Supernatural

Supernatural

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by Santana
     
 

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Three decades after Carlos Santana made his first, now classic hits -- songs that blurred the line between Afro-Latin groove and American hippie rock -- his ability to blend diverse styles is still inspiring young musicians. So it makes sense that so many contemporary stars stopped by to help out on his first album since 1997's Blues for Salvador. See more details below

Overview

Three decades after Carlos Santana made his first, now classic hits -- songs that blurred the line between Afro-Latin groove and American hippie rock -- his ability to blend diverse styles is still inspiring young musicians. So it makes sense that so many contemporary stars stopped by to help out on his first album since 1997's Blues for Salvador. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Everlast, Eagle Eye Cherry, Dave Matthews, and Goodie Mob's Cee-Lo all lend songs and voices to a disc that's mostly a more reflective, contemplative version of the sound that originally made Santana famous. Album opener "(Da Le) Taleo" is hot enough, especially during the main man's spirited solo, but Santana's mojo works on a more mellow vibe during Matthews's sentimental "Love of My Life" and Everlast's pensive folk-rocker "Put Your Lights On." More spirited is Jean's slow, smoldering "Maria, Maria" and the soulful Hill production "Do You Like the Way," especially when Cee-Lo steps in with his best Otis Redding impression. Ultimately, despite some missteps, Supernatural succeeds in achieving its goal of bringing new fans to an old sound and vice versa, which is an admirable feat indeed.

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Santana was still a respected rock veteran in 1999, but it had been years since he had a hit, even if he continued to fare well on the concert circuits. Clive Davis, the man who had signed Santana to Columbia in 1968, offered him the opportunity to set up shop at his label, Arista. In the tradition of comebacks and label debuts by veteran artists in the '90s, Supernatural, Santana's first effort for Arista, is designed as a star-studded event. At first listen, there doesn't seem to be a track that doesn't have a guest star, which brings up the primary problem with the album -- despite several interesting or excellent moments, it never develops a consistent voice that holds the album together. The fault doesn't lay with the guest stars or even with Santana, who continues to turn in fine performances. There's just a general directionless feeling to the record, enhanced by several songs that seem like excuses for jams, which, truth be told, isn't all that foreign on latter-day Santana records. Then again, the grooves often play better than the ploys for radio play, but that's not always the case, since Lauryn Hill's "Do You Like the Way" and the Dust Brothers-produced, Eagle-Eye Cherry-sung "Wishing It Was" are as captivating as the Eric Clapton duet, "The Calling." But that just confirms that Supernatural just doesn't have much of a direction, flipping between traditional Santana numbers and polished contemporary collaborations, with both extremes being equally likely to hit or miss. That doesn't quite constitute a triumph, but the peak moments of Supernatural are some of Santana's best music of the '90s, which does make it a successful comeback.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/15/1999
Label:
Imports
UPC:
0078221908023
catalogNumber:
1146193
Rank:
209600

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Anderson   Rhythm Guitar
Everlast   Track Performer
Dave Matthews   Track Performer
Maná   Track Performer
Tom Barney   Bass
Eric Clapton   Track Performer
Jeremy Cohen   Violin
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
David Crockett   Percussion,Drums
Joseph Daley   Tuba
Francis Dunnery   Rhythm Guitar
Ramon Flores   Trombone
Earl Gardner   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mic Gillette   Trumpet
Horacio "El Negro" Hernández   Drums
Loris Holland   Keyboards
Tony Lindsay   Background Vocals
Marvin McFadden   Trumpet
Karl Perazzo   Percussion,Background Vocals
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Raul Rekow   Conga
Danny Seidenberg   Viola
Chester Thompson   Keyboards
Rob Thomas   Vocals,Track Performer
Joseph Hebert   Cello
William Oritz   Trumpet
KC Porter   Accordion,Vocals
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Track Performer,sleigh bells
Lauryn Hill   Track Performer
Cee Lo Green   Vocals
Alberto Salas   Keyboards
Eagle-Eye Cherry   Track Performer
Sergio Vallin   Rhythm Guitar
Lenesha Randolph   Background Vocals
Danny Wolensky   Flute,Saxophone
G&B Product   Vocals
Julius Melendez   Trumpet
Gonzales Alex   Background Vocals
Fher   Vocals
Steve Touré   Trombone
Nico Nibbering   Keyboards
Angus Sutherland   Guitar
René Martínez   Guitar
Abel Figueroa   Trombone

Technical Credits

Dave Matthews   Composer
Tom Lord-Alge   Engineer
Mike Couzzi   Engineer
Clive Davis   Producer
Steve Fontano   Engineer
Jim Gaines   Engineer
John Karpowich   Engineer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Tony Lindsay   Composer
Patrick Murray   House Sound
Karl Perazzo   Composer
Jeff Poe   Engineer
Tony Prendatt   Engineer
Anton Pukshansky   Engineer
Raul Rekow   Composer
Warren Riker   Engineer
Jim Scott   Engineer
Itaal Shur   Composer
Freddie Stone   Composer
Rafi Taha   Composer
David Thoener   Engineer
Chester Thompson   Composer
Rob Thomas   Composer
Steve Farrone   Engineer
Linda Graham   Composer
Andy Grassi   Engineer
L.A. Hill   Composer
T-Ray   Engineer
KC Porter   Composer,Programming,Producer
David Frazer   Engineer
Erik Schrody   Composer
John Seymour   Engineer
Carlos Santana   Composer
Benny Faccone   Engineer
John Gamble   Engineer
Wyclef Jean   Composer,Producer
Dust Brothers   Producer
Lauryn Hill   Producer
Matt Serletic   Producer
Dante Ross   Producer
Chris Theis   Engineer
Kike Santander   Composer
Stephen Harris   Producer
Matty Spindel   Engineer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer,Producer
J.B. Eckl   Composer
Sixu Tidiane Touré   Composer
Ismaïla Toure   Composer
Alvaro Villagra   Engineer
Eagle-Eye Cherry   Composer
Che Pope   Programming
Charles Goodan   Producer
Art Hodge   Producer
Kobie Brown   Programming
Comissioner Gordon   Engineer
Brian Montgomery   Monitors
Fher Olvera   Composer,Producer
Alex Gonzales   Producer
Cheín García Alonso   Composer

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