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Abriendo Puertas (Gloria Estefan album)

Abriendo Puertas (Spanish: Opening Doors) is a 1995 album released by Gloria Estefan. It is her sixth studio album as a soloist and second Spanish language album released.

Abriendo Puertas
Gloria Estefan Abriendo Puertas.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1995 (1995-09)
StudioCrescent Moon Studios, Miami
GenreLatin pop
Length39:54
LabelEpic
ProducerEmilio Estefan Jr.
Gloria Estefan chronology
Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
(1994)
Abriendo Puertas
(1995)
Destiny
(1996)
Singles from Abriendo Puertas
  1. "Abriendo Puertas"
    Released: September/October 1995
  2. "Más Allá"
    Released: December 1995
  3. "Tres Deseos"
    Released: January 1995
  4. "Dulce Amor"
    Released: March 1996 (Promotional Only)[1]
  5. "La Parranda"
    Released: December 1996 (Promotional Only)
  6. "Felicidad"
    Released: 1996 (Promotional Only in Spain)
  7. "Lejos De Ti"
    Released: 1996 (Promotional Only in Spain)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]

Contents

ContentEdit

Abriendo Puertas was the second Spanish language studio album released by Estefan after her successful Spanish debut album, Mi Tierra.

In contrast to Mi Tierra, an album primarily influenced by Cuban music, Abriendo Puertas draws on a wider variety of Latin American musical styles. For instance, the title track is an example of vallenato, a Colombian music genre. Several of the songs refer to Christmas and the New Year.

Estefan's second Spanish album won Best Tropical/Salsa Album at the 1996 Grammy Awards, her second Grammy Award.

Track listingEdit

Standard Track Listing
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Abriendo Puertas" (Opening Doors)Kike Santander3:52
2."Tres Deseos" (Three Wishes)Santander3:32
3."Más Allá" (Beyond)Santander5:22
4."Dulce Amor" (Sweet Love)Santander3:44
5."Farolito" (Little Lamp)Santander4:40
6."Nuevo Día" (New Day)Santander3:36
7."La Parranda" (The Big Party)Santander4:20
8."Milagro" (Miracle)Santander3:38
9."Lejos De Tí" (Far From You)Santander3:50
10."Felicidad" (Happiness)Santander5:20
Japan Only Bonus Track
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
11."Abriendo Puertas (Teri's Gettin' Hard Dub)" (Bonus Track)Gloria Estefan, Emilio Estefan, Jr., Jon Secada5:13

PersonnelEdit

Adapted from AllMusic.[4]

  • Donna Allen – guest artist, background vocals
  • Marcelo Añez – assistant engineer
  • Randy Barlow – trumpet
  • Edwin Bonilla – percussion
  • Stony Browder – arranger
  • Cachao, Frank Cornelius – bass guitar
  • Charles Calello – arranger
  • Ed Calle – guest artist, tenor saxophone
  • Scott Canto – assistant engineer
  • Jorge Casas – arranger, bass guitar, mandocello, programming
  • Sean Chambers – assistant engineer
  • Charles Christopher, Rick Krive, Rita Quintero, Joy Francis, LaGaylia Frazier – background vocals
  • Mike Couzzi – engineer
  • Paquito D'Rivera – clarinet
  • Lawrence Dermer – arranger, fender rhodes, piano, programming, tambourine, background vocals
  • Nancy Donald – art direction
  • Emilio Estefan, Jr. – accordion, producer
  • Gloria Estefan – primary artist, background vocals
  • Hector Garrido – conductor, orchestration
  • Andy Goldman – guitar
  • Berry Gordy, Jr.
  • Mark Gruber – assistant engineer
  • Jim Hacker – trumpet
  • Lauren Hammock – French horn
  • Al Kooper – arranger
  • Sebastián Krys – assistant engineer
  • Patrice Levinson – engineer
  • Andrew Lewinter – French horn
  • Gary Lindsay, Whit Sidener – alto saxophone
  • Fred Lipsius – arranger
  • Bob Ludwig – mastering
  • Juan R. Marquez, Andy Goldman, Tim Mitchell – guitar
  • Teddy Mulet, Dana Teboe – trombone
  • Clay Ostwald – arranger, Hammond organ, piano, programming
  • Scott Perry – engineer
  • Steve Robillard – assistant engineer
  • Steve Rucker – drums
  • Eric Schilling – engineer, mixing
  • Nathaniel Seidman – arranger, programming
  • Cindy Sluka – English horn, oboe
  • Ted Stein – engineer
  • Ron Taylor – engineer
  • Alberto Tolot – photography
  • Nestor Torres – flute
  • Yvonne Yedibalian – assistant engineer

ChartsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (1995) Peak
position
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[5] 24
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[6] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[7] 16
Spanish Albums (Promusicae)[8] 1
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 70
US Billboard 200[10] 67
US Top Latin Albums (Billboard)[11] 2
U.S. Billboard Top Tropical/Salsa Albums 1

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Argentina (CAPIF)[12] Platinum 60,000^
Colombia[13] 4× Platinum 250,000
Netherlands (NVPI)[14] Gold 50,000^
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[8] 6× Platinum 600,000^
United States (RIAA)[15] 6× Platinum (Latin) 600,000^
Summaries
Europe (IFPI)[16] Platinum 1,000,000*

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

AwardsEdit

Year Award Show Award
1996 Grammy Award Best Tropical/Salsa Album

Release historyEdit

Region Date
United States September 26, 1995 (1995-09-26)
Canada October 3, 1995 (1995-10-03)
Europe September 25, 1995 (1995-09-25)
France November 13, 1995 (1995-11-13)
Japan October 19, 1995 (1995-10-19)

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Wesley Larkins. "Abriendo Puertas (1995)". Archived from the original on 2009-10-24.
  2. ^ Abriendo Puertas at AllMusic
  3. ^ Sinclair, Tom (1995-10-27). "Abriendo Puertas Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-07-04.
  4. ^ "Abriendo Puertas - Gloria Estefan | Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  5. ^ "Ultratop.be – Gloria Estefan – Abriendo Puertas" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  6. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Gloria Estefan – Abriendo Puertas" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  7. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Gloria Estefan – Abriendo Puertas". Hung Medien. Retrieved September 3, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Fernando Salaverri (September 2005). Sólo éxitos: año a año, 1959–2002 (1st ed.). Spain: Fundación Autor-SGAE. ISBN 84-8048-639-2.
  9. ^ "Gloria Estefan | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  10. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  11. ^ "Gloria Estefan Chart History (Top Latin Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  12. ^ "Discos de oro y platino" (in Spanish). Cámara Argentina de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  13. ^ Latin Notas. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 27 January 1996. pp. 35–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  14. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Abriendo Puertas" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Enter Abriendo Puertas in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  15. ^ "American album certifications – Gloria Estefan – Abriendo Puertas". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click Type, then select Latin, then click SEARCH. 
  16. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards – 1997". International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2011-07-03.