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That’s The Way It Is

Released:Nov. 1, 1970

In essence, this was the soundtrack album for the new movie, a cinema verité MGM documentary memorializing Elvis’ August 1970 Las Vegas engagement. Movie director Denis Sanders filmed Elvis in rehearsal in Los Angeles, through additional rehearsals in Las Vegas, and in performance at six of the shows during his August/September run. While nearly all the songs could have been sung in live performance, the majority were represented on the LP by versions recorded in Nashville in June. The album nonetheless possessed an emotional integrity and an understated grace in marked contrast to the slapdash budget collections, but it sold about the same, maintaining the very respectable half-a-million level.

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  • I Just Can’t Help Believin’

    Cynthia Weil/Barry Mann. Recorded August 11, 1970, dinner show, at The International Hotel, Las Vegas. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
  • Twenty Days And Twenty Nights

    Ben Weisman/Clive Westlake. Recorded June 4, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion and Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Banjo: Bobby Thompson. Fiddle: Buddy Spicher. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, The Jordanaires, The Imperials
  • How The Web Was Woven

    Clive Westlake/Dave Most. Recorded June 5, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion and Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Banjo: Bobby Thompson. Fiddle: Buddy Spicher. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, The Jordanaires, The Imperials
  • Patch It Up

    Eddie Rabbitt/Rory Bourke. Recorded August 12, 1970, dinner show, at The International Hotel, Las Vegas. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
  • Mary In The Morning

    Johnny Cymbal/Michael Rashkow. Recorded June 5, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion and Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Banjo: Bobby Thompson. Fiddle: Buddy Spicher. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, The Jordanaires, The Imperials
  • You Don't Have To Say You Love

    Vicki Wickham/Simon Napier-Bell/Pino Donaggio/Vito Pallavicini. Recorded June 6, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion and Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Banjo: Bobby Thompson. Fiddle: Buddy Spicher. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, The Jordanaires, The Imperials
  • You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling

    Cynthia Weil/Barry Mann. Recorded August 12, 1970, midnight show, at The International Hotel, Las Vegas. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
  • I’ve Lost You

    Ken Howard/Alan Blaikley. Recorded August 11, 1970, dinner show, at The International Hotel, Las Vegas. Guitar: James Burton, John Wilkinson, Elvis Presley. Bass: Jerry Scheff. Drums: Ronnie Tutt. Piano: Glen D. Hardin. Vocals: Millie Kirkham, The Sweet Inspirations, The Imperials, Joe Guercio and His Orchestra
  • Just Pretend

    Doug Flett/Guy Fletcher. Recorded June 6, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion & Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, Joe Babcock, The Jordanaires, The Imperials
  • Stranger In The Crowd

    Winfield Scott. Recorded June 5, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion and Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Banjo: Bobby Thompson. Fiddle: Buddy Spicher. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, The Jordanaires, The Imperials
  • The Next Step Is Love

    Paul Evans/Paul Parnes. Recorded June 7, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion & Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, Joe Babcock, The Jordanaires, The Imperials
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water

    Paul Simon. Recorded June 5, 1970 at RCA’s Studio B, Nashville. Guitar: James Burton, Chip Young, Elvis Presley. Bass: Norbert Putnam. Drums: Jerry Carrigan. Piano: David Briggs. Organ & Harmonica: Charlie McCoy. OVERDUBS, Guitar: James Burton. Organ: David Briggs. Percussion: Jerry Carrigan. Percussion and Vibes: Farrell Morris. Steel Guitar: Weldon Myrick. Banjo: Bobby Thompson. Fiddle: Buddy Spicher. Trumpet: Charlie McCoy, George Tidwell, Don Sheffield, Glenn Baxter. Saxophone: Wayne Butler, Norman Ray. Flute, Saxophone & Clarinet: Skip Lane. Trombone: Gene Mullins. Flute & Trombone: William Puett. Vocals: Mary Holladay, Mary (Jeannie) Green, Dolores Edgin, Ginger Holladay, Millie Kirkham, June Page, Temple Riser, Sonja Montgomery, The Jordanaires, The Imperials

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