Essential Santana [Sony]

The Essential Santana [Sony]

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This two-disc collection -- which is packaged with a nicely assembled, photo-heavy booklet of liner notes detailing the guitarist's career history -- compiles not only the songs that made Santana a rock radio favorite in the '70s but also the non-smashes that cemented his reputation with fellow musicians. As such, his covers of Tito Puente

Overview

This two-disc collection -- which is packaged with a nicely assembled, photo-heavy booklet of liner notes detailing the guitarist's career history -- compiles not only the songs that made Santana a rock radio favorite in the '70s but also the non-smashes that cemented his reputation with fellow musicians. As such, his covers of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" and Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman" -- both of which outstripped the originals in terms of renown -- are presented alongside such virtuosic showcases as the hypno-delic "Love, Devotion and Surrender" (from the era when he preferred being addressed as Devadip Carlos Santana) and a fiery live rendition of "Dance Sister Dance." Santana's groundbreaking fusion of Latin jazz and rock shines through on early staples like "Samba Pa Ti," while the eloquent spirituality of "Everybody's Everything" resonates with the quiet intensity that marked a good portion of his more cerebral work. The second disc is a little spottier, with perhaps too marked an emphasis on languid material, but standout cuts such as "The Healer," on which he's joined by blues legend John Lee Hooker, will keep the interest piqued.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
There were enough Santana compilations that preceded the 2002 release of this two-CD, 33-song double CD that it was less of a remarkable event than it would have been had it appeared earlier. The material spans Santana's entire stint at Columbia, from the late '60s to the late '80s, including all the expected favorites: "Jingo," "Evil Ways," "Soul Sacrifice" (though the studio and not the Woodstock version), "Black Magic Woman," "Oye Como Va," "Everybody's Everything," "No One to Depend On," "Love, Devotion & Surrender," "She's Not There," and "Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)." It also throws on John Lee Hooker's "The Healer," which Carlos Santana played on and helped write. For someone who likes Santana a lot, all the way through the late '60s to the late '80s, but doesn't want an exorbitant box set, this is a good deal. It's chronologically sequenced, has all the most famous numbers, and gives greatest weight to the late '60s and early '70s, when the best Santana music was recorded. For someone more discriminating, there's just too much mediocre material on board, particularly on disc two (spanning the late '70s and '80s), when Santana was in artistic decline. Most listeners who want a greatest-hits compilation are still better off with one of the single-CD best-of anthologies available, as those have less dross and emphasize Santana's early peak period.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/22/2002
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998669826
catalogNumber:
86698

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Jingo
  2. Evil Ways
  3. Soul Sacrifice
  4. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
  5. Oye Como Va
  6. Samba Pa Ti
  7. Everybody's Everything
  8. No One to Depend On
  9. Toussaint l'Overture
  10. Guajira
  11. La Fuente del Ritmo
  12. In a Silent Way
  13. Love, Devotion and Surrender
  14. Mirage
  15. Carnaval
  16. Let the Children Play
  17. Jugando

Disc 2

  1. She's Not There
  2. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)
  3. Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)
  4. Stormy
  5. Well...All Right
  6. Open Invitation
  7. Aqua Marine
  8. You Know That I Love You
  9. All I Ever Wanted
  10. Winning
  11. Hold On
  12. Nowhere to Run
  13. Say It Again
  14. Veracruz
  15. Blues for Salvador
  16. The Healer

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Michael Shrieve   Composer,Producer
Buddy Miles   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer,Producer
Santana   Producer
Greg Walker   Composer
José Chepitó Areas   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Ian Thomas   Composer
Leon Patillo   Composer
David Brown   Composer
Mike Carabello   Composer
Fred Catero   Producer
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Composer
David DeVore   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Val Garay   Composer,Producer
Steve Goldstein   Composer
Bill Graham   Producer
Sonny Henry   Composer
Dennis Lambert   Composer,Producer
Anthony Lapeau   Composer
Alex Ligertwood   Composer
David Margen   Composer
Babatunde Olatunji   Composer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Alan Pasqua   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer,Producer
Rico Reyes   Composer
David Rubinson   Composer,Producer
John Ryan   Producer
C. Thompson   Composer
Chester Thompson   Composer
Roy Rogers   Composer,Producer
D. Brown   Composer
Ted Drozdowski   Liner Notes
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Howard Fritzon   Art Direction
Joe Zack   Composer
Carl Solberg   Composer
Brent Dangerfield   Producer
Bill Graham   Producer
J. Cohen   Composer
Triana DOrazio   Packaging Manager
Jeffrey Cohen   Producer

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