SANTANA

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Santana is the primary exponent of Latin-tinged rock, particularly due to its combination of Latin percussion (congas, timbales, etc.) with bandleader Carlos Santana's distinctive, high-pitched lead guitar playing. The group was the last major act to emerge from the psychedelic San Francisco music scene of the 1960s and it enjoyed massive success at the end of the decade and into the early '70s. The musical direction then changed to a more contemplative and jazzy style as the band's early personnel gradually departed, leaving the name in the hands of Carlos Santana, who guided the group to consistent commercial success over the next quarter-century. By the mid-'90s, Santana seemed spent as a commercial force on records, though the group continued to attract audiences for its concerts worldwide. But the band made a surprising and monumental comeback in 1999 with Supernatural, an album featuring many guest stars that became Santana's best-selling release read more...
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SANTANA Discography

SANTANA albums / top albums

SANTANA Santana album cover 4.28 | 33 ratings
Santana
Latin Rock/Soul 1969
SANTANA Abraxas album cover 4.11 | 34 ratings
Abraxas
Latin Rock/Soul 1970
SANTANA Santana III album cover 4.02 | 28 ratings
Santana III
Latin Rock/Soul 1971
SANTANA Caravanserai album cover 4.58 | 46 ratings
Caravanserai
Latin Rock/Soul 1972
SANTANA Welcome album cover 3.10 | 15 ratings
Welcome
Fusion 1973
SANTANA Borboletta album cover 3.43 | 16 ratings
Borboletta
Fusion 1974
SANTANA Amigos album cover 2.66 | 15 ratings
Amigos
Latin Rock/Soul 1976
SANTANA Festivál album cover 2.50 | 5 ratings
Festivál
Latin Rock/Soul 1976
SANTANA Inner Secrets album cover 3.04 | 4 ratings
Inner Secrets
Latin Rock/Soul 1978
SANTANA Marathon album cover 2.00 | 2 ratings
Marathon
Latin Rock/Soul 1979
SANTANA Zebop! album cover 2.25 | 4 ratings
Zebop!
Latin Rock/Soul 1981
SANTANA Shangó album cover 1.77 | 6 ratings
Shangó
Latin Rock/Soul 1982
SANTANA Beyond Appearances album cover 1.09 | 2 ratings
Beyond Appearances
Latin Rock/Soul 1985
SANTANA Freedom album cover 1.92 | 4 ratings
Freedom
Latin Rock/Soul 1987
SANTANA Spirits Dancing in the Flesh album cover 1.97 | 5 ratings
Spirits Dancing in the Flesh
Latin Rock/Soul 1990
SANTANA Supernatural album cover 2.80 | 11 ratings
Supernatural
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1999
SANTANA Shaman album cover 3.46 | 7 ratings
Shaman
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2002
SANTANA All That I Am album cover 2.91 | 3 ratings
All That I Am
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2005
SANTANA Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time album cover 2.62 | 4 ratings
Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time
Jazz Related Rock 2010
SANTANA Shape Shifter album cover 3.45 | 6 ratings
Shape Shifter
Jazz Related Rock 2012
SANTANA Corazón album cover 3.50 | 2 ratings
Corazón
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2014
SANTANA Santana IV album cover 3.00 | 2 ratings
Santana IV
Latin Rock/Soul 2016
SANTANA Africa Speaks album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Africa Speaks
African Fusion 2019

SANTANA EPs & splits

SANTANA In Search of Mona Lisa album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
In Search of Mona Lisa
Latin Rock/Soul 2019
SANTANA Santana Featuring Buika : Breaking Down The Door / Dolor De Rumba album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Santana Featuring Buika : Breaking Down The Door / Dolor De Rumba
African Fusion 2019

SANTANA live albums

SANTANA Lotus album cover 3.84 | 8 ratings
Lotus
Fusion 1974
SANTANA Live In Japan album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Live In Japan
Latin Rock/Soul 1975
SANTANA Moonflower album cover 4.28 | 10 ratings
Moonflower
Latin Rock/Soul 1977
SANTANA Milagro album cover 2.50 | 3 ratings
Milagro
Latin Rock/Soul 1992
SANTANA Sacred Fire: Live in South America album cover 3.86 | 2 ratings
Sacred Fire: Live in South America
Latin Rock/Soul 1993
SANTANA Jam! Live (aka Jam) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Jam! Live (aka Jam)
Latin Rock/Soul 1996
SANTANA Live at the Fillmore 1968 album cover 3.88 | 3 ratings
Live at the Fillmore 1968
Latin Rock/Soul 1997
SANTANA Santana IV: Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Santana IV: Live at the House of Blues Las Vegas
Latin Rock/Soul 2016

