Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities

Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities

by Santana
     
 

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Life doesn't necessarily begin at 50, but for Carlos Santana, it certainly took a marked upswing -- with the beginnings of a de facto second career at the top of just about every chart extant. Ceremony culls songs from the sessions of the two albums that made him such a ubiquitous presence, splitting the difference (as the title indicates) between remixes ofSee more details below

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Life doesn't necessarily begin at 50, but for Carlos Santana, it certainly took a marked upswing -- with the beginnings of a de facto second career at the top of just about every chart extant. Ceremony culls songs from the sessions of the two albums that made him such a ubiquitous presence, splitting the difference (as the title indicates) between remixes of well-known songs and dusted-off obscurities. The former category is highlighted by Wyclef Jean's sunny, island breeze–kissed tweaking of "Maria Maria" and Chris Staropoli's groovily ambient reimagining of "Smooth" (emphasizing the song's undeniably infectious rhythm). The version of "Why Don't You and I" presented here replaces the vocals of co-writer Chad Kroeger with those of Alex Band of the Calling, resulting in a smoother, more ethereal vibe, while "Primavera" gets a major dose of energy from the vocals of salsa star Jerry Rivera. Five of the disc's tunes never actually made it to the finished versions of Supernatural or Shaman, but there's nothing wanting in any of them: "Truth Don Die," contributed by second-generation Afro-Beat standard bearer Femi Kuti, resonates with unshakeable spirit and highlife exuberance, while "Mañana" (by Fugees compadre Salaam Remi) reconciles urban grit and bucolic loam with aplomb. It's an enlightening peek behind the scenes of Santana's platinum-plated recording process -- and a soul-warming listen in its own right.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Adrian Zupp
If you remember the early days of Santana -- the guitarist and the band -- then you may have mixed feelings about some of Carlos' renaissance work, especially a disc like this. Santana at Woodstock, Abraxas, "Black Magic Woman" -- maybe not a world away, but certainly a full career away. With his latter-day work, the Mexican-born axeman has gone more for the pop shots and employed a revolving-door policy of guest-star lead singers. And yes, the charts have smiled on him. This album is a decent clue as to why, but whether the gifted guitarist really needed to put out a set of remixes and "rarities" is open to debate. The material here derives from the sessions that yielded Santana's deuce of comeback discs, 1999's mega-platinum Supernatural and 2000's multi-platinum Shaman. From the former, "Smooth" and "Maria Maria" have been remixed and "Primavera" re-recorded, with vocals by new-generation salsa star Jerry Rivera. From the latter, "Foo Foo" scored a remix, while a new version of "Why Don't You and I" finds Alex Band of the Calling taking over the singing role originally filled by Nickelback's Chad Kroeger. The Shaman album cut "Victory Is Won" has also been tacked on. The new material includes the breezy -- but overly long -- acoustic number "Mañana"; the vivacious, brass-garnished "Truth Don Die"; the album-worthy romance dance of "Let Me Love You Tonight"; the ethereal "Curación (Sunlight on Water)"; and the vocal/guitar weave of the spicy "Come to My World." There's nothing wrong with the quality here, per se, but whether it really adds anything to the Santana legacy is highly questionable. For example, the multi-chart hit "Smooth," served up here as a dance remix, is totally a take-it-or-leave-it affair. Whether or not one is of the mind that this album is a little superfluous -- even exploitative -- there's always that mystical guitar work: filling here, leading there, masterful and captivating. It's the signature instrument of Latin rock. That alone is always worth the price of admission.

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Product Details

Release Date:
12/18/2006
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0828765881821
catalogNumber:
916143

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Tom Coster   Composer
Salvador García   Cover Painting
Claudia Brant   Composer
Simon Climie   Composer
Jean Claude Jean   Composer
Dave McRae   Composer
Lester Mendez   Arranger,Producer
Karl Perazzo   Composer
Raul Rekow   Composer
Salaam Remi   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Schwartz   Composer
Itaal Shur   Composer
Femi Kuti   Composer
Rob Thomas   Composer
KC Porter   Composer,Producer
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer
Jose Gaviria   Producer
Cartel   Arranger,Producer
Wyclef Jean   Composer
Bernardo Ossa   Producer
Matt Serletic   Producer
Leon Zervos   Mastering
Kike Santander   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer
Roger "Shoubou" Eugène   Composer
Su. Suttle   Logo Design
Anders "Bag" Bagge   Composer
Jimmy Greco   Composer,Producer
Bag   Producer
Fernando Tobon   Producer
Chris Staropoli   Remixing
Chad Kroeger   Composer
Arnthor   Producer
Ray Contreras   Composer,Producer
JB Eckl   Composer
Yvon "Kapi" Andre   Composer
Arnthor Birgisson   Composer
Andrés Múnera   Producer
Richard Thomas Jennings   Art Direction
Sam "Sever" Citrin   Producer,Remixing
Keon Bryce   Composer

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