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ROLLING STONE debuts track from upcoming ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS CD sets

10-disc ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS – DELUXE EDITION (2014)

10-disc ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS – DELUXE EDITION (2014)

Rolling Stone this week premiered a beautiful version of “I Just Can’t Help Believin'” from Elvis Presley’s August 12, 1970, Dinner Show at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. The song is among the previously unreleased tracks on the upcoming 10-disc Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Deluxe Edition and the 2-disc Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Legacy Edition. Sony is releasing both sets on August 5.

Take a listen here and enjoy. Gives me chills, I must admit – especially Elvis singing softly with the Sweet Inspirations near the end. When I think I’ve heard just about all there is to enjoy about Elvis, here comes something a little bit different.

Both sets focus on the summer of 1970. The “Deluxe Edition” contains eight CDs and two DVDs. The CDs include the original album, singles, studio outtakes, rehearsals/jams, and all six concerts recorded for MGM’s Elvis: That’s The Way It Is documentary. The DVDs feature the original 1970 theatrical version of the film and the 2001 “Special Edition.”

The “Legacy Edition” contains Disc 1 and Disc 5 from the larger set, meaning the original album, singles, studio outtakes, and the August 12 Dinner Show. Since the 2-CD set comes in at about 10% of the price of the 10-disc set, I commend Sony for making that option available for fans who are unable or unwilling to splurge on the box.

Just one week later, on August 12, Warner Brothers is releasing a newly-restored version of the documentary on Blu-ray. A limited-engagement theatrical run will follow, beginning on August 16 in Memphis and expanding to much of the US the following day. For Elvis fans, 2014 will no doubt be remembered as the year of That’s The Way It Is.

2-disc THAT'S THE WAY IT IS: LEGACY EDITION

2-disc THAT’S THE WAY IT IS: LEGACY EDITION (2014)

Tracks for Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Legacy Edition

CD One

The Original Album
01. I Just Can’t Help Believin’
02. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
03. How The Web Was Woven
04. Patch It Up
05. Mary In The Morning
06. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
07. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
08. I’ve Lost You
09. Just Pretend
10. Stranger In The Crowd
11. The Next Step Is Love
12. Bridge Over Troubled Water
The Original Singles
13. I’ve Lost You (single version)
14. The Next Step Is Love (single version)
15. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (single version)
16. Patch It Up (single version)
The Outtakes
17. How The Web Was Woven (take 1)
18. I’ve Lost You (take 1)
19. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me (take 2)
20. Patch It Up (take 1)
21. Bridge Over Troubled Water (take 1)

CD Two

August 12 – Dinner Show

01. That’s All Right *
02. I Got A Woman *
03. Hound Dog *
04. Heartbreak Hotel *
05. Love Me Tender *
06. I’ve Lost You *
07. I Just Can’t Help Believin’ *
08. Patch It Up
09. Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
10. You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’ *
11. Polk Salad Annie *
12. Introductions *
13. Blue Suede Shoes *
14. You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
15. Bridge Over Troubled Water
16. Suspicious Minds *
17. Can’t Help Falling In Love *

* Previously unreleased

See the tracks for the 10-disc Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Deluxe Edition.

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Reserve your seat now for ELVIS: THAT’S THE WAY IT IS – SPECIAL EDITION, coming to US theaters in August

Elvis in THAT'S THE WAY IT IS: SPECIAL EDITION

Elvis in THAT’S THE WAY IT IS: SPECIAL EDITION

As hoped, Warner Brothers is bringing a newly restored version of Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition to theaters across the United States in August. Playing in 40 states, the limited engagement promotes the August 12 release of the documentary on Blu-ray.

Elvis: That’s The Way It Is was a 1970 MGM documentary that captured Elvis on stage and off during his third concert series at the International Hotel in Las Vegas. In 2000, the “Special Edition,” a completely new edit of the film, made its debut in Memphis. It hit stores the following year on VHS and DVD. The Special Edition used elements of the original movie as well as previously unseen footage. In some ways, it was an improvement upon the theatrical version, while in other ways, it was inferior.

For the purposes of this 2014 theatrical screening, Elvis: That’s The Way It Is – Special Edition is admittedly the best choice for sharing with the “general public” and even casual Elvis fans. After the previously announced August 16 premiere at the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, other US theaters will begin showing the film the week of August 17.

Here in Richmond, Virginia, Elvis will be playing at the Regal Short Pump Stadium 14 for an afternoon show on August 17 and another afternoon and an evening show on August 20.

This will mark the third time I have seen Elvis in theaters, dating back to an edit of the ELVIS “Comeback Special” in 2004 and Elvis On Tour in 2010. Each of those previous times, I remember thinking, “This is great, but I really wish I could see That’s The Way It Is like this.”

For me, That’s The Way It Is represents Elvis Presley at his very best. I was only two when Elvis passed away, so he was gone before I ever had a chance to see him in concert. This is a dream-come-true, next best thing for me. I can’t wait! Accept no imitations. This is the real deal.

Be sure to check out the brand-new trailer below or over on USAToday.com.

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That’s All Right: July 5, 1954

Above is a SUN 209 reproduction from my collection. I hope someday to own the real thing!

Above is a SUN 209 reproduction from my collection. I hope someday to own the real thing!

Sixty years ago today, on July 5, 1954, the whole world changed for 19-year-old Elvis Presley as he recorded his first record for Sam Phillips at SUN Records, “That’s All Right.” Soon thereafter, Elvis would change the whole world.

What I love about the SUN version of this song is that you can hear the joy in Elvis’s voice as he sings the blues number. Backed only by Scotty Moore on electric guitar, Bill Black on the upright bass, and his own strumming on acoustic guitar, Elvis poured his all into the song and produced something that transcended its individual parts.

Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup wrote and recorded “That’s All Right” in 1946 for the RCA Bluebird label. Both recordings are essential in the history of American music.

Though “That’s All Right” essentially became a regional hit for Elvis, in less than two years he would become an international superstar.

Recommended reading to learn more at some of my favorite sites:

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