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To say that guitar guru Carlos Santana got a huge career boost from Supernatural, his 1999 album of genre-spanning collaborations, is an understatement: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reached a whole new audience with the multiplatinum-selling, Grammy-laden album, which paired him with Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews, Wyclef Jean, and…  See more details below


To say that guitar guru Carlos Santana got a huge career boost from Supernatural, his 1999 album of genre-spanning collaborations, is an understatement: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reached a whole new audience with the multiplatinum-selling, Grammy-laden album, which paired him with Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews, Wyclef Jean, and the like. Given Supernatural's magnetic charm, it's no surprise that Santana applies a similar formula to his much-anticipated follow-up. And while the going isn't always "Smooth," this shaman pulls it off. Even with a somewhat more uneven guest list, Shaman dazzles with tantalizing moments. "Feels like Fire," which sets Santana's hypnotic playing against the almost hymnlike vocals of Dido, is nothing short of stunning, and the easygoing, horn-pumped "The Game of Love," with teen rocker Michelle Branch, suggests a South of the Border Sheryl Crow. Likewise, Seal's slithery singing perfectly matches the soulful lines that Santana unspools for "You Are My Kind." The chemistry is less successful when the guitarist joins forces with the new generation of hard rockers: He all but disappears amid the bluster of P.O.D.'s "America," while Nickelback's Chad Kroeger proves entirely unsympathetic on the grandiose "Why Don't You and I?" Those rough patches, however, are offset by a passel of sexy mid-tempo tracks, such as the serpentine "Amore (Sexo)," which boasts one of Macy Gray's typically showstopping vocal turns. Equally interesting are the tunes that delve into Santana's Latin heritage, from the light and airy "Hoy Es Adios," with vocals by Alejandro Lerner, to the tough-talking "One of These Days," on which he's joined by the members of Ozomatli. Once again, this six-string sage proves his mettle at spell-casting, dreamweaving, and, above all, hit-making.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nobody could have predicted the success of the star-studded Supernatural in 1999, but it revitalized the career of Santana, plus Clive Davis, who cooked up the whole idea of the comeback in the first place. Given its blockbuster status, a sequel that followed the same blueprint was inevitable, which is exactly what 2002's Shaman is. If anything, there's even less Carlos Santana here, proving that he and Davis are among those that believe that Supernatural was a success because of Rob Thomas and "Smooth," not the typically tasteful, excellent guitar playing. And, no surprise, Thomas has a strong presence here even if he doesn't sing. He writes two songs, flexing his muscles as a neo-soul songwriter (not badly, either, on cuts sung by Musiq and Seal), and providing the template for all the guests here: they want to launch a new stage of their career, finding a wider audience. Outside of Seal (who has a comeback of his own to launch) and Placido Domingo (who does these things because he can), everybody here has hearts to win and something to prove, and they do a mixed job of it. P.O.D. falls on its face with the embarrassing "America," but Chad Kroeger far outshines anything he's done with a surprisingly subtle and soulful "Why Don't You & I," easily better than anything by Nickelback. But this points out the problem on the record -- each song is tailored to the strengths of the lead singer, not the strengths of Santana, who's left with piddly, forgettable instrumental interludes and playing endless lines beneath the vocal melodies. Who can blame him? It's the only chance he really gets to play on this album. On the whole, it holds together no better or no worse than Supernatural -- it's the same record, essentially. True, there wasn't anything as awful as "America" or the foolish aural press release "Since Supernatural," but there was nothing as joyous and wonderful as the Michelle Branch-sung "The Game of Love." Written by the team behind the New Radicals' modern pop classic "You Get What You Give," it's every bit as soaring melodic and irresistible; it may not be Santana -- it sounds even less like Santana than "Smooth" -- but it's perfect pop, the best pop single of 2002, for reasons that have nothing to do with Santana.
Rolling Stone - Jon Pareles
Shaman still offers glimpses of Santana's globe-spanning euphoria.

