Mí Tierra

Mí Tierra

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by Gloria Estefan
     
 

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Gloria Estefan's Mi Tierra predicted the Latin pop explosion of the late '90s, with the Miami Sound Machine vocalist making a loud-and-proud reclamation of her Latin musical heritage. The album, released in 1993, was Estefan's effort to reconnect to her Cuban roots after several albums designed to exploit the ties between mainstream pop and Latin music. With

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Gloria Estefan's Mi Tierra predicted the Latin pop explosion of the late '90s, with the Miami Sound Machine vocalist making a loud-and-proud reclamation of her Latin musical heritage. The album, released in 1993, was Estefan's effort to reconnect to her Cuban roots after several albums designed to exploit the ties between mainstream pop and Latin music. With guest appearances by the legendary Cuban bassist Israel "Cachao" López, percussionists Tito Puente and Sheila E., and trumpeter Arturo Sandoval, Mi Tierra qualifies as a true all-star session. The title track personifies the album's spirit, with its lyrics of nostalgia for Cuba, pseudo-charanga instrumentation, and lush symphonic string section added for good measure. Traditional styles like guajiro, cha-cha-chá, and the danzón are all featured here, along with Gloria's alluring singing. There are elemental attempts at explicating styles, as in "Si Señor," and "Montuno," which demonstrate the Cuban son montuno, and even an affecting call to Latino unity, "Hablemos el Mismo Idioma." The rousing finale, "Tradición," reaches back to the percussive base of Yoruban rumba to fully engage the listener with Estefan's successful immersion in her ancestral past.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jose F. Promis
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," "¡Sí Señor!...," "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.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/22/1993
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074645380742
catalogNumber:
53807

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gloria Estefan   Primary Artist,Vocals,Coro
Cachao   Bass,Bajo Sexto
Tito Puente   Conga,Timbales
London Symphony Orchestra   Strings
Paquito D'Rivera   Saxophone,Soloist
Arturo Sandoval   Trumpet,Soloist
Debbie Spring   Violin,Viola,Charango,Cuerda
Nestor Torres   Flute
Jon Secada   Background Vocals,Coro
Luis Enrique   Bass,Percussion,Timbales
Chamin Correa   Guitar,Background Vocals,Coro,Requinto
Randy Barlow   Trumpet,Background Vocals,Coro
Rafael "Felo" Barrio   Timbales
Robert Basso   Violin
Jorge Casas   Bass,12-string Guitar,Coro,Acoustic Bass,Bajo Sexto,Tres Cubano
Sheila E.   Conga,Timbales
Juanito Marquez   Guitar
Teddy Mulet   Trombone,Trumpet,Background Vocals,Coro,Soloist
Clay Ostwald   Piano,Timbales
Rafael Padilla   Bass,Percussion
Cheito Quinonez   Trumpet,Background Vocals,Coro
Nelson Gonzalez   Bass,Percussion,Tres Cubano
Paquito Hechavarria   Piano
Alfredo Oliva   Viola
Jorge Orbon   Violin
Alexander Prilutchi   Violin
Jorge Sicre   Cello
Max Teppich   Violin
Serena Radaelli   Estilista
Alejandro Correa   Coro
Roberto Luis Rodriguez   Trumpet,Soloist
Alfredo Correa   Coro

Technical Credits

Cachao   Arranger,Composer
Gloria Estefan   Arranger,Composer
Randy Barlow   Arranger
Jorge Casas   Arranger,Producer
Charles Dye   Engineer
Emilio Estefan   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Patrice Wilkinson Levinsohn   Engineer
Juanito Marquez   Composer
Teddy Mulet   Arranger
Clay Ostwald   Arranger,Producer
Sebastián Krys   Contributor
Scott Perry   Contributor
Ron Taylor   Engineer
Nancy Donald   Art Direction
Frank Miret   Engineer
Sean Chambers   Contributor
Estéfano   Arranger,Composer
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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Mí Tierra 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gloria Estefan can leap tall buildings in a single bound in english, but she soars with the eagles in spanish, she can sing a party song with the best of them . . . but in ''Mi Tierra'' she is at her best, singing songs from her heart, to your heart. Songs of second chances at love, separation from homeland and loved ones, whether with hope of reconciliation or not, her ''beat'' ('son' -rhymes with english 'zone'), her rythm (montuno), a song for hispanic unity, and a tribute to her musical heritage continuing. As usual the cover booklet gives the complete lyrics, and the booklet for Mi Tierra also gives each song translated into english so you can tell by more than just the sound what she is singing about (if you don't have any spanish) and without which this review would have been much less informative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Gloria Estefan has been in the music business for a long time and translates her lyrics in spanish and english. She is one of the best female Carribena singer that not only sings, but she also sings from the heart into your heart of the salsera music. It has pop and latin music of the time. ALl of her music come from her latin roots of Cuba. That's where all the latin music usually comes from CUba and Puerto Rico. Her hot sensational music fo trumpets and bangos and other instruments are the roots of latin rhythm. SHe has dance moves that make you want to go up and dance.
Mac_girl More than 1 year ago
I was never a Gloria Estefan fan until this album was released. Mind you, I was still very young but it was one of the CDs that you couldn't help but love. My grandfather always listened to Spanish music but I never really cared for anyone aside from Celia Cruz. Upon listening to this CD, on a long car trip with him; it really inspired me...The lyrics are beautiful and the rhythms are capitivating...after that I was never the same and now I love a lot of different types of Spanish music today because of it.