Primitive Love

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Primitive Love
Primitive Love.jpg
Standard cover art
Studio album by Miami Sound Machine
Released August 13, 1985 (1985-08-13)
Studio New River Studios and International Sound Studios
Genre Dance-pop
Length 39:24
Label Epic, CBS Discos International
Producer Emilio Estefan Jr.
Miami Sound Machine chronology
Eyes of Innocence
(1984)Eyes of Innocence1984
Primitive Love
Let It Loose / Anything For You
(1987)Let It Loose / Anything For You1987
Singles from Primitive Love
  1. "Conga"
    Released: August 1985
  2. "Bad Boy"
    Released: November 1985
  3. "Words Get In The Way"
    Released: June 1986
  4. "Falling In Love (Uh-Oh)"
    Released: October 1986
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 in August 1985, by Epic Records.

A 2CD remastered version of the album was scheduled for March 31, 2017 by Vibe on Records, but it was postponed because Estefan is working on her new album. To date there is no set date for the re-release; however, the track listing was revealed to the public: it will include five songs that were previously unreleased on CD, sixteen remixes, two soundtrack songs, one demo and the Spanish version of "Words Get in the Way".[3]


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.[4]

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.[4]

Until 1989 the album had already exceeded 6 million copies sold worldwide. [5]

Track listing[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

2017 Remastered Deluxe version (to be released)[edit]


  • Gloria Estefan – lead vocal, background vocals, songwriter
  • Emilio Estefan Jr. – percussions
  • Enrique "Kiki" García – drums
  • Juan Marcos Ávila – bass
  • Wesley B. Wright – guitar
  • Roger Fisher – keyboards
  • Gustavo Lezcano – harmonica
  • Víctor López – trumpet
  • Ed Calle – saxophone
  • Tony Concepcion – trumpet
  • Rafael Padilla – percussion, timbales
  • Betty Cortez – keyboards, background vocals
  • Rafael Vigil – background vocals
  • Paquito Hechevarría – guest musician (piano, "Conga")
  • Juanito Márquez – guest musician (guitar, "Conga")
  • Suzi Carr – background vocal ("Body to Body")
  • Emilio Estefan Jr. – producer
  • Lawrence Dermer – arranger
  • Joe Galdo – arranger
  • Eric Schilliing – engineer, mixing
  • Ted Stein – engineer
  • John Haag – engineer
  • Mark Richman – engineer
  • Teresa Verplanck – assistant engineer
  • Patrice Caroll Levinsohn – assistant engineer
  • Carlos Santos – assistant engineer
  • Juanito Márquez – horn arrangement ("Mucho Money", "Movies")
  • Víctor López – horn arrangement ("Conga")
  • Ricardo Eddy Martínez – horn arrangement ("Conga")
  • Pablo Flores – remixes ("Bad Boy" Dub Version, 2009 Japan Mini-LP CD Edition, "Conga", "Primitive Love")
  • Bob Rauchman – design and art direction
  • Al Freedy – front cover photography
  • Michael Wray – back cover photography
  • Samy – hair and makeup
  • Fini Lignarolo – front cover clothes

Chart positions[edit]


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[citation needed] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[12] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[13] 3× Platinum 3,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date
U.S. August 13, 1985 (1985-08-13)
Europe August 12, 1985 (1985-08-12)
Japan August 23, 1985 (1985-08-23)
Japan (Mini-LP CD Series) July 8, 2009 (2009-07-08)