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Best of Santana, Vol. 2
     

The Best of Santana, Vol. 2

by Santana
 
While the first retrospective from the copious catalog of the enduring guitarist is heftier in terms of hits, this 14-song collection is fairly tantalizing in its own right, thanks to the way it captures Santana's perpetual spiritual and sonic motion. The best known tracks on this set are live versions of songs that appeared in studio form on See more details below

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While the first retrospective from the copious catalog of the enduring guitarist is heftier in terms of hits, this 14-song collection is fairly tantalizing in its own right, thanks to the way it captures Santana's perpetual spiritual and sonic motion. The best known tracks on this set are live versions of songs that appeared in studio form on Volume One -- notably an incendiary one-two punch of "Black Magic Woman" and "Gypsy Queen." That energy level tends to eclipse the studio material, however, which puts a bit too much emphasis on the guitarist's largely forgotten mellow-jazz phase - "Stormy" and "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)" are smooth without being, well, "Smooth." Those missteps are easy enough to overlook when surrounded by clever, introspective pieces like "Incident at Neshabur" and "Toussaint L'Overture." Fans who've been drawn into the cult of Carlos by his mega-selling Supernatural album might find this collection a bit too esoteric -- but guitar aficionados (and those who saw the superior Volume One as a mere appetizer) will want to dig in with gusto.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
These 14 tracks lean heavily on the earliest phase of Santana. Nine of them, in fact, were recorded prior to 1972, and just one postdates 1978. As 1969-71 was Santana's most vital period, however, that's no cause for complaint, and indeed the later cuts really pale in comparison. For someone who wants a little more than a greatest hits collection but wants to stop after two volumes, this is good enough, with first-rate items like "Persuasion," "Se Acabo," and "Guajira." Nothing here is rare, and note that the versions of "Black Magic Woman" and "Europa" are live ones.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/21/2000
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998517127
catalogNumber:
85171

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Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve   Percussion,Drums,Vibes
Linda Tillery   Background Vocals
Neal Schon   Guitar
Tom Coster   Organ,Strings,Keyboards,Marimbas,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Background Vocals,Vibes,fender rhodes,Mini Moog,Analogue Synthesizer,Arp Odyssey,Arp Omni
Pete Escovedo   Percussion,Timbales
Armando Peraza   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Greg Walker   Vocals,Background Vocals
José Chepitó Areas   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Flugelhorn,Timbales,Vocals,Bell-tree
Gregg Rolie   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Coke Escovedo   Percussion,Background Vocals
David Brown   Bass,Bass Guitar
Mike Carabello   Percussion,Conga,Tambourine,Vocals
Walfredo Reyes   Percussion,Drums,Timbales
Alberto Gianquinto   Piano
Dennis Lambert   Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Graham Lear   Percussion,Drums
Alex Ligertwood   Guitar,Vocals
David Margen   Bass
Mario Ochoa   Piano
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Raul Rekow   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Background Vocals,Surdo,cowbell
Rico Reyes   Vocals
Chris Solberg   Organ,Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Pablo Tellez   Bass,Bass Guitar
Chester Thompson   Keyboards,Vocals
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Percussion,Conga,Rhythm Guitar,Tambourine,Timbales,Vocals,Background Vocals
Chris Rhyne   Synthesizer,Keyboards

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer,Arp String Ensemble
Santana   Original Album Producer
José Chepitó Areas   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Mike Carabello   Composer
Fred Catero   Producer,Original Album Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer,Original Album Producer
Alberto Gianquinto   Composer
Dennis Lambert   Producer,Original Album Producer
Brian Potter   Producer,Original Album Producer
Vernon Reid   Producer,Original Album Producer
David Rubinson   Original Album Producer
Chester Thompson   Producer,Original Album Producer
D. Brown   Composer
James Cobb   Composer
David Fricke   Liner Notes
Bob Irwin   Producer
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer,Original Album Producer
Lisa Sparagano   Art Direction
Ray Etzler   Original Album Producer
Brent Dangerfield   Producer,Original Album Producer
Bill Graham   Original Album Producer
Kerstin Bach   Cover Design
Mike Cimicata   Packaging Manager

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