Officially “back,” Elvis Presley spent the summer of 1969 and February of 1970 in Las Vegas, playing well over 50 shows at the International Hotel. On July 14th, 1970 – 34 years ago today – he went to the MGM lot in Culver City, California, to start rehearsals for his third run, scheduled to begin on August 10th and be filmed for a new documentary, Elvis: That’s the Way It Is.
This fall, that documentary and the album of the same name will be getting another reissue, blown out across eight CDs and two DVDs. These include the original album, outtakes, the film’s theatrical release and 2000 extended reissue and six discs of live sets. Disc two, for instance, contains opening night, and disc five contains the August 12th dinner show. Below, you can stream the previously unreleased take on “I Just Can’t Help Believin'” that Elvis sang mid-way through this latter performance.
In his Rolling Stone review of the 2003 That’s the Way It Is reissue, Tom Nawrocki wrote, “Drawing inspiration from the Kris Kristofferson singer-songwriter movement that was encroaching on Nashville in the early Seventies, That’s the Way It Is may be Presley’s most grown-up collection of songs: Love affairs are negotiated around unpaid bills and babies crying at 6 a.m.”
The new edition of the LP and DVD will be released on August 5th and is available for pre-order here.