That's The Way It Is

By Blogcritics/ David BowlingJul 19, 2008
That's The Way It Is
Elvis Presley returned in November of 1970 with another superb album release. That’s The Way It Is was a somewhat mislabeled title as it purported to be the soundtrack from the documentary of the same name. This album only contained four live tracks while the other eight were from the studio. Why RCA did not issue the live performances from the film remains unknown. Nevertheless, That’s The Way It Is remains an excellent release as he presents eleven songs that had never appeared in his catalogue up until that time.
Elvis Presley returned in November of 1970 with another superb album release. That’s The Way It Is was a somewhat mislabeled title as it purported to be the soundtrack from the documentary of the same name. This album only contained four live tracks while the other eight were from the studio. Why RCA did not issue the live performances from the film remains unknown. Nevertheless, That’s The Way It Is remains an excellent release as he presents eleven songs that had never appeared in his catalogue up until that time.

Elvis was still healthy in late 1970. His voice was strong and remained one on the best in the music business. At this point in his career he was able to take almost any song and create his own unique version.

The four live tracks are all superb and only serve to make the listener wish more of these live performances would have been included. “I Just Can’t Help Believin” is a classic pop song that Elvis takes in a country direction. It would become a top ten single in the United Kingdom. “Patch It Up” had originally been released as a throwaway flip side of a single release in the United States; here we receive a live version of this country penned tune by Eddie Rabbitt. Elvis’ snappy vocal takes this average song and makes it great.

The live version of “You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me” was released as a single and reached number 11 on the national charts. Elvis takes this simple song's structure and allows his vocal to build upon itself. “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin” was also released as a single and reached the American top 40. Elvis is soulful here as he manages to translate this classic duet song into a solo tour de force.

The studio tracks were universally strong as well. “Just Pretend” is a lost gem. This delicate song of seeking to regain lost love is given a superb interpretation by Elvis. “Mary In The Morning” is the definitive version of this often recorded song. his subtle vocal and cadence are just right on for this song of love. “Bridge Over Troubled Water” is one of the most recognizable pop songs in history. I have only heard two versions of this song that come close to equaling the Simon & Garfunkel original. There is the sassy soul interpretation by Aretha Franklin and this wonderful pop presentation by Elvis. He proves that he can still hit every note in this difficult song but more than that it is the perfect tone and texture of his voice that sells this classic.

I bought this album when it was released in 1970. It was the voice of Elvis that sold this album then and it continues to sell it today. That’s The Way It Is remains one of Elvis Presley’s classic 1970’s albums.
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sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2013report abuse
A very good album, that could've been better if RCA would've chosen the studio versions of Patch it up and I've lost you. And the applause after Bridge over troubled water is fake and therefore stupid.
sugartummy (profilecontact) wrote on Apr 19, 2013report abuse
A very good album, that could've been better if RCA would've chosen the studio versions of Patch it up and I've lost you. And the applause after Bridge over troubled water is fake and therefore stupid.
JLpResLey (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 24, 2008report abuse
Good album and a great movie. I must say the movie made me an elvis fan. It was incredible. But that is the latest version. The first version from 1970 is not as good, the interviews stands in the way for superb studio and concert work. The album is good, even if I prefer Elvis country. In this album there are too many fillers like Cindy Cindy and When I´m Over you, both are really poor songs
JerryNodak (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2008report abuse
Fine album. My fave from the seventies. Now with the extended FTD version there's even more to like. Thanks Ernst, Roger and crew.
sitdown68 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 21, 2008report abuse
I always liked the outtakes and rehearsal in the movie more than the definitve album...the movie is about the best documentaries I've seen so far. I wish there would be more of the stuff released by the official channel. My absolute favourite song of the new ones is the rehearsal at Mary In The Morning with Elvis throwing water at the guys...
Rob Wanders (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 20, 2008report abuse
wonderful album. A pity that they chose the live-version from I've lost you. I prefer the studioversion. I love that song. No weak songs here (well for me he didn't record many weak songs in the 70s.)
hounddawgs6499 (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 19, 2008report abuse
Good article. However, it was the studio version of "I've Lost You" that was released as a single here in the USA and made the Top 40 here in the USA - not "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'". Elvis' recording of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" was never released on a single here in the USA. It was the studio version of "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" that was released as a single and made #11 on the charts - not the live version. "Elvis - That's the Way It Is" is a great album to listen to!
PRESYER (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 19, 2008report abuse
N.B. : the first two paragraphs in your review are exactly the same... TTWII is one of my most favorite EAP albums. I like all the songs except "Patch it up". I was really pleased with my first viewing of the TTWII movie. I had been waiting impatiently to see it. Thank you so much, Elvis Aaron Presley for all this!
circleG (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 19, 2008report abuse
The image that defined an icon (or was it the other way around?) for the next seven years. That plus a new sound for a new decade that soooo many stars imitated and you have to admit wether you liked it or not the man was a genius and just oozed style.
Natha (profilecontact) wrote on Jul 19, 2008report abuse
When the movie was released I went to see it for the midnight show. It was F a n t a s t i c. His performance, appearance, voice, etc. beyond compare. It did beat all the rest. The album is equally fantastic and for me will always bring back that one experience (though I can see it now every day I want on a 2,5 x 5 meters wide screen, undisturbed and superior sound).

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