Cuts Both Ways

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For the title track released from this album, see Cuts Both Ways (song).
Cuts Both Ways
Cuts Both Ways CD Cover.jpeg
Studio album by Gloria Estefan feat. Miami Sound Machine
Released July 1989 (1989-07)
(see release history)
Recorded 1988—1989, Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida
Genre Pop
Length 49:29
Label Epic
CBS Records International
Producer Emilio Estefan, Jr., Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald
Gloria Estefan feat. Miami Sound Machine chronology
Let It Loose
Cuts Both Ways
Exitos De Gloria Estefan
Singles from Cuts Both Ways
  1. "Don't Wanna Lose You"
    Released: June 1989 (U.S.)
  2. "Get on Your Feet"
    Released: Sept 1989 (U.S.)
  3. "Here We Are"
    Released: December 1989 (U.S.)
  4. "Oye mi Canto (Hear my Voice)"
    Released: April 1990 (U.S.)
  5. "Cuts Both Ways"
    Released: May 1990 (U.S.)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C[2]

Cuts Both Ways is American recording artist Gloria Estefan's debut solo album, and final album with Miami Sound Machine, as they would simply become her backup band for her solo career after its release. Although Estefan's name is on the front cover, the album credits Estefan and Miami Sound Machine (as with the previous album, Let It Loose).

In some Spanish-speaking territories, the album was titled Doblemente Herida.


By 1989, Gloria Estefan was one of the most successful female Latin artists in the world. After a decade of being the lead singer of Miami Sound Machine, she had been credited above the group name (Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine) on their 1987 album Let It Loose. With the release of Cuts Both Ways, it was widely believed that Estefan had gone solo, but Miami Sound Machine continued to perform as her backing band in the studio and on tour (however, the only original member of MSM to play on the album besides Estefan was her husband/producer, Emilio).

The album contains dance music, Latin rhythms and ballads. It has sold more than 14 million copies worldwide, reaching the Top Ten on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, and peaking at #1 in the UK, Belgium, Australia, and Ireland.

The first single from the album was "Don't Wanna Lose You", which became one of Estefan's biggest hits, reaching #1 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 (her second U.S. number one) and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It also reached the Top Ten in The Netherlands, Ireland, Brazil and the UK. Other singles from this album included "Here We Are", another big hit for Estefan and one of her signature songs, "Oye mi Canto", a huge hit in Europe but ignored in USA, "Get on your feet", another signature song and huge hit, and finally the title track, which didn't make so strong an impact on the charts as the previous singles.

The artists Betty Wright and Jon Secada were backing vocalist for the album, and also both appeared on Estefan's next album, 1991's Into the Light.

Track Listings[edit]

Standard track listing
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ay, Ay, I"   Gloria Estefan 3:49
2. "Here We Are"   Gloria Estefan 4:51
3. "Say"   Jon Secada, Bill Duncan 3:41
4. "Think About You Now"   Jorge Casas 4:20
5. "Nothin' New"   Gloria Estefan 3:50
6. "Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice) (English Version)"   Gloria Estefan, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald 4:52
7. "Don't Wanna Lose You"   Gloria Estefan 4:12
8. "Get On Your Feet"   John De Faria, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald 3:38
9. "Your Love Is Bad For Me"   Gloria Estefan 3:50
10. "Cuts Both Ways"   Gloria Estefan 3:16


Release history[edit]

Region Date
Japan July 12, 1989 (1989-07-12)
Europe July 10, 1989 (1989-07-10)
Canada July 10, 1989 (1989-07-10)
U.S. July 11, 1989 (1989-07-11)

Charts and certifications[edit]


Miami Sound Machine[edit]

  • Gloria Estefan: Main Vocal, Vocal Backing
  • Randy Barlow: Trumpet, Vocal Backing
  • Teddy Mulet: Trumpet, Trombone, Vocal Backing
  • Jorge Casas: Electric & Fretless Bass, Acoustic Guitars, Programming, Vocal Backing
  • Mike Scaglione: Saxophone
  • Clay Ostwald: Synthesizers, Piano, Synclavier Programming
  • John De Faria: Electric & Acoustic Guitars
  • Robert Rodriguez: Drums
  • Rafael Padilla: Percussion
  • Horns on "Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Song)" & Oye Mi Canto (Spanish Version)" arranged by Teddy Mulet, Gloria Estefan, Jorge Casas & Clay Ostwald

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Jon Secada: Vocal Backing
  • Paquito Hechevarría: Piano
  • Paco Fonta: Acoustic Guitars
  • Michael Thompson: Electric Guitars
  • Emilio Estefan Jr.: Congas
  • John Slick: Additional Synclavier Programming


  • Arranged by Gloria Estefan (tracks 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 11 & 12), Jorge Casas (all tracks), Clay Ostwald (all tracks), John De Faria (track 8), Scott Shapiro (track 5), John Haag (track 5), Tom McWilliams (track 5) & Efrain Enriquez (track 9)
  • Produced by Emilio Estefan, Clay Ostwald & Jorge Casas for Estefan Enterprises, Inc.
  • Recorded by Eric Schilling; assisted by John Haag & Ted Stein; additional assistants: Dana Horowitz, Steve Whaley & Roger Hughes
  • Mixed by Eric Schilling, except "Don't Wanna Lose You" (mixed by Humberto Gatica; assisted by Greg Laney & Mauricio Guerrero), "Here We Are" & "Cuts Both Ways" (mixed by Phil Ramone & Eric Schilling; assisted by Carlos Nieto) & "Oye Mi Canto" (additional mixing by John Haag)
  • Recorded & Mixed by Criteria Studios (Miami, Florida)
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig


  • Art direction: Nancy Donald, David Coleman
  • Photography: Randee St. Nicholas
  • Gloria Estefan’s Hair & Makeup: Eric Bernard
  • Band Hair & Makeup: Samy
  • Wardrobe: Vivian Turner


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 28, 1989). "Consumer Guide: Cuts Both Ways". The Village Voice. Archived from the original on 2011-02-01.
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  17. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Gloria Estefan; 'Cuts Both Ways')". Hung Medien. 
  18. ^ "British album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Cuts Both Ways". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Cuts Both Ways in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  19. ^ "American album certifications – Estefan, Gloria – Cuts Both Ways". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH
Preceded by
A New Flame by Simply Red
UK number one album
August 5, 1989 – September 15, 1989
Succeeded by
Aspects of Love by London Stage Cast
Preceded by
Pretty Woman (soundtrack) by Various Artists
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
August 5, 1990 – August 18, 1990
Succeeded by
The Best of Van Morrison by Van Morrison