- Released: October 16, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Arista
- 1.Into the Night - (featuring Chad Kroeger)
- 2.This Boy's Fire - (featuring Carlos Santana / Baby Bash)
- 3.Smooth - (featuring Rob Thomas)
- 4.Maria Maria - (featuring The Product G&B)
- 5.Oye Como Va - (Spanish)
- 6.Black Magic Woman
- 7.Evil Ways
- 8.Corazon Espinado - (Spanish, featuring Carlos Santana)
- 9.Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)
- 10.Game of Love, The - (featuring Tina Turner)
- 11.Put Your Lights On - (featuring Everlast)
- 12.Why Don't You & I - (featuring Alex Band)
- 13.Everybody's Everything
- 14.Just Feel Better - (featuring Steven Tyler)
- 15.Samba Pa Ti
- 16.No One to Depend On
- 17.The Game of Love
- 18.Interplanetary Party
Personnel: Neal Schon (guitar); Karl Perazzo (electric guitar, bass guitar); Chester Thompson (organ, congas, timbales, percussion); Gregg Rolie (keyboards); David Brown (bass guitar); Mike Carabello (congas).
Additional personnel: Rob Thomas , Everlast, Jennifer Lopez, Alex Band, Man , Michelle Branch, Steven Tyler , Baby Bash, The Product G&B, Tina Turner, Chad Kroeger.
Compilations are always trying to outdo each other, claiming to be "definitive," "ultimate," or the "the best of the best." ULTIMATE SANTANA lays claim to its title by spanning the guitarist's entire career, from the late 1960s to the early 2000s. It's true that there is a fair showing of the Santana classics of yore, including "Oye Como Va," "Evil Ways," and "Black Magic Woman," but the majority of the 18-track set is devoted to Santana's crossover work in the '90s and 2000s.
In fact, ULTIMATE plays like an advertisement for Santana's star-studded collaborations. In addition to chart-toppers like "Smooth" (featuring Rob Thomas of Matchbox 20), there are collaborations with Jennifer Lopez, Tina Turner, Everlast, Michelle Branch, and Nickleback's Chad Kroeger, among others. This makes ULTIMATE somewhat lopsided as a retrospective, but those looking for a summation of the man's latter-day pop music mixed in with some classics will enjoy this collection.