Cuts Both Ways

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Cuts Both Ways
Cuts Both Ways CD Cover.jpeg
Studio album by Gloria Estefan
ReleasedJuly 28, 1989 (1989-07-28)
StudioCriteria Studios, Miami, Florida
Gloria Estefan chronology
Let It Loose / Anything for You
Cuts Both Ways
Exitos De Gloria Estefan
Singles from Cuts Both Ways
  1. "Don't Wanna Lose You"
    Released: June 1989
  2. "Get On Your Feet"
    Released: September 1989 (US)
  3. "Here We Are"
    Released: December 1989 (US)
  4. "Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)"
    Released: April 1990 (US)
  5. "Cuts Both Ways"
    Released: May 1990 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauC[2]

Cuts Both Ways is the debut solo album by American recording artist Gloria Estefan and final album with Miami Sound Machine, as they would 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 4 million copies outside the US, and reached the top ten on the US Billboard 200 chart, also peaking number 1 in the UK and Australia.

The first single from the album was "Don't Wanna Lose You", which became one of Estefan's biggest hits, reaching number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 (her second US number one) and was certified Gold by the RIAA. It also reached the top ten in the Netherlands, Ireland 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 the US, "Get on Your Feet", another signature song and huge hit, and finally the title track, which didn't make as strong an impact on the charts as the previous singles.

Jon Secada did background vocals for the album, and also appeared on Estefan's next album, 1991's Into the Light.

Track listing[edit]

Worldwide LP edition
1."Ay, Ay, I"Gloria Estefan3:49
2."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:51
3."Say"Jon Secada, Bill Duncan3:41
4."Think About You Now"Jorge Casas4:20
5."Nothin' New"Gloria Estefan3:50
6."Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)" (English version)Gloria Estefan, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald4:52
7."Don't Wanna Lose You"Gloria Estefan4:12
8."Get on Your Feet"John DeFaria, Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald3:38
9."Your Love Is Bad For Me"Gloria Estefan3:50
10."Cuts Both Ways"Gloria Estefan3:16


# Title Date
1. "Don't Wanna Lose You / Si Voy A Perderte" June 1989
2. "Get on Your Feet" September 1989 (US)
3. "Here We Are" December 1989 (US)
4. "Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)" April 1990 (US)
5. "Cuts Both Ways" June 1990 (US)

Release history[edit]

Region Date
United States July 11, 1989 (1989-07-11)
Canada July 10, 1989 (1989-07-10)
Europe and United Kingdom July 10, 1989 (1989-07-10)
Japan July 12, 1989 (1989-07-12)

Charts and certifications[edit]


Miami Sound Machine[edit]

  • Gloria Estefan: lead and backing vocals
  • Randy Barlow: trumpet, backing vocals
  • Teddy Mulet: trumpet, trombone, backing vocals
  • Jorge Casas: bass guitar, acoustic guitar, programming, backing vocals
  • Mike Scaglione: saxophone
  • Clay Ostwald: synthesizer, piano, programming
  • John De Faria: electric guitar, acoustic guitar
  • Robert Rodriguez: drums
  • Rafael Padilla: percussion
  • Horns on "Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)" and "Oye Mi Canto" (Spanish version) arranged by Teddy Mulet, Gloria Estefan, Jorge Casas and Clay Ostwald
  • Paquito Hechavarría: piano
  • Paco Fonta: acoustic guitar
  • Michael Thompson: electric guitar
  • Emilio Estefan Jr.: congas
  • John Slick: additional programming
  • Jon Secada, Betty Wright: backing vocals


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


  • Art direction: Nancy Donald, David Coleman
  • Photography: Randee St. Nicholas
  • Gloria Estefan's hair and makeup: Eric Bernard
  • Band hair and makeup: Samy
  • Wardrobe: Vivian Turner


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