Elvis That's The Way It Is : The Complete Works 6 CD + 3 DVD Set

By: Elvis Australia
Source: www.elvis.com.au
December 12, 2008 - 5:30:15 PM
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'Elvis That's The Way It Is - The Complete Works' is a mammoth project 38 years overdue. It's a chronicle through audio, video and still photography of a special era in the life of the King of Rock and Roll.

Details of the Video Footage: From someone who has viewed the DVDs.

I've just had the opportunity to watch the 9+ hours of video (exhausting but intriguing as well) and think I can provide some accurate details to the questions being asked:

- The focus of the video is Elvis. If a camera angle with Elvis in it exists, then that is what is seen on the screen.

The picture quality is the best you will ever have seen of these outtakes (and I've purchased over 50 discs of this material over the last few years spending over $1,500). The footage has either come from an earlier generation copy or has been extensively remastered to improve sharpness/colour/reduce graininess, etc (or both). It is not as good as SE of course (except for the portions in the edits borrowed from the original discs) but significantly better than what we have had before.

The edits are all created 'new' from scratch. Nothing has been taken from previous (Crap) Star or other releases. There is at least 3 hours of new footage without 'Property of Turner...' and perhaps about 30 minutes of footage never before seen. Some of the completely 'new' footage that I can remember includes: 'Something' from Aug 10; 'some extra telegram' reading;

'Love Me Tender' complete from Aug 12ds without 'Property of Turner...'
'You've Lost That Lovin' Feeling' complete from Aug 12ds (TTWII SE was a splice of Aug 12ds and Aug 11ds);
'new extra dialogue' before 'Twenty Days And Twenty Nights' on Aug 12ds;
'extra dialogue' before 'Heartbreak Hotel' on Aug 12ds;
'Hound Dog' from Aug 12 ms but mainly the band;
'dialogue and complete instrumental' before and after 'Polk Salad Annie' Aug 12ms
'Heartbreak Hotel' Aug 12ms (to this date I've never seen the first bar of the song with Elvis in the picture, always the audience
'Love Me' / 'Words' / 'Are You Lonesome Tonight' Aug 12ms without 'Property of Turner...'
'Lot of New dialogue before 'The Wonder of You' Aug 13ds
'Can't Help Falling In Love' more complete Aug 11ds
'Love Me Tender' Aug 11ms
'I Just Can't help Believin' Aug 11ms
'I'll Take you Home Kathleen' - a few lines Aug 7 rehearsal
'Lot of clips' with original sound from Aug 14MS that were new to me.

Probably a lot more but these clips stood out in my mind.

There is no cropping of any pictures. In the 3 angle sequences, the main angle is raised to the top where the widescreen black bars would normally be seen. The 2 additional angles are at 50% size and below the main normal sized angle. Talking about angles, there are lots of new angles throughout that I had not seen before.

Sound throughout is excellent to my ears except with Aug 14MS which is 'camera' sound. The rest has to be from BMG source but the mix is different. Live material played surround on a Dolby digital 2x receiver.

- 3 angle screens seem to be in perfect synch
- picture looked very good on a 65 inch screen and better than what I've seen before
- some of the songs (perhaps 5-6) do not have original Elvis footage but rather nicely created videos from candid/band/audience/Vegas clips to create more complete shows for Aug 11 and 12.

All the rest are complete Elvis songs presented in multi angle and single angle depending on what was available.

Don't expect Turner quality throughout
Expect better quality than you've ever seen before
Expect excellent sound in stereo (except for rehearsals which are a combination.)
Expect perfect synchs
Expect complete songs in order
Expect lots of new footage without 'Property of Turner...'
Expect seamless transitions from multi angle to single angle
Expect a box set that you will value for many years to come
Expect to be able to see where Turner/MGM did their splices and the proper order here.

Elvis That's The Way It Is - The Complete Works
Elvis That's The Way It Is - The Complete Works

For the first time, fans now have a documented project on one of Elvis’ most popular movies. The new 'International' label will release the spectacular 9 Disc/Book LIMITED EDITION box set imminently, with a run of only 999 copies being made available. No more will be produced.

Fans will have all complete six shows, recorded for the 1970 movie 'That's The Way It Is' on 6 CD's and 3 dual layer DVD's filled with over 9 hours of complete shows with excellent edits, amazing multi angle sequences and much more. In addition to this, a 125 page hardback book with lots of interesting facts and photographs accompanies the box set.

The 6 CD's are complete from beginning to end and contains many unreleased live recordings and monologues (also some that were left out of previously released shows) that only the privileged few have heard before. Collectors will notice the different mixes even in previously released audio.

