The Best Instrumentals

The Best Instrumentals

by Santana

CD(German Import)

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The Best Instrumentals

Picking out the best instrumentals from Carlos Santana's thirty-year recording career is a daunting task at best, and a fan can certainly find reasons to disagree with some of the choices made in this collection. However, this German release is valuable in bringing together undisputed Santana classic guitar pieces like "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)," "Samba Pa Ti," "Flor D'Luna (Moonflower)" and "Soul Sacrifice" with lesser known masterworks like "Aqua Marine" and the superb "Song of the Wind." True, there's no "Toussaint L'Ouverture" or "Incident at Neshabur," but how would you like to have to narrow this long-lived band's catalog down to fifteen tracks? Besides, the true fan already has the original albums and earlier compilations. One thing made obvious by this sampler of tracks recorded between 1969 and 1990 is that the later stuff with artificial keyboards, like "Love is You" and "Blues For Salvador" from the late '80s, just doesn't have as much soul as the earlier, more organic material. But that's a technological issue. This disc takes its listeners on a high intensity trip through time on the spiritual wings of Carlos Santana's soaring electric guitar. It's a trip worth taking.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/09/1999
Label: Sony Bmg Europe
UPC: 5099748686329
catalogNumber: 486863
Rank: 18662

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer
Armando Peraza   Composer
Chester Thompson   Composer
Santana   Composer
José Chepitó Areas   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
David Brown   Composer
Mike Carabello   Composer
Dennis Lambert   Composer
Alexander Olshanetsky   Composer
Alan Pasqua   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Raul Rekow   Composer
Sterling Crew   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer
David Santana   Composer
Chaim Towber   Composer

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The Best Instrumentals 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
glauver More than 1 year ago
Lyrics were never Carlos Santana's strong suit. His true voice is his soaring guitar, which is front and center here. This collection of instrumentals is very good, but I think the best place to hear him play is the live Lotus. He and the band were ferocious and there were only a few vocals. The recent Shape Shifter, with only one vocal, also sounds promising.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago