Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities

Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities

by Santana

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Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities

Life doesn't necessarily begin at 50, but for Carlos Santana, it certainly took a marked upswing -- with the beginnings of a de facto second career at the top of just about every chart extant. Ceremony culls songs from the sessions of the two albums that made him such a ubiquitous presence, splitting the difference (as the title indicates) between remixes of well-known songs and dusted-off obscurities. The former category is highlighted by Wyclef Jean's sunny, island breeze–kissed tweaking of "Maria Maria" and Chris Staropoli's groovily ambient reimagining of "Smooth" (emphasizing the song's undeniably infectious rhythm). The version of "Why Don't You and I" presented here replaces the vocals of co-writer Chad Kroeger with those of Alex Band of the Calling, resulting in a smoother, more ethereal vibe, while "Primavera" gets a major dose of energy from the vocals of salsa star Jerry Rivera. Five of the disc's tunes never actually made it to the finished versions of Supernatural or Shaman, but there's nothing wanting in any of them: "Truth Don Die," contributed by second-generation Afro-Beat standard bearer Femi Kuti, resonates with unshakeable spirit and highlife exuberance, while "Mañana" (by Fugees compadre Salaam Remi) reconciles urban grit and bucolic loam with aplomb. It's an enlightening peek behind the scenes of Santana's platinum-plated recording process -- and a soul-warming listen in its own right.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/18/2006
Label: Imports
UPC: 0828765881821
catalogNumber: 916143

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Tom Coster   Composer
Salvador García   Cover Painting
Claudia Brant   Composer
Simon Climie   Composer
Jean Claude Jean   Composer
Dave McRae   Composer
Lester Mendez   Arranger,Producer
Karl Perazzo   Composer
Raul Rekow   Composer
Salaam Remi   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Paul Schwartz   Composer
Itaal Shur   Composer
Femi Kuti   Composer
Rob Thomas   Composer
KC Porter   Composer,Producer
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer
Jose Gaviria   Producer
Cartel   Arranger,Producer
Wyclef Jean   Composer
Bernardo Ossa   Producer
Matt Serletic   Producer
Kike Santander   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis   Composer
Roger "Shoubou" Eugène   Composer
Su. Suttle   Logo Design
Anders "Bag" Bagge   Composer
Jimmy Greco   Composer,Producer
Bag   Producer
Fernando Tobon   Producer
Chris Staropoli   Remixing
Chad Kroeger   Composer
Arnthor   Producer
Ray Contreras   Composer,Producer
JB Eckl   Composer
Yvon "Kapi" Andre   Composer
Arnthor Birgisson   Composer
Andrés Múnera   Producer
Richard Thomas Jennings   Art Direction
Sam "Sever" Citrin   Producer,Remixing
Keon Bryce   Composer

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