Unwrapped (album)

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Unwrapped
Gloria Estefan in Unwrapped.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 2003 (2003-09)
StudioCrescent Moon Studios, Miami
GenrePop
Length60:32
LabelEpic
ProducerGloria Estefan
Emilio Estefan
Sebastian Krys
Gloria Estefan chronology
Greatest Hits Vol. II
(2001)
Unwrapped
(2003)
Amor y Suerte: Exitos Romanticos
(2004)
Singles from Unwrapped
  1. "Wrapped/Hoy"
    Released: August 2003
  2. "I Wish You"
    Released: February 2004 (Europe) March 2004 (U.S.)
  3. "Te Amaré"
    Released: February 2004 (Spain)
  4. "Tu Fotografía"
    Released: February 2004 (U.S., Argentina)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2/5 stars [1]
Celebrity Cafe8.5/10 stars [2]
MSN Music1.5/5 stars [3]

Unwrapped is the tenth studio solo album and twenty-fourth album overall by Cuban-American singer Gloria Estefan, released in 2003. It was also her first English language studio album since 1998's gloria!.

Content[edit]

The album is a departure in sound from Estefan's previous works. The album was recorded live, unlike any of her other studio albums. There is less reverb on Estefan's vocals, done to create an intimate feeling. The album is acoustic and is designed to feel like an unplugged album. This is the first Estefan album to not feature a brass section.

Estefan worked with notable artists on the album; Stevie Wonder played harmonica and sang on "Into You," while Chrissie Hynde appeared on "One Name". "Hoy," which became one of Estefan's most successful singles, was written by Peruvian singer-composer Gian Marco and contains several Peruvian folk music elements.

The album uses the theme of unwrapping herself to the world in the lyrics, recording, and the artwork. The picture on the back cover is actually Estefan's back. Next to the title, "Into You," there is a pink line that runs down to the bottom, which is the scar from her back surgery when she broke her back in 1990. The picture above the "I Will Always Need Your Love" lyrics is Gloria holding hands with her husband Emilio, for whom the song was written, likewise, the picture of the hand pointing to the lyrics to "You" is Gloria's daughter, Emily.

Promotion[edit]

To promote the album, Estefan launched the American tour Live & Re-Wrapped Tour which was made after her Live & Unwrapped performances at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas.

In addition, Estefan released a remix EP under the name of Unwrapped: Remixes, the EP was a Bonus Promo CD that was available with purchase of the Live & Unwrapped DVD during Pay Per View broadcasts and purchases of the DVD at shows during the Live & Re-Wrapped Tour.

Track listing[edit]

Worldwide CD, Limited Edition CD+DVD & Cassette Release
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."A Little Push"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys, Jon Secada3:56
2."Te Amaré"Gloria M. Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Sebastian Krys, Tony Mardini, Tom McWilliams3:02
3."Your Picture"Gloria M. Estefan, Gian Marco3:50
4."Wrapped"Gloria M. Estefan, Gian Marco3:27
5."Time Waits"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys4:25
6."In The Meantime"Gloria M. Estefan, Gian Marco3:36
7."Dangerous Game"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys, Jon Secada3:17
8."Into You" (Duet with Stevie Wonder)Gloria M. Estefan, C. De Yarza, Maceo Morris3:20
9."One Name" (Duet with Chrissie Hynde)Gloria M. Estefan, Archie Peña3:04
10."I Will Always Need Your Love"Gloria M. Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr., A. Gaitan, R. Gaitan, Tony Mardini3:05
11."Say Goodbye"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys, Jon Secada3:53
12."I Wish You"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys3:52
13."You"Gloria M. Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr., A. Gaitan, R. Gaitan, Tony Mardini, Tom McWilliams3:09
14."Famous"Gloria M. Estefan3:20
15."Te Amaré" (Spanish Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Sebastian Krys, Tony Mardini, Tom McWilliams3:03
16."Tu Fotografía" (Your Picture – Spanish Version)Emilio Estefan, Jr., Gian Marco3:48
17."Hoy" (Wrapped – Spanish Version)Gian Marco3:27
18."Mientras Tanto" (In The Meantime – Spanish Version)Gian Marco3:38
Spain & Latin American CD, Limited Edition CD+DVD & Cassette Release
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Tu Fotografía" (Your Picture – Spanish Version)Emilio Estefan, Jr., Gian Marco3:48
2."Te Amaré" (Spanish Version)Gloria M. Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Sebastian Krys, Tony Mardini, Tom McWilliams3:03
3."Mientras Tanto" (In The Meantime – Spanish Version)Gian Marco3:38
4."Hoy" (Wrapped – Spanish Version)Gian Marco3:27
5."Time Waits"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys4:25
6."A Little Push"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys, Jon Secada3:56
7."Dangerous Game"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys, Jon Secada3:17
8."Into You" (Duet with Stevie Wonder)Gloria M. Estefan, C. De Yarza, Maceo Morris3:20
9."One Name" (Duet with Chrissie Hynde)Gloria M. Estefan, Archie Peña3:04
10."I Will Always Need Your Love"Gloria M. Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr., A. Gaitan, R. Gaitan, Tony Mardini3:05
11."Say Goodbye"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys, Jon Secada3:53
12."I Wish You"Gloria M. Estefan, John Falcone, Sebastian Krys3:52
13."You"Gloria M. Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr., A. Gaitan, R. Gaitan, Tony Mardini, Tom McWilliams3:09
14."Famous"Gloria M. Estefan3:20
15."Te Amaré"Gloria M. Estefan, Emilio Estefan Jr., Sebastian Krys, Tony Mardini, Tom McWilliams3:02
16."Your Picture"Gloria M. Estefan, Gian Marco3:50
17."Wrapped"Gloria M. Estefan, Gian Marco3:27
18."In The Meantime"Gloria M. Estefan, Gian Marco3:36

