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Genre: Rock - Classic Rock / Artist: Santana / Audio CD released 1999-10-01 at Arista

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      01.07.2010 11:36
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      A great album for a wide range of people

      I will admit from the start that the only reason that I bought this album a few years ago was because Rob Thomas was singing on the well known track 'Smooth'. I was, until that point, unaware of Santana or his music. This album can currently be purchased on amazon for just under £5.

      This album covers 13 tracks by Santana, featuring a variety of artists in many of the songs:
      1. (Da Le) Yaleo
      2. Love of my life (featuring Dave Matthews)
      3. Put your light on (Featuring Everlast)
      4. Africa Bamba
      5. Smooth (featuring Rob Thomas)
      6. Do you Like the Way (featuring Lauryn Hill & Cee-Lo_
      7. Maria Maria (featuring Wyclif Jean & jerry 'Wonder# Duplessis
      8. Migra
      9. Corazin Espinado (featuring Mana)
      10. Wishing it was (featuring Eagle Eye Cherry)
      11. El Farol
      12. Primavera
      13.The Calling (featuring Eric Clapton)

      As you can see this really is an album with lots of big names in the music industry. Mexican born Carlos Santana has won 10 grammy awards over the years as well as 3 latin grammy awards. His music is said to be a mix of latin, rock and jazz.

      Some of my favourite tracks on the album are:
      Love of my Life- featuring Dave Matthews. It took me a few listens to get into this song, but I love having it on in the background. It is actually quite soothing, and reminds me of a soundtrack to a film scene. It is not an upbeat sort of song, but there is a catchy rythm throughout, and Dave Matthews voice is perfect for the style of song.

      Smooth - this is quite obviously my favourite, since it is the reason I bougth the album in the first place. Rob Thomas, previously of the band Matchbox 20, is one of my favourite artists, and this is classic Thomas. I love the guitar in this, as well as the rhythm, and latin feel. It makes you want to salsa. Very very catchy. Not much wonder it won Record of the Year for Rob Thomas.

      Maria Maria - this is very very catchy, and is an excellent collaboration between Wyclef Jean, Jerry Duplessi and Santana. This is quite an R&B style song, with a great beat throughout, but not loosing that latin feel.

      Migra - Again, this is a song, I had to listen to a few times, before I really liked it. It is rather bizarre mix of cultures. It starts off with an almost Africa feel to it, with the drums, but you would near think there are some influences from the Indian/Bollywood scene. It is quite a powerful song, although I am unsure of the translation.

      All in all, most of the tracks on this album are very listenable to. If you just want some catchy background music, then there are plenty on this album, in fact, it is the kind of album you could just let run the entire way through without having to skip any out. At the same time there are some excellent collaborations on this album, making it appeal to a broad range of music lovers. An excellent album, and I am very glas I bought it - even if it was just for one track originally.

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        **Introduction**

        For my second review in my music review instalment I have decided to review one of my favourite albums of the 90's. Carlos Santana had been an established artist for over 20 years thanks to his unmistakable guitar playing when Supernatural was released in 1999. Although he had huge success in his earlier career nothing would have prepared him for the response to Supernatural. This album has sold well over 25m copies worldwide and won an astonishing eight Grammy Awards. In this review I hope to give my opinion on why this album was just so successful.

        **Supernatural**

        The concept for this album was to feature a range of artists from the world of music. On Supernatural we have an amazing range of artists including Eric Clapton, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews, Cee-Lo, Wyclef Jean, Mana' & Rob Thomas. Released on 15th June 1999 this album was conceived by Arista legend Clive Davis and produced by a star studded list that also included Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, The Dust Brothers, Alex Gonzales, Charles Goodan, Lauryn Hill, Art Hodge, Wyclef Jean, Fher Olvera, K.C. Porter, Dante Ross and finally Matt Serletic.

