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Ultimate Santana

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Billed as the first Santana compilation to span his entire career, it is true that Ultimate Santana does indeed run the gamut from 1969's "Evil Ways" to 2002's "Game of Love," but if you think that means it handles all phases of his career equally, you'd be sadly mistaken. Essentially, this 18-track set plays like a collection of highlights from his Supernatural-era comebacks, spiked with a couple of classic rock oldies -- because that's what it really is. It contains no less than ten superstar duets, including new numbers with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger (the streamlined and smoothed "Into the Night," which has little of Kroeger's trademark growly histrionics) and Jennifer Lopez and Baby Bash ("This Boy's Fire," a dance number where Santana seems incidental), plus a version of "The Game of Love" with Tina Turner (don't worry, the lighter, brighter, superior Michelle Branch version is here too) and plus "Interplanetary Party," which is a new band recording that sounds like a star duet. These are piled upon seven previously released duets -- including, of course, the hits "Smooth," "Maria Maria," and "The Game of Love," but also album tracks with Everlast, Steven Tyler, and Alex Band of the Calling -- with classic rock radio staples "Oye Como Va," "Black Magic Woman," "Evil Ways," "Europa," "Samba Pa Ti," and "No One to Depend On" for good measure. In other words, this is certainly not a hits disc for the fan of his earliest music, or his most adventurous music either; it's for the pop fans won over by his latter-day comeback, and for those listeners, it's the hits disc they'd want -- but for everybody else, it's better to seek out other compilations or original albums, because those paint a better picture of what Santana was all about than this crisp, clean collection of lifestyle pop.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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1
Into the Night
00:03:42

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Chad Kroeger, Associated Performer, Composer, Featured Artist, Guitar, Lyricist, Producer - Santana feat. Chad Kroeger, Associated Performer - Joey Moi, Mixing Engineer, Producer, Recording Engineer - Carlos Santana, Guitar - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Karl Perazzo, Percussion - Jim Reitzel, Engineer, Recording Engineer - Scott Cooke, Engineer - Joe-l Angelo Margolis, Assistant Engineer - Chris Beaver, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2007 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

2
This Boy's Fire
00:03:30

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Jennifer Lopez, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Baby Bash, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Santana featuring Jennifer Lopez & Baby Bash, Associated Performer - Steve Morales, Composer - Raymond Díaz, Composer - Sean Garrett, Co-Producer, Composer - Ronald Bryant, Composer - Steve "Rokstar" Morales, Producer - Raymond "Sarom" Diaz, Producer - Corey Rooney, Producer - Dr. Luke Gottwald, Producer - Carlos Santana, Guitar - Chester Thompson, Organ - Kiethen Pittman, Keyboards - David Delgado, Keyboards - Jesus Bobe, Drum Programmer - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - John Hanes, Engineer - Tim Roberts, Mixing Engineer - Kevin Mahoney, Mixing Engineer

(P) 2007 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

3
Smooth
00:04:55

Rob Thomas, Associated Performer, Composer, Featured Artist, Lyricist - Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Santana Feat. Rob Thomas, Associated Performer - Itaal Shur, Composer - Carlos Santana, Guitar - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Benny Rietveld, Bass Guitar - Rodney Holmes, Drums - Karl Perazzo, Percussion - Raul Rekow, Congas - Jeff Cressman, Trombone - Jose Abel Figueroa, Trombone - Julius Melendez, Trumpet - William Ortiz, Trumpet - Matt Serletic, Producer - David Thoener, Mixing Engineer, Recording Engineer - Steve Fontano, Assistant Engineer - Andy Haller, Assistant Engineer - Mark Dobson, Editor, Programmer

(P) 1999 Arista Records LLC

4
Maria Maria
00:04:22

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - The Product G&B, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Santana feat. The Product G&B, Associated Performer - Wyclef Jean, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Jerry "Wonda" Duplessis, Composer, Lyricist - Marvin L. Moore-Hough, Composer, Lyricist - David McRae, Composer, Lyricist - Carlos Santana, Composer, Guitar, Lyricist - Karl Perazzo, Composer, Lyricist - Raul Rekow, Composer, Lyricist - Herbert Joseph, Cello - Danny Seidenberg, Viola - Hari Balakrisnan, Viola - Jeremy Cohen, Violin - Carol Steele, Percussion - JERRY "WONDER" DUPLESSIS, Producer - CHRIS THEIS, Engineer - ANDY GRASSI, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Steve Fontano, Engineer - Chuck Bailey, Assistant Engineer - Jason Gorucott, Assistant Engineer - Michael McCoy, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1999 Arista Records LLC

5
Oye Como Va
00:04:18

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Producer, Associated Performer, Producer - Fred Catero, Producer - Gregg Rolie, Keyboards - Tito Puente, Composer, Lyricist - Rico Reyes - Dave Brown, Engineer - Carlos Santana, Guitar - John Fiore, Engineer - David Brown, Bass Guitar - Mike Shrieve, Drums - Darcy Proper, Mastering Engineer - Didier C. Deutsch, Mastering Engineer - Jose Areas, Congas - Mike Carabello, Congas

Originally released 1970. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Black Magic Woman
00:03:15

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Peter Green, Composer, Lyricist - Fred Catero, Producer

Oriingally released 1970. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment.

