The Best Instrumentals

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All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
Picking out the best instrumentals from Carlos Santana's thirty-year recording career is a daunting task at best, and a fan can certainly find reasons to disagree with some of the choices made in this collection. However, this German release is valuable in bringing together undisputed Santana classic guitar pieces like "Europa Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile," "Samba Pa Ti," "Flor D'Luna Moonflower" and "Soul Sacrifice" with lesser known masterworks like "Aqua Marine" and the superb "Song of the Wind." True, there's no "Toussaint L'Ouverture" or "Incident at Neshabur," but how would you like to have to narrow this long-lived band's catalog down to fifteen tracks? Besides, the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jim Newsom
Picking out the best instrumentals from Carlos Santana's thirty-year recording career is a daunting task at best, and a fan can certainly find reasons to disagree with some of the choices made in this collection. However, this German release is valuable in bringing together undisputed Santana classic guitar pieces like "Europa Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile," "Samba Pa Ti," "Flor D'Luna Moonflower" and "Soul Sacrifice" with lesser known masterworks like "Aqua Marine" and the superb "Song of the Wind." True, there's no "Toussaint L'Ouverture" or "Incident at Neshabur," but how would you like to have to narrow this long-lived band's catalog down to fifteen tracks? Besides, the true fan already has the original albums and earlier compilations. One thing made obvious by this sampler of tracks recorded between 1969 and 1990 is that the later stuff with artificial keyboards, like "Love is You" and "Blues For Salvador" from the late '80s, just doesn't have as much soul as the earlier, more organic material. But that's a technological issue. This disc takes its listeners on a high intensity trip through time on the spiritual wings of Carlos Santana's soaring electric guitar. It's a trip worth taking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: Sony Bmg Europe
  • EAN: 5099748686329
  • Catalog Number: 486863
  • Sales rank: 23,973

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Santana Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Michael Shrieve Composer
Tom Coster Composer
Armando Peraza Composer
Chester Thompson Composer
Santana Composer
José Chepitó Areas Composer
Gregg Rolie Composer
David Brown Composer
Mike Carabello Composer
Dennis Lambert Composer
Alexander Olshanetsky Composer
Alan Pasqua Composer
Don Raye Composer
Raul Rekow Composer
Sterling Crew Composer
Carlos Santana Composer
David Santana Composer
Chaim Towber Composer
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  • Posted November 24, 2014

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    Lyrics were never Carlos Santana's strong suit. His true voice i

    Lyrics were never Carlos Santana's strong suit. His true voice is his soaring guitar, which is front and center here. This collection of instrumentals is very good, but I think the best place to hear him play is the live Lotus. He and the band were ferocious and there were only a few vocals. The recent Shape Shifter, with only one vocal, also sounds promising.

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