        **The Album**

        1.) Da Le Yaleo

        This is a spanish track which opens the album extremely well. Carlos Santana's guitar is backed by the piano and a funky beat which is accompanied by a very good bass guitar hook. This is a great start to the album and hints at what is coming in the following tracks on the album.

        2.) Love of my life

        This is a beautifully laid back track with Dave Matthews. I am not a fan of his work with his band but I have to admit he does a very good job on this track and his vocals are tender enough to be believable when he's singing about someone being the love of his life. Again Carlos Santana shows great emotion with his guitar work on this track.

        3.) Put Your Lights On - Santana & Everlast

        This opens with an acoustic guitar and then the distinctive guitar comes in from Santana as Everlast opens with his distinctive deep vocals. This is a very flowing track and is a great collaboration between the two. Santana's guitar work on this track is superb and really shows the speed at which he can play at. This track has Elements of Rock and Blues.

        4.) Africa Bamba

        This is a great example of his fusion between Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms. This is not one of my favourite tracks on the album but that is just because the quality of the others is just so high not a knock on this track. Another great track.

        5.) Smooth

        This was a massive single when it was released as the lead single from Supernatural. This features Rob Thomas who is the front-man from Matchbox Twenty. This is a track that has a melody with a really great flow and you can see why this was such a popular track. This really launched the career of Rob Thomas and his band Matchbox Twenty.

        6.) Do You Like The Way

        Showing the eclectic nature of this album this one sees Carlos Santana collaborate with Cee Lo Green and Lauryn Hill. This blends Santana's distinctive guitar work with a wonderful hip hop beat and some outstanding
        Horn work in the background. This is fabulous in every way you look at it, Fabulous musicianship teamed with great vocals.

        7.) Maria Maria - Santana & The Product G&B

        The key to this collaboration between Carlos Santana and ex Fugee Wyclef Jean is the incredible beat which opens the track and runs right through until the end. This seismic bass line is a real toe tapper and adds a different dimension to the track. The Product G&B contributes the main vocals with Santana coming in every now and again in Spanish. This is a great track.

        8.) Migra

        This is a fabulous track which you may remember from the Renault car advert
        I believe it was. This uptempo track has a really great feel and shows the vibrant guitar tones that Carlos Santana is known for, This is another very good track indeed. Great stuff.

        9.) Corazon Espinado

        This is a very flowing spanish language track which again features some great guitar work from the Mexican legend, This features Mana' who does a good job on vocals. Some of the guitar work from Carlos Santana on this track is superb and is very quick indeed.

        10.) Wishing It Was Santana & Eagle Eye Cherry

        Back in the late 1990's Eagle Eye Cherry looked like he was going to carve out himself a very good solo career but it didn't quite happen. Here is evidence of his talent with a very good collaboration.

        11 El Farol

        This is a very laid back track with a great taut beat and some emotive guitar licks. This is a great example of the range of his guitar playing and all round musicianship as he can do something like this as well as he can do something full on up tempo. This is a very good track indeed.

        12.) Primavera

        This features KC Porter on vocals and his voice reminds me of Enrique Iglesias. This is another very good track indeed with some great guitar work from Carlos Santana and some great musicianship from his band as well. All in all a really great track.

        13.) Calling - Santana & Eric Clapton

        This is the crowning glory of this album, This is an epic guitar fest from two of the worlds greatest guitarists of all time. You'd think that it would be the only great thing about this track but you'd be wrong. As well as the incredible guitar work from both is the fabulous beat which is really something to behold. This really shows how good a recording they have done with Supernatural. Put this on very loud!! if you have a great hifi setup then prepare to be amazed beyond belief by the all around appeal of this one. Astounding is not even expressive enough for the quality of this track. To top off everything else this also has a superb Gospel choir which sing the only lyrics of this track.

        At the end of this track there is a twelve second silence and then the hidden bonus track Day of Celebration comes in. This has a very latin feel with the spanish guitar that opens the track with the drums. This is a very good hidden track that you should wait for (that is if you are not too euphoric after the previous track "The Calling" of course.