7
Evil Ways
00:03:55

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Unknown, Producer - Sonny Henry, Composer, Lyricist

Originally released 1969. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

8
Corazon Espinado
00:04:35

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Mana, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Santana featuring Mana, Associated Performer - Fher Olvera, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Carlos Santana, Guitar - Fher - Sergio Vallin, Guitar - ALBERTO SALAS, Keyboards - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Juan D. Calleros, Bass Guitar - Alex Gonzales, Co-Producer, Drums - Karl Perazzo, Percussion - Raul Rekow, Congas - Gonzalo Chomat - K.C. Porter, Producer - BENNY FACCONE, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Claudio Leiva, Assistant Engineer - Adam Olmsted, Assistant Engineer - Andy Haller, Assistant Engineer - Tony Flores, Assistant Engineer - Steve Fontano, Engineer - José Quintana

(P) 1999 Arista Records LLC

9
Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)
00:05:05

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - C.Santana, Composer, Lyricist - T. COSTER, Composer, Lyricist - Leon Patillo, Piano - Carlos Santana, Guitar - Greg Walker - Armando Peraza, Congas, Percussion - Chepito Areas, Percussion - Michael Schrieve, Drums - Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Drums - Tom Coster, Keyboards - David Brown, Bass - Jules Broussard, Saxophone - David Rubinson, Producer

(P) 1976 Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

10
The Game of Love
00:04:22

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Tina Turner, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Santana feat. Tina Turner, Associated Performer - A. Ander, Composer, Lyricist - John Harris, Engineer - R.Nowels, Composer, Lyricist - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - John Hanes, Recording Engineer - Tim Roberts, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mahoney, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2007 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

11
Put Your Lights On
00:04:45

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Everlast, Associated Performer, Featured Artist, Guitar - Santana feat. Everlast, Associated Performer - Erik Schrody, Composer, Lyricist - Carlos Santana, Congas, Guitar, Percussion - Chester Thompson, Keyboards - Benny Rietveld, Bass Guitar - Dante Ross, Producer, Programmer - John Gamble, Engineer, Producer, Programmer - THE STIMULATED DUMMIES, Producer - Steve Fontano, Engineer - Steve Farrone, Engineer - Mike Anderson, Assistant Engineer - TOM LORD-ALGE, Mixing Engineer - Femio Hernandez, Assistant Engineer

(P) 1999 Arista Records LLC

12
Why Don't You & I (Alt. Version)
00:03:51

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Alex Band, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Santana Featuring Alex Band Of The Calling, Associated Performer - Chad Kroeger, Composer, Lyricist - Lester Mendez, Arranger, Engineer, Keyboards, Orchestrator, Producer, Programmer - Gaines Jim, Engineer - Juan Christobal Losada, Engineer - Bill Malina, Engineer - David Thoener, Mixing Engineer - Ben Conrad, Assistant Engineer - Scott Holderby, Assistant Engineer - Robert Read, Assistant Engineer - Christopher Forrest, Engineer - Havana Hustlers, Programmer - Becky Scott - Carlos Santana, Electric Guitar, Keyboards - Alex Band of The Calling - Chester Thompson, Organ - Karl Perazzo, Percussion - Jesus "Chuchi" Jorge, Trombone, Trumpet - Ed Calle, Saxophone - Tim Pierce, Guitar - R.J., Guitar - Lee Sklar, Bass

(P) 2003 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

13
Everybody's Everything
00:03:32

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - C.Santana, Composer, Lyricist - Jose 'Chepito' Areas, Congas, Drums, Percussion - D.Brown, Composer, Lyricist - Santana Musicians, Producer - Glen Kolotkin, Engineer - T. Moss, Composer, Lyricist - Michael P.R. Carabello, Congas, Percussion, Tambourine - Gregg Rolie, Organ, Piano - MIKE LARNER, Recording Engineer - Carlos Santana, Guitar - Coke Escovedo, Percussion - Neal Schon, Guitar - Michael Shrieve, Drums, Percussion - David Brown, Bass

