Here We Are (Gloria Estefan song)

"Here We Are" is a single by Gloria Estefan. It was released in 1989 in the United States and in 1990 to the rest of the world as the third single of the album, Cuts Both Ways.

"Here We Are"
Here We Are US Cassette.jpg
U.S. Cassette Single
Single by Gloria Estefan
from the album Cuts Both Ways
B-side
ReleasedDecember 1989
Format3" CD
3" CD-Maxi
CD-Maxi
Cassette
7" Vinyl
12" Vinyl
GenrePop
Length4:49 (Album Version)
4:49 (Portuguese Version)
LabelEpic
Songwriter(s)Gloria Estefan
Producer(s)Emilio Estefan, Jr.
Jorge Casas
Clay Ostwald
Gloria Estefan singles chronology
"Get on Your Feet"
(1989)
"Here We Are"
(1989)
"Oye Mi Canto (Hear My Voice)"
(1989/1990)

Song historyEdit

This was the third single of the album Cuts Both Ways and was one of many successful ballads performed by Gloria Estefan. The single was released with a B-side song: "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me", that was included on the European version, later to appear on the Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me album. A Portuguese version of the song, "Toda Pra Você," is included on the compilation Exitos De Gloria Estefan as well as the Brazilian Version of "Cuts Both Ways" As a duet for her special television concert All The Way Concert, Celine Dion performed this song, while Estefan sang Dion's song, "Because You Loved Me". A new Spanish version was released on July 2019 on YouTube by Gloria called "Tu y yo" celebrating the 30th anniversary of the song. This will be included her forthcoming album which will also include 4 brand new tracks, plus Brazilian inspired-music revisited versions of her hits.

Critical receptionEdit

Matthew Hocter from Albumism said the song is "the epitome of what ‘80s ballads executed with pure perfection were all about". He noted it as one of the "higlights" of the Cuts Both Ways album.[1] AllMusic editor Jason Birchmeier wrote that it is a "super" song.[2] Maryann Scheufele from AXS called it a "beautiful love song", adding that it "suggests how quickly time passes and love happens. Gloria Estefan has a powerful voice in this love song as she sings that there is "nothing I can do to keep from loving you" believably. Be reassured by love as you listen."[3] Entertainment Weekly noted in their review, that it "croon along smoothly".[4] Pop Rescue wrote that "acoustic guitars gently strum in the background, and a scattering of piano help this song step back and let Gloria’s vocals shine."[5]

Chart performanceEdit

"Here We Are" continued Estefan's success on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was Estefan's ninth Top 10 single, peaking at number 6 in 1990. "Here We Are" went to number 1 on the American adult contemporary chart and remained in the top spot for five weeks.[6] Overseas, he song peaked at number 23 on the UK Singles Chart.

Country (1989-1990) Peak
position
Australia[7] 20
Belgium (Flanders) 19
Belgium (Wallonie) 17
Brazil 88
Canada[8] 18
Germany 64
Netherlands 13
Ireland 7
Japan (Tokyo) 13
Poland 17
Sweden 20
U.K. 23
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 Singles 6
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Tracks 1
U.S. Billboard Adult Contemporary Recurrents 24

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (1990) Position
Canada Top Singles (RPM)[9] 90
US Top Pop Singles (Billboard)[10] 74