        **Overall**

        So having done a run down of all of the tracks on Supernatural what is there left for me to say?. Well I can keep on about how good this album is until My keyboard doesn't work anymore but I thought better of it so I will say that I would recommend this album to you. The Calling is the best track but don't just skip the others and go to that one as you will miss some very good music indeed. There is not one bad track on the album and the best is really remarkable material. This is a staggeringly good album with a great cast.

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          29.05.2008 03:44
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          Are you wondering why there has been such a long gap from Santana's last big-selling album until the Grammy award winning Supernatural'? Well, me too.

          As someone old enough to remember the first album successes in the late 1960s based on the groundbreaking Santana' and Abraxas' dear Carlos seemed to lose that spark of originality that made his music so enjoyable. It was Santana who first fused the African rhythms into guitar rock and with a band which was so musically tight and focused they were effortless in their playing. Early album classics Jingo' and Oye Como Va' led an early appreciation in strong pounding rhythmic rock and knocked at the convention that popular rock music had to be in English.

          Add to this the instrumental masterpieces like Samba Pa Ti' where exceptional musical virtuoso playing is used within a beautifully constructed piece.

          So where did it all go wrong ?. Collaborations with Miles Davis and John McLaughlin not withstanding Carlos did not enjoy either critical or popular acclaim to match the early success. However as the saying goes form is temporary, class is permanent and with the album Supernatural' Carlos has shown he can still produce excellent music.

          In the modern age where black or hispanic music has moved away from band based rock to hip-hop style or rap Santana chose his collaborations for Supernatural very well. In particular the track Maria Maria' with Wyclif Jean blends the best of both artistes. Smooth' and Migra' also stand out, the latter having almost an Irish-Black-dance feel to it.

          Can I find any cause for criticism ? only that sometimes there is a feel that one or two of the guitar solos are a little contrived within a song and exist as an add-on rather than are integrated within the song. The final piece with Eric Clapton was disappointing being more of a meandering tune-up than a constructed instrumental.
          Overall an album to be recommended for old Santana fans like me through to anyone who appreciates music which is commercial without sacrificing originality.

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          02.03.2008 20:15
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          A solid album with some solid stars

          Supernatural is the 1999 album from the Mexican Latin sensation Carlos Santana. It is said that this album kickstarted his career after a faltering from the guitar supremo in the mid-1990s. It is a magnificent collection of music with Latin and Cuban themes, and incorporates the musical talents of modern genius minds such as Wyclef Jean, Eric Clapton and Eagle-Eye Cherry. Track 5 'Smooth', featuring the vocal talents of Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas was a massive interntaional hit. The album itself has gone 15 times platinum, and has won 9 Grammy awards.

          I really like this album, particularly Everlast's invlovement in track 2, 'Put Your Lights On'. It is of a specific Latin/Cuban style, though, and will thus will only appeal to an audience favouring this style.

          These are the tracks:

          1. (Da Le) Taleo
          2. Love Of My Life (featuring Dave Matthews)
          3. Put Your Lights On (featuring Everlast)
          4. Africa Bamba
          5. Smooth (featuring Rob Thomas)
          6. Do You Like The Wat (featuring Lauryn Hill and Cee-Lo)
          7. Maria Maria (produced by Wyclef Jean & Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis)
          8. Migra
          9. Corazon Espinado (featuring Mana)
          10. Wishing It Was (featuring Eagle-Eye Cherry))
          11. El Farol
          12. Primavera
          13. The Calling (featuring Eric Clapton)

          As this is album is one by Santana, it focuses heavily on the guitar over all other musical instruments. However, this is not a bad thing. The skill involved here is phenomenal, and a couple of tracks such as 'Smooth' and 'The Calling' do cross the void between the Latin/Cuban style and the more commercial pop rock style, but they only do so fleetingly. To completely cross would detract from the overall feel of the album. It is a little dated now, as many feel it was a flash in the pan from Santana. I disagree. I am still a firm fan of Santana, and the album relaxes me each time I listen to it.

