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THAT'S THE WAY IT IS - BMG 88697 29696 2
Recordings 1970


CD-1 CD-2
A 2-CD edition of That's The Way It Is, in the classic album series. It comes in a 7" deluxe package like others in this series and in the soundtrack series. Released in April 2008.

It contains the original release (CD-1) and several outtakes and alternate versions. The outtakes have great sound quality!

Take 1 (complete) of 'Patch It Up' is cool and different, while take 2 to 7 are false starts and rehearsals-like approach. Take 9, previously released on Essential Elvis Vol. 4 comes in a much better mix here. By the way, I have always felt that this song could have been even better than it turned out to be. There is something by the arrangement that I can't figure out...

Take 8 (complete) of 'Twenty Days And Twenty Nights' could easily been a master. A good version from start to end! Otherwise this release features few complete new takes, mostly false starts and rehearsals. One of the highlights in my view is the patched rehearsal version of 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me'. It is slower, less strained in its arrangement and simply beautiful, even with some bad timing in-between!

Unfortunately the master takes suffer sound wise compared to the outtakes, which by the way have gorgeous sound quality! 'Something' and 'Little Sister/Get Back' appears terribly misplaced on this release. Even the live version of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' is somehow misplaced, but less so.

Highlights are 'You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (rehearsal) and the 'Patch It Up' session. Take 1 is a real outtake and take 7 sure displays a very irritated Elvis. Never heard him this angry before on tape!

CD-1: Original release and outtakes

 1: I Just Can't Help Believing
 2: Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
 3: How The Web Was Woven
 4: Patch It Up
 5: Mary In The Morning
 6: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me
 7: You've Lost That Loving Feeling
 8: I've Lost You
 9: Just Pretend
10: Stranger In The Crowd
11: The Next Step Is Love
12: Bridge Over Troubled Water
13: Patch It Up (studio)
14: I've Lost You (studio)
15: Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (8*)
16: Bridge Over Troubled Water (live master)
17: Little Sister/Get Back (live 12.08.70)
18: Something (live 11.08.70)
19: Patch It Up (1*)
20: Patch It Up (2*, 3*, 4*, 5*, 6*, 7*)
21: Patch It Up (9) [Essential Elvis Vol. 4]

* previously unreleased take
CD-2: Different mixes and outtakes

 1: Tiger Man (jam) [Nashville Marathon]
 2: Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (reh*, 1*, 2*, 3) [Nashville Marathon]
 3: I've Lost You (reh*, 1) [Nashville Marathon]
 4: Bridge Over Troubled Water (1) [Nashville Marathon]
 5: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (reh. composite*)
 6: The Next Step Is Love (reh.*, 2*, 3*, 6) [Today, Tomorrow And Forever]
 7: How The Web Was Woven (reh.*, 1) [Nashville Marathon]
 8: Stranger In The Crowd (reh.*, 1*, 3*, 4*, 5*)
 9: Stranger In The Crowd (master rough mix)
10: Mary In The Morning (1*, 2*, 3*, 4) [Nashville Marathon]
11: You Don't Have To Say You Love Me (1*, 2) [Essential Elvis Vol. 4]
12: Just Pretend (1*, 2) [Essential Elvis Vol. 4]
13: The Next Step Is Love (7*, 8*, 9*, 10) [Nashville Marathon]
14: Bridge Over Troubled Water (reh.*, 2*, 5) [Essential Elvis Vol. 4]
15: I've Lost You (4*, 5*, 6) [Essential Elvis Vol. 4]
16: Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (5*, 6*)
17: Twenty Days And Twenty Nights (master rough mix)

* previously unreleased take

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