Gloria Estefan Mi Tierra
Q: 4 stars out of 5 - "...Gloria never sang better..."
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- Released: June 22, 1993
- Originally Released: 1993
- Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
Entertainment Weekly - 6/25/93, p.102"...MI TIERRA will whirl you through an intoxicating landscape of traditional Cuban rhythms and aromatic flavors, with Estefan as intimate tour guide....since the mood and melodies speak all languages, even non-Spanish-speakers can revel in this fiesta..." - Rating: B+
Q - 8/02, pp.139-404 stars out of 5 - "...Gloria never sang better..."
- 1.Con Los A¤os Que Me Quedan
- 2.Mi Tierra
- 4.Mi Buen Amor
- 5.Tus Ojos
- 6.No Hay Mal Que Por Bien No Venga
- 7.Si Senor!...
- 10.Hablemos El Mismo Idioma
- 11.Hablas De Mi
Personnel includes: Gloria Estefan (vocals); Juanito R. Marquez (guitar); Nestor Torres (flute); Paquito D'Rivera (saxophone); Mannie Lopez (trumpet, percussion); Teddy Mulet, Cheito Quinonez (trumpet, background vocals); Randy Barlow (trumpet); Paquito Hechavarria (piano); Israel Lopez "Cachao" (bass); Luis Enrique, Sheila E. (percussion); Tito Puente (timbales).
Producers: Jorge Casas, Clay Ostwald, Emilio Estefan Jr.
Engineers include: Ron Taylor, Patrice Levinsohn, Frank Miret.
Recorded at Crescent Moon Studios and Criteria Studios, Miami, Florida; Metropolis Studios, London, England; Air Lyndhurst Studios, Hampstead, England; Estudio Sincronia, Madrid, Spain.
MI TIERRA won the 1994 Grammy Award for "Tropical Latin Album."
Audio Mixer: Eric Schilling .
Recording information: Air Lyndhurst Studios, Hampstead, London; Crescent Moon Studios, Miami, FL; Criteria Studios, Miami, FL; Estudio Sincronia, Madrid, Espa¤a; metropolis Studios, London, England; Sound Booth Studios, Miami, FL.
Gloria Estefan's first U.S. Spanish-language album, Mi Tierra is one of her most satisfying, and a step above her English-language pop albums. Her voice is extremely well suited for the material, and the result is a breezy, sunny album with moments of melancholy and longing -- in short, one of her most consistent albums to date. Additionally, some of the best-known and most well-respected Latin musicians were employed to further embellish the album. There are plenty of happy upbeat songs on this set, including "Montuno," the anthemic "Mi Tierra," "S¡ Se¤or!...," "No Hay Mal Que por Bien No Venga," and "Hablemos el Mismo Idioma," which are all perfect for a summer cocktail pool party. The ballads are among her most compelling, among these "Con los Anos Que Me Quedan," with beautiful lyrics and guitars augmenting the lovely melodies. That song, incidentally, later resurfaced as the English-language "If We Were Lovers," which can be found on her Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 collection. Other ballad highlights include the longing "Mi Buen Amor" and "Volveras." The lyrics, which are included in their English translations, resonate much more in Spanish. This set easily ranks as one of Estefan's best albums, albeit least commercial. True fans of the artist will love this set, which showcases her as much more of an organic talent than her pop songs demonstrate. On "Hablemos el Mismo Idioma" she suggests, "Brother, give me your hand, let's speak the same language," and that language is music. An album such as this deserves to be listened to and appreciated by everyone, Spanish-speaking or not. A true pleasure. ~ Jose F. Promis