          The album is currently available from amazon.co.uk from £4.98 new and £0.50 used.

          This review may appear on ciao.co.uk.

          Thanks for reading.

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            Carlos at his best with guests.

            I bought my CD version of Santana's SUPERNATURAL from a record store in Covent Garden London for £11.99 around about 2000 A.D. I decided to upgrade from tape to CD and decided I needed some Santana, I noticed this on special offer. It featured some artists I noticed recently on the scene including Lauryn Hill and Eric Clapton. The cover is exceedingly colourful and the package includes a booklet packed with information and colour as well (art adopted from the original painting “Mumbo jumbo”.

            ***ABOUT SANTANA***

            The latest line up of Santana (there have been many) includes Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson, Raul Rekow, Karl Perazzo, Tony Lindsay, Benny Rietveld, Rodney Holmes. Instruments, drums, percussion, guitars, keyboards. Santana was born in a Mexican village of Autlan. 1966 debut performance of Santana Blues Band, 1969 Woodstock. To date the band has been awarded 10 platinum & 9 gold Grammies. In 1987 the band attended the Rock & Roll summit a joint US - Soviet rock concert. The Santana band was the 1st band to ever earn CBS records crystal globe award for the sale of more than 5 million records.

            ***DISCOGRAPHY***

            Ceremony 2003, The Essential Santana 2002, Shaman 2002, Divine Light 2001, Supernatural 1999, Best of Santana 1998, Santana 1998, Santana 111 1998, Santana 1998, Abraxas 1998, live at the Filmore 1968 (1997), Dance of the Rainbow Serpent 1995, Milagri 1992, Spirits Dancing in the Flesh 1990, Viva Santana 1998, Freedom 1987, Beyond Appearances 1985, Shango 1982, Zebop 1981, Marathon 1979, Inner Secrets 1978, Moonflower 1997, Amigos 1996, Festival 1976, lotus 1975, Borbolette 1974, Welcome 1973, Caravanserai 1972, Santana 111 1971, Abraxas 1970, Santana 1969.

            ***THE ALBUM***

            The CD was mastered at Sterling Sound by Stephen Marcussen. It is the 36th in Carlos’ career and has gone diamond selling over 24 million albums worldwide.


            1. (DE LA) TALEO 5.51
            Written by C. Santana & C. Polloni, produced by C. Santana.
            Engineered by Mike Couzi & Glenn Kolotkin.
            A typical Santana sound.


            2. LOVE OF MY LIFE 3.48
            (Featuring Dave Mathews)
            Written and produced by C. Santana & D. Mathews.
            Engineered by John Seymour, Jim Gaines & Steve Fontano.
            Santana sound with additional vocals which add something different to the total
            Sound.

            3. PUT YOUR LIGHTS ON 4.47
            Featuring Everlast
            Written by E. Schrody. Produced by Dante Ross.
            Engineered by Steve Fontana, Steve Farrone & John Gamble.
            Accoustic sound with electric guitar.. The vocals add blues feel to the tune.

            4. AFRICA BAMBA 4.40
            Written by Toure, S. Tidiane Toure, C. Santana & K. Perazzo.
            Engineered by Mike Couzi at Fantasy Studios.
            More typical Santana sound with pleasant vocal sound.

            5. SMOOTH 4.30
            Featuring Bob Thomas
            Music by Itaal Shur & Rob Thomas.
            Recorded by David Thoener at Fantasy Studios.
            More typical sound, pleasant vocal.

            6. DO YOU LIKE THE WAY 5.32
            Featuring Lauryn Hill & Cee Lo
            Written by Lauryn Hill.
            Engineered by Commissioner Gordon & Toni Prendatt.
            A more modern sound for Santana, Santana guitar sound arrives later in the song.

