Greatest Hits (Gloria Estefan album)

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Greatest Hits
Gloria Estefan Greatest Hits US Cover.jpg
Greatest hits album by Gloria Estefan
Released October 30, 1992 (1992-10-30)
Genre Pop, dance, Latin pop
Length 55:06
Label Epic
EK-53046
Producer Emilio Estefan, Jr., Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald
Gloria Estefan chronology
Into the Light
(1991)Into the Light1991
Greatest Hits
(1992)
Mi Tierra
(1993)Mi Tierra1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Entertainment Weekly B[1]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[2]
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]

Greatest Hits is a 1992 compilation album by the Cuban-American singer-songwriter Gloria Estefan. Musically, it 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]

As well as serving as a collection of her greatest hits both as a solo artist and with Miami Sound Machine, the album also contained four previously unreleased songs. Although credited solely to Estefan on the front cover, several tracks include the full band Miami Sound Machine (which would later become her backing group). The most well-known, U.S. and Canadian album release has some differences from alternate releases in different regions. Many international releases of the album included 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 later came out 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.

Track listing[edit]

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

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

Singles[edit]

The first single released from the album was "Always Tomorrow." It reached #81 on the Billboard Hot 100 but reached #5 on the Adult Contemporary Chart and the Top 30 in the UK. The second single, "I See Your Smile" charted higher and reached #48 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart and #3 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Chart. It also reached #49 in the UK. "Go Away" failed to chart on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart but reached #15 on the Billboard Dance Chart and was a U.K. Top 20 hit (#13).

The "Megamix" or "Miami Hit Mix" as a double A-side with "Christmas Through Your Eyes" was released internationally and reached #8 in Colombia and the UK. Music videos were made for all the above singles.

"Christmas Through Your Eyes"/"Miami Hitmix" was released as a double A-side in some countries.

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

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  16. ^ Leila Cobo (11 October 2003). Language nor a barrier for Estefan's albums. Google Books. Retrieved 23 May 2015. 
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  19. ^ "British album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Greatest Hits". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Greatest Hits 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
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