Originally released 1971. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

14
Just Feel Better
00:04:12

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Steven Tyler, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Santana featuring Steven Tyler, Associated Performer - Jamie Houston, Composer, Lyricist - John Shanks, Acoustic Guitar, Bass Guitar, Co-Producer, Electric Guitar, Mixing Engineer, Producer - Richie Supa, Co-Producer - Carlos Santana, Electric Guitar - Chester Thompson, Organ - Karl Perazzo, Percussion - Jeff Rothschild, Drums, Engineer, Mixing Engineer - Jamie Muhoberac, Keyboards, Piano - Gaines Jim, Engineer - Mark Valentine, Engineer - Lars Fox, Engineer - Luke Dave, Assistant Engineer - Raul Rekow, Congas - Damon Johnson, Composer, Lyricist - Buck Johnson, Composer, Lyricist

(P) 2005 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Samba Pa Ti
00:04:45

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Carlos Santana, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Irwin, Producer - Peter Fletcher - Patti Matheny - George Marino, Mastering Engineer

(P) Originally released 1970 by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

16
No One to Depend On
00:05:33

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - M. Carabello, Composer, Lyricist - Bob Irwin, Producer - Peter Fletcher - C. ESCOVEDO, Composer, Lyricist - Patti Matheny - G. Rolie, Composer, Lyricist - George Marino, Mastering Engineer

Originally Released 1971 Sony Music Entertainment Inc.

17
The Game of Love (Main / Radio Mix)
00:04:14

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Michelle Branch, Associated Performer, Featured Artist - Santana feat. Michelle Branch, Associated Performer - Alex Ander, Composer, Lyricist, Producer - Rick Nowels, Acoustic Guitar, Composer, Keyboards, Lyricist, Producer - Gaines Jim, Recording Engineer - Chris Garcia, Recording Engineer - Randy Wine, Recording Engineer - Greg Collins, Recording Engineer - Michael Rosen, Recording Engineer - Manny Marroquin, Mixing Engineer - Kieron Menzies, Assistant Engineer - Alan Veucosovic, Assistant Engineer - Scott Holderby, Assistant Engineer - Ben Conrad, Assistant Engineer - Tone, Engineer - Kirstin Johnson - Robert Cappadona - Wayne Rodrigues, Drum Programmer - Carlos Santana, Arranger, Electric Guitar - Chester Thompson, Organ, Piano - Benny Rietveld, Bass Guitar - Brian Collier, Drums - Karl Perazzo, Percussion - Raul Rekow, Congas - Bill Ortiz, Arranger, Trumpet - Julius Melendez, Trumpet - Jeff Cressman, Arranger, Trombone - Marty Wehner, Trombone - Andy Vargas - Tony Lindsay - Niki Harris - Siedah Garrett - Rusty Anderson, Electric Guitar - Louis Conte, Percussion

(P) 2002 RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
Interplanetary Party
00:04:06

Santana, Associated Performer, Main Artist, Associated Performer - Carlos Santana, Composer, Producer - Chester Thompson, Composer, Organ - Tony Lindsay, Composer - Karl Perazzo, Percussion - Bill Ortiz, Trumpet - Julius Melendez, Trumpet - Marty Wehner, Trombone - Jim Reitzel, Drum Programmer, Engineer - Joe-l Angelo Margolis, Drum Programmer - Nikita Houston - Sakai - Serban Ghenea, Mixing Engineer - John Hanes, Engineer - Tim Roberts, Assistant Engineer - Kevin Mahoney, Assistant Engineer

(P) 2007 RCA/JIVE Label Group, a unit of Sony Music Entertainment

Album Description

Billed as the first Santana compilation to span his entire career, it is true that Ultimate Santana does indeed run the gamut from 1969's "Evil Ways" to 2002's "Game of Love," but if you think that means it handles all phases of his career equally, you'd be sadly mistaken. Essentially, this 18-track set plays like a collection of highlights from his Supernatural-era comebacks, spiked with a couple of classic rock oldies -- because that's what it really is. It contains no less than ten superstar duets, including new numbers with Nickelback's Chad Kroeger (the streamlined and smoothed "Into the Night," which has little of Kroeger's trademark growly histrionics) and Jennifer Lopez and Baby Bash ("This Boy's Fire," a dance number where Santana seems incidental), plus a version of "The Game of Love" with Tina Turner (don't worry, the lighter, brighter, superior Michelle Branch version is here too) and plus "Interplanetary Party," which is a new band recording that sounds like a star duet. These are piled upon seven previously released duets -- including, of course, the hits "Smooth," "Maria Maria," and "The Game of Love," but also album tracks with Everlast, Steven Tyler, and Alex Band of the Calling -- with classic rock radio staples "Oye Como Va," "Black Magic Woman," "Evil Ways," "Europa," "Samba Pa Ti," and "No One to Depend On" for good measure. In other words, this is certainly not a hits disc for the fan of his earliest music, or his most adventurous music either; it's for the pop fans won over by his latter-day comeback, and for those listeners, it's the hits disc they'd want -- but for everybody else, it's better to seek out other compilations or original albums, because those paint a better picture of what Santana was all about than this crisp, clean collection of lifestyle pop.
© Stephen Thomas Erlewine /TiVo

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