That's the Way It Is (Elvis Presley album)

Elvis: That's the Way It Is
Studio album / Soundtrack by Elvis Presley
Released November 11, 1970 (1970-11-11)
Recorded June and August 1970
Genre Country, pop, soft rock
Length 47:00
Label RCA Records
Producer Felton Jarvis
Elvis Presley chronology
Almost in Love
That's the Way It Is
Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old)
Singles from That's the Way It Is
  1. "I've Lost You"
    Released: July 1970
  2. "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"
    Released: October 6, 1970
Professional ratings
Review scores
Robert ChristgauC+[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]
Rough Guides[5]

Elvis: That's the Way It Is is the 40th album by Elvis Presley, released on RCA Records, LSP 4445, in November 1970. It consists of eight studio tracks recorded at RCA Studio B in Nashville, and four live in-concert tracks recorded at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. It accompanied the theatrical release of the documentary film of the same name (although it is not generally considered a soundtrack album), and peaked at number 21 on the Billboard 200 and at number eight on the country chart.[6] It was certified Gold on June 28, 1973 by the Recording Industry Association of America.[7]


The original vinyl LP consisted of eight tracks recorded in the studio in Nashville at the marathon sessions in June 1970 that would also yield several singles and the Elvis Country album, and four tracks from his August 1970 engagement at The International Hotel in Las Vegas. The track "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me" had been released as the advance single on October 6; its b-side, "Patch It Up", appears in a live version here. "The Next Step Is Love" had previously been released as a b-side in July 1970, and its A-side "I've Lost You" appears in a live version here as well. The concert version of "I Just Can't Help Believin'" from this album would be released as a single in the United Kingdom in November 1971 and go to number six on their charts."Elvis Presley chart positions". Lenin Imports. 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.  Its b-side "How the Web Was Woven" was also taken from this album. A rehearsal version of the latter song was featured in the 1970 documentary Elvis: That's the Way It Is.

On June 11, 2000, a three-disc Special Edition was released. It contained the full album remastered, along with added bonus studio tracks recorded around the same time. The set also includes the full August 12, 1970 midnight show from The International Hotel and rehearsals from late July and early August prior to the engagement. The bonus tracks included an additional concert track previously released on Walk A Mile In My Shoes: The Essential 70s Masters, five tracks that appeared on Presley studio LPs from the 1970s, and the single "Rags to Riches" from February 1971.

In 2008, the collectors' label Follow That Dream released a two-disc special edition of the album, with a 20-page booklet. This edition contains the full original album plus bonus tracks and outtakes.

In 2009, the Follow That Dream label released The Wonder of You which contains the full concert from August 13, 1970. Some concert footage from that date was used in the documentary.[8]

On July 6, 2012, Follow That Dream released a two-disc LP special edition of the album. This edition offers highlights from the 2-CD Follow That Dream release. It contains 21 tracks and features different takes of the songs.[9]


Studio tracks
Live tracks

Track listing

Original release

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."I Just Can't Help Believin'"  Cynthia Weil and Barry MannAugust 11, 19704:34
2."Twenty Days and Twenty Nights"  Ben Weisman and Clive WestlakeJune 4, 19703:15
3."How the Web Was Woven"  David Most and Clive WestlakeJune 5, 19703:25
4."Patch It Up"  Eddie Rabbitt and Rory BourkeAugust 12, 19704:03
5."Mary in the Morning"  Johnny Cymbal and Michael RashkowJune 5, 19704:11
6."You Don't Have to Say You Love Me"  Vicki Wickham, Simon Napier-Bell, Pino Donaggio, Vito PallaviciniJune 6, 19702:30
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'"  Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil, Phil SpectorAugust 12, 19704:23
2."I've Lost You"  Alan Blaikley and Ken HowardAugust 11, 19703:43
3."Just Pretend"  Guy Fletcher and Doug FlettJune 6, 19704:02
4."Stranger in the Crowd"  Winfield ScottJune 5, 19703:47
5."The Next Step Is Love"  Paul Evans and Paul ParnesJune 7, 19703:31
6."Bridge Over Troubled Water"  Paul SimonJune 5, 19704:29

2000 special edition

2008 FTD 2 discs Special Edition

2012 LP Special Edition

Chart performance

Chart (2000 Special Edition) Peak
Netherlands Top 100 Albums[10] 87


  1. That's the Way It Is at AllMusic
  2. Christgau, Robert. "Elvis Presley (Consumer Guide Reviews)". Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  3. Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 892. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  4. "Elvis Presley: Album Guide". Archived from the original on September 18, 2013. Retrieved June 20, 2015.
  5. Simpson, Paul (2004). The Rough Guide to Elvis. London: Rough Guides. pp. 144–45. ISBN 1-84353-417-7.
  6. "That's the Way It Is". Allmusic. Rovi Corp. 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2013.
  7. "Searchable database". RIAA. Recording Industry Association of America. 2013. Retrieved May 27, 2013. Note: Enter search for "That's the Way It Is"
  8. "Elvis The Wonder of You FTD CD | Shop the Official Store". Retrieved 2012-03-12.
  9. FTD 2009 - 2013 - Elvis Presley Fan Seite Retrieved 27 August 2015. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. Dutch Charts - That's the Way It Is (Special Edition)
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