            7. MARIA MARIA 4.21
            Produced by Wyclef Jean & Jerry Wonder Duplesses.
            written by W. Jean, J. Duplessis, C. Santana, K. Perazzo & R. Rekow.
            Wyclef featured on vocals Spainish textured stroll fusing Latin, African,
            pan - Caribbean sounds.

            8. MIGRA 9.24
            Written R. Taha, C . Santana, & T. Lindsay, published by Delabel Editions.
            Produced by KC Porter for Worldbeat.
            Classical Santana.

            9. CORAZON ESPINADO 4.32
            Featuring Mana.
            Written by F. Olvera, produced by Fher Olvera & KC Porter.
            A rumba sound.

            10. WISHING IT WAS 4.59
            Featuring Eagle eye Cherry.
            Written by Eagle-Eye Cherry, produced by KC Porter for Worldbeat Productions.
            Classical Santana sound, eagle eye vocals sound almost conventional.

            11. EL FAROL 4.49
            Written by C. Santana & KC Porter, published Stellabella Music/Olinga Music.
            Engineered by Glenn Kolotkin, Jeff Poe, John Karpowich, Jim Gaines & Steve
            Fontano, Glenn kolotkin & Alvaro at Worldbeat Recording.
            Classical Santana sound.

            12. PRIMAVERA 5.17
            Written by KC. Porter & JB Eckl, published by Olinga Music.
            Engineer by Jim Scott, Jeff Poe, John Karpowich, Matty Spindel, Jim Gaines,
            Steve Fontano, Glenn Kolotkin & Alvaro Villagro at Worldbeat Recordings.
            Classical Santana sound.

            13. THE CALLING 7.48
            Featuring Eric Clapton
            Written by C.Santana & C. Thompson, published by Stellabella Music. Produced
            Carlos Santana. Eric Clapton’s guitar sounds noticeably different.


            ***MY OPINION***

            Its good to have some Santana back in my collection, I remember listening to a lot of Santana at university in the 1970’s. At the point of sale what particularly attracted my attention will have been the guest artist including some old favourites like Eric Clapton. They add some variety to Santana’s sound it can get a bit monotonous at times. In terms of value for money there is plenty of music on the CD, the website at www.santana.com is worth checking out for further information along with advice concerning Santana’s charitable work Milagro. This week end and before updating this review I decided to check out the CD again. It is loud and rocky and still able to hold my attention. It helped pass time whilst I painted a window frame.

