En éxtasis (English: "In ecstasy") is the fourth studio album by Mexican singer Thalía. The album was released in 1995 and soon became a huge success in Latin America and other countries. This is the first album Thalía recorded on the company EMI Music. This is also her first international release.
"En éxtasis" produced seven hit singles, received several certifications and consolidated her career. The lead single "Piel Morena" was a hit in the Latin market, while the single "Maria la del Barrio" was very popular, thanks to the soap opera of the same name. The album was nominated for Pop Album of the Year at the Lo Nuestro Awards of 1996.
"En Éxtasis" was produced by the Mexican producer Oscar López, except for the songs "Piel Morena" and "Me Faltas Tú", which were produced by Emilio Estefan and Kike Santander.
The album includes several cover songs: "Gracias a Dios", originally by the Mexican singer Juan Gabriel; "Me Erotizas" ("You turn me on"), originally performed by the French singer Herbert Léonard, under the name "Sur des musiques érotiques" ("About erotic musics") on the 1987 album "Laissez-nous rêver" ("Let us dream"), Thalia wrote a new Spanish lyric for the song; "Fantasía" ("Fantasy"), by Gabriela Anders; "Te Quiero Tanto" ("I love you so much"), originally by Eddie Sierra on the 1990 album "Está todo bien" ("Everything is alright"). The lyric of the song had to undergo some changes, not only because it was a woman who was performing it this time, but also because its author had used some expressions which are typical of the Argentinean Spanish (such as "vos", a way of addressing someone), and referred expressly to Buenos Aires (one of the original verses goes: "estoy atrapado entre la luna y Buenos Aires" -"I am trapped between the moon and Buenos Aires"-; which Thalía changed to "estoy atrapada entre la luna y los mares" -"I am trapped between the moon and the sea"-).
In Argentina, "Gracias a Dios" was the soundtrack of the soap-opera "María la del Barrio" ("Mary from the block"), starring Thalía, instead of the song with which it was originally released in México (and which also became a hit).
The number of songs included in "En Éxtasis" was not the same in all the countries where it was released. This is due to the fact that, at the same time the album was being released, Thalía's most successful soap-opera, "María, la del Barrio" ("Mary from the Block"), was being broadcast in all Latin America . Even though this contributed to expand Thalía's popularity throughout the Continent, it also made different people enjoy different songs. For example, the Brazilian version of the album features, as bonus tracks, a remixed version of the songs "Amándote" ("Loving you") and "Gracias a Dios" ("Thanks to God"), and the soundtrack from "María la del Barrio" ("Mary from the block"). However, this version does not include the song "Juana". On the other hand, the Argentinean version of the album features, as a bonus track, only a remixed version of "Piel Morena".
"En éxastis" became such a success worldwide that EMI decided to release a special edition of it, named "Bailando en Éxtasis" ("Dancing in Ecstasy"), which contained only remixed versions of the most popular songs featured in the original album, plus a karaoke version of "Piel morena". This was a limited edition and was not available in many Latin-American countries (for instance, in Argentina).
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