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Brazilian jazz guitarist and composer Luiz Bonfa wrote "Moonlight in Rio" for his 1966 album The Brazilian Scene. Randy Starr added new lyrics for Elvis' version, retitled "Almost In Love".
Musical arranger and songwriter Billy Strange took charge of the March 1968 soundtrack recording session for Live a Little, Love a Little, and brought a different approach than what Elvis had been used to for previous soundtracks, and a welcome one. Incorporating strings and brass, these recordings had a more mature sound than, say, the Spinout recordings. Compare a similar ballad, "All That I Am", to "Almost In Love" and you'll see what I mean. Elvis could hold his own in the realm of Sinatra and Dino, and this song is a fine example. No dramatic, powerful high notes or anything here, just some mighty fine smooth croonin'!
In November of 1970, Elvis released his third RCA-Camden album, Almost In Love, which featured two other songs from Live a Little, Love a Little, "Edge Of Reality" and "A Little Less Conversation". The album gathered together a lot of flip-sides from Elvis' late-60s singles which hadn't appeared on LP yet, mostly songs from films.
Elvis' Camden albums were notorious for being odds-and-ends collections of mismatched songs, mostly from his movies, and throughout the 1970s, they took up a lot of space in record stores' bargain bins. I can't help it, though, I have a soft spot in my heart for Almost In Love, and my copy got worn out pretty fast! Songs like "Clean Up Your Own Backyard", "Rubberneckin", "U.S. Male", and, of course, "Almost In Love", still bring back fond memories!
(What did the critics and fans say?)
'Almost In Love' is a medium-tempo bossa nova, has a fine arrangement, including strings, trombones and vibraphone. It is a surprisingly successful mixture, as this was not Presley's metier. This song, which is not so well known as it ought to be, shows a new facet of Presley's musical personality.
"The album kicks off with 'Almost In Love' itself, one of three songs recorded for the movie 'Live A Little, Love A Little'. As an excursion into pure loungecore it's a real oddity in the Elvis canon: cheesy listening backing vocalists swoon behind his louche lead vocal while a laid-back bossa nova beat props up a cocktail-jazz backing group. It wouldn't sound out of place sandwiched between 'The Look Of Love' and 'Music To Watch Girls By' on a compilation; but, versatile as he was, the style doesn't really suite Elvis and it sounds like he no more believes in this than the likes of 'There's No Room To Rhumba In A Sports Car'. The song is pleasant enough but ultimately only of interest as a brief detour down a different musical avenue."
--from a must-read review of the album, Almost In Love, by contributor "flashbackcaruso"
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