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic.[4]

  • Pedro Alfonso - violin
  • Meredith Mora Arriaga - accordion
  • Christopher Austopchuk - design direction
  • Eric Barnard - hair stylist
  • Tim Barnes - viola
  • Kurt Berge - technical support
  • Carlos "El Bola" Betancourt - cover art
  • Edwin Bonilla - drums, percussion
  • Susanne Cerha - art direction, design
  • Vadim Chislov - assistant engineer
  • Michael C. Collins - assistant engineer
  • Mike Couzzi - engineer
  • Kevin Dillon - project coordinator
  • Luis Enrique - drums, guest artist, percussion
  • Emilio Estefan, Jr. - producer
  • Gloria Estefan - primary artist, producer
  • John Falcone - arranger, bass, string arrangements
  • Jorge Felix - assistant engineer
  • Trevor Fletcher - studio manager
  • Richard Flieschman - viola
  • Orlando J. Forte - violin
  • Julie Gardner - engineer
  • Chris Glansdorp - cello
  • Arthur Hanlon - piano
  • Ross Harbaugh - cello
  • Kent Hertz - assistant engineer
  • Chrissie Hynde - guest artist, vocals
  • Claudio Jaffe - cello
  • Sidney Jamila - make-Up
  • Femi Jiya - engineer
  • Steve Jones - digital editing
  • Manu Katché - drums
  • Sebastián Krys - arranger, cavaquinho, charango, cuatro, engineer, lakota flute, mixing, producer, programming, quena, string arrangements, zampona
  • Leyla Leeming - project coordinator
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering
  • Mei Mei Luo - violin
  • Patrick Magee - assistant engineer
  • José Juan Maldonado - project coordinator
  • Tony Mardini - arranger
  • Tom McWilliams - arranger, drums
  • Steve Menezes - studio manager
  • Susan Moyer - cello
  • Scott ODonnell - viola
  • Alfredo Oliva - concert master, violin
  • Laszio Pap - violin
  • Ruben Parra - studio manager
  • Luis Pastor - bass
  • Andy Pechenik - technical support
  • Billie Pechenik - project coordinator
  • Archie Pena - arranger, drums, percussion
  • Marco Peña - hair stylist
  • Daniel Ponce - assistant engineer
  • Juan Rosario - assistant engineer
  • Juan Antonio Salazar - conductor, orchestration, string arrangements
  • Eric Schilling - engineer
  • Jon Secada - guest artist, background vocals
  • Rafael Solano - drums, percussion
  • Simon Soong - technical support
  • Debra Spring - viola
  • Ron Taylor - engineer, fender rhodes, mellotron, organ (hammond), piano, wurlitzer
  • Ken Theis - assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Alberto Tolot - cover portrait
  • Peter Vargo - assistant
  • Jose "Pepe" Velazquez - drums, drum technician
  • Mario Vergel - stylist, typography
  • Dan Warner - guitar, mandolin, tres
  • Ryan Wolff - assistant engineer
  • Stevie Wonder - guest artist, harmonica, vocal ad-Libs

Singles[edit]

# Title Date
1. "Wrapped/Hoy" August 2003
2. "I Wish You" February 2004 (Europe) March 2004 (U.S.)
3. "Te Amaré" February 2004 (Spain)
4. "Tu Fotografía" April 2004 (U.S., Argentina)

Chart positions[edit]

Weekly Charts[edit]

Chart (2003) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[5] 44
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[6] 45
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[7] 27
French Albums (SNEP)[8] 126
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[9] 26
Italian Albums (FIMI)[10] 11
Spanish Albums (Promusicae)[11] 4
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[12] 2
UK Albums (OCC)[13] 76
US Billboard 200[14] 39

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[15] Gold 50,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[16] Platinum 40,000^
United States 162,000[17]

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Awards[edit]

Year Award Show Award
2004 Billboard Latin Music Awards Top Latin Pop Airplay Track-Female of the Year, "Hoy"
2005 Top Latin Tropical Track of the Year, "Tu Fotografía"

Release history[edit]

Country Release date
Worldwide September 22, 2003 (2003-09-22)
Canada September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)
U.S.
Australia October 6, 2003 (2003-10-06)
Japan October 8, 2003 (2003-10-08)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unwrapped at AllMusic
  2. ^ Michael (2003-09-24). "Unwrapped". TheCelebrityCafe.com. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  3. ^ "Unwrapped by Gloria Estefan on MSN Music". Music.msn.com. 2003-09-23. Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. Retrieved 2012-03-13.
  4. ^ "Unwrapped - Gloria Estefan | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gloria Estefan – Unwrapped" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gloria Estefan – Unwrapped" (in French). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gloria Estefan – Unwrapped" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  8. ^ "Lescharts.com – Gloria Estefan – Unwrapped". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  9. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Gloria Estefan – Unwrapped" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  10. ^ "Italiancharts.com – Gloria Estefan – Unwrapped". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  11. ^ Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  12. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Gloria Estefan – Unwrapped". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  13. ^ "Gloria Estefan | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  14. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  15. ^ "Spanish album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Unwrapped" (PDF) (in Spanish). Productores de Música de España. Select album under "Chart", enter the certification year in the field "Year". Select the certification week in the field "Semana". Click on "Search Charts".
  16. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Gloria Estefan; 'Unwrapped')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien.
  17. ^ Caulfield, Keith. "Ask Billboard". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Archived from the original on September 19, 2014. Retrieved September 12, 2016.

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