This past weekend I drove home and spent a little time with the family. Sunday morning came around and I thought I’d help my mom go through some of my boxes of stuff in the basement.
During this clean up, I found one of my sister’s tapes from the 80’s/early 90’s. I figured I might as well listen to the tape on my long ride home and review it here on mikedidonato.com.
REVIEW: Gloria Estefan and the Miami Sound Machine
8 Song Karaoke Kassette! C 1992.
As I put in this tape I couldn’t help but think that I was in for a treat. I looked over the song list on this cassette and recognized a few classics including Conga, 1-2-3, and The Rhythm is Gonna Get You. Most of the titles were familiar and I figured I might even be able to sing along with a few.
If you like synthesizer beats and faux cowbell this tape is for you. If however, you like hard rock, great vocals, and awesome riffs, I would recommend anything else. There was one measure of CONGA that I had to rewind and listen to a few times. It was during a horn breakdown and those dudes really pulled it together. They were solid. The tape was otherwise lackluster.
In fact, it took me a few tries to get through the whole tape. After Conga, there was a serious lull in quality. I hoped RHYTHM IS GONNA GET YOU would save the tape, but it too was a disappointment. After that song I had to turn off the tape and sit in silence for a good 35-40 minutes before I was able to start it up again.
It might just be that Gloria Estefan isn’t quite my style and perhaps her newer* stuff is better. AND it’s even possible that, this being a Karaoke tape, it wasn’t even Gloria singing. In which case, I give my apologies to Gloria.
In any case, I would give this cassette a solid D+
*does Gloria have newer stuff?