Santana Ultimate Santana
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- Released: October 16, 2007
- Originally Released: 2007
- Label: Arista
- $1.29 on iTunes1.Into the Night - (featuring Chad Kroeger)
- $0.99 on iTunes2.This Boy's Fire - (featuring Carlos Santana / Baby Bash)
- $0.69 on iTunes3.Smooth - (featuring Rob Thomas)
- $1.29 on iTunes4.Maria Maria - (featuring The Product G&B)
- $1.29 on iTunes5.Oye Como Va - (Spanish)
- $0.69 on iTunes6.Black Magic Woman
- $1.29 on iTunes7.Evil Ways
- $1.29 on iTunes8.Corazon Espinado - (Spanish, featuring Carlos Santana)
- $0.99 on iTunes9.Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)
- $1.29 on iTunes10.Game of Love, The - (featuring Tina Turner)
- $0.99 on iTunes11.Put Your Lights On - (featuring Everlast)
- $1.29 on iTunes12.Why Don't You & I - (featuring Alex Band)
- $0.99 on iTunes13.Everybody's Everything
- $0.99 on iTunes14.Just Feel Better - (featuring Steven Tyler)
- $1.29 on iTunes15.Samba Pa Ti
- $0.99 on iTunes16.No One to Depend On
- $1.29 on iTunes17.The Game of Love
- $0.99 on iTunes18.Interplanetary Party
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Personnel: Carlos Santana (vocals, guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, keyboards, congas, percussion); Jos‚ Chepit¢ Areas (vocals, flugelhorn, drums, congas, timbales, percussion); Gregg Rolie (vocals, piano, organ, keyboards); Leon Patillo (vocals, piano); Mike Carabello (vocals, drums, congas, tambourine, percussion); Michelle Branch (vocals, background vocals); Rob Thomas, Fher Olvera, Alex Band, Steven Tyler , The Product G&B, Tina Turner, Tony Lindsay, Rico Reyes (vocals); Neal Schon, Tim Pierce, Chad Kroeger (guitar); John Shanks (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar); Rick Knowles (acoustic guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Karl Perazzo (electric guitar, bass guitar, congas, timbales, percussion); Rusty Anderson (electric guitar); Jeremy Cohen (violin); Hari Balakrisnan, Danny Seidenberg (viola); Joseph H‚rbert (cello); Ed Calle, Jules Broussard (saxophone); Jesus Jorge (trumpet, trombone); Julius Melendez, William Oritz, Bill Ortiz (trumpet); Jose Abel Figueroa , Jeff Cressman, Marty Wehner (trombone); Chester Thompson (piano, organ, keyboards, synthesizer, congas, timbales, percussion); Jamie Muhoberac (piano, keyboards); Lester Mendez (keyboards, programming); Alberto Salas, Tom Coster, David Delgado (keyboards); Michael Shrieve (vibraphone, drums); David Brown , David Brown (bass guitar); Coke Escovedo, Alex Gonzales (drums, background vocals); Brian Collier, Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Rodney Holmes, Jeff Rothschild (drums); Armando Peraza (congas, percussion); Raul Rekow (congas); Luis Conte, Carol Steele (percussion); John Gamble, Mark Dobson, Dante Ross (programming); Joe L Angelo Margolis, Jim Reitzel, Wayne Rodrigues (drum programming); Nikita Houston, Sakai, Niki Haris, Siedah Garrett (background vocals).
Additional personnel: Everlast, Jennifer Lopez, Man , Baby Bash.
Audio Mixers: Manny Marroquin; David Thoener; John Shanks; Andy Grassi; Serban Ghenea; Tom Lord-Alge; Benny Faccone; Jeff Rothschild.
Recording information: Cello Studios, Hollywood, CA; Conway Recording, Los Angeles, CA; Cubejam, Miami, FL; Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA; Henson Recording Studios, Hollywood, CA; Icon Studios, Miami, FL; Laughing Tiger, San Rafael, CA; Mountain View Studios, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Ca; Pacific High Recording, San Francisco, CA; South Beach Studios, Miami, FL; Tarpan Studios, San Rafael, CA; The Big Space, Santa Monica, CA; The Gallery, Miami, FL; The Hit Factory, New York, NY; The Record Plant, Sausalito, CA; Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, CA.
Author: Carlos Santana.
Editor: Lars Fox.
Illustrator: Joshua Marc Levy.
Photographers: Alan Silfen; Kwaku Alston.
Arranger: Lester Mendez.
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.
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