Elvis thats the way it is ... captures Elvis as his fans no doubt want to remember him: looking good and apparently on top of the world. Presented without narration, the story begins with Elvis arriving at the MGM Studios in Culver City in 1970 to begin rehearsals with his band. If the stakes are high, the pressure certainly doesn't show. It's good ol' boys loosening up and goofing off and very comfortable in the presence of the cameras.

Elvis: That's The Way It Is was successfully released 30 years ago but it's been picked up in the wave of restorations of recent times.

This new version has been completely re-edited from the original material which producer Rick Schmidlin's search uncovered. The point that many commentators and fellow musicians make about Presley is that he broke new ground in countless ways. Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Rod Stewart, Mick Jagger and countless others acknowledge their debt to him. Presley imitated nobody. One of the most highly charged scenes in the film is his spontaneous walk through the crowd. Every woman wants to kiss him, it seems, and the men shake him respectfully by the hand.

Rehearsals continue as they move to Las Vegas. They're joined by back-up vocalists who work at first with recordings and then live with the band. Among them are base player Jerry Scheff, drummer Ronnie Tutt and Elvis' lead guitarist, James Burton. All have had long and successful careers since these heady times. In the film, Burton will feature in several solos on stage and, 30 years on, he recalls what it was like working with Elvis.https://www.facebook.com/elvis.foreveryone?ref=tn_tnmn

Shows/Rehearsals Filmed for Elvis: That's the Way It Is

  • 14 July rehearsal (M.G.M. Stage 1, Culver City, California)
  • 15 July rehearsal (M.G.M. Stage 1, Culver City, California)
  • 24 July rehearsal (R.C.A. studios, Hollywood, California)
  • 29 July rehearsal (M.G.M. studios, Culver City, California)
  • 4 August rehearsal (Convention Center, International Hotel, Las Vegas, Nevada)
  • 7 August Stage rehearsal
  • 10 August Stage rehearsal
  • 10 August Opening Night Show
  • 11 August Dinner Show
  • 11 August Midnight Show
  • 12 August Dinner Show
  • 12 August Midnight Show
  • 13 August Dinner Show
  • 9 September (Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix)

 

Onstage in Las Vegas

The Elvis Summer Festival at the International Hotel began on August 10, 1970, and the MGM movie crew was on hand to film this show as well as the evening and midnight performances of August 11, 12 and 13. He sings many well-known songs, including several of those that he had been seen rehearsing earlier in the film. The songs are....

  • MYSTERY TRAIN / TIGER MAN
  • THAT'S ALRIGHT MAMA
  • I'VE LOST YOU
  • LOVE ME TENDER
  • PATCH IT UP
  • YOU'VE LOST THAT LOVIN FEELING 
  • I JUST CAN'T HELP BELIEVIN
  • TIGER MAN 
  • SWEET CAROLINE
  • HEARTBREAK HOTEL
  • HOUND DOG
  • ONE NIGHT
  • BLUE SUEDE SHOES
  • ALL SHOOK UP
  • POLK SALAD ANNIE 
  • SUSPICIOUS MINES 
  • CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE 

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