Netherlands) - See all my reviews
This is a probably one of Elvis's best works. Especially the second cd, the live recordings. You get to hear Elvis at his top, his voice is great and most importantly he is having fun, and when he is, you are too. The way he does "Polk Salad Annie", "You've lost that loving feeling", "Heartbreak Hotel" etc. etc. Is just simply genius. The third cd is a jewel for the real fan, the rehearsuls. It's great to hear the man creating. The first cd is the same as the standard cd That's the way it is, but it includes extra songs:Love letters, When I'm over you, Something, I'll never know, Sylvia and Rags to Riches. Oke to sum it up, if you don't have this cd your collection is not complete, and if this is your firts Elvis cd, go for it!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars TTWII - Elvis at the top of his 'live' game, 4 Dec 2006
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Nicholas Blackman (Norfolk-England) - See all my reviews
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This release see's RCA/BMG continue with their fine work of very carefully looking at the original album, and in this case not just tweaking it a little, but completely revamping it! It now includes stunning songs which were recorded at these sessions, but for some reason were held back; only being released in a very fragmented way over some rather patchy quality 70's albums. It is truly superb to hear them brought together on this fantastic set of 3 CD's. The first CD comprises of studio material, which now includes amoung others, the classic "Sylvia", a song that I suspect even real die-hard fans may not own until now (on CD anyway!). The second CD is a breathtaking complete concert with some great dialogue between some of the songs! Disc three is entitled "The Rehearsal" but in fact includes nine "live" recordings, again with some nice chat in between. The last two tracks appear to be Elvis singing to some sort of backing track, which are unfortunately of fairly bad quality, but they are certainly worthy of inclusion, especially "Happy Day", what a shame he didn't record it properly in a studio! The one thing that strikes you when listening to this set is just how good Elvis' voice really was. When he recorded these tracks, (between June and September 1970) his vocal range, strength, and ability to convey real emotion were all awesome. A little more mellow than the fantastic 1969 Memphis sessions, at that moment in time, he could sing anything - I urge you to buy it without delay!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The King at his very best, 7 Nov 2001
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This review is from: That's the Way It Is (Audio CD)
'Thats the Way it is' is for Elvis fans. Ignore those who say the King peaked in the late 50s and never recovered anything worthy, in 1970 Elvis was never fitter, musically mature and arguably happier. This amazing collection of studio and concert recordings represents the peak of Elvis' career. The next seven years would take their toll but this pivotal box set stands as a fitting tribute to Elvis' body of work. 'Patch It Up' and a stunning rendition of 'Suspicious Minds' which could go on for ever and ever and ever and retain its magic. After getting the CD check out the video/DVD if you haven't already, I guarantee you'll see why Elvis remains embedded in music culture to this day.........enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for the serious Elvis fan, 30 Jan 2003
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Neal C. Reynolds (Indianapolis, Indiana) - See all my reviews
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The side of Elvis as revealed in his Las Vegas concerts is an important one. In these shows, he proved himself to be the supreme perfectionist, that is the perfectionist who presents himself as casual and off-the-cuff. He has to be one of the very best performers in relating to his audience, and this set shows this.
There are three CDs here: The original "That's The Way It Is" with additional tracks, a complete concert, and the 3rd containing 9 live performances and a number of rehearsals.
Of course, many of Elvis' major hits are performed here, but there are many rarer songs too as well as unique renditions of contemporary songs made famous by others, such as George Harrison's "Something", B. J. Thomas' "I Just Can't Help Believin'", Simon & Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water", and the Righteous Brothers' "You've Lost That Loving Feeling". And these weren't hap-hazard selections. These were the show-stopping type numbers that Elvis realized intuitively would go over with the Las Vegas crowds. And in each of these above selections, he puts in his own personal interpretation so that whether or not you prefer the original, you appreciate his spin on the number. For me, this is especially true with his thoughtful rendition of "Bridge Over Troubled Water".
Sound quality is poor on portions especially of the 3rd CD, but this is a price that must be paid if one is to have access to these rare recordings. Only a rank cynic can say that this release is merely a marketing ploy. These recordings are released because the producers felt there were those who would want them, even with the sound quality.
This is one magnificent set to have in your collection, if you in any way appreciate Elvis.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great collection., 11 May 2001
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This review is from: That's the Way It Is (Audio CD)
This 3-cd collection is an extended version of an critically claimed Presley-album originally released in 1970. To many Elvis-fans today this is one of the most popular periods of this legendary artist. However, if you're into 50's rock'n roll this is not a collection for you. By 1970 Presley had musically matured so much that he couldn't really care for any of his early recordings. Instead he performed more contemporay country and pop songs. This collection included some of his finest recordings from this period. The first cd has whole original 1970 album plus few bonuses. The second cd has a previously unreleased complete show from August 1970 in Las Vegas. The third cd has a few more live performances and rehearsal recordings. The sound quality is outstanding. There are so many great performances that it is hard to name the highlights but here are few: "I Just Can't Help Believing", "You've Lost That Loving Feeling", "Mary In The Morning", "Words", "Suspicious Minds". If you like the 70's Elvis this is a must for you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IF YOU LOVED THE 68" SPECIAL, YOULL ADORE T.T.W.I.I., 26 Jan 2001
THIS HAS TO BE ELVIS AT HIS ULTIMATE BEST, FROM THE ROCKIN "PATCH IT UP" TO THE BEAUTIFUL BALLAD "I JUST CANT HELP BELIEVIN" THROUGH TO THE WORTHY SINGLE RELEASE "JUST PRETEND" OR A VALENTINE RELEASE "THE NEXT STEP IS LOVE". BY FAR A RELEASE TO GET ELVIS BACK INTO THE CHARTS
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unsurpassed, 15 Aug 2000
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Elvis in the Studio......Elvis on Stage...... Elvis Rehearsing. And all done when He was at his glorious peak. There'll never be another, nor any better. This box set is great value for the collector and the casual buyer alike. Buy it......you won't be dissappointed!
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5.0 out of 5 stars This really is superb!, 10 Mar 2001
This review is from: That's the Way It Is (Audio CD)
Ive just read other peoples reviews and have to agree wholeheartedly.
I have also just been to ELVIS - THE CONCERT (11,000 were there).
I can only add that the presentation of this 3 CD set is of the highest quality as are the notes and photos. Elvis almost appears trendy in the wake of the 70's revival. Its a great set and would grace and compliment ANY CD collection.
"ELVIS WAS A GIANT" Isaac Hayes
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