Released on September 27th, 2005, the Las Vegas Original Soundtrack contains songs heard on the popular Las Vegas television series which airs Monday nights on NBC at 9/8c. The release of the CD coincides with the premiere of the show’s third season which aired on September 19th. The show follows a surveillance crew working at one of the top Las Vegas casinos.
At the end of last season, fans of the show saw the casino in question torn down Vegas style. The third season opens six months later with a brand new boss and casino. The crew is back for more high jinks this season. The premiere contained a performance by Cowboy Troy with Big & Rich, “I play chicken with the train.” This fun country song appears on the soundtrack as the fourth track.
The CD consists of fourteen tracks which are a mix of remixed and updated songs of yesterday and songs of today from music’s newest artists such as the country song.
Other artists that appear on this CD include Elvis Presley, The Pussycat Dolls, Tom Jones, Wayne Newton and Michael Buble. Elvis appears twice on the soundtrack. He both starts and ends the compilation. The first track is a remix of his song “A little less conversation,” which also opens up the show each week as its US theme song. The fourteenth track is the original version of the song.
As a listener, I particularly enjoyed how they brought in remixed tracks of old favorites. They updated not only Elvis, but Tom Jones, Wayne Newton, Kool & The Gang and the Isley Brothers. Songs from yesterday with a more dance feel to them to go along with the fast pace of the show. Usually with remixes one has to worry about messing with a classic original, especially with a highly popular classic such as “A little less conversation.” This is the King after all.
The other remix tracks include the original artist with additional artists joining in to bring a whole new feel to the music. The additions include a virtual who’s who of artists that are gaining in popularity including Sean Paul and Stereophonics.
There are a few tracks by female artists including “I Play Chicken With The Train” by The Pussycat Dolls. However, the soundtrack is male dominated.
I popped this soundtrack into my CD player, and I immediately wanted to begin dancing. Not one of the songs is all that slow. This is definitely a CD full of great music to dance to. The soundtrack also fits the show perfectly. Each and every week, the show is fast paced and in your face. This soundtrack keeps up with that flavor. If you’re a fan of the show, and the music played on it on a weekly basis, then this soundtrack is definitely something you want to consider adding to your collection. You won’t be disappointed in the least by the music contained on this disc.
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