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Spirits Dancing in the Flesh

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Following a 1989 20th anniversary reunion tour to promote Viva Santana!, Carlos Santana reorganized the band as a sextet consisting of himself, singer/guitarist Alex Ligertwood, singer/keyboardist Chester Thompson, bass player Benny Rietveld, drummer Walfredo Reyes and percussionist Armando Peraza. This unit, with such guest stars as Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Womack, recorded Spirits Dancing In The Flesh, Santana's 15th and final studio album for Columbia Records. It was an unusually eclectic collection, featuring songs by Curtis Mayfield "Gypsy Woman", The Isley Brothers "Who's That Lady", and Olatunji "Jin-Go-Lo-Ba", as well as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Following a 1989 20th anniversary reunion tour to promote Viva Santana!, Carlos Santana reorganized the band as a sextet consisting of himself, singer/guitarist Alex Ligertwood, singer/keyboardist Chester Thompson, bass player Benny Rietveld, drummer Walfredo Reyes and percussionist Armando Peraza. This unit, with such guest stars as Vernon Reid of Living Colour, Wayne Shorter, and Bobby Womack, recorded Spirits Dancing In The Flesh, Santana's 15th and final studio album for Columbia Records. It was an unusually eclectic collection, featuring songs by Curtis Mayfield "Gypsy Woman", The Isley Brothers "Who's That Lady", and Olatunji "Jin-Go-Lo-Ba", as well as interpolations of John Coltrane's "Peace On Earth" and Jimi Hendrix's "Third Stone From The Sun" into Santana's "Mother Earth." The Olatunji song is the original version of the tune adapted as "Jingo" that became Santana's first hit in 1969. For all those influences, it was more of a straightforward, guitar-heavy rock album than usual. Coming more than three years after Santana's last new album, Freedom, it sold to the band's core audience only, reaching #85.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/29/2007
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886970954129
  • Catalog Number: 709541
  • Sales rank: 27,403

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Santana Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Tramaine Hawkins Vocals
Bobby Womack Vocals
Wayne Shorter Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Armando Peraza Percussion, Bongos, Conga
Paolo Rustichelli Piano, Keyboards
Francisco Aguabella Conga
David Crockett Chant
Walfredo Reyes Percussion, Drums, Timbales
Kevin Dorsey Background Vocals
Jim Gilstrap Background Vocals
Edwin Harper Choir, Chorus
Phillip Ingram Background Vocals
Alphonso Johnson Bass
Keith Jones Bass
Alex Ligertwood Guitar, Vocals, Background Vocals, Chant
Vernon Reid Guitar
Benny Rietveld Bass
Raul Rekow Conga, Vocals
Chester Thompson Horn, Keyboards, Hammond Organ, Chant
Orestes Vilató Timbales, Vocals
Oren Waters Background Vocals
Stephen King Vocals
Carlos Santana Guitar, Percussion, Tambourine, Background Vocals, Narrator, Chant
Devon Bernardoni Keyboards
Lovetta Brown Choir, Chorus
Marjo Keller Choir, Chorus
Darryl Williams Choir, Chorus
Walter Redmond Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Kevin Chisholm Chant
Bruce Kuhlman Chant
Hugh "Sweetfoot" Maynard Background Vocals
Sandi Hunter Choir, Chorus
Rashan Hylton Background Vocals
Ed Adair Chant
Technical Credits
Tramaine Hawkins Contributor
Chris Jasper Composer
Paolo Rustichelli Producer
Paul Ericksen Engineer
Jim Gaines Producer, Engineer
Edwin Harper Director
Bernie Kirsh Engineer
Alex Ligertwood Composer
Stephen Marcussen Mastering
Babatunde Olatunji Composer
Vernon Reid Producer
Carlos Santana Producer
Devon Bernardoni Engineer
Sergio Albonico Executive Producer
Peter Wolf Arranger, Producer
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