On March 21st, 2016, a few weeks prior to the release of the Santana IV album, the classic line-up of Santana (Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals); Neal Schon (guitar, vocals); Gregg Rolie (keyboards, vocals); Michael Shrieve (drums); Michael Carabello (congas, backing vocals); with Karl Perazzo (percussion, vocals), Benny Rietveld (bass) with special guest vocalist Ronald Isley) took to the stage at the House Of Blues in Las Vegas…
Ultimate Santana is a collection by rock band Santana, combining hits from recent albums Supernatural, Shaman and All That I Am with early classics. Amongst the 18 tracks there are three new recordings. On November 3, 2007 the album debuted at number eight on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart.
American latin-rock group, formed in the late 1960s, led by guitarist Carlos Santana.
They first came to wide public attention after their performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969…
You’d think that these long-lost, pre-debut, pre-Woodstock studio jams (rehearsals, demos, auditions… whatever they actually are) would be a much bigger deal in musical archeology circles. Recorded at Pacific Studios in 1968, and featuring Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve, Gregg Rolie, David Brown, Michael Carabello and Chepito Areas, these sizzling live-in-the-studio jams are probably what helped the band get signed and sound much like a lost album that never was. Fact is, however, these tapes have already been issued… a hundred different times, via a slew of cheapie, one-off labels and dozens of different titles (usually Acapulco Sunrise). Apparently someone besides CBS acquired the rights to these tapes decades ago and has licensed them to anyone, anywhere at any time. That’s… if they’re even licensed at all.
Before the arrival of Carlos Santana's eponymous band, the San Francisco rock scene drew the inspiration for its jam-oriented music mainly from blues, rock, and Eastern modalities. Santana added Latin music to the mix, forever changing the course of rock & roll history. On their groundbreaking debut album, the group mix Latin percussion with driving rock grooves. Santana's unique guitar style, alternately biting and liquid, vies with the multiple percussionists for the sonic focus. Unlike later efforts, Santana's first album features an abundance of loose, collective compositions based on a couple of simple riffs ("Jingo," "Soul Sacrifice"). This approach allows for Santana and his bandmates to flex their improvisational muscles to fine effect. The high-energy level on Santana is infectious – the laid-back feel of other '60s San Francisco groups was clearly not for Carlos and co.
There have been many Santana anthologies over the last ten years: Holland's Definitive Collection, France's Best of Santana, an import of the best of the instrumentals, and now there is a Santana 3xCD-Box - Also known as: The Super Collection (3xCD, Comp). Some of the best of his popular titles are here.
"Santana Brothers" (sometimes credited as simply Brothers) is a 1994 album by Carlos Santana, his brother Jorge, and his nephew Carlos Hernandez. It reached 191 on the Billboard 200 album chart. Carlos joins brother Jorge (ex-Malo) and young nephew Carlos Hernandez in a six-string summit that puts the three guitarists in all-instrumental solo, duo and trio settings. This album is full of delicate ambiances, a subtle marriage of styles and influences.
Following a 20th anniversary reunion tour in 1989 to promote Viva Santana!, Carlos Santana reorganized the band as a sextet and recorded Spirits Dancing in the Flesh, Santana's 15th and final studio album for Columbia Records. It was an unusually eclectic collection, featuring songs by Curtis Mayfield ("Gypsy Woman"), the Isley Brothers ("Who's That Lady"), and Babatunde Olatunji ("Jin-Go-Lo-Ba"). For all those influences, it was more of a straightforward, guitar-heavy rock album than usual. Coming more than three years after Santana's last new album, Freedom, it sold to the band's core audience only, reaching number 85.