SANTANA demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

SANTANA re-issues & compilations

SANTANA Los Mas Grandes Éxitos De Santana En Buenos Aires album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Los Mas Grandes Éxitos De Santana En Buenos Aires
Latin Rock/Soul 1973
SANTANA Gold Disc album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gold Disc
Latin Rock/Soul 1974
SANTANA Greatest Hits album cover 3.22 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits
Latin Rock/Soul 1974
SANTANA Il Meglio Dei Santana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Il Meglio Dei Santana
Latin Rock/Soul 1975
SANTANA Grand Prix 20 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Grand Prix 20
Latin Rock/Soul 1976
SANTANA Gold Disc (1977) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gold Disc (1977)
Latin Rock/Soul 1977
SANTANA 25 Hits album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
25 Hits
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1978
SANTANA Black Magic Woman: Best of Santana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Black Magic Woman: Best of Santana
Latin Rock/Soul 1986
SANTANA Viva! Santana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Viva! Santana
Latin Rock/Soul 1986
SANTANA Samba Pa Ti album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Samba Pa Ti
Latin Rock/Soul 1988
SANTANA Soul Sacrifice album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Soul Sacrifice
Latin Rock/Soul 1990
SANTANA Salsa, Samba & Santana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Salsa, Samba & Santana
Latin Rock/Soul 1991
SANTANA The Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Collection
Latin Rock/Soul 1991
SANTANA The Best of Santana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Santana
Latin Rock/Soul 1992
SANTANA Definitive Collection album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Definitive Collection
Latin Rock/Soul 1992
SANTANA Early Years album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Early Years
Latin Rock/Soul 1993
SANTANA Dance of the Rainbow Serpent album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Dance of the Rainbow Serpent
Latin Rock/Soul 1995
SANTANA La Fuente del Ritmo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
La Fuente del Ritmo
Latin Rock/Soul 1996
SANTANA The Ultimate Collection album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
The Ultimate Collection
Latin Rock/Soul 1998
SANTANA The Best Of album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best Of
Latin Rock/Soul 1998
SANTANA Forever Gold album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Forever Gold
Latin Rock/Soul 1999
SANTANA The Best of Santana, Volume 2 album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Best of Santana, Volume 2
Latin Rock/Soul 2000
SANTANA The Essential Santana album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
The Essential Santana
Latin Rock/Soul 2002
SANTANA Santana Jam album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Santana Jam
Latin Rock/Soul 2002
SANTANA Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities album cover 1.50 | 1 ratings
Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities
Latin Rock/Soul 2003
SANTANA Beyond Appearances / Illuminations album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Beyond Appearances / Illuminations
Fusion 2004
SANTANA Supernatural / Shaman album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Supernatural / Shaman
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2007
SANTANA Ultimate Santana album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Ultimate Santana
Latin Rock/Soul 2007
SANTANA Multi Dimensional Warrior album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Multi Dimensional Warrior
Latin Rock/Soul 2008
SANTANA Original Album Classics (2008) album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Original Album Classics (2008)
Fusion 2008
SANTANA Original Album Classics (2009) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Original Album Classics (2009)
Latin Rock/Soul 2009
SANTANA The Woodstock Experience album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Woodstock Experience
Latin Rock/Soul 2009
SANTANA Carnaval: The Best of Santana album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Carnaval: The Best of Santana
Latin Rock/Soul 2009
SANTANA Tiger’s Head album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Tiger’s Head
Latin Rock/Soul 2010
SANTANA Anthology 68-69: The Early San Francisco Years album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
Anthology 68-69: The Early San Francisco Years
Latin Rock/Soul 2012

SANTANA singles (2)

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Nothing at All (feat. Musiq)
Latin Rock/Soul 2003
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3.50 | 1 ratings
Santana feat. Pitbull: Oye 2014
Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop 2014

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Live at Montreux 2011
Latin Rock/Soul 2012

SANTANA Reviews

SANTANA Santana IV

Album · 2016 · Latin Rock/Soul
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dreadpirateroberts
Expectation.

It's always tough reviewing an album which is anticipated to be a band's 'return to its heyday' and the classic line-up from early 70s Santana is a pretty exciting prospect.

And it certainly works on just about every song. It's fun to hear interplay between Santana and Schon again for instance, especially on one of the stand-outs like 'Echizo' or the almost meditative 'Fillmore East' (and it must be said that Shrieve fires up a bit on 'Echizo' too, which is great) but there are a few songs that don't nail it for me.

Some of these are the vocal cuts ('Choo Choo' is one) but that isn't to say Rolie is in bad shape, he sounds great - especially on the smouldering 'Blues Magic' or the punchy 'Shake It' - but there's just a sense that everyone was so excited to play together again that they left a few b-sides in the running order.

Overall, the band is less fiery than in their youth (and that's not a surprise or a problem truly) but there's still passion and surprises to be had. Again, like 'Shape Shifter' a while back - I wouldn't call this an essential Jazz-rock album but don't write it off out of hand either, have a look if you're unsure.

SANTANA Abraxas

Album · 1970 · Latin Rock/Soul
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siLLy puPPy
Continuing the huge success generated by their debut album and their instant stardom generated by the Woodstock Festival in August 69, SANTANA released their 2nd album ABRAXAS the following year pretty much following the same formula of mixing rock, blues and latin jazz.

