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Santana - Music Artist Band Bio

Biography

This important US band pioneered Afro-Latin rock and, as such, remains head and shoulders above all pretenders to their throne. Formed in 1966, they rapidly transcended the late 60s San Francisco new wave scene from which they emerged, and, over the past 25 years, guitarist Carlos Santana (Born 20 July 1947, Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico) has introduced jazz and funk into their unique blend of polyrhythmic music. Carlos owns the name, and has maintained his role as leader through a constant change of personnel, while fully maintaining the Santana sound of 1967. The original line-up comprised Gregg Rolie (keyboards/vocals), Michael Shrieve (Born 6 July 1949, San Francisco, California, USA; drums), David Brown (Born 15 February 1947, New York, USA), Marcus Malone and Mike Carabello. Later important members were Neal Schon (Born 27 February 1954, San Mateo, California, USA; guitar), Jos‚ Chepito Areas, Tom Coster, Armando Peraza, Raul Rekow, Graham Lear, Orestes Vilat¢ and Coke Escovedo.

By 1969 Santana were regional favourites, and Carlos had made a prominent guest appearance on Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield's The Live Adventures Of Al Kooper And Mike Bloomfield. That year's groundbreaking Woodstock Festival was the group's major breakthrough. Their performance gave rock fans a first taste of "Cubano rock", with "Soul Sacrifice" a tour de force highlight. Signed to Columbia Records, their first three albums were outstanding examples of the genre. Santana, Abraxas and Santana III spent several months near the top of the US charts, the latter two staying at number 1 for many weeks. These albums included numerous memorable and fiery tracks including "Jingo", "Evil Ways" (US number 9, January 1970), a definitive version of Peter Green's "Black Magic Woman" (US number 4, November 1970), Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" (US number 13, February 1971), "Everybody's Everything" (US number 12, October 1971) and possibly the most sensual rock instrumental of all time, "Samba Pa Ti". On the latter track, Carlos plays a solo that oozes sexuality over an irresistible slow Latin beat that builds to the inevitable climax. Caravanserai marked a change of style following the demise of the original line-up (Rolie and Schon departed to form Journey). This important album is almost a single suite showing a move towards jazz in the mode of Miles Davis' In A Silent Way. At that time Carlos became a disciple of Sri Chimnoy and, after befriending fellow guitarist John McLaughlin, he released the glorious Love Devotion And Surrender. The same year he released a live album with soul/funk drummer Buddy Miles. Welcome (featuring vocalist Leon Thomas and guest McLaughlin) and Borboletta (with guests Flora Purim and Stanley Clarke) were lesser albums. He returned to hard Latin rock with the excellent Amigos in 1977, while a version of the Zombies' "She's Not There" reached UK number 11 in October.

In his parallel world Carlos maintained a jazz-fusion path with a series of fine albums, the most notable of which was The Swing Of Delight with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Zebop! in 1981 was a tour de force, with Carlos' guitar playing exhibiting a clarity not heard since the earlier albums. The hit single from this collection was the admirable Russ Ballard song "Winning". The solo Havana Moon featured guests Willie Nelson and Booker T. Jones, although the difference between what is solo Santana and band Santana had become almost irrelevant as Carlos is such an iconoclastic leader. Beyond Appearances in 1985 maintained his considerable recorded output. The same year he toured with Bob Dylan to ecstatic audiences. He scored the music for La Bamba in 1986 and reunited with Buddy Miles in 1987 to record Freedom. In 1989 Santana's contribution to the title track of John Lee Hooker's excellent album The Healer was arguably the highlight of the set. This featured one of his most sparse, yet breathtaking, guitar solos. During the summer of 1993 the band toured South America and a live album, Sacred Fire, was released. At the same time Carlos also put his own record company, Guts And Grace, onto the market, beginning with a compilation of classic live performances from original artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye. In 1994 Santana appeared at Woodstock II, rekindling memories of their incendiary performance at the original festival. The line-up in 1995 featured Tony Lindsay as vocalist.

Any association with the name Santana continues to be a positive one; whether with the band or as a solo artist, Carlos Santana is an outstanding figure in rock music and has influenced countless aspiring guitarists. Recent compilations such as Dance Of The Rainbow Serpent and Live At The Fillmore emphasize his steady influence and consistency over four decades. He received the Billboard lifetime achievement award in 1996.

After almost 30 years with Columbia, the guitarist relocated to Arista Records for 1999's highly acclaimed Supernatural, which included the US number 1 hit single "Smooth" (featuring Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas, it stayed at the top of the Billboard chart for 12 weeks) and "Put Your Lights On" (with Everlast). Supernatural had sold over 11 million copies in the USA by the start of the new millennium, and over 25 million worldwide. "Maria Maria", featuring The Product G&B, followed "Smooth" to the top of the US singles chart the following April. This unprecedented success resulted in him winning a staggering nine Grammy awards in 2000. The long awaited follow-up album featured another star-studded line-up of guest musicians and vocalists, including Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Dido, P.O.D., Macy Gray, and Michelle Branch. The album carried his name but was more of a commercial enterprise than a true Santana record. However, Shaman debuted at the top of the US charts in November 2002.