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              Santana is my favourite guitarist along side jimmi hendrix, he has been so for a great period of time. This review will hopefully show you why. It’s not often that an artist who played at Woodstock releases an album in the ‘90s that sounds fresh and new. For that alone, Supernatural should be commended, but what really makes Carlos Santana’s best album since the ‘70s so good is that rather than resting on his classic rock fame, he has made a brilliant and seamless transition into the ‘90s. Without sounding the least bit contrived, manages to incorporate musical styles from rock, pop, folk, R&B, and even a little rap into his unmistakably Santana latin-rock vibe. Which of course, he has done from the beginning, and thus becoming one of the few rock artists whose popularity knows no cultural or racial boundaries - even in today’s fragmented popular music scene, the single “Smooth” has made it onto classic rock stations whose audience wants to hear what the man behind “Evil Ways” is doing now, alternative stations whose listeners dig the improvisational funk of Phish, Jamiroquai, G Love and anything of that ilk, top 40 stations who need some mid-tempo on their playlists, and even Spanish stations, much of whose music is derived from Santana’s influence in the first place. “Smooth,” featuring Rob Thomas on vocals, has consequently been one of the most inescapable songs of the year, but that doesn’t detract from its quality. It’s one of those songs that creates a mood all of its own - a steamy, persistent jam that doesn’t go away, and some of the most soulful singing and guitar playing since… well, since “Evil Ways.” But while we’re on the subject of guitar, it should also be noted that Carlos Santana is often overlooked as the supremely talented and innovative guitar player that he is, because unlike rock’s other guitar
              gods (Hendrix, Clapton, Page, etc…) he rarely lets his playing overshadow the song. What’s great about many of the tracks on “Supernatural” is that he lets himself loose a little more and shows us all what an amazing guitarist he can be. Particularly on the mostly-instrumental tracks, like the breakneck album-opener “Da Le Yaleo,” the arena rocker “Migra,” and the more traditional sounding “Corazon Espinado” (kind of an “Oye Como Va Part 2: Electric Boogaloo”), Santana returns to the immaculately constructed solos of his classic era, reviving that funk guitar sound with the slight wah-wah flavor that influenced so much of the great rock of the ‘70s, and come to think of it, the ‘90s as well (We’ll forget about that decade in between). And let’s not overlook Santana’s great use of vocalists on this album. Apart from Thomas, he employs Lauryn Hill on the jazzy “Do You Like the Way,” Everlast on the folkish “Put Your Lights On,” Eagle-Eye Cherry on the Spanish funk piece “Wishing it Was,” and Dave Matthews on the cool and breathy “Love of My Life.” But the unity of the album does not suffer in the least - unlike when many other artists bring modern ringers in to help get their careers revived, Santana is still the boss in his case. This isn’t an all-star album on which Santana happens to be playing backup on every song, it’s a Santana album which happens to have a few other people on it. Perhaps it would be asking too much to expect this album to usher in a whole new era of cultural unity in music, but at the very least, Santana should finally start to get recognized as a giant on equal footing with the premier guitarists of the rock era, and his records of the early ‘70s can sit alongside Led Zeppelin 4 and Strange Brew with equal dignity. Supernatural, believe it or not, isn’t
              far behind.

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                Recently, I've been experimenting with different kinds of music. One of the CD's I bought was Santana's award winning album Supernatural. I had a feeling it'd grow on me after I heard the brilliant spanish, r and b sound of Maria Maria. I'd also heard Smooth, which is an impressive erray of guitar notes and reasonably fair singing from Rob Thomas. You'll likely of heard those tracks, as they were big in the charts, but you might not of heard some of the best. Love Of My Life is sung in a croaky style but is still a laid back jazzy tune. Put Your Lights On is also sung in a bit of a boring tone but it's rhythm is a fountain of eternal brilliance. Do You Like The Way is a change for Santana,with lyrics sung neatly by ex-Fugees star Lauryn Hill. Africa Bamba is brilliantly sung in spanish whilst that latino guitar sound continues to whirl round and round. Migra is a louder english speaking (but still with that foreign sound)track with the guitar being played in Santana's incredibly way. Corazon Espinado reminds me of holidays. It's just got that sort of sound that u hear in a mediterranean country whilst chilling away by the beach. You'll know what I mean if you hear it. Wishing It Was is more on a down town New York theme. Eagle Eye Cherry adds even more flavour to this already spicy hot track. The final three songs also make classic listening you couldn't resist. With Primavera being uptempo and spanish, while the other two are slightly slower anthems with no words at all. The mixed blend of songs thrown in to make Supernatural create one of the best albums to be released in 1999.

