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A Little Less Conversation Single


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Audio CD, Single, June 25, 2002
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1. A Little Less Conversation (JXL Radio Edit Remix) - Presley, Elvis
2. A Little Less Conversation (JXL 12" Extended Remix) - Presley, Elvis
3. A Little Less Conversation (Original Version) - Presley, Elvis

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 25, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single
  • Label: Rca Records/Sbme
  • ASIN: B000068QZW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #235,202 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Dave on June 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If someone had told me, that there was to be a remixed version of an Elvis Presley song released, and it would be a smash around the world, I would have told them to keep taking the pills. It aint gonna happen !
BUT thank heaven it did.
The song is an obscure track, originally recorded for his 1968 film "Live A Little, Love A Little". This version, however is from his 1968 comeback show, which was never actually used in the broadcast. It also featured on the Oceans Eleven soundtrack, earlier this year.
The Dutch DJ "Junkie" XL has bought the tune right up to date with a driving beat and thumping bongo drums which compliment Elvis superbly.
You have 3 versions on the CD the radio edit, the extended version which builds to a superb climax and the original 1 min 39 second version taken from the film. Having this on there just shows you exactly what has been done to bring this tune right up to date.
I can understand that there will be some segments of the Elvis community who will bemoan that messing around with any Elvis track is sacrilege, but, if this is the only way to get new fans listening to Elvis, then I for one am fully behind it.
BMG and NIKE have a lot to thank for allowing this song to be used on the new advert for the Soccer World Cup which has obviously bought the song to a much wider audience than would normally have heard it.
This is number one in many European countries and rightly so. Elvis has definately returned to the building !
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47 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Michael King on June 25, 2002
Format: Audio CD
Elvis may have left the building, but his song "A Little Less Conversation" has entered the charts at #1 in England. An obscure song from the 1968 movie "Live A Little, Love A Little," the song was remixed for a Nike World Cup TV commercial featuring a British player. Music purists may scoff at this remix, and some Elvis fans may even consider it to be sacrilege. I think its genius that they reworked a little known song, rather than remix one of his many big hits, which would have upset me. Let's face it, this song is not on the list of the King's all-time classics. For one thing, the lyrics don't exactly roll off the tongue. "A little less conversation, a little more action. All this aggravation ain't satisfaction in me." The vocals are in the forefront of the remix version, and the music supports the vocals very well. As they used to say on American Bandstand, it has a good beat and you can dance to it. Maybe this will lead to an American invasion on the British charts!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Pearlman on July 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This may be the biggest pop music event of the year. Many dance remixes leave no trace of the original song, but JXL treats a minor Elvis Presley hit from 1968 with enough respect for the tune that it almost sounds like Elvis was in on the idea. This CD single includes the original so you can see what I mean. The percussion (drums and such) is punched up, but not at the expense of the King's vocals or even the original instrumentation. I can't stop playing the thing.
By the way, the "radio edit," which is hopefully actually being played on a radio near you, is 3:30 long; the remix is just over six minutes. The original song is disappointingly short, just 1:39. It kinda cooks and might have done better the first time out if it didn't go by in the blink of an eye. A few seconds of it can be heard in the movie "Oceans Eleven" (the George Clooney/Julia Roberts version).
JXL is known as Junkie XL outside the U.S.; the Presley estate asked him to change the name before releasing this here. A good decision, since U.S. singles sales need all the help they can get, and the Elvis/junkie association would turn some people off.
Crabby old pop fans who hate to see anything from the past tampered with (I'm usually one of them) have nothing to complain about here. This record is fun, it sounds great, and by including the original version it's exposing the song to a lot of fans who otherwise would never have heard it. Now, radio stations need to play this early and often: A little more action, please.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By "katemck" on June 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
FINALLY, someone has brought Elvis Presley into the 21st Century! This is such a neat sound and a great remix of an old Elvis song. There is nothing that "dates" Elvis more than the backing of his singing and in this day & age a whole new treatment can be given to update Elvis and bring him into the 21st century. A whole new generation can enjoy this great voice/entertainer without compromising the original recordings for those diehard leave-it-as-it-was fans. I hope that BMG & the Elvis Presley Enterprise people realise, with the huge success of this one single, that a whole new era of hits could start all over again for Elvis Presley and his singing career could be launched for another 25 years. I hope they see the possibilities that there are here. Imagine a whole full length CD of modern updated Elvis music. I think people would be queing to buy it!!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
In a scene from "Pulp Fiction" that never made it into the theaters Mia Wallace (as played by Uma Thurman) referred to the dichotomy of Beatles people vs. Elvis people--you can like them both, but you always like one more than the other. I've always considered myself a committed Beatles person, but if DJ Junkie XL has his way with more forgotten Elvis tunes I may have to reconsider my entire belief system!
I'll be the first to admit that I ain't no dancer, yet it's impossible to keep still to the two remixed versions of "A Little Less Conversation" included on this disc. JXL took a decent if unremarkable song that Elvis performed in the psychedelia-influenced (albeit without the drugs!) 1968 film "Live a Little, Love a Little" and turned it into something that works 35 years later. A remarkable feat in itself, and a fitting tribute to The King (whose talent also had something to do with it...).
Even the very sparse-sounding original version included as Track 3 has a nice groove to it, though it clocks in at just over 1:30 and seems a bit cut off at the end (I don't remember if the song ended so abruptly in the film). It is a pleasure to hear all three versions of the song included on this disc, which allowed me to better appreciate the contributions of both artists to "A Little Less Conversation".
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