The 3 Dual Layer DVD’s video footage has been culled from over 50 different discs to find the best quality with thousands of hours put in to make the 9 hours of concert and rehearsal video contained in the DVD's. Collectors will note verses and sections cut out of songs in the original MGM edits now present in their entirety and in the proper sequence. The added multi angle sequences throughout the DVD’s makes it a pleasure to finally watch in one go. Great care has been taken to give the fans a limited edition package that will provide hours of pleasure for many years to come.

CD & DVD Tracklisting

CD 1

Show 1 : August 10 1970 Dinner Show Opening: 62.21

1. Opening Theme
2. That's All Right
3. Mystery Train/Tiger Man
4. Monologue 1
5. I Can't Stop Loving You
6. Love Me Tender
7. The Next Step Is Love
8. Words
9. I Just Can't Help Believin'
10. Something
11. Sweet Caroline
12. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
13. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
14. Polk Salad Annie
15. Introductions
16. I've Lost You
17. Monologue 2
18. Bridge Over Troubled Water
19. Patch It Up
20. Can't Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp

CD 2

Show 2 : August 11 1970 Dinner Show: 68.27

1. Opening Theme
2. That’s All Right
3. I Got A Woman
4. Hound Dog
5. Monologue I (Technical Problem)
6. Heartbreak Hotel
7. Monologue 1 (Toreador Joke)
8. Love Me Tender
9. I've Lost You
10. Monologue 2
11. I Just Can't Help Believin'
12. Something
13. I Can't Stop Loving You
14. Sweet Caroline
15. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
16. Polk Salad Annie
17. Introductions (Introducing Sonny King)
18. Bridge Over Troubled Water
19. Suspicious Minds
20. Can't Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp

CD 3

Show 3 : August 11 1970 Midnite Show: 78.34

Opening Act:

1. A Thing Called Love Performed By 'The Imperials'
2. On The Other Side Performed By 'The Imperials'
3. Opening Theme
4. That’s All Right
5. I Got A Woman
6. Hound Dog
7. Love Me Tender
8. There Goes My Everything
9. Just Pretend
10. I Just Can't Help Believin'
11. Something
12. Men With Broken Hearts – Short Poem
13. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
14. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
15. Polk Salad Annie
16. One Night
17. Don't Be Cruel
18. Love Me
19. Instrumental Break (Elvis Walks Through The Audience)
20. Heartbreak Hotel
21. Introductions
22. Bridge Over Troubled Water
23. Suspicious Minds
24. Can't Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp

CD 4

Show 4 : August 12 1970 Dinner Show: 71.54

1. Opening Theme (with False Start)
2. That's All Right
3. I Got A Woman
4. Hound Dog
5. Heartbreak Hotel
6. Monologue (Microphone Problems)
7. Love Me Tender
8. I've Lost You
9. I Just Can't Help Believin'
10. Patch It Up
11. Monologue
12. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
13. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
14. Polk Salad Annie
15. Introductions
16. Blue Suede Shoes
17. You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
18. Bridge Over Troubled Water
19. Suspicious Minds
20. Can't Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp

CD 5

Show 5 : August 12 1970 Midnite Show: 77.23

1. Opening Theme
2. That’s All Right
3. Mystery Train/Tiger Man
4. Monologue
5. Hound Dog
6. Monologue
7. Love Me Tender
8. Just Pretend
9. Walk A Mile In My Shoes
10. There Goes My Everything
11. Words
12. Sweet Caroline
13. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
14. Polk Salad Annie
15. Introductions
16. Heartbreak Hotel
17. One Night
18. Blue Suede Shoes
19. All Shook Up
20. Little Sister /Get Back
21. I Was The One
22. Love Me
23. Are You Lonesome Tonight ?
24. Bridge Over Troubled Water
25. Suspicious Minds
26. Can't Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp

CD 6

Show 6 : August 13 1970 Dinner Show: 73.32

1. Opening Theme
2. That's All Right
3. I Got A Woman
4. Hound Dog
5. Monologue 1
6. Love Me Tender
7. Don't Cry Daddy
8. In The Ghetto
9. I Just Can't Help Believin'
10. Stranger In The Crowd
11. Make The World Go Away
12. Sweet Caroline (with False Start)
13. You've Lost That Lovin Feelin'
14. Polk Salad Annie
15. Introductions I/Instrumental Break (Elvis Walks Through The Audience)
16. Introductions 2 (Introducing Art Carney)
17. The Wonder Of You
18. Heartbreak Hotel
19. Blue Suede Shoes
20. One Night
21. All Shook Up
22. Bridge Over Troubled Water
23. Suspicious Minds
24. Can't Help Falling In Love/Closing Vamp

The DVDs

DVD 1:

August 10th Opening

Elvis In Blue Suit
Reading Telegrams
Backstage
That's All Right
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
I Can't Stop Loving You
Love Me Tender
The Next Step Is Love
Words
Something
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Polk Salad Annie
Patch It Up
Can't Help Falling In Love
After Show Party

