Santana was still a respected rock veteran in 1999, but it had been years since he had a hit, even if he continued to fare well on the concert circuits. Clive Davis, the man who had signed Santana to Columbia in 1968, offered him the opportunity to set up shop at his label, Arista. In the tradition of comebacks and label debuts by veteran artists in the '90s, Supernatural, Santana's first effort for Arista, is designed as a star-studded event. At first listen, there doesn't seem to be a track that doesn't have a guest star, which brings up the primary problem with the album -- despite several interesting or excellent moments, it never develops a consistent voice that holds the album together. The fault doesn't lay with the guest stars or even with Santana, who continues to turn in fine performances. There's just a general directionless feeling to the record, enhanced by several songs that seem like excuses for jams, which, truth be told, isn't all that foreign on latter-day Santana records. Then again, the grooves often play better than the ploys for radio play, but that's not always the case, since Lauryn Hill's "Do You Like the Way" and the Dust Brothers-produced, Eagle-Eye Cherry-sung "Wishing It Was" are as captivating as the Eric Clapton duet, "The Calling." But that just confirms that Supernatural just doesn't have much of a direction, flipping between traditional Santana numbers and polished contemporary collaborations, with both extremes being equally likely to hit or miss. That doesn't quite constitute a triumph, but the peak moments of Supernatural are some of Santana's best music of the '90s, which does make it a successful comeback.
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Performance CreditsSantana Primary Artist
Anderson Rhythm Guitar
Everlast Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Dave Matthews Vocals
Jeanie Tracy Vocals
Tom Barney Bass
Gregg Bissonette Drums
Eric Clapton Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Jeremy Cohen Violin
Luis Conte Percussion,Conga
Jeff Cressman Trombone
Joseph Daley Tuba
Francis Dunnery Rhythm Guitar
Ramon Flores Trombone
Earl Gardner Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Mic Gillette Trombone,Trumpet
Loris Holland Keyboards
Rodney Holmes Drums,Musician
Tony Lindsay Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Marvin McFadden Trumpet
Karl Perazzo Percussion,Conga,Timbales,Vocals,Background Vocals,Musician
Mike Porcaro Bass
Benny Rietveld Bass,Musician
Raul Rekow Percussion,Conga,Musician
Chester Thompson Keyboards,Musician
George Whitty Keyboards
Billy Johnson Drums
Carol Steele Percussion
Rob Thomas Vocals
Carter Beauford Drums
KC Porter Accordion,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Carlos Santana Guitar,Percussion,Conga,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,sleigh bells,Musician
Lauryn Hill Vocals,Background Vocals
Jimmy Keegan Drums
Cee Lo Green Vocals
Alberto Salas Keyboards
Eagle-Eye Cherry Vocals
Sergio Vallin Rhythm Guitar
Lenesha Randolph Background Vocals
Juan Calleros Bass
Julius Melendez Trumpet
Product G&B Vocals
Raúl Pacheco Percussion,Rhythm Guitar
Fher Olvera Vocals,Background Vocals
JB Eckl Rhythm Guitar
Danny Wolinski Flute,Saxophone
Hari Balakrisnan Viola
Steve Touré Trombone
Jose Abel Figueroa Trombone,Trumpet
Alex Gonzales Drums,Background Vocals
Joseph Hérbert Cello
Daniel Seidenberg Viola
Gonzalo Chomat Background Vocals
Humberto Hernandez Percussion
Jose Quintana Vocal Director
Horacio Hernandez Drums
William Ortiz Trumpet
Technical CreditsDave Matthews Composer
Clive Davis Producer
Steve Fontano Engineer
Jim Gaines Engineer
John Karpowich Engineer
Glen Kolotkin Engineer
Tony Lindsay Composer
Mike Mani Programming
Shakara Mutela Composer
Karl Perazzo Composer
Jeff Poe Engineer
Christian Polloni Composer
Tony Prendatt Engineer
Anton Pukshansky Engineer
Raul Rekow Composer
Jim Scott Engineer
Itaal Shur Composer
David Thoener Engineer
Chester Thompson Composer,Programming
Rob Thomas Composer,Lyricist
Steve Farrone Engineer
Andy Grassi Engineer
T-Ray Additional Production
KC Porter Composer,Programming,Producer
Rachid Taha Composer
David Frazer Engineer
John King Composer,Producer
Mike Simpson Composer,Producer
Erik Schrody Composer
John Seymour Engineer
Carlos Santana Composer,Producer
Benny Faccone Engineer
John Gamble Programming,Producer,Engineer
Wyclef Jean Composer,Producer
Commissioner Gordon Engineer
Mark Dobson Programming
Lauryn Hill Arranger,Composer,Producer
Matt Serletic Producer
Dante Ross Programming,Producer
Chris Theis Engineer
Matty Spindel Engineer
Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis Composer,Producer
Sixu Tidiane Touré Composer
Ismaïla Toure Composer
Eagle-Eye Cherry Composer
Che Pope Programming
Charles Goodan Producer
Kobie Brown Programming
Mark "Money Mark" Ramos-Nishita Composer
Fher Olvera Composer,Producer
JB Eckl Composer
Mario Curci Pro-Tools
Alex Gonzales Producer
Cheín García Alonso Composer
Andre J. H. Zweers Pro-Tools
Mike Couzi Engineer
Art Hodge Producer
Alvaro Villagro Engineer
Stephen M. Harris Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
this cd is a 5 star cd and a must get cd. it has featured songs with singers such as rob thomas, everlast, and dave matthews. if u like alternative,rock,or rap, these genres are featured like lauren hill, the products g and b and wyclef who directs the hit song,or soon to be,
Santana¿s best album used to be Abraxis... now it just might be Supernatural. The Calling is primeval - my album favorite. Compare El Farol to Flame-Sky on the Welcome album (Columbia Records - vinyl). This CD may go on to be a classic.