Track listingsEdit

U.S. & Canada Cassette Single (34T 73084) [December 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
U.S. & Canada 7" Vinyl Single (34 73084) [December 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
U.S. Promo CD Single (ESK 73084) [December 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
Europe 3" CD Single (655473 1) [December 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
Europe 3" CD-Maxi Single #1 (655473 3) [December 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
3."Surrender"Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo & Rafael Vigil4:01
Europe 3" CD-Maxi Single #2 (655473 5) [June 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"Elton John & Bernie Taupin6:11
3."Dr. Beat" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Enrique Garcia5:20
Europe 7" Vinyl Single #1 (655473 7) [December 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
Europe 7" Vinyl Single #2 (655473 9) [June 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"Elton John & Bernie Taupin6:11
Europe 12" Vinyl Single (655473 6) [December 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
3."Surrender"Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo & Rafael Vigil4:01
U.K. CD-Maxi Single (655473 2) [February 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"Elton John & Bernie Taupin6:11
3."Dr. Beat" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Enrique Garcia5:20
U.K. Cassette Single (655473 4) [February 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"Elton John & Bernie Taupin6:11
U.K. 7" Vinyl Single (655473 9) [February 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"Elton John & Bernie Taupin6:11
U.K. 7" Vinyl Single (Exclusive Edition with Colour Print) [655728 7] {February 1990}
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"Elton John & Bernie Taupin6:11
U.K. 12" Vinyl Single (655473 8) [February 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."Dr. Beat" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Enrique Garcia5:20
3."Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me"Elton John & Bernie Taupin6:11
Spain Promo 7" Vinyl Single (ARIE 2347) [December 1989]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
Australia Cassette Single (655473 4) [June 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
Australia 7" Vinyl Single (655473 7) [June 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
Australia 12" Vinyl Single (655473 6) [June 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
3."Surrender"Lawrence Dermer, Joe Galdo & Rafael Vigil4:01
Philippines 7" Vinyl Single (QEL45-20187)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
Japan 3" CD Single (ESDA 7012) [January 21, 1990]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49
2."1-2-3" (Live from the Homecoming Concert in Miami, May 1988)Gloria Estefan & Enrique Garcia3:52
Toda Prá Você - Brazil Promo 12" Vinyl Single (52.179)
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Toda Prá Você" (Here We Are - Portuguese Version)Gloria Estefan & Aloysio Reis4:49
2."Here We Are"Gloria Estefan4:49

Official versionsEdit

Original Versions

  1. Album Version — (4:49)
  2. Portuguese Version ("Toda Prá Você") — (4:49)

Release historyEdit

Region Date
U.S. December 1989 (1989-12)
Europe December 1989 (1989-12)
Netherlands June 1990 (1990-06)
U.K. February 1990 (1990-02)
Japan January 20, 1990 (1990-01-20)

In popular cultureEdit

"Here We Are" was used for the Cruz and Eden characters on the American soap opera Santa Barbara.[11] The song also appeared in an episode of the NBC daytime soap opera Another World in early 1990 as well as a 1990 episode of One Life to Live on ABC.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hocter, Matthew (July 9, 2019). "Gloria Estefan's Debut Solo Album 'Cuts Both Ways' Turns 30: Anniversary Retrospective". Albumism. Retrieved April 3, 2020.
  2. ^ "Gloria Estefan - Cuts Both Ways". AllMusic. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  3. ^ Scheufele, Maryann (November 29, 2014). "10 of Gloria Estefan's best songs". AXS. Retrieved April 16, 2020.
  4. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Cuts Both Ways". Entertainment Weekly. August 21, 1989. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  5. ^ "REVIEW: "CUTS BOTH WAYS" BY GLORIA ESTEFAN (CD, 1989)". Pop Rescue. February 15, 2016. Retrieved April 5, 2020.
  6. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 87.
  7. ^ "australian-charts.com > Gloria Estefan discography". Hung Medien. Archived from the original on 2015-12-02. Retrieved 2015-09-20.
  8. ^ Nanda Lwin (1999). Top 40 Hits: The Essential Chart Guide. Music Data Canada. ISBN 1-896594-13-1.
  9. ^ "Top 100 Hit Tracks of 1990". RPM. Retrieved November 26, 2017.
  10. ^ Nielsen Business Media, Inc (December 22, 1990). "1990 The Year in Music & Video: Top Pop Singles". Billboard. 102 (51): YE-14.
  11. ^ http://www.cybercom.net/~jima/misc/songs.html

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