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Shaman [Import Bonus Track]

Shaman [Import Bonus Track]

by Santana

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To say that guitar guru Carlos Santana got a huge career boost from Supernatural, his 1999 album of genre-spanning collaborations, is an understatement: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reached a whole new audience with the multiplatinum-selling, Grammy-laden album, which paired him with Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews, Wyclef Jean, and


To say that guitar guru Carlos Santana got a huge career boost from Supernatural, his 1999 album of genre-spanning collaborations, is an understatement: The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer reached a whole new audience with the multiplatinum-selling, Grammy-laden album, which paired him with Rob Thomas, Dave Matthews, Wyclef Jean, and the like. Given Supernatural's magnetic charm, it's no surprise that Santana applies a similar formula to his much-anticipated follow-up. And while the going isn't always "Smooth," this shaman pulls it off. Even with a somewhat more uneven guest list, Shaman dazzles with tantalizing moments. "Feels like Fire," which sets Santana's hypnotic playing against the almost hymnlike vocals of Dido, is nothing short of stunning, and the easygoing, horn-pumped "The Game of Love," with teen rocker Michelle Branch, suggests a South of the Border Sheryl Crow. Likewise, Seal's slithery singing perfectly matches the soulful lines that Santana unspools for "You Are My Kind." The chemistry is less successful when the guitarist joins forces with the new generation of hard rockers: He all but disappears amid the bluster of P.O.D.'s "America," while Nickelback's Chad Kroeger proves entirely unsympathetic on the grandiose "Why Don't You and I?" Those rough patches, however, are offset by a passel of sexy mid-tempo tracks, such as the serpentine "Amore (Sexo)," which boasts one of Macy Gray's typically showstopping vocal turns. Equally interesting are the tunes that delve into Santana's Latin heritage, from the light and airy "Hoy Es Adios," with vocals by Alejandro Lerner, to the tough-talking "One of These Days," on which he's joined by the members of Ozomatli. Once again, this six-string sage proves his mettle at spell-casting, dreamweaving, and, above all, hit-making.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Nobody could have predicted the success of the star-studded Supernatural in 1999, but it revitalized the career of Santana, plus Clive Davis, who cooked up the whole idea of the comeback in the first place. Given its blockbuster status, a sequel that followed the same blueprint was inevitable, which is exactly what 2002's Shaman is. If anything, there's even less Carlos Santana here, proving that he and Davis are among those that believe that Supernatural was a success because of Rob Thomas and "Smooth," not the typically tasteful, excellent guitar playing. And, no surprise, Thomas has a strong presence here even if he doesn't sing. He writes two songs, flexing his muscles as a neo-soul songwriter (not badly, either, on cuts sung by Musiq and Seal), and providing the template for all the guests here: they want to launch a new stage of their career, finding a wider audience. Outside of Seal (who has a comeback of his own to launch) and Placido Domingo (who does these things because he can), everybody here has hearts to win and something to prove, and they do a mixed job of it. P.O.D. falls on its face with the embarrassing "America," but Chad Kroeger far outshines anything he's done with a surprisingly subtle and soulful "Why Don't You & I," easily better than anything by Nickelback. But this points out the problem on the record -- each song is tailored to the strengths of the lead singer, not the strengths of Santana, who's left with piddly, forgettable instrumental interludes and playing endless lines beneath the vocal melodies. Who can blame him? It's the only chance he really gets to play on this album. On the whole, it holds together no better or no worse than Supernatural -- it's the same record, essentially. True, there wasn't anything as awful as "America" or the foolish aural press release "Since Supernatural," but there was nothing as joyous and wonderful as the Michelle Branch-sung "The Game of Love." Written by the team behind the New Radicals' modern pop classic "You Get What You Give," it's every bit as soaring melodic and irresistible; it may not be Santana -- it sounds even less like Santana than "Smooth" -- but it's perfect pop, the best pop single of 2002, for reasons that have nothing to do with Santana. [A Japanese version added a bonus track.]
Rolling Stone - Jon Pareles
Shaman still offers glimpses of Santana's globe-spanning euphoria.