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                  Now this has to be my all time best album in the world to date and i don't even like rock,i would even argue that this cd is not at all rock but it is great for relaxing to especially when feeling a bit down. 1.Taleo 2.Love of my life 3.Put your lights on 4.Africa Bamba 5.Smooth 6.Do you like the way 7.Maria Maria 8.Migra 9.Corazon 10.Wishing it was 11.El Farol 12.Primavera 13.The calling My most favorite of the lot is 'Put your lights on' i find this a very spiritual song that emphasises how spiritual they are i will nowbore you with the lyrics which i think are great yet simple. Hey now aa you sinners Put your lights on put your lights on hey now all you lovers put your lights on put your lights on. Hey now all you killers put your lights on put your lights on Hey now all you children keep your lights on you better leave your lights on,leave your lights on. Because thers a monster living under my bed whispering in my ear theres an angel with a hand on my head she says you got nothing to fear. Theres a darkness deep in my soul i still got a purpose to serve so let your light shine into my home God don't let me lose my nerve Lose my nerve First two verses again. I love this track and all on this album but if you only know a couple of songs by santana and you like them then this album is a must buy. Santana have their own website and charity for children so take a look at www.santana.com/milagro.

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                    Carlos Santana is a brilliant guitarist. This album is very easy to listen to. The music is right out of the late sixties or early seventies. There is a real mixture of music styles on this album. Reggae fans, rock lovers and even Rappers are catered for. If you like music with a latin flavour you will like this album. This odd combination of styles on one album comes from the contributions of various guest artists including, in particular, Eagle Eye Cherry and Wyclef Jean (plus others.) The only thing I didn't like much about this album was the final piece of music with Eric Clapton. Somehow I had expected a much higher quality instrumental solo playing. Surely Clapton and Santana who are both such talented guitarists could have come up with an arrangement that showed off their skills a bit more. This album won eight Grammy awards including Best Rock Album. These were all well deserved. Carlos Santana is a real musician and he actually plays the music you hear. There is no synthesised, electronically rehashed music here. It's the real thing. Whatever your favourite style of music, rock, pop, rap, easy listening, you will find something to please you on this album.

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                    That?s right, the Spanish guitar playing hippy is back with another fantastic album, and a chart topping track. I bought this album purely for "Smooth" for my brother?s birthday, but decided to keep it and give him something else! It is absolutely brilliant, and would easily make it into my top 5 albums. Number 3 on the album put your lights on, is a truly amazing track and a good representation of the album in general - breathtaking. Sleeves verdict? Another fabulous album from an amazingly talented musician. Just look at the star rating I gave it!

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                    My personal preference is for Santana's old jazz/rock fusion albums, (e.g., "Illuminations"[1974], "Borboletta"[1974], "Lotus"[1974], and the impossible to categorize, "Oneness"[1979]). But "Supernatural"[1999] is definitely Santana's best pop/rock album in at least 12 years ("Freedom"[1987]) and maybe 28 years ("Santana III"[1971]). I felt the band's last studio album, "Milagro"[1992], was too diffuse and self-indulgent to achieve greatness (despite some fabulous individual tracks). My chief complaint with the album is that Chester Thompson's keyboard talents are not showcased enough. The percussion section is given ample room to breathe, especially on "(Da Le) Yaleo" and "Migra." Santana's unique style turns me into one big goose bump; if the music doesn't do that for you, it's not Santana's fault and it's not your fault, either. Despite several reviewers' criticisms about what they perceive as a commercial bent to this album, I find that commercial bent to be a very positive influence on the band's music; this is an extremely tight, well-produced CD--kind of a rarity for Santana. I don't personally see what is so objectionable about an artist reaching out to a wider audience. The first 3 albums by the original Santana band were smash hits and, frankly, I think it's great to hear the band on the radio again with some new music. Anyway, if you find something sinister or just plain unsatisfactory about a band consciously trying for commercial appeal, then be forewarned because that is exactly what Santana and Arista Records set out to do. I think they did a great job with this album