The album was an even bigger hit than the debut hitting number 1 on the Billboard album charts and selling more than twice as many albums as well as hitting big with the huge hits "Oye Como Va" and the cover of Fleetwood Mac founder Peter Green's "Black Magic Woman." SANTANA was a worldwide phenomenon by now and their unique Latin big band sound was one of the hottest things going on at the time. As with the previous album there is an army of percussionists accompanying Carlos Santana's bluesy lead guitar and Gregg Rollie's keyboards.

Although this is a great album I have always liked it a tad less than the debut. It is lacking that incessant raw and fervent drive throughout its entirety that made the first album so amazing. The songs are more varied in their approach and the music is generally the same in its sound, yet something about this album just seems like a tamed down version of the debut as a whole. Whereas the debut was a energetic display of adrenaline from beginning to end, I find this one is dragged down a tad with slower numbers like the instrumental "Samba Pa Ti."

Nothing on here is bad by any means and it's only a relativity issue for me. It also hasn't helped that I have heard the hit singles on this album to death! Even after giving classic rock radio a break for many years, I still find "Black Magic Woman" a song I no longer like to hear. Make no doubt about it, it is a classic of classics but some music can become toxic after too many listens and this i'm afraid is one of those tracks that I haven't been able to recover from. Despite that an outstanding album that just doesn't reach perfection in my world.

SANTANA Santana

Album · 1969 · Latin Rock/Soul
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siLLy puPPy
Nothing screams the summer of 69 and the Woodstock event for me more than SANTANA. One day they were simply the Carlos Santana Band doing small gig venues in San Francisco and the next day after performing at that event they were watching their debut album racing up the charts and reaching number 4 on Billboard. “Evil Ways” also proved to be a huge top 10 hit as well. This rags to riches story may have happened anyway but perhaps not so fast. Their slot on the Woodstock event was actually won by the flip of a coin. Michael Lang, the concert promoter was pressured by Bill Graham to include one of the the acts that Bill managed. It was down to SANTANA and It's A Beautiful Day, another San Francisco band. The coin was flipped, SANTANA won, and enjoyed instant popularity and as we all know, much more was to come.

This is gorgeous album from beginning to end. SANTANA started out as a jam band but was advised to write a few more structured songs by Graham. The result is a perfect mix of free jam energy with structured songwriting that the band perfectly performs knowing when enough is enough and to move on to something else. This new Latin jazz fusion of the day took the world by storm and with half of the band dedicated to percussive instruments it's no wonder the world was mesmerized by this energetic mix of Latin jazz, Afro-Cuban rhythms and heavy psych blues that tied it all to the era. This is one of those album I never tire of. It has a timeless quality to it yet it always brings me to that time and place before my time. My personal favorite SANTANA is this one and what a beauty it is.

SANTANA Welcome

Album · 1973 · Fusion
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DocB
Welcome is the second jazz fusion album by Santana. It is a more laid-back, Latin-jazz outing than Caravanserai, but no less enjoyable. However, it does not generally get ranked as highly as Caravanserai or Borboletta. This may be because it is too mellow for fans steeped in the intense sounds of Santana's previous albums, and it does not have as many incendiary guitar solos by Carlos, who seems more into the overall sound here regardless of who is playing. With Caravanserai the band, and Carlos in particular, took a keen interest in jazz, Carlos collaborating on a number of solo albums with jazz musicians. Themes from John Coltrane appear on Welcome, along with collaboration with Alice Coltrane. The band's makeup has changed as well, so that affects the overall sound. While Welcome is not the innovative album that Caravanserai is, and does not have a consistent theme, the playing is great and the songs are good. Enjoy!

SANTANA Santana feat. Pitbull: Oye 2014

Single · 2014 · Jazz Related Electronica/Hip-Hop
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js
Latin house re-mixes of Santana’s classic “Oye Como Va” are hardly a new thing, but I guess Carlos got tired of hearing others do it and decided to cut his own version, “Oye 2014“. No doubt, mixing the well known opening organ montuno riff from the original “Oye” with a driving four on the floor house beat is an irresistible dance floor combination, after that, you don’t want to do too much that distracts from this simple, but very effective combination. Santana and his production crew do well on here, breaking the groove down into a stuttering 808 hip-hop beat for variation and bringing on Pitbull for some gratuitous rhyming. Pit’s rhymes are okay, mostly your standard braggadocio, but his delivery is sharp and right on time, it all adds up. Carlos also recorded some new guitar riffs and short solos, but in some ways, they may be hardly noticed. A lot of the original song’s old counter melodies are left off, some are missed, while others not so much.

I know people who feel very strongly about early Santana and roots Latin rock in general, and I would imagine to some, this sort of trendy modernization probably comes across as almost sacrilegious, but the bottom line is, whether in good taste or bad, this “Oye 2014” rocks like a mofo. These kind of gimmick songs can wear out quickly, so enjoy it while it lasts.

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