Product Details

Release Date:
Arista Europe


Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve   Drums
Siedah Garrett   Background Vocals
Rene Toledo   Acoustic Guitar
Plácido Domingo   Vocals
Alejandro Lerner   Vocals
Tony Lindsey   Vocals
Dennis Chambers   Drums
Rusty Anderson   Electric Guitar
Bashiri Johnson   Percussion
Ed Calle   Saxophone
Brian Collier   Drums
Luis Conte   Percussion
Jeff Cressman   Trombone
Joseph Edelberg   Strings
Clarence Greenwood   Keyboards,Vocals
Niki Haris   Background Vocals
Tony Lindsay   Vocals
Jody Linscott   Percussion
Manny López   Acoustic Guitar
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass
Lester Mendez   Percussion,Keyboards
Rick Nowels   Background Vocals
Bill Ortiz   Trumpet
Karl Perazzo   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Timbales,Background Vocals
Tim Pierce   Guitar
Benny Rietveld   Bass
Raul Rekow   Conga,Background Vocals
Arturo Velasco   Trombone
Marty Wehner   Trombone
KC Porter   Keyboards,Electric Piano,Background Vocals
Sister Bliss   Keyboards
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Electric Guitar,Timbales,Vocals,Background Vocals,Rainstick,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Jose Gaviria   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Kike Santander   Background Vocals
Ulises Bella   Tenor Saxophone
David Schoenbrun   Strings
Pauline Taylor   Background Vocals
Shelene Thomas   Background Vocals
Andreas Allen   Turntables
Ozomatli   Background Vocals
Dave Randall   Electric Guitar
Asdrubal Sierra   Trumpet,Background Vocals
Macy Gray   Vocals
Sebastian Arocha Morton   Hammond B3
Sy Smith   Background Vocals
Mark Bates   Keyboards
Julius Melendez   Trumpet
Marika Hughes   Strings
Chad Kroeger   Vocals
Wil-Dog Abers   Bass
Jiro Yamaguchi   Tabla,talking drum
Arnthor   Vocals,Background Vocals
Mats Berntoft   Guitar
JB Eckl   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michelle Branch   Vocals,Background Vocals
Henrik Jonback   Guitar
Sebastian Nylund   Guitar
Andrés Múnera   Keyboards
Emily Onderdonk   Strings
Andy Vargas   Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Composer
Gabor Szabo   Composer
Alejandro Lerner   Composer
Dallas Austin   Composer,Producer
Simon Climie   Composer
Jim Gaines   Engineer
Chris Garcia   Engineer
Clarence Greenwood   Producer
Angélique Kidjo   Composer
Eddie Kramer   Engineer
Bill Malina   Engineer
Lester Mendez   Arranger,Composer,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Phil Nicolo   Engineer
Rick Nowels   Composer,Producer
Karl Perazzo   Composer
Raul Rekow   Composer
Steve Russell   Engineer
Dan Shea   Programming,Producer
Javier Vazquez   Composer
Randy Wine   Engineer
KC Porter   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
David Frazer   Engineer
Walter Afanasieff   Composer
Carlos Santana   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Jose Gaviria   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Kike Santander   Producer
Gregory Digiovine   Composer
Roger "Shoubou" Eugène   Composer
Anders "Bag" Bagge   Composer
Ritchie Rome   Composer
Dido Armstrong   Composer
Macy Gray   Composer
Sebastian Arocha Morton   Engineer
Dan Vickers   Engineer
Justin Lieberman   Engineer
Chad Kroeger   Composer
Arnthor   Programming,Engineer
José R. Sanchez   Engineer
Wayne Rodrigues   drum programming
JB Eckl   Composer,Producer,Engineer,drum programming
Wuv   Composer
Rollo Armstrong   Composer
Yvon "Kapi" Andre   Composer
Andrés Múnera   Arranger,Programming,Producer,Engineer
Alex Ander   Composer
Robert Conley   Engineer

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