A Little Less Conversation
CD single released by BMG in June 2002. Track and discography research.
The original single version was released in November 1968 as the A-side to Almost In Love. In the US, the single had been released two months earlier with both sides reaching the Top 100 at # 69 and # 95 respectively. In the UK, without any official cinema release of Elvis’ Live A Little, Love A Little, in which the song was featured, it failed to reach the chart at all.
Recorded during the MGM soundtrack sessions at Western Recorders in Los Angeles on 7 March 1968, and with no soundtrack album to accompany the movie, the song was not issued on LP until November 1970, as one of ten tracks on the Almost In Love budget album.
A new vocal version using the original film backing track was taped on 24 June 1968, again at Western Recorders, during the studio recordings for the Elvis NBC-TV Special. With various portions of the show abandoned once other segments had been decided upon, A Little Less Conversation was cut from both the final production of the television show and simultaneous soundtrack album. It did not surface until 1998 on Memories: The 68 Comeback Special. Another previously unreleased performance, found on an acetate (a disc cut for evaluation purposes only) turned up three years later on the movie soundtrack for the 2001 remake of Frank Sinatra’s 1960 Ocean’s Eleven starring George Clooney.
The original 1968 single version was re-mastered for release on Command Performances: The Essential 60’s Masters II in 1995, and in the same year, with the longer 1970 album version, on the Doubles Features set for Live A Little, Love A Little, The Trouble With Girls, Charro! and Change of Habit. The vocal track used on the JXL remix and in the World Cup 2002 Nike commercial was the one featured on the Ocean’s Eleven soundtrack, and whether from single, film or television tapings, only ever existed on an acetate.