That’s The Way It Is: Rehearsals – The Official Audio Releases

My favorite Elvis event is 1970’s That’s The Way It Is, with 1968’s ELVIS (comeback special) a close second. That’s why I’m looking forward to the new Stage Rehearsal CD, coming later this month from Follow That Dream Records.

The core of Stage Rehearsal will be songs recorded during Elvis’ August 10, 1970, final rehearsal before the opening show later that night (the concert captured on FTD’s One Night In Vegas). MGM did not film this particular rehearsal for the movie, but I still consider it part of That’s The Way It Is.

To this point, official releases of That’s The Way It Is rehearsals have been scattered on various titles. Below is a listing of what we have so far.

This is only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the audio recordings made for That’s The Way It Is rehearsals. I hope Sony and FTD release the remaining That’s The Way It Is material over the next several years as we approach the film’s 50th anniversary in 2020.

Elvis Aron Presley (1980)
(August 10)
You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
Sweet Caroline

Walk A Mile In My Shoes (1995)
Alla En El Rancho Grande (July 15)
Froggy Went A-Courtin’ (July 29)
Stranger In My Own Home Town (July 24)

A Life In Music (1997)
(July 29)
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water
I Was The One
The Cattle Call
Baby, Let’s Play House
Don’t
Money Honey
What’d I Say

That’s The Way It Is: Special Edition (2000)
Peter Gunn Theme (July 15)
That’s All Right (July 15)
Cottonfields (July 15)
Yesterday (July 15)
I Can’t Stop Loving You (July 15)
Such A Night (July 29)
It’s Now Or Never (July 29)
A Fool Such As I (July 29)
Little Sister/Get Back (July 29)
I Washed My Hands In Muddy Water (July 24)
Johnny B. Goode (July 24)
Mary In The Morning (July 24)
The Wonder Of You (July 24)
Santa Claus Is Back In Town (August 4)
Farther Along (August 4)
Oh Happy Day (August 7)

One Night In Vegas (2000)
(August 4)
Words
The Cattle Call/A Yodel
Twenty Days And Twenty Nights
You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
Bridge Over Troubled Water

The Way It Was (2001)
Words (July 14)
The Next Step Is Love (July 14)
Ghost Riders In The Sky (July 15)
Love Me (July 15)
That’s All Right (July 24)
I Got A Woman (July 24)
I’ve Lost You (July 24)
I Can’t Stop Loving You (July 24)
Just Pretend (July 24)
Words (July 29)
I Just Can’t Help Believin’ (July 29)
Something (August 4)
Polk Salad Annie (August 7)
Mary In The Morning (August 7)

One thing I didn’t realize until compiling this list is that it’s been a decade since Sony or FTD have released any new That’s The Way It Is rehearsal material. Time sure does fly.

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Below is the track listing for Stage Rehearsal, which will add to the That’s The Way It Is legacy.

August 10, 1970
01 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
02 I Just Can’t Help Believin’
03 Something
04 Sweet Caroline
05 Polk Salad Annie
06 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
07 I’ve Lost You
08 Bridge Over Troubled Water
09 Patch It Up
10 Can’t Help Falling In Love
11 You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me
12 You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’
Bonus Tracks
13 Any Day Now (August 2, 1972)
14 True Love Travels On A Gravel Road (August 3, 1972)
15 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face (August 3, 1972)
16 Fever (August 3, 1972)
17 Portrait Of My Love (August 3, 1972)
18 I’m Leavin’ It All Up To You (January 25, 1973)

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