Elvis Presley, Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (1970)
I don’t own a lot of Elvis Presley albums – I have a few compilations. I took a while to really click with Elvis. I mean, sure, there’s all those big rock’n’roll hits and the ballads and it’s impossible to not be aware of him – well it was in our house; my mum’s a big fan. But I was never all that interested in collecting any of his music until I saw the film Elvis: That’s The Way It Is. That sold me on his sound, more than just obligatory hits collections. The band, backing singers, arrangements, the energy and performance of Elvis – that was a special set of shows and a great concert film. It shows you too – which was crucial for me in appreciating Elvis as artist – that he is following every single song, every part of each arrangement; he’s living for the song. The music flowed through him. It was only recently that I found this LP – I had the triple-disc CD reissue (great rehearsal footage and extras). This LP is the Japanese pressing; a gatefold foldout poster with Japanese liner notes either side. Such a great record, this. I really love it.
Sample Track: Just Pretend
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