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Once Upon a Time in Mexico
(2003)
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Composed and Produced by:
Robert Rodriguez

Conducted by:
Pete Anthony
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Milan Records
(September 9th, 2003)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you're not afraid to hear one of the most entertaining Latin-flavored score and song compilations in recent times.

Avoid it... if Mexican songs, like Mexican food, give you heartburn.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #91
WRITTEN 9/4/03, REVISED 3/13/09
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Once Upon a Time in Mexico: (Robert Rodriguez) Revenge, drugs, greed, revolution, and a pissed off Mexican dude with a guitar. Sound familiar? Debate about the viability of the El Mariachi/Desperado franchise often hinges on whether the sequels to El Mariachi are truly sequels or simply mutated remakes of the original concept. While many viewers believed that a dead horse was being beaten in the case of 2003's Once Upon a Time in Mexico, other fans of El Mariachi and Desperado, those who enjoy the basic formula of guts and gore in all of its Mexican glory, would see Antonio Banderas and Selma Hayek however many times they reprise their roles in the franchise. Anyone familiar with the series recognizes that it is among the most ethnically identifiable Mexican entries ever to come from the mainstream industry, a cult, Western concept dripping with Latin flavor and embraced as such. Director Robert Rodriguez was forced to push back the release of this film for almost two years due to his continuous (and some would call obsessive) involvement in the Spy Kids series. Rodriguez is one of the few directors who composes music for his own films and had slowly been taking the reigns of the music duties on the Spy Kids series since his sparse involvement with the first film's score. Because he had relied on John Debney to provide more complex orchestral power to the second Spy Kids soundtrack, some film music fans were skeptical of his ability to handle large-scale scores on his own. In 2003, Rodriguez proved his musical talents with two solo scores for his films, and while his badly underachieving music for Spy Kids 3-D: Game Over was certainly not encouraging, Once Upon a Time in Mexico was a genre right up his alley. The film is rich with Spanish melodies, ranging from traditional vocal songs to techno-influenced modern entries. Rodriguez's score fills the gaps in between these source songs and underscores key action sequences in the plot. The spirit of the songs and score in Once Upon a Time in Mexico goes hand in hand, and film music collectors should be aware that the songs are just as much of the attraction on album as the score. For Rodriguez's part, the score is an orchestral extension of the songs, with traditional Latin elements mixed heavily for the appropriate flavor. His first two score cues, "Eye Patch" and "Guitar Town," are so well balanced between this ethnic style and orchestral power that they are among the most enjoyable cues of all film music debuting in 2003.



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once apon a time in mexico
kyle - October 23, 2007, at 2:22 p.m.
1 comment  (2849 views)
song name?
Nel - September 16, 2007, at 7:08 p.m.
1 comment  (2179 views)
el mariachi
hugo - November 12, 2006, at 5:14 a.m.
1 comment  (2995 views)
Flor de Mal , tabs and lyrics
John - October 1, 2006, at 12:35 p.m.
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The name of the song
Viviane Maurey - May 27, 2006, at 10:30 a.m.
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the song mariachis first played for the president
austin - May 8, 2006, at 4:58 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 74:27
• 1. Malagueña - performed by Brian Setzer (4:22)
• 2. Traeme Paz - performed by Patricia Vonne (2:56)
• 3. Eye Patch (1:51)
• 4. Yo te Quiero - performed by Marcos Loya (3:48)
• 5. Guitar Town (2:04)
• 6. Church Shootout (1:38)
• 7. Pistolero - performed by Juno Reactor (3:38)
• 8. Me Gustas Tu - performed by Manu Chao (3:49)
• 9. Sands Theme - performed by Tonto's Giant Nuts (3:24)
• 10. Dias de Los Angeles - performed by Del Castillo (5:08)
• 11. The Man with No Eyes (2:09)
• 12. Mariachi vs. Marquez (1:33)
• 13. Flor de Mal - performed by Tito Larriva and Steven Hufsteter (3:13)
• 14. Chicle Boy (1:30)
• 15. Coup de Etat (3:02)
• 16. El Mariachi (1:22)
• 17. Siente Mi Amor - performed by Salma Hayek (4:24)
• 18. Cuka Rocka (Bonus Track) - performed by Chingón (1:44)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes notes from Robert Rodriguez about the score and film.
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