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                    02.10.2000 20:40
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                    I know it won loads of Grammy awards, and everyone seems to love this album, but I'm afraid I'm not one of them. There's really only a couple of tracks on it that I can stand to listen to for very long. When you first see all the collaborators (Eric Clapton, Eagle Eye Cherry, Lauryn Hill and others) it smacks of someone trying to revive an ailing career. Don't know whether that's true, but it certainly has meant that it's a more varied album that a lot of Santana's earlier ones. At times it reminds me of Sting's music, for some reason. Opening track "(Da le) Yaleo" and "El Farol", a slow number, sound like Santana of old. As you might expect, Carlos Santana being a guitarist, there are many guitar solos, but I just found most of them tedious. (e.g. "Love of my life") "Africa Bamba" is okay - sounds like the kind of thing they're always playing in my local Italian restaurant. Then there's "Smooth", which I do think is a brilliant song, a kind shuffle with its Robert Palmer style vocal, I love it. I also like "Migra", probably because it s very like "I want candy", and you can sing it along to the beat. The Lauryn Hill track (Do you like the way") is just out of place, and like many of the tracks on here, too long. On the "The calling" we get even more tedious guitar solos (well, it is the track with Clapton). Some of it just sounds too much like Sting.

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                    10.09.2000 15:57
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                    Carlos Santana made his mark on music over 30 years ago...and he's not done yet. This album has a little something for everyone, it's got everything from rock to reggae and even a bit of rap thrown in for good measure. This has been brought about by Carlos asking guests to perform on his long awaited come-back album and they include - Everlast, Rob Thomas, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Eagle Eye Cherry. Unfortunately, the fact is that without Rob Thomas(who sang 'smooth'), this would have been another overlooked Santana album. What impressed me the most was the way Satana worked his magic with so many different new artists. Those of you who enjoyed his earlier work should enjoy this album very much. 'Supernatural' is the proof that, Carlos Santana can use his style to enter diverse fields. High intensity, spiritual, latin infused rock and roll. Add some contemporary influences, then mix it all together with that unmistakable 'Santana' guitar This album reveals a new side to one of the guitar world's greatest talents, showing him to be more flexible and creative than anyone had thought. As demonstrated by his thousands of new fans, Santana appeals to everyone. He will never go out of style. Unfortunately, he has been attacked for appealing towards the in-crowd with the decidedly more 'pop' (defined as rubbish in some people's opinion) sounding tunes on this album, but if you enjoy the latin beat, I can certainly guarantee that you'll fall in love with this CD. Its a rich album that bears multiple listenings and has a lot of interesting music and compelling songwriting. I would buy a copy if I hadn't already gotten one. Believe me it's worth getting.

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                    02.09.2000 23:47
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                    Carlos Santana is a name I remember from my days in college with such classics as black magic woman. I thought that they had dispanded a long time ago and when I heared the single smooth on the radio was quite surprised to hear that it was down to Santana. With the aid of Rob Thomas they've had a very catch tune which will remain on my play list for quite some time. The rest of the album is very 70's Santana which is very mellow and good listening music. The only other song thats on the album that became a single is Maria Maria. The song was a number one in America and I feel it should have been the same here, very catchy a real song none of this synth rubbish that floats to number one nowerdays. On the whole an album worth buying so buy it.

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                      24.08.2000 01:21
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                      Supernatural is an apt name for this album by Santana, because that is exactly what Santana are. This album is amazing and sees Santana playing with a whole host of stars including Eric Clapton, one of the best guitarists ever. Every track on this album is a classic in its own right but there are three that stand out to me as being pure genius. They are the mellow 'Put your lights on' featuring Everlast, the hit single 'Smooth' featuring Rob Thomas, and 'Maria Maria'.

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                    Disc #1 Tracklisting
                    1 Da Le Yaleo
                    2 Love Of My Life - Santana & Dave Matthews
                    3 Put Your Lights On - Santana & Everlast
                    4 Africa Bamba
                    5 Smooth
                    6 Do You Like The Way - Santana & Lauryn Hill
                    7 Maria Maria - Santana & Wyclef Jean
                    8 Migra
                    9 Corazon Espinado
                    10 Wishing It Was - Santana & Eagle Eye Cherry
                    11 El Farol
                    12 Primavera
                    13 Calling - Santana & Eric Clapton