On the heels of last year’s smash No. 1 hit, the JXL remix of Elvis Presley’s “A Little Less Conversation,” BMG/RCA is set to release a remix of Presley’s Rubberneckin’ as a commercial single on September 9 and to radio August 25. The single has been remixed by DJ and producer Paul Oakenfold – one of the most acclaimed remixers in the music business – and will appear on ELVIS 2ND TO NONE, a follow-up to last year’s highly successful “ELV1S 30 #1 HITS.” This newest compilation, scheduled for release on October 7, will also include five additional Presley #1 singles, fan favorites and career milestones.
“Last year’s overwhelming success of A Little Less Conversation underscored the appeal of Elvis’ music to a contemporary audience and we are thrilled to continue this momentum with the new remix of Rubberneckin’ ” said Joe DiMuro, Executive Vice President, BMG Strategic Marketing Group. “We anticipate it will achieve similar success, under the unique talents of Paul Oakenfold, and serve as an ideal precursor to the launch of ELVIS 2ND TO NONE.”
“My hope is that the remix of Rubberneckin’ will introduce Elvis’ music to millions of new, young listeners and help create a new generation of fans,” said Paul Oakenfold. “I was drawn to this project primarily due to the influence of my father who was a dedicated Elvis fan and, with his passing, it is a tribute to him.”
Paul Oakenfold is often referred to as the world’s premier DJ and is one of the most respected remixers in the business, having worked with U2, the Rolling Stones, Snoop Dogg, Smashing Pumpkins and Bjork. His musical tastes span a wide range of genres, including soul, jazz and disco. Oakenfold was one of the founders of the acid house scene that swept England in the late ’80s and was a leading proponent of hip-hop.
In addition to the August 25 radio release, a music video for the single will premier in mid-August. The September 9 release on CD and vinyl will include a radio edit version, 12″ extended version and the original. It kicks off the newest Elvis campaign, culminating in the October 7 release of ELVIS 2ND TO NONE, which will be distinctly different and a complement to last year’s “ELV1S 30 #1 HITS.” This newest compilation presents a broader range of Presley’s talents and incorporates multiple musical genres including R & B, rock ‘n roll, pop, country, dance and rockabilly.
All 30 tracks on ELVIS 2ND TO NONE have been mixed and mastered from the original master tapes for optimum sound quality. This is the same process that drew across-the-board raves from critics, music aficionados and the original band members themselves for the “30 #1 HITS” production. This year’s album will include such classics as “That’s All Right,” “Viva Las Vegas,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” “I Want You, I Need You I Love You,” “Always on My Mind,” and “Don’t Cry Daddy.” Oakenfold’s remix of “Rubberneckin’ ” is sure to be well received among today’s generation of music fans and further demonstrates the legacy of Presley’s music.