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Byline: Jade Wright

1975 10cc - I''mNotInLove A COLLABORATIVE effort built around a title by Eric Stewart, I''m Not in Love is notable for its innovative production, especially its choral backing.

Originally written around a Bossanova style beat and tempo, Lol Creme suggested slowing it down, while Kevin Godley suggested replacing the beat with a built-up wall of voices.

The ethereal sound was created by laboriously building up multiple overdubs of the voices of Stewart, Graham Gouldman, Godley and Creme singing a single note in unison.

This multi-track was then mixed down and dubbed down onto 16-track tape. This process was repeated across all sixteen tracks to create a lush 256-voice ''virtual'' choir that could ''sing'' chromatic chords.

The instrumental break featured the repeated spoken phrase: ''Be quiet, big boys don''t cry...'', which was spoken by Scouser Kathy Warren, the receptionist of the Strawberry Studios where the band recorded the track.

These whispered lyrics would later serve as the inspiration for the name of the 1980s band, Boys Don''t Cry.

The song, once complete, became instrumental in 10cc''s launch to international fame. According to Stewart, the band was already being courted by Phonogram to leave Jonathan King''s UK Records label and sign a new deal.

He said: "I rang them. I said come and have a listen to what we''ve done, come and have a listen to this track. And they came up and they freaked, and they said 'This is a masterpiece. How much money, what do you want? What sort of a contract do you want?We''ll do anything'. On the strength of that one song, we did a five-year deal with them for five albums and they paid us a serious amount of money."

2002 Elvis Presley -ALittle LessConversation WRITTEN by Mac Davis and Billy Strange, this track was originally recorded by Elvis for the movie Live a Little, Love a Little in 1968.

In June 1968, he re-recorded the song for the soundtrack of Elvis Presley's '68 Comeback Special, with the intent of performing it during the programme, possibly as part of the show''s medley of film songs featured.

Ultimately, it was decided not to use this recording, and the song was dropped from the planned special; the version, which has a slightly harder-rocking arrangement than the movie version, was not officially released by RCA for three decades.

In 2002, the TV special version of A Little Less Conversation was rediscovered and remixed by Junkie XL for the NIKE FootballWorld Cup advertising campaign.

A single, credited to ''Elvis vs. JXL'', was issued and went on to become a Number 1 hit in over 20 countries.

At the last minute, A Little Less Conversation was added to ELV1S 30, a compilation of Presley''s chart hits, appearing as track 31.
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