What can you say about The King that hasn’t been said, ad infinitum, over the years – especially since his passing 37 years ago?  Nothing new, but there’s always something to marvel at as Elvis Presley was truly one of the most electrifying performers to ever appear in history.  You cannot argue nor deny it.  He was, is and will forever be the one and ONLY King Of Rock & Roll.

Warner Bros. has seen fit to restore and remaster the 1970 documentary, Elvis – That’s The Way It Is in a beautiful 2 disc format.  Housed in a hardcover book package, you get the extended Blu-ray edition and the original DVD; if you’ve never seen it, is a fascinating piece of the Elvis Presley story/puzzle.  It’s (possibly) the only time you get to see the King behind the scenes – his creative process and his perspectives – aside from some of his most outstanding performances.  This film sees Elvis at the beginning of his Las Vegas career – before the descent – while his voice was in full power, his command of the stage total and his width as a performer by the varied choices of his set a reminder of how great and dynamic an artist he truly was.  From his rock and roll roots like “That’s All Right (Mama)” and “Blue Suede Shoes” to a beautifully moving “Bridge Over Troubled Water”, it’s good to see and be reminded who the King was.

This is one of those “must see” music films.  It’s for an artist who is for all time.



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Rob Ross

Rob Ross has been, for good, bad or indifferent, involved in the music industry for over 30 years - first as guitarist/singer/songwriter with The Punch Line, then as freelance journalist, producer and manager to working for independent and major record labels. He resides in Staten Island, New York with his wife and cats; he works out a lot, reads voraciously, loves Big Star and his orange Gretsch. Doesn't that make him neat?

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