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I Just Can’t Help Believin’: “Elvis: That’s The Way It Is” Goes Super Deluxe In 8-CD/2-DVD Box Set

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Elvis - That's the Way It Is Box

The title of the 1970 documentary That’s The Way It Is might have been plain-spoken, but nothing else was plain about the chronicle of Elvis Presley’s return to the concert stage.  And there’s certainly nothing plain about the extravagant treatment being accorded the film and its companion album this summer.  Why, we’d even say it’s fit for a – make that, The King.  On August 5, Legacy Recordings will team with Warner Bros. Home Video for a massive 8-CD/2-DVD box set including six full-length concerts, rehearsals and rare recordings on compact disc plus two complete versions of the film on DVD.

This new box set has more than twice the audio content of the previous 3-CD Special Edition, released in 2001 by RCA Victor.  Whereas that set included the original album with bonus material, the complete August 12, 1970 midnight concert and rehearsals/unreleased tracks, the new box features:

  • CD 1 – The Original Album plus outtakes and single versions
  • CD 2 – August 10, 1970 Opening Night concert at Las Vegas’ International Hotel
  • CD 3- August 11, 1970 Dinner Show
  • CD 4 – August 11, 1970 Midnight Show
  • CD 5 – August 12, 1970 Dinner Show
  • CD 6 – August 12, 1970 Midnight Show
  • CD 7 – August 13, 1970 Dinner Show
  • CD 8 – The Rehearsals

The August 11 dinner show and August 12 dinner show are both being released in full for the very first time.  The August 10 opening show, August 11 midnight show and August 13 dinner show have only been made available in the past from the collector-oriented Follow That Dream label on, respectively, One Night in Vegas, Live in Las Vegas, and The Wonder of You.

In addition, the two DVDs boast:

  • DVD 1: 2001 Special Edition, Restoration Featurette, Elvis Career Highlights, Director/Restorer Filmographies, Theatrical Trailer
  • DVD 2: 1970 Original Theatrical Version, Outtakes

An 80-page book, with photographs, memorabilia, recording data and more, accompanies the set.  Also on August 5, Legacy will issue a 2-CD highlights edition of That’s the Way It Is as part of the ongoing Legacy Edition series of Presley reissues.

After the jump, you can read the full contents of Legacy’s press release plus the complete track listing!  We also have provided pre-order links! Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Joe Marchese

June 5, 2014 at 10:25