Greatest Hits (Gloria Estefan album)

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Greatest Hits
Gloria Estefan Greatest Hits US Cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 30, 1992 (1992-10-30)
Genre
Length58:26 (U.S., Canadian & Mexican edition)
66:34 (International edition)
LabelEpic
EK-53046
Producer
Gloria Estefan chronology
Into the Light
(1991)
Greatest Hits
(1992)
Mi Tierra
(1993)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Entertainment WeeklyB[1]
Robert Christgau(choice cut)[2]
AllMusic4/5 stars[3]

Greatest Hits is a compilation album by Cuban-American singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan, released in 1992. The album includes songs with soft rock influenced sounds as well as more upbeat Latin pop works inspired by dance music. The tracks were gathered from various releases over the 1985 to 1992 period.[3]

Composition[edit]

Although credited solely to Estefan on the front cover, the album serves as a collection of her greatest hits both as a solo artist and as lead singer of Miami Sound Machine, which would later become her backing group. The album also contains four previously unreleased songs. The track listing for the U.S. and Canadian album release differs from alternate releases in various regions. Many international releases of the album include the songs "Dr. Beat" and "Bad Boy," though the Australian and New Zealand release replaced "Bad Boy" with "Cuts Both Ways." A limited edition Australian double CD set was later released featuring a special "Megamix", a medley of Estefan's early dance hits. In 2013, the album was re-released in Brazil under the name Seleção Essencial with a new cover, though the track listing remained the same.

Singles[edit]

The first single released from the album was "Always Tomorrow." It reached No. 81 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 but reached No. 5 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and the top 30 in the UK Singles Chart. The second single, "I See Your Smile" charted higher and reached No. 48 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and No. 3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. It also reached No. 49 in the UK. "Go Away" failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart but reached No. 15 on the Billboard Dance Chart and was a UK top 20 hit (No. 13).

The "Megamix" or "Miami Hit Mix" as a double A-side with "Christmas Through Your Eyes" was released internationally and reached No. 8 in Colombia and the UK. Music videos were made for all these singles.

Track listing[edit]

U.S., Canadian & Mexican track listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer (s)Length
1."Conga" (from Primitive Love)Enrique E. GarcíaEmilio Estefan, Jr.4:15
2."Words Get in the Way" (from Primitive Love)Gloria EstefanEmilio Estefan, Jr.3:28
3."Can't Stay Away from You" (from Let It Loose)EstefanEmilio & The Jerks3:56
4."1-2-3 (Remix)" (from Let It Loose)Estefan, Enrique E. GarcíaEmilio Estefan, Jr.3:34
5."Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (from Let It Loose)Estefan, Enrique E. GarcíaEmilio & The Jerks3:56
6."Anything for You" (from Let It Loose)EstefanEmilio Estefan, Jr.4:02
7."Here We Are" (from Cuts Both Ways)EstefanEmilio Estefan, Jr., Clay Ostwald, Jorge Casas4:49
8."Get on Your Feet" (from Cuts Both Ways)John DeFaria, Casas, OstwaldEmilio Estefan, Jr., Casas, Ostwald3:38
9."Don't Wanna Lose You" (from Cuts Both Ways)EstefanEmilio Estefan, Jr., Casas, Ostwald4:09
10."Coming Out of the Dark" (from Into the Light)Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr., Jon SecadaEmilio Estefan, Jr., Casas, Ostwald4:03
11."Christmas Through Your Eyes" (Previously unreleased)Estefan, Diane WarrenEmilio Estefan, Jr., Casas, Ostwald4:52
12."I See Your Smile" (Previously unreleased)Secada, Miguel MorejonEmilio Estefan, Jr., Casas, Ostwald4:38
13."Go Away" (Previously unreleased)Lawrence Dermer, EstefanEmilio Estefan, Jr., Casas, Ostwald4:17
14."Always Tomorrow" (Previously unreleased)EstefanEmilio Estefan, Jr., Casas, Ostwald4:51

Personnel[edit]

Design

  • Nancy Donald – art direction
  • Daphna Shalev – logo design
  • Alberto Tolot – front cover photography (at the Biltmore Hotel, Coral Gables)
  • Antoine Verglas – inside booklet photography (at the Raleigh Hotel, Miami Beach)
  • Roberto Trovati – stylist
  • Serena Radaelli – hair
  • Paco – hair (for Gessner & Camp)
  • Francesca Tolot – makeup
  • Eric Barnard – makeup

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Browne, David (1992-11-27). "Reviews for the "Greatest Hits" of The Fabulous Thunderbirds, The 2 Live Crew, Randy Travis and Gloria Estefan; Julian Cope's Floored Genius, and Siouxsie and the Banshees' Twice Upon a Time/The Singles". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Gloria Estefan". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-07-03.
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  15. ^ Leila Cobo (11 October 2003). Language nor a barrier for Estefan's albums. Google Books. Retrieved 23 May 2015.
  16. ^ "French album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Greatest Hits" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique.
  17. ^ "Japanese album certifications – グロリア・エステファン – Greatest Hits" (in Japanese). Recording Industry Association of Japan.
  18. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Greatest Hits" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Greatest Hits in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  19. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Greatest Hits". Recorded Music NZ.
  20. ^ "British album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry. Select albums in the Format field. Select Platinum in the Certification field. Type Greatest Hits in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  21. ^ "American album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Greatest Hits". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.