The Very Best of Gloria Estefan

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All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Released in the same year as The Essential Gloria Estefan, The Very Best Of is much less comprehensive, but still features 15 U.K. Top 40 hits from Cuba's biggest musical export. One of the most underrated artists of the late '80s, Gloria Estefan -- together with her husband's Miami Sound Machine -- was responsible for some of the most infectious and joyous pop hits of the decade, opening the doors for the likes of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in the process. Her unique blend of Latin beats and synth-heavy pop on such tracks as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Conga," and "1-2-3" helped her first two albums Anything for You and Cuts Both Ways, sell a million copies. But her ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jon O'Brien
Released in the same year as The Essential Gloria Estefan, The Very Best Of is much less comprehensive, but still features 15 U.K. Top 40 hits from Cuba's biggest musical export. One of the most underrated artists of the late '80s, Gloria Estefan -- together with her husband's Miami Sound Machine -- was responsible for some of the most infectious and joyous pop hits of the decade, opening the doors for the likes of Shakira and Jennifer Lopez in the process. Her unique blend of Latin beats and synth-heavy pop on such tracks as "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You," "Conga," and "1-2-3" helped her first two albums Anything for You and Cuts Both Ways, sell a million copies. But her ballads were just as strong, particularly the haunting "Can't Stay Away from You" and the beautiful "Don't Wanna Lose You Now." Her '90s output, however, was more inconsistent. The official theme for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, "Reach," is perhaps her finest moment, a motivational power ballad complete with gospel choir and tribal drums, while the Caribbean-flavored "You'll Be Mine," later sampled in Will Smith's "Miami," is an effortlessly uplifting party track. But there were several ill-advised attempts at high-energy disco-pop, particularly the two tracks from 1998's Gloria!, "Heaven's What I Feel" and "Don't Let This Moment End," and the three straight covers from Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me represent Estefan during her least creative period. With two of her three last albums in Spanish, just two songs from the noughties appear, the world music-inspired title track from 2003's Unwrapped and her biggest chart hit, Mylo's reworking of "Dr. Beat" on "Doctor Pressure," featured here alongside the original. There are a few surprising omissions, notably the Top Ten hit "Christmas Through Your Eyes" and her Oscar-nominated *NSYNC duet "Music of My Heart." But with a track list spanning 20 years and seven albums, The Very Best of Gloria Estefan is still an enjoyable and well-assembled hits collection from the undisputed Queen of Latin Pop.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2006
  • Label: Epic Europe
  • UPC: 828768908723
  • Catalog Number: 689087
  • Sales rank: 39,519

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dr. Beat (4:24)
  2. 2 Rhythm Is Gonna Get You (3:57)
  3. 3 Can't Stay Away from You (3:58)
  4. 4 Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me (3:23)
  5. 5 Heaven's What I Feel (4:35)
  6. 6 Everlasting Love (4:01)
  7. 7 Don't Wanna Lose You (4:10)
  8. 8 You'll Be Mine (4:00)
  9. 9 Get on Your Feet (3:40)
  10. 10 Reach (3:51)
  11. 11 Don't Let This Moment End (4:10)
  12. 12 Anything for You (3:44)
  13. 13 Bad Boy (3:46)
  14. 14 1-2-3 (3:36)
  15. 15 Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice) (4:08)
  16. 16 Coming Out of the Dark (4:04)
  17. 17 Wrapped (3:28)
  18. 18 Turn the Beat Around (3:53)
  19. 19 Conga (4:13)
  20. 20 Doctor Pressure - Mylo (3:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gloria Estefan Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Gloria Estefan Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
Mac Gayden Composer
Jon Secada Composer
Gerald Jackson Composer
Buzz Cason Composer
Jorge Casas Composer, Producer
John DeFaria Composer
Lawrence Dermer Composer, Producer
Emilio Estefan Jr. Composer, Producer
Joe Galdo Composer, Producer
Pete Jackson Composer
Tony Moran Producer
Clay Ostwald Composer, Producer
Shep Pettibone Remixing
Rafael Vigil Composer, Producer
Diane Warren Composer
Sebastián Krys Producer
John Davis Mastering
Kike Santander Composer, Producer
Enrique García Composer
Robert Blades Composer
Andreas Meyer Engineer
Adam Ayan Mastering
Myles Macinnes Arranger, Producer
Gian Marco Zignago Composer
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