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on 25 May 2002
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.