The Essential Santana [Sony]

The Essential Santana [Sony]

by Santana


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This two-disc collection -- which is packaged with a nicely assembled, photo-heavy booklet of liner notes detailing the guitarist's career history -- compiles not only the songs that made Santana a rock radio favorite in the '70s but also the non-smashes that cemented his reputation with fellow musicians. As such, his covers of Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" and Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman" -- both of which outstripped the originals in terms of renown -- are presented alongside such virtuosic showcases as the hypno-delic "Love, Devotion and Surrender" (from the era when he preferred being addressed as Devadip Carlos Santana) and a fiery live rendition of "Dance Sister Dance." Santana's groundbreaking fusion of Latin jazz and rock shines through on early staples like "Samba Pa Ti," while the eloquent spirituality of "Everybody's Everything" resonates with the quiet intensity that marked a good portion of his more cerebral work. The second disc is a little spottier, with perhaps too marked an emphasis on languid material, but standout cuts such as "The Healer," on which he's joined by blues legend John Lee Hooker, will keep the interest piqued.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/15/2007
Label: Sony / Bmg Japan
UPC: 4547366008586
catalogNumber: 287/8
Rank: 255292

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Michael Shrieve   Composer,Producer
Buddy Miles   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer,Producer
Santana   Producer
Greg Walker   Composer
José Chepitó Areas   Composer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
Ian Thomas   Composer
Leon Patillo   Composer
David Brown   Composer
Mike Carabello   Composer
Fred Catero   Producer
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Composer
David DeVore   Producer
Jim Gaines   Producer
Val Garay   Composer,Producer
Steve Goldstein   Composer
Bill Graham   Producer
Sonny Henry   Composer
Dennis Lambert   Composer,Producer
Anthony Lapeau   Composer
Alex Ligertwood   Composer
David Margen   Composer
Babatunde Olatunji   Composer
Keith Olsen   Producer
Alan Pasqua   Composer
Brian Potter   Composer,Producer
Rico Reyes   Composer
David Rubinson   Composer,Producer
John Ryan   Producer
Chris Solberg   Composer
C. Thompson   Composer
Chester Thompson   Composer
Roy Rogers   Composer,Producer
Ted Drozdowski   Liner Notes
Carlos Santana   Composer,Producer
Howard Fritzson   Art Direction
Howard Fritzon   Art Direction
Joe Zack   Composer
Brent Dangerfield   Producer
Bill Graham   Producer
J. Cohen   Composer
Triana DOrazio   Packaging Manager
Jeffrey Cohen   Producer

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