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  1. Adouma
  2. Nothing At All Featuring Musiq
  3. The Game Of Love Featuring Michelle Branch
  4. You Are My Kind Featuring Seal
  5. Amoré (Sexo) Featuring Macy Gray
  6. Foo Foo
  7. Victory Is Won
  8. Since Supernatural Featuring Melkie Jean & Governor Washington
  9. America Featuring P.O.D.
  10. Sideways Featuring Citizen Cope
  11. Why Don’t You & I Featuring Chad Kroeger
  12. Feels Like Fire Featuring Dido
  13. Aye Aye Aye
  14. Hoy Es Adios Featuring Alejandro Lerner
  15. One Of These Days Featuring Ozomatli
  16. Novus Featuring Placido Domingo

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve   Drums
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Seal   Vocals
Rene Toledo   Acoustic Guitar,Steel Guitar
Plácido Domingo   Vocals
Alejandro Lerner   Vocals
Tony Lindsey   Vocals
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Ed Calle   Saxophone
Jeremy Cohen   Strings
Brian Collier   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
David Crockett   Percussion,Drums
Dido   Vocals
Paquito Echevarria   Piano
Joseph Edelberg   Strings
Clarence Greenwood   Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
Nikki Harris   Background Vocals
Tony Lindsay   Vocals
Jody Linscott   Percussion
Manny López   Acoustic Guitar
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass
Lester Mendez   Percussion,Keyboards
Rick Nowels   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Karl Perazzo   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Timbales,Background Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Raul Rekow   Conga,Background Vocals
Lee Sklar   Bass,Choir, Chorus
Chester Thompson   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Marty Wehner   Trombone
Joseph Hebert   Strings
KC Porter   Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Sister Bliss   Keyboards
Carla Picchi   Strings
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Timbales,Vocals,Background Vocals,Rainstick,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Jose Gaviria   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Corey Rooney   Background Vocals
Kike Santander   Background Vocals
Dawn Beckman   Background Vocals
Ulises Bella   Tenor Saxophone
John Ginty   Organ,Keyboards
David Schoenbrun   Strings
Pauline Taylor   Background Vocals
Shelene Thomas   Background Vocals
Andreas Allen   Turntables
Paul Ehrlich   Strings
Ozomatli   Background Vocals
Dave Randall   Electric Guitar
Asdrubal Sierra   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Dido Armstrong   Vocals
Macy Gray   Vocals
Sebastian Arocha Morton   Hammond Organ
Fernando Tobon   Bass,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,cuatro
Sy Smith   Background Vocals
Mark Bates   Keyboards
Julius Melendez   Trumpet
Marika Hughes   Strings
Deborah Price   Strings
Chad Kroeger   Vocals
Wil-Dog Abers   Bass
Raúl Pacheco   Rhythm Guitar
Jiro Yamaguchi   Tabla,talking drum
Mats Berntoft   Guitar
Jeeve   Rhythm Guitar
Shango Dely   Conga,Shekere,Kenyan Drum
JB Eckl   Rhythm Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michelle Branch   Vocals,Background Vocals
Ed Adair   Guitar
Wuv   Drums
Jeanette Olsson   Background Vocals
Juan Cristobal Losada   Percussion
Henrik Jonback   Guitar
Sebastian Nylund   Guitar
Andrés Múnera   Keyboards
Joseph Hérbert   Strings
Niki Harris   Background Vocals
René Martínez   Acoustic Guitar
Emily Onderdonk   Strings
Musiq   Vocals
Andy Vargas   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Horn Arrangements
Phil Brown   Engineer
Dallas Austin   Producer
Jeff Cressman   Horn Arrangements
Clive Davis   Producer,Audio Production
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Chris Garcia   Engineer
Clarence Greenwood   Producer
Stephen Hart   Engineer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Lester Mendez   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Phil Nicolo   Engineer
Rick Nowels   Producer
Bill Ortiz   Horn Arrangements
Benny Rietveld   Producer,String Arrangements
Jason Roberts   Original Concept
Michael Rosen   Engineer
Steve Russell   Engineer
Dan Shea   Programming,Producer
Rick Sheppard   Digital Editing
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Hal Miller   Spiritual Advisor
Mike Plotnikoff   Digital Editing
Luis Quine   Engineer
Randy Wine   Engineer
KC Porter   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Original Concept
David Frazer   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Vocal Producer
Carlos Santana   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,Audio Production
Jose Gaviria   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Wyclef Jean   Composer
Leon Zervos   Mastering
Kike Santander   Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer
Su. Suttle   Logo Design
Nick Thomas   Digital Editing
Asdrubal Sierra   Original Concept
Dido Armstrong   Composer,Producer
Greg Collins   Engineer
Sebastian Arocha Morton   Engineer
Dan Vickers   Engineer
Fernando Tobon   Arranger,Producer
Justin Lieberman   Engineer,Digital Editing
Larry Phillabaum   Digital Editing
Grippa   Engineer
Brian Montgomery   Engineer,Monitors
Jeeve   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Wayne Rodrigues   drum programming
JB Eckl   Producer,Engineer,drum programming,Original Concept
Joe Moi   Engineer
Rollo Armstrong   Composer,Producer
José Miguel Sánchez   Engineer
Klaus Derendorf   Composer,Producer
Juan Cristobal Losada   Engineer
Andrés Múnera   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Peter Wade Keusch   Digital Editing
Jason Lader   Digital Editing
Alex Ander   Producer
Robert Conley   Engineer,Digital Editing
Governor Washington   Composer
Christopher Forrest   Digital Editing
Michael Rosen   Engineer
Jose Alfonso Sanchez   Engineer

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Shaman 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Kumonee More than 1 year ago
Carlos lend his flair in melding with other artist to bring us cross generational music. His Latin roots colored with newer artist introduces a breath of fresh air, in comparison to some of the newer stale offerings. Nothin redundant here, just good "ole fashioned tunes"
Guest More than 1 year ago
The more you listen to this music the more you understand the meaning of artistic expression. The legendary Santana licks are all there and thanks to his brilliance in working with a rainbow collection of musicians the music is always fresh and interesting. The musical and creative genius shows and contributes to the living legend of Santana.
