En Espana/Grandes Exitos en Espanol

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All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
This EMI Gold two-fer assembles a pair of unusual but effective 1970 LPs by the crooner Matt Monro. Monro sings in Spanish for En España, and what's most impressive is how seamlessly he translates his signature subtlety and expressiveness to a tongue other than his own. Monro's elemental interpretive genius achieves new heights here -- sure, he knows these songs, but he's approaching them from new and unfamiliar angles, and yet their meaning and spirit resonate with absolute clarity regardless of language. The material itself spans from contemporary pop hits ("No Me Pesa, Es Mi Hermano," aka "He's Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother") to Broadway favorites ("Sueño Imposible," aka...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
This EMI Gold two-fer assembles a pair of unusual but effective 1970 LPs by the crooner Matt Monro. Monro sings in Spanish for En España, and what's most impressive is how seamlessly he translates his signature subtlety and expressiveness to a tongue other than his own. Monro's elemental interpretive genius achieves new heights here -- sure, he knows these songs, but he's approaching them from new and unfamiliar angles, and yet their meaning and spirit resonate with absolute clarity regardless of language. The material itself spans from contemporary pop hits ("No Me Pesa, Es Mi Hermano," aka "He's Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother") to Broadway favorites ("Sueño Imposible," aka "The Impossible Dream") to standards ("La Sombra de Tu Sonrisa," aka "The Shadow of Your Smile"), but Monro makes all the songs his own -- a commendable feat. Monro recorded Spanish-language renditions of his biggest hits and traditional favorites throughout the course of his career, and Grandes Exitos en Español assembles these stray singles, B-sides, and album cuts in one place. Despite its patchwork origins, the record proves a surprisingly cohesive and engaging listen. Monro's natural feel for the Spanish language is undeniably impressive -- he brings to material like "No Puedo Quitar Mis Ojos de Ti" ("Can't Take My Eyes Off You") and "Que Tiempo Tan Feliz" ("Those Were the Days") the same maturity and thoughtfulness that underscore his English-language sessions, singing with the painterly grace of one with complete understanding of a lyric's emotional impact, even if the words themselves originate from a foreign tongue.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/15/2007
  • Label: Emi Gold Imports
  • UPC: 094639178322
  • Catalog Number: 391783

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Matt Monro Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Tim Hardin Composer
Quincy Jones Composer
Jacques Brel Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Bob Crewe Composer
Rod McKuen Composer
Don Black Composer
Joe Darion Composer
Bob Gaudio Composer
Berry Gordy Jr. Composer
Patrice Holloway Composer
Brenda Holloway Composer
Albert King Composer
Mitch Leigh Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Mandel Composer
Gene Raskin Composer
Bob Russell Composer
Leonardo Schultz Composer
Bobby Scott Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Dennis King Composer
Augusto Algueró Composer
Donald Black Composer
Udo Jürgens Composer
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