Matt Monro

Grandes Exitos en Español

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Throughout the course of his career, crooner Matt Monro recorded Spanish-language renditions of his biggest hits and traditional favorites -- Grandes Exitos en Español assembles these stray singles, B-sides and album cuts in one place, and 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" ("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. (Grandes Exitos was reissued in 2007 on an EMI Gold two-fer alongside the En España LP.)