I am a 47 year old female, and I use to listen to Carlos Santana when I was 17, but this album tops it for me. I am so pleased that Carlos has reentered the music world again. Rob Thomas's singing of Smooth is so hot!!!! I hope they work together again soon!!!
Supernatural is an album that everyone, young and old, must own.
This is the first time I ever listened to a Santana cd and I don't regret a moment of it.I did not know that this man was so talented. I can recommend this cd to everybody.
This is one of the best CDs i have seen for a while i give him a 5!
As usual!! Another great hit.
An absolutely superb album! Deserves every award it got and more. All the collaborations are amazing, especially the acclaimed
I am totally shocked by those who say Carlos sold out. If he'd actually Sold Out, all the music would have been written by other artists. He would have been the back-up guitarist (imagine that), back up vocalist, etc. etc. Instead of looking at the negative, look at it this way. He brought together many people, from so many different fields of music, including Eric Clapton (A Music God if there ever was one) and created one of the best rock albums ever created, if not the greatest. I have nearly 700 rock C.D's and this is still, two full years after it's release, on my top five. Also I really don't think I could, even with a gun to my head, pick my favorite song on this album
this is the most awesome santana yet. ilove it!
THE WORDS HAVE MEANING , EACH TRAK GRABS YOU IN ITS OWN SUPERNATURAL WAY.
Santana's back and better than ever.
I grew up with santana and i am so glad to see that this generation has recceived the oppurtunity to enjoy with me and my generation one of the soulful latino groups that has brought so much wonderful dance spirited music over the years;and they maintain their abilty to do so. good luck
Carlos Santana is one of the greatest rock musicians and guitarists of our lifetime. His guitar emits a searing, soulful, and peaceful vibe which infects the listener at once. Santana's music and musical collaberations are a shining beacon to the power and beauty of the human spirit, no matter its form.
An album, (using the classic term due to his being a classic), in its own way as unique as
All of the songs are good, but #4 'Africa Bamba' has more energy!
Carlos Santana put an end to Michael Jackson's long reign as king of the world once and for all with his most recent release. Most of the songs, in particular 'Smooth,' 'Put Your Lights On,' and 'Maria Maria,' are masterpieces, and the great artists Santana has chosen were no exception to the rule. No wonder the album has surpassed Michael Jackson's 'Thriller,' both in album sales and in award victories, as the new monster hit of the world.
tHIS IS THE GREATEST C.D. EVER MADE . CARLOS SANTANA IS THE MOST AMAZING ARTIST THE WORLD HAS EVER KNOWN. IF I'M EVER HAVING A BAD DAY , ALL I NEED TO DO IS LISTEN TO ''SMOOTH'' AND MY SPIRITS ARE LIFTED!
The power behind Carlos Santana isn't his vocal style as most of the popular groups today. The power lies in the diversity of the vocal performances blending with his sizzling guitar bravado. For 30 years now, a new Santana tune can be recognized in the first few bars, and this offering is no different. Except that in my opinion, this is the hottest feast that has been offered in quite some time! Absolutely mezmerizing...
Santana is back and better than ever. This album is full of excitement and interesting collaborations. Although the guitar is tame on some tracks, over all Carlos has proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with. I only wish that more rock artists could make albums that are both this enjoyable and musical at the same time.
Except for Lauren Hill, superb choice of artists with whom to make an album.
Enjoyed the CD and Santana has an outstanding support cast
This CD seems to have something for everybody. I think that this CD will pull in a whole new group of fans.