Guest More than 1 year ago
With his latest release, Shaman, Carlos Santana has once again proven that he can compliment any type of music. As with Supernatural, Shaman is less a Santana album than a collection of various artists, each collaborating with one of the greatest guitarists of all time. There's a much wider variety of musical genres explored on Shaman than on Supernatural. There's the usual pop oriented tracks such as "The Game of Love", featuring Michelle Branch, "Feels like Fire" with Dido and "You Are My Kind" with Seal. All of which are sure to please the critics and fans alike. He has thrown in a few tracks that are obviously his own, and even a track with opera star Placido Domingo. There is one track on the album that the critics just can't seem to stomach. Unanimously, the critics have shredded "America", featuring the rap-metal band P.O.D. I disagree. While I will admit that "America" is essentially a P.O.D. song, Santana gives the song a bluesy feel that compliments it quite well. It may not be Santana's best effort, but it's a good song nonetheless. I would recommend Shaman to anyone who liked Supernatural. It's one of the best albums to be released this year.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Nothing's changed. And why fix what isn't broken? Like Supernatural, other artists lend their material to be interpreted with Carlos' brilliance and flair. This is a fun record with every one of the 16 songs a keeper. Even Carlos, who can tend to be too heavenly minded at times, lightens up on the playful "Foo Foo". "The Game of Love" will undoubtedly get killed on adult contemporary radio; however, it is a contagious song nonetheless. The problem is that the other great songs on this CD may get lost in the shuffle. "Hoy es Adios" is so beautiful that it is the track I play most often despite the fact I don't speak Spanish (Foo Foo). Carlos continues to improve his expressive and distinctive solos. He can rock, he can hip-hop, and he can salsa. The downside - no lyrics in the CD package.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Santana is a genius, he has written magic!!! He has definitely done it again, but better, there's not a bad song on this cd.
Guest More than 1 year ago
santanas new album is the best..this man outperforms his previous album everytime. the song "foo foo" is a remake of an old haitian carnaval song by tabou combo or dixie band im not quite sure. still popular in places like panama,colombia,venezuela!!! he could of only topped it off by including emilio regueira (emilio esteffan protege) of rabanes on this track!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first heard the CD when it was released; and did not really like it at all. However, I was forced to listen to it in my week in and week out UAL flights; and this CD really makes my 5 hour flight a joy. I really enjoy listening to the CD over and over again; and each track is a gem. Clive and Santana have created another album for the ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love that the experience and musical brilliance of Santana is being paired with great new artists who have so much diversity and so much to give with their music. The initial decision to pair Santana with Rob Thomas for "Smooth" in "Supernatural" (the cd Santana released before "Shaman") was such a great gift. You might wonder if another similarly conceived album would be a cheap imitiation or just another sequel to capitolize on a hit. I think the opposite is true - I think in "Shaman" Santana perfected the art of duets and they each sound fresh and new - Michelle Branch, Macy Gray, Dido, Seal and Placido Domingo (!) all share great tracks with Santana that easily compliment each other in such an interesting and refreshing way. Every track is a little more interesting than the next and all of them whether duets or not have a spiritual humilty to them that has the unique aura of Santana. There is so much richness in this cd and it's been out for a long time but it's still a favorite in my cd magazine. This cd demonstrates that an artist like Santana can continue to evolve, find new audiences and still maintain a connection to his individual style.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Love the lyrics of the Chad Kroeger and Santana song, "Why don't you and I?" Love the voice and beat as well.