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Review: Fun In Acapulco Soundtrack CD : Sony Special Products 2010

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Fun In Acapulco single CD in Jewel case. The sound quality is superb on this, and all the Sony Special Products Soundtrack releases. If you like the Fun In Acapulco soundtrack then you will not be disappointed.

Fun In Acapulco was filmed on location and the scenery is spectacular. The soundtrack has a Latin feel and is musically different from any other Elvis Presley album. This soundtrack was released in November of 1963 and quickly became another hit album for Elvis reaching number three on the charts.

In some respects, this is the quintessential frustrating Elvis soundtrack album. It's worth getting because some of the good stuff doesn't turn up on a lot of compilations, but when it's bad it's really bad.

It has some really wonderful tracks: Bossa Nova Baby, (The single 'Bossa Nova Baby' got to # 11 in the charts while the soundtrack LP made # 3.) I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here, Fun In Acapulco, Vino, Dinero Y Amor, You Can't Say No In Acapulco, and especially the two bonus tracks, Slowly But Surely & Love Me Tonight are all at the top of the heap of Elvis' early 60's output. There are a few mediocre travelogue songs, not that bad, not that great. The audio mix on all the tracks has been spatially opened up to create a really tremendous wide stereo mix. (The original stereo LP almost sounds mono in comparison!) This allows all the musicians to shine as well as giving The Jordanaires & back up vocals a better role since they are now separated further from Elvis' vocal track. So Fun In Acapulco is good soundtrack particularly in that it succeeds in its matching the movie theme. So this CD a must have. After all you can't say no in Acapulco!

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Note Also see Fun In Acapulco FTD Deluxe Movie Soundtrack CD.

The front cover of the Fun In Acapulco CD album.
The front cover of the Fun In Acapulco CD album.

The back cover of the Fun In Acapulco CD album.
The back cover of the Fun In Acapulco CD album.

Fun In Acapulco Soundtrack in a standard CD jewel case.

A Mexican locale, some Tijuana horns, plus the interesting presence of the Mexican 'Amigos' at the recording sessions presented a novel setting for Elvis. After the formulaic 'World's Fair' soundtrack here was a far more stimulating challenge for him. The Tijuana sound of Herb Alpert was prominent on radio stations at the time and some of Elvis' favourite songwriters (ie Don Robertson) provided some excellent soundtrack material.

The single 'Bossa Nova Baby' got to # 11 in the charts while the soundtrack LP made # 3.  

1. Fun In Acapulco, 2. Vino, Dinero Y Amor, 3. Mexico, 4. El Toro, 5. Marguerita, 6. The Bullfighter Was A Lady, 7. (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car, 8. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here (Take 1), 9. Bossa Nova Baby, 10. You Can't Say No In Acapulco, 11. Guadalajara, 12. Love Me Tonight, 13. Slowly But Surely.

Note Also see Fun In Acapulco FTD Deluxe Movie Soundtrack CD.

01. Fun In Acapulco
02. Vino, Dinero Y Amor
03. Mexico
04. El Toro
05. Marguerita
06. The Bullfighter Was A Lady
07. (There's) No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car
08. I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here
09. Bossa Nova Baby
10. You Can't Say No In Acapulco
11. Guadalajara
12. Love Me Tonight
13. Slowly But Surely

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