August 11th D/S

That's All Right
I Got A Woman
Hound Dog
Heartbreak Hotel
Elvis Talks
Love Me Tender
I've Lost You
I Just Can't Help Believin'
Something
I Can't Stop Loving You
Sweet Caroline
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Polk Salad Annie
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love

August 11th M/S

Backstage
That's All Right
I Got A Woman
Elvis Talks
Hound Dog
Elvis Talks
Love Me Tender
Elvis and Fan
There Goes My Everything
Just Pretend
I Just Can't Help Believin'
Men With Broken Hearts
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Polk Salad Annie
One Night
Don't Be Cruel
Love Me
Looks Like I Started Something
Heartbreak Hotel
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love
Leaving Stage

Bonus Footage:

August 14th M/S

That's All Right
Love Me Tender
Polk Salad Annie
All Shook Up
Blue Suede Shoes
One Night
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love

August 15th M/S

That’s Alright
I Got A Woman

DVD 2:

August 12th D/S

Backstage
Hound Dog
Heartbreak Hotel
Love Me Tender/Instrumental
I've Lost You
I Just Can’t Help Believing
Patch It Up
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
Polk Salad Annie
Band Introductions
Blue Suede Shoes
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love

August 12th M/S

Backstage
That's All Right
Mystery Train/Tiger Man
Hound Dog
Love Me Tender
Just Pretend
Walk A Mile In My Shoes
There Goes My Everything
Words
Sweet Caroline
You've Lost That Loving Feeling
You've Lost That’s Loving Feeling (reprise)
Polk Salad Annie
Heart Break Hotel
One Night
Blue Suede Shoes
All Shook Up
Little Sister/Get Back
I Was The One
Love Me
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Suspicious Minds
Can't Help Falling In Love.

August 13th D/S

Love Me Tender
Don't Cry Daddy/In The Ghetto
Stranger In The Crowd
Make The World Go Away
Ed Sullivan & Milton Berle Show Dialogue
The Wonder Of You
All Shook Up

DVD 3: Rehearsals

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
July 14th, 1970. M.G.M Stage 1, Culver City, California

Arriving and Greeting Crew
Baby What You Want Me To Do
The Next Step Is Love
Polk Salad Annie
Words
Words (Take 2)
Elvis Talks
Words
Bridge Over Troubled Water
I've Lost You (playback)
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Take 2)
Bridge Over Troubled Waters
Elvis and Band Talk
Elvis and crew eating lunch
Packing Up

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
July 15th, 1970. M.G.M Stage 1, Culver City, California

You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Take 2)
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (Take 3)
Sweet Caroline (ending)
Yesterday
Hey Jude
I Can't Stop Loving You
Tomorrow Never Comes
Love Me
One Night
That’s All Right
Elvis and Band Talking
Twenty Days & Twenty Nights
Crying Time
How The Web Was Woven
I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen (piano)

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
July 29th, 1970. M.G.M, Culver City, California

Don't It Make You Wanna Go Home/Something
Words
I Just Can't Help Believing
Little Sister/Get Back
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
I Was The One/Cattle Call
Baby Lets Play House
Don't
Money Honey
A Fool Such As I
Such A Night
It’s Now Or Never
What'd I Say
My Baby Left Me
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Stranger In The Crowd

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
August 4th, 1970. The International Hotel’s Convention Centre, Las Vegas, Nevada

Arriving
Talking To Sweet Inspirations
Words
Cattle Call
Yodel
Twenty Days & Twenty Nights
Something
Father Along
Something/Mother In-Law (one line)
Santa Claus Is Back In Town
Don't Cry Daddy
In The Ghetto
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
Bridge Over Troubled Water
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 2)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Take 3)

Rehearsal Recording For M.G.M: That’s The Way It Is
August 7th, 1970. The International Hotel’s Showroom, Las Vegas, Nevada

You've Lost That Loving Feeling
You Don't Have To Say you Love Me
The Next Step Is Love
Twenty Days & Twenty Nights
Polk Salad Annie
I'll Take You Home Kathleen
Oh Happy Day
I've Lost You
Mary In The Morning
Words
Patch It Up
Goodbyes

The hardback book will differ from all previous collections in featuring all the Elvis pictures that have ever been seen with regard to TTWII, including the making of the whole project, and will include a lot of memos etc plus a lot more details than previous books. We are intentionally not using movie 'screen grabs' that people have had before, instead a quality production of the complete collection of pictures that we have uncovered.

Although the 'International' label is new to Elvis fans, this project is such a large undertaking that we are an International group who have come together to create a package that only a core-team could design and produce. Unlike a lot of sub-standard fly-by-night home-produced Elvis releases, this is as high-quality as can be produced. We can assure the fans that previous individual releases from producers within International have always received nothing but rave reviews in the past. The set contains proper genuine CDs and DVDs.

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