A good soundtrack of songs from an enjoyable entertaining movie.
Elvis turns on the charm with his interpretations of songs of the Latin-American set. Elvis' vocal style and phrasing is fabulous on these type of numbers and whilst not everybody's 'cup of tea' it is still a nice insight into the diverse talent of the new 'King of Hollywood' at the time.
The soundtrack kicks off with the 'jolly-sounding' title song and other such notable numbers thereafter include 'El Toro', 'Marguerita', 'I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here', 'You Can't Say No In Acapulco', and the hit single 'Bossa Nova Baby'. And, although not a favourite, it is great to hear Elvis' rendition of 'Guadalajara' - the ending is fabulous!
The soundtrack, like every movie-related Elvis song, does have it's standout 'turkeys' and one in particular would have to be '(There's) No Room to Rhumba In a Sports Car'. However, I am charmed by the likes of 'The Bullfighter Was a Lady' - I love the melody on this one and it's a good sing-a-long tune.
When this album was first released in 1963 it included 2 bonus songs not from the film and with the majority of bonus songs on the Elvis soundtracks we are treated to two classy performances in the form of a ballad and a rocker. It's great to see that the FTD Label have kept the bonus songs on this repackage. Finally, there are also some Extra Bonus Songs included in the form of some alternate studio out-takes of the film's score, including 'Mexico' with the extra verses, of which I very much prefer this version to the familiar master released on the original album.
"Fun In Acapulco" is a worthwhile buy, so go ahead and do it to experience the taste of the Latin-American Flavoured Elvis Presley!