Gloria Estefan

Triple Feature

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Gloria Estefan’s entry in Sony Legacy’s Triple Feature series compiles three catalog albums, recorded two to three years apart, during and after the time of her transition from dance-pop act to the adult contemporary charts. The first album in the set is 1991’s Into the Light, which was her comeback after suffering an accident that left her temporarily disabled and in physical therapy for the better part of a year. The album charted, as did a couple of its singles including the smash “Coming Out of the Dark.” Released in 1994, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me was a covers set that showcased the versatile Estefan bending well-known standards and pop songs into Latin territory, but never quite leaving the adult contemporary format. It featured the old Brill Building nugget "Goodnight My Love," scored a hit with her beat-conscious reading of Neil Sedaka's "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," and churned through a Miami Sound Machine rearrangement of the disco anthem "Turn the Beat Around." The most unlikely covers in the bunch were the sparkling club-oriented take on Gerry & the Pacemakers' "Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying” and a soulful, balladic take on the Rascals’ “How Can I Be Sure.” The final album in this set is 1996’s Destiny, which boasted three top-notch singles: "Reach," "I'm Not Giving You Up," and "Higher," though the rest of the album is uneven. While it’s true that fans no doubt have these recordings, this set might be worth considering as a replacement for the originals because these are 24-bit remastered versions that sell for less than the price of a single disc at retail.

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