Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. For more than four decadesfrom Santana's earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San FranciscoCarlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends musical genres and generational, cultural and geographical boundaries.
Long before the category now known as world music was named, Santana's ever-evolving sound was always ahead of its time in its universal appeal, and today registers as ideally in sync with the 21st centurys pan-cultural landscape. And, with a dedication to humanitarian outreach and social activism that parallels his lifelong relationship with music, Carlos Santana is as much an exemplary world citizen as a global music icon.
Santana's star arrived in the era-defining late 1960s San Francisco Bay Area music scene with historic shows at the Fillmore and other storied venues. The group emerged onto the global stage with an epic set at the Woodstock festival in 1969, the same year that its self-titled debut LP Santana came out. Introducing Santana's first Top 10 hit, Evil Ways, the disc stayed on Billboards album chart for two years and was soon followed by two more classics and Billboard #1 albums Abraxas and Santana III.
Ever since, for more than forty years and almost as many albums later, Santana has sold more than 100 million records and reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide. To date, Santana has won 10 GRAMMY Awards, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999s Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for Smooth). In 1998, the group was ushered into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, whose website notes, Guitarist Carlos Santana is one of rocks true virtuosos and guiding lights.
"By the release of Amigos, the Santana band's seventh album, only Carlos Santana and David Brown remained from the band that conquered Woodstock, and only Carlos had been in the band continuously since. Meanwhile, the group had made some effort to arrest its commercial slide, hiring an outside producer, David Rubinson, and taking a tighter, more up-tempo, and more vocal approach to its music. The overt jazz influences were replaced by strains of R&B/funk and Mexican folk music. The result was an album more dynamic than any since Santana III in 1971. 'Let It Shine' (number 77), an R&B-tinged tune, became the group's first chart single in four years, and the album returned Santana to Top Ten status." - William Ruhlmann, allmusic.com, Rated 4/5 Stars
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Carlos Santana, vocals, guitar, percussion
David Brown, bass guitar
Tom Coster, keyboards, vocals
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, drums, percussion
Armando Peraza, percussion, vocals
Greg Walker, vocals
Ivory Stone, vocals
Julia Tillman Waters, vocals
Maxine Willard Waters, vocals
1. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)
2. Take Me With You
3. Let Me
5. Tell Me, Are You Tired
6. Europa (Earth's cry Heavens smile)
7. Let It Shine