As most of you probably know, International Heatwave is an audio copy of the That's The Way It Is. I was really looking forward to getting a cd of the actual movie, unlike RCA/BMG’s release of mostly studio and other takes not shown in the movie, I wouldn’t consider that a soundtrack to a movie.
International Heatwave features the studio rehearsals, stage rehearsals and the live show from the International Hotel, Las Vegas. Fortunately, not featured on this CD is the dialogue by fans, hotel employees, guests, etc. which should be scrapped anyway! First I should mention that this period of Elvis’ career is my favorite. I am a big fan of That's The Way It Is. But, I was really disappointed in this disc.
I won’t review the performances, since I sure everyone has seen or owns the video. The sound quality is fairly good. What I found very distracting is the speed at which it plays, the sound is noticeably too fast. I own a couple Sony Mini Disc Recorders (basically, a 3 1/2’ recordable CD). I made a recording directly from a VHS That's The Way It Is onto my minidisc recorder. The sound was much better then the International Heatwave disc, and the speed was correct.
All in all, the recording I made is far superior to this title. If I can do this with my home audio gear, I’m sure someone can produce a better quality product in a studio using a laser disc as a sound source and increasing sound quality with equalizers, noise suppressers and other bells and whistles.
Overall, I would not recommend this to the casual Elvis CD collector, there are other items that are superior (and there are others far worse). The tracking speed is annoying. Another drawback was my ability to produce a recording at home that was superior to this product. Aside from that, performances are great, and the sound quality is fairly good.
Reviewed by John Sterlini USA
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Sound rate ****