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Lo Mejor del Rock & Roll en Español: Lo Mejor del Rock & Roll

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This collection from Egrem features a group of energetic studio musicians running through popular American rock & roll songs that have been translated into Spanish and tinged with some Latin groove. The McCoys' "Hang on Sloopy" becomes "Es Lupe," "Amarrado" stands in for the Dave Clark Five's "Glad All Over," and so on. While there is some novelty value here, these cover versions would probably be lukewarm in any language. The instrumentation often sounds synthesized, and the overdone vocals are by committee, which seriously mars Lo Mejor del Rock & Roll's cohesion. Best might be "Estremécete" -- or "All Shook Up" in another life -- which features a spectacular Español Elvis and some genuinely rocking barroom piano.

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