by Santana


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After teaming up with Herbie Hancock for the jazz-flavored The Swing of Delight album, Carlos Santana reentered the pop
ock realm with the rest of his band for 1981's Zebop!. He still managed to include a little bit of his famed Latino sound into a few of the tracks ("E Papa Re," "American Gypsy"), albeit only slightly, but Zebop!'s overall feel is that of commercial rock, with the guitar arriving at the forefront through most of the cuts. Santana does a marvelous job at covering Russ Ballard's "Winning," taking it to number 17 on the charts, while "The Sensitive Kind" is built around the same type of radio-friendly structure yet it stalled at number 56. Zebop!'s formula is simple, and all of the songs carry an appeal that is aimed at a wider and more marketable audience base, with "Changes," "Searchin," and "I Love You Much Too Much" coming through as efficient yet not overly extravagant rock & roll efforts. The album's adjustable rhythms and accommodating structures kept the band alive as the decade rolled over, peaking at number 33 in the U.K. but cracking the Top Ten in the United States, which eventually led to Zebop! going gold. Actually, "Winning" followed in the same footsteps as Santana's last couple of Top 40 singles in "You Know That I Love You" from 1980 and "Stormy" from 1979. Shango, the album that came after Zebop!, gave them another hit with "Hold On," sung by bandmember Alex Ligertwood.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074643715829
catalogNumber: 37158

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Armando Peraza   Percussion,Bongos,Vocals
Richard Baker   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Keyboards
Graham Lear   Drums
Alex Ligertwood   Vocals,Background Vocals
David Margen   Bass
Alan Pasqua   Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Raul Rekow   Percussion,Conga,Background Vocals
Chris Solberg   Guitar,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals,Rhythm
Orestes Vilató   Percussion,Timbales,Background Vocals
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals,Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Yusuf (Cat Stevens)   Composer
Armando Peraza   Composer
Russ Ballard   Composer
Richard Baker   Composer
Fred Catero   Engineer
Billy Graham   Producer
Bill Graham   Producer
Graham Lear   Composer
Alex Ligertwood   Composer
David Margen   Composer
Marcus Miller   Composer
Keith Olsen   Producer,Engineer
Alexander Olshanetsky   Composer
Alan Pasqua   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Raul Rekow   Composer
Chris Solberg   Composer
Orestes Vilató   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer
David Santana   Composer
Carl Solberg   Composer
Chaim Towber   Composer

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