Ultimate Santana

Ultimate Santana

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This two-CD career summation of Santana's four decades of music, the first release to encompass the guitarist's late-'60s band, '70s fusion, and '90s makeover. Furthermore, it's bostered by three new recordings, each featuring a marquee vocalist: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger on “Into the Night,” Jennifer Lopez and rapper Baby Bash on “This Boy’s Fire,” and Tina Turner…  See more details below


This two-CD career summation of Santana's four decades of music, the first release to encompass the guitarist's late-'60s band, '70s fusion, and '90s makeover. Furthermore, it's bostered by three new recordings, each featuring a marquee vocalist: Nickelback's Chad Kroeger on “Into the Night,” Jennifer Lopez and rapper Baby Bash on “This Boy’s Fire,” and Tina Turner on “The Game of Love.”

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Billed as the first Santana compilation to span his entire career, it is true that Ultimate Santana does indeed run the gamut from 1969's "Evil Ways" to 2002's "Game of Love," but if you think that means it handles all phases of his career equally, you'd be sadly mistaken. Essentially, this 18-track set plays like a collection of highlights from his Supernatural-era comebacks, spiked with a couple of classic rock oldies -- because that's what it really is. It contains no less than ten superstar duets, including new numbers with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger (the streamlined and smoothed "Into the Night," which has little of Kroeger's trademark growly histrionics) and Jennifer Lopez and Baby Bash ("This Boy's Fire," a dance number where Santana seems incidental), plus a version of "The Game of Love" with Tina Turner (don't worry, the lighter, brighter, superior Michelle Branch version is here too) and plus "Interplanetary Party," which is a new band recording that sounds like a star duet. These are piled upon seven previously released duets -- including, of course, the hits "Smooth," "Maria Maria," and "The Game of Love," but also album tracks with Everlast, Steven Tyler, and Alex Band of the Calling -- with classic rock radio staples "Oye Como Va," "Black Magic Woman," "Evil Ways," "Europa," "Samba Pa Ti," and "No One to Depend On" for good measure. In other words, this is certainly not a hits disc for the fan of his earliest music, or his most adventurous music either; it's for the pop fans won over by his latter-day comeback, and for those listeners, it's the hits disc they'd want -- but for everybody else, it's better to seek out other compilations or original albums, because those paint a better picture of what Santana was all about than this crisp, clean collection of lifestyle pop.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Arista Europe

Related Subjects


  1. Into the Night  - Chad Kroeger
  2. This Boy's Fire  - Jennifer Lopez
  3. Smooth  - Carlos Santana
  4. Maria Maria  - Product G&B
  5. Oye Como Va  - Carlos Santana
  6. Black Magic Woman  - Carlos Santana
  7. Evil Ways  - Carlos Santana
  8. Corazon Espinado  - Carlos Santana
  9. Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)  - Carlos Santana
  10. The Game of Love  - Carlos Santana
  11. Put Your Lights On  - Carlos Santana
  12. Why Don't You & I  - Alex Band
  13. Everybody's Everything  - Carlos Santana
  14. Just Feel Better  - Carlos Santana
  15. Samba Pa Ti  - Carlos Santana
  16. No One to Depend On  - Carlos Santana
  17. The Game of Love  - Michelle Branch
  18. Interplanetary Party  - Carlos Santana

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve   Drums,Vibes
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Neal Schon   Guitar
Tina Turner   Vocals
Jules Broussard   Saxophone
Tom Coster   Keyboards
Armando Peraza   Percussion,Conga
José Chepitó Areas   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Flugelhorn,Timbales,Vocals
Gregg Rolie   Organ,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals
Coke Escovedo   Drums,Background Vocals
Leon Patillo   Piano,Vocals
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar
David Brown   Bass Guitar
Ed Calle   Saxophone
Mike Carabello   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Tambourine,Vocals
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Jeremy Cohen   Violin
Brian Collier   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
Rodney Holmes   Drums
Tony Lindsay   Vocals
Lester Mendez   Keyboards
Jamie Muhoberac   Piano,Keyboards
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Karl Perazzo   Percussion,Conga,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Timbales
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Jose L. Quintana   Vocal Director
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Raul Rekow   Conga
Rico Reyes   Vocals
Danny Seidenberg   Viola
Lee Sklar   Bass
Chester Thompson   Organ,Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Conga,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Timbales
Steven Tyler   Vocals
Marty Wehner   Trombone
Carol Steele   Percussion
Rob Thomas   Vocals
William Oritz   Trumpet
Carlos Santana   Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Conga,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals
John Shanks   Acoustic Guitar,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar
Alberto Salas   Keyboards
David Delgado   Keyboards
Sergio Vallin   Rhythm Guitar
Jesus Jorge   Trombone,Trumpet
Julius Melendez   Trumpet
Product G&B   Vocals
Chad Kroeger   Guitar
Fher Olvera   Vocals
Michelle Branch   Vocals,Background Vocals
Sakai   Background Vocals
David Brown   Bass Guitar
Alex Band   Vocals
Jeff Rothschild   Drums
Hari Balakrisnan   Viola
Jose Abel Figueroa   Trombone
Alex Gonzales   Drums,Background Vocals
Joseph Hérbert   Cello
Rick Knowles   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Niki Harris   Background Vocals
Nikita Houston   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Tito Puente   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Milton Brown   Composer
Coke Escovedo   Composer
Mike Carabello   Composer
Fred Catero   Producer
Jeff Cressman   Horn Arrangements
Clive Davis   Producer
Steve Fontano   Engineer
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Chris Garcia   Engineer
Sonny Henry   Composer
Damon Johnson   Composer
Glen Kolotkin   Engineer
Tony Lindsay   Composer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Dave McRae   Composer
Lester Mendez   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer,Horn Arrangements
Rick Nowels   Composer
Bill Ortiz   Horn Arrangements
Karl Perazzo   Composer
Jim Reitzel   Engineer,drum programming
Raul Rekow   Composer
David Rubinson   Producer
Itaal Shur   Composer
David Thoener   Engineer
Steve Farrone   Engineer
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Randy Wine   Engineer
Buck Johnson   Composer
KC Porter   Producer
Bob Irwin   Producer
Erik Schrody   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer,Author,Horn Arrangements
Benny Faccone   Engineer
John Gamble   Programming,Producer,Engineer
Wyclef Jean   Composer,Producer
Mark Dobson   Programming
Corey Rooney   Producer
John Shanks   Producer,Vocal Producer
Matt Serletic   Producer
Dante Ross   Programming,Producer
Chris Theis   Engineer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer,Producer
Michael Rios   Cover Painting
Teddy Moss   Composer
Richie Supa   Vocal Producer
Brent Dangerfield   Producer
Jamie Houston   Composer
Steve Morales   Composer
Greg Collins   Engineer
Chad Kroeger   Composer,Producer,Vocal Producer
Fher Olvera   Composer,Producer
Wayne Rodrigues   drum programming
Jeff Rothschild   Engineer
Alex Ander   Composer,Producer
Alex Gonzales   Producer
Sean Garrett   Composer,Producer
Joshua Marc Levy   Art Direction,Illustrations
Rick Knowles   Producer
Raymond "Sarom" Diaz   Composer,Producer
Joe L Angelo Margolis   drum programming
Steve "Rokstar" Morales   Producer,Engineer
Michael Rosen   Engineer

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Ultimate Santana 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been listening to Santana since I was five because my dad listened to him. I must say this CD is awesome!! Put all of the best with new material to show a bright future maybe for another CD. Totally putting this on my birthday list!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Need i say more other then carlos santana, yes there are other scds out there with the same material but how can you complain if your a ture fan cause same stuff with brand new stuff, you'd be dumb not to pick this cd up
Guest More than 1 year ago
Good stuff, you can't go wrong with Carlos. I'd suggest Moonflower and Abraxas to the newly converted Santana fan, but if you want to start here, with the more recent duets, you can't get hurt. Hey, you can never have enough versions of Europa. Anyone who loves this song should also catch up with Gato Barbieri's sax version. 'Smooth' sounds great, and having two recordings of 'The Game of Love' is a plus as well.
Joanne60 More than 1 year ago
I love Santana music very much, so when this Ultimate collection came out, This was great, now I have all Santanas hits on one great CD, Would highly reccommend this Cd to everybody who loves Santana music
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Love this CD! It has some of his new songs like "Smooth"; a track with Tina Tuner ( a blissful surprise; each of their chosen instruments blend so incredibly). There were many of his songs from the album "Abraxas", but it's Carlos Santana! I have loved his work for many years, and I still believe that Carlos Santana does not get the respect he deserves.
Sheyin More than 1 year ago
Just love this CD. All the hits I wanted
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Guest More than 1 year ago
Come on, there's a dozen other CD's like this out there. A few new songs doesn't cut it. Create some NEW material!