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Album Review

On previous "solo" albums, Carlos Santana had made noticeable stylistic changes and worked with jazz, pop, and even country musicians. On this, his fourth Carlos Santana release, the line between a "solo" and a "group" project is blurred; this record is really a catchall of Santana band outtakes and stray tracks. For example, included are an instrumental version of "Deeper, Dig Deeper" from Freedom, and an alternate take of "Hannibal" from Zebop!, as well as "Now That You Know" from the group's 1985 tour. Given the variety of material, the album is somewhat less focused than most Santana band albums, but there are individual tracks that are impressive, notably "trane," which features Tony Williams on drums. (Blues for Salvador won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance).

Customer Reviews

Santana Rox

This man cannot play a bad note. Everything he play's on his guitar is soulful and perfectly placed.

His best album ever!!!

This album is, sadly, overlooked... mainly because it's 99% instrumental, but don't let that deter you, Carlos is on fire on this album and the "Album Only" track "Now That You Know" is definitely worth buying the album for. Santana rips it up on this song and it's the only song from a concert on this record.

I highly recommend this to any fans of Santana who have missed this album and anyone who plays guitar. It is a tour-de-force!!! A 5-star masterpiece!!!

Wowsome! A Diamond in the Rough!

What a great find.. he not only Rocks it, he makes everyone playing with him try to keep up.. and they are better for it.. and so are we!!


Born: July 20, 1947 in Autlan de Novarra, Mexico

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Mexican-born American guitarist Carlos Santana is best known as the leader of the band that bears his last name, which has toured and recorded successfully since the late '60s. He has also recorded a series of exploratory solo albums and collaborations with other musicians that expand upon his basic musical style. Carlos Santana grew up in Mexico, the son of a father who was a mariachi violinist. He took up the violin at five, but at eight switched to the guitar. The family moved to Tijuana, where...
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