Christmas Through Your Eyes

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Christmas Through your Eyes
Gloria Estefan Christmas Through Your Eyes.jpg
Studio album by Gloria Estefan
Released September 27, 1993
Recorded Crescent Moon Studios, Miami; Capitol Studios, Los Angeles; The Hit Factory and Flying Monkey Studios, New York and the Village Recorder, Los Angeles
Genre Holiday
Length 44:01
Label Epic
Producer Phil Ramone
Gloria Estefan chronology
Mi Tierra
(1993)
Christmas Through your Eyes
(1993)
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
(1994)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B−[2]
Los Angeles Times 1.5/4 stars[3]

Christmas Through Your Eyes is the fourth studio solo album released by Latin-American singer Gloria Estefan, and 16th overall, in 1993.

History[edit]

Following the success of her multi-awarded Latin album Mi Tierra, Estefan recorded a collection of all Christmas songs released in the early autumn of 1993. The collection contains mostly traditional songs along with the title track, an original song written by Estefan and Diane Warren. The title track was previously released with a different instrumental arrangement on Estefan's 1992 Greatest Hits album, and it was released as a double A-side single with "Miami Hitmix" in Europe.[4] The Spanish-language song called "Arbolito de Navidad" is also included.

Estefan, who had found worldwide success singing pop and dance songs, was accompanied by a big band on the song "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!" and sings a jazz-inspired rendition of "This Christmas". Music videos were filmed and released for the songs "This Christmas" and "Silent Night", which are included on the video collection Everlasting Gloria!.

Technologically, the album production was used as a testing ground for what would be the digital long-distance audio technology used in the production of the Frank Sinatra album Duets using the Dolby Digital system provided by Skywalker Ranch-based Entertainment Digital Network, so that Estefan could remotely listen to the production sessions in Los Angeles from her home studio in Miami. Both the Estefan and Sinatra album were produced by Phil Ramone and principally recorded and mixed by Eric Schilling.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Overture: Silver Bells"   Jay Livingston, Ray Evans 4:18
2. "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)"   Mel Torme, Robert Wells 4:13
3. "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas"   Hugh Martin, Ralph Blane 5:13
4. "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!"   Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn 3:56
5. "This Christmas"   Donny Hathaway, Nadine McKinnor 4:41
6. "I'll Be Home for Christmas"   Kim Gannon, Walter Kent, Buck Ram 3:30
7. "White Christmas"   Irving Berlin 4:13
8. "Silent Night"   Joseph Mohr, Franz Gruber 4:38
9. "Christmas Through Your Eyes"   Gloria Estefan, Dianne Warren 5:01
10. "Árbolito de Navidad"   Jose Barros 3:56
11. "Christmas Auld Lang Syne"   Robert Burns, arrangement from Scottish melody 2:35

Personnel[edit]

Musicians[edit]

Production[edit]

  • Producers: Phil Ramone
  • Arrangers: Patrick Williams, Rob Mounsey, Pat Williams, Doug Kastaros, Peter Schwartz, Juanito Marquez, Clay Ostwald
  • Vocal Arrangers: Gene Puerling
  • Engineers: Eric Schilling, Humberto Gatica, Patrice Levisohn, Charley Pollard, Richard Alderson, Lolly Grodner, Robert Hart
  • Assistant Engineers: Sebastian Krys, Leslie Ann Jones, Nora Castilo, Charlie Paakkari, Neil Perry
  • Mixed by: Eric Schilling
  • Mix Assistant: Sebastian Krys
  • Project Coordinator: Hill Dell’Abate
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwing at Gateway Mastering, Portland, Maine
  • Management: Emilio Estefan Jr.

Design[edit]

  • Art direction: David Coleman
  • Photography: Alberto Tolot

Release history[edit]

Region Date
Europe September 27, 1993 (1993-09-27)
United States September 28, 1993 (1993-09-28)
Canada October 12, 1993 (1993-10-12)
Japan November 3, 1993 (1993-11-03)

Charts and certifications[edit]

The album reached No. 43 on the Billboard 200 Pop Album chart and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in the United States for shipments of over a million copies. According to a 2001 review of her album sales on her discography database web, the album has sold more than a 1.5 million copies worldwide.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Browne, David (1993-11-12). "Christmas CD Roundup Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-03. 
  3. ^ Willman, Chris (1993-12-12). "Holiday Recordings : HOLIDAY : It's Ring-a-Ling Recordings Time : Those Seasonal Sugarplums and Lumps O' Coal". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-11-28. 
  4. ^ Gloria Estefan, "Greatest Hits." 1992 Sony Music Entertainment
  5. ^ Gloria Estefan Discography Database
  6. ^ "Gloria Estefan Album & Song Chart History" Billboard 200 for Gloria Estefan. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Christmas Through Your Eyes". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH