Primitive Love

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Primitive Love
Standard cover art
Studio album by Miami Sound Machine
Released August 1985 (1985-08)
Recorded 1984-85
Genre Dance-pop
Length 39:24
Label Epic, CBS Discos
Producer Emilio Estefan Jr.
Miami Sound Machine chronology
  • Primitive Love
  • (1985)
Alternative cover art
Cover art for UK editions
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]

Primitive Love is the ninth studio album and second English-language record by the Miami Sound Machine, released on August 1985, by Epic Records.

Background[edit]

This album was a follow-up to the band's previous releases in every sense; in the music, in rhythms and in Gloria Estefan's vocals. Previous releases by Miami Sound Machine had failed to achieve much in the way of crossover success. However, with the release of Primitive Love in 1985, their distinctive sound was finally being heard by a wider audience, both in the United States and abroad.

This album was the band's first appearance on the American albums chart, reaching #23 on the Billboard 200. The album ended the year on the 1986 Billboard Year End Charts at number ten.[3]

Three singles released from this album reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 chart: "Conga" peaked at #10; "Bad Boy" reached #8; "Words Get in the Way" was the highest-charting single from this album, at #5; and "Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)" climbed to #25.[3]

As of 2008, the album has sold over 5 million copies worldwide.[3]

Singles[edit]

# Title Date
1. "Conga" August 1985
2. "Bad Boy" Nov 1985
3. "Words Get in the Way" Jan 1986
4. "Falling in Love (Uh-Oh)" March 1986

Track Listings[edit]

Standard Track Listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Body To Body"   Suzi Carr, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo 3:56
2. "Primitive Love"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 4:42
3. "Words Get In The Way"   Gloria M. Estefan 3:23
4. "Bad Boy"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 3:53
5. "Falling In Love (Uh-Oh)"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 3:58
6. "Conga"   Enrique E. Garcia 4:11
7. "Mucho Money"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 4:44
8. "You Made A Fool Of Me"   Wesley B. Wright 2:54
9. "Movies"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 2:57
10. "Surrender Paradise"   Suzi Carr, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo 4:50
European/UK, South Africa & Japanese CD Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "La Conga (Conga - Dance Mix)" (Bonus Track) Enrique E. Garcia 5:59
12. "Bad Boy (Extended Dance Mix)" (Bonus Track) Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 6:24
13. "Body To Body (Extended Dance Mix)" (Bonus Track) Suzi Carr, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo 6:49
14. "Primitive Love (Extended Dance Mix)" (Bonus Track) Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 6:25
USA (CBS Discos Release) & Latin American Track Listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Body To Body"   Suzi Carr, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo 3:56
2. "Primitive Love"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 4:42
3. "No Me Vuelvo A Enamorar (Words Get In The Way - Spanish Version)" (Exclusive Track) Gloria M. Estefan 3:23
4. "Bad Boy"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 3:53
5. "Falling In Love (Uh-Oh)"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 3:58
6. "Conga"   Enrique E. Garcia 4:11
7. "Mucho Money (Spanish Version)" (Exclusive Track) Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 4:44
8. "You Made A Fool Of Me"   Wesley B. Wright 2:54
9. "Movies"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 2:57
10. "Hablas De Mi" (Exclusive Track) Jorge Luis Piloto 3:40
2009 Japan Mini-LP CD Series Reissue Track Listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Body To Body"   Suzi Carr, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo 3:56
2. "Primitive Love"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 4:42
3. "Words Get In The Way"   Gloria M. Estefan 3:23
4. "Bad Boy"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 3:53
5. "Falling In Love (Uh-Oh)"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 3:58
6. "Conga"   Enrique E. Garcia 4:11
7. "Mucho Money"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 4:44
8. "You Made A Fool Of Me"   Wesley B. Wright 2:54
9. "Movies"   Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 2:57
10. "Surrender Paradise"   Suzi Carr, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo 4:50
11. "La Conga (Conga - Dance Mix)" (Bonus Track) Enrique E. Garcia 5:59
12. "Bad Boy (Extended Dance Mix)" (Bonus Track) Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 6:24
13. "Body To Body (Extended Dance Mix)" (Bonus Track) Suzi Carr, Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo 6:49
14. "Primitive Love (Extended Dance Mix)" (Bonus Track) Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 6:25
15. "Bad Boy (Dub Version)" (2009 Mini-LP CD Bonus Track) Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo, Rafael Vigil 6:25

Credits and personnel[edit]

  • Gloria Estefan - vocal, background vocals, songwriter
  • Emilio Estefan Jr. - percussions
  • Enrique "Kiki" Garcia - drums
  • Juan Marcos Avila - bass
  • Wesley B. Wright - guitar
  • Roger Fisher - keyboard
  • Gustavo Lezcano - harmonica
  • Victor Lopez - trumpet
  • Ed Calle - saxophone
  • Tony Concepcion - trumpet
  • Rafael Padilla - percussion, timbales
  • Betty Cortez - keyboard, background vocals
  • Rafael Vigil - background vocals
  • Paquito Hechevarria - guest musician (Piano "Conga")
  • Juanito Marquez - guest musician (Guitar "Conga")
  • Suzi Carr - background vocal ("Body To Body")
  • Producers: Emilio Estefan Jr.
  • Arrangers: Lawrence Dermer & Joe Galdo
  • Engineer & Mixing: Eric Schilliing
  • Additional Engineers: Ted Stein, John Haag & Mark Richman
  • Assistant Engineers: Teresa Verplanck, Patrice Caroll Levinsohn, Carlos Santos
  • Horn Arrangement: Juanito Marquez ("Mucho Money", "Movies"), Victor Lopez & Ricardo Eddy Martinez ("Conga")
  • Recorded & Mixed: New River Studios and International Sound Studios.
  • Remixes: Pablo Flores ("Conga", "Primitive Love")
  • Remix: Pablo Flores ("Bad Boy" Dub Version, 2009 Japan Mini-LP CD Edition)
  • Design and Art Direction: Bob Rauchman
  • Front Cover Photography: Al Freedy
  • Back Cover Photographs: Michael Wray
  • Gloria Estefan’s Hair & Makeup: Samy
  • Front Cover Clothes: Fini Lignarolo

Charts[edit]

Chart (1985) Peak
position[3]
U.S. Billboard 200 21[4]
U.S. Billboard Latin Pop Albums 1
U.S. The Billboard 200 (Year-End 1986) 10[5]
Dutch Album Charts 30[6]
German Album Charts 41[7]
New Zealand Album Charts 13[8]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[citation needed] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[9] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Japan August 23, 1985 (1985-08-23)
United States August 13, 1985 (1985-08-13)
Worldwide August 23, 1985 (1985-08-23)

References[edit]