Discography:
Santana (Columbia 1969)****, Abraxas (Columbia 1970)****, Santana III (Columbia 1971)****, Caravanserai (Columbia 1972)****, Carlos Santana And Buddy Miles! Live! (Columbia 1972)**, Love Devotion Surrender (Columbia 1973)***, Welcome (Columbia 1973)***, Borboletta (Columbia 1974)***, with Alice Coltrane Illuminations (Columbia 1974)****, Lotus (Columbia 1975)***, Amigos (Columbia 1976)****, Festival (Columbia 1977)***, Moonflower (Columbia 1977)***, Inner Secrets (Columbia 1978)**, Marathon (Columbia 1979)***, Oneness: Silver Dreams, Golden Reality (Columbia 1979)**, The Swing Of Delight (Columbia 1980)**, Zebop! (Columbia 1981)****, Shango (Columbia 1982)***, Havana Moon (Columbia 1983)**, Beyond Appearances (Columbia 1985)***, La Bamba (Columbia 1986)**, Freedom (Columbia 1987)***, Blues For Salvador (Columbia 1987)***, Persuasion (Thunderbolt 1989)**, Spirits Dancing In The Flesh (Columbia 1990)**, Milagro (Polydor 1992)***, Sacred Fire: Live In South America (Columbia 1993)**, with the Santana Brothers Santana Brothers (Island 1994)**, Live At The Fillmore 1968 (Columbia/Legacy 1997)**, Supernatural (Arista 1999)***, Shaman (Arista 2002)**, The San Mateo Sessions 1969 (Purple Pyramid 2002)*, Santana: Legacy Edition (Columbia/Legacy 2004)****.

Compilations:
Greatest Hits (Columbia 1974)****, Viva Santana: The Very Best (Columbia 1988)****, The Very Best Of Santana, Volumes 1 And 2 (Arcade 1988)****, Dance Of The Rainbow Serpent 3-CD box set (Columbia/Legacy 1995)****, Awakenings (Charly 1998)***, The Ultimate Collection (Sony 1998)****, Tropical Spirits Parts I & II (Cleopatra 2000)***, Mystical Spirits (Cleopatra 2000)***, The Best Of Santana Volume 2 (Sony 2000)***, Ceremony: Remixes And Rarities (Arista 2003)***.

Videography:
Influences (DCI 1995), Viva Santana! (Columbia 1995), Lightdance (Miramar Images 1995), Supernatural Live: An Evening With Carlos Santana And Friends (Aviva 2000), Sacred Fire: Live In Mexico (Island 2001), Nothing At All (BMG Video 2003).

Bibliography:
Soul Sacrifice: The Santana Story, Simon Leng.



Source: Encyclopedia of Popular Music

Music Albums

Abraxas [Remaster]
Legacy Recordings
03/24/1998

Abraxas [Gold Disc]
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
09/17/1991

Amigos
Columbia
09/02/1986

Beyond Appearances
Columbia
04/29/1985

Borboletta
Legacy Recordings
05/29/1990

Caravanserai [Remaster]
Legacy Recordings
09/30/2003

Doin' It
Pair
12/11/1990

Festival
Legacy Recordings
08/20/1990

Freedom
Columbia
07/07/1987

Greatest Hits
Columbia
11/29/1992

Inner Secrets
Columbia
10/25/1990

Latin Tropical (Magnum Force)
Magnum (UK)
08/11/1998

Lotus
Columbia
02/26/1991

Marathon
Columbia
09/02/1986

Milagro
Polydor
05/05/1992

Moonflower [Remaster]
Legacy Recordings
09/30/2003

Persuasion: Live
Hallmark Recordings (UK)
04/03/2000

Sacred Fire: Live In South America
Polydor
11/02/1993

Santana (1st LP)
Legacy Recordings
03/24/1998

Santana (3rd LP)
Legacy Recordings
03/24/1998

Shango
Columbia
09/06/1983

Spirits Dancing In The Flesh
Columbia
07/03/1990

Viva Santana!
Columbia
10/04/1988

Welcome [Remaster]
Legacy Recordings
09/30/2003

Zebop!
Columbia
07/07/1987

Early Magic!
Special Music Company
n/a

Soul Sacrifice
Special Music Company
1995

Santana [Gold Disc]
Master Sound/Legacy
06/28/1994

Evolution: The Original Recordings
Thunderbolt (UK)
02/15/1994

Dance Of The Rainbow Serpent [Box] [Slipcase]
Legacy Recordings
10/14/1997

Best Of Santana (ITC Masters)
ITC Masters
02/23/1996

Live At The Fillmore '68
Legacy Recordings
03/11/1997

The Collection [Long Box]
Legacy Recordings
02/24/2004

Dance Of The Rainbow Serpent [Box]
Legacy Recordings
10/15/1997

Best Of Santana (Legacy)
Legacy Recordings
03/24/1998

Persuasion
Magnum (UK)
06/23/1998

The Masters
Eagle Rock
11/10/1998

Evil Ways
Laserlight
03/25/1997

Supernatural
Arista Records
06/15/1999

Acapulco Sunrise
Magnum (UK)
05/11/1999

Between Good & Evil
Sony Music Special Products
09/22/1996

Tropical Spirits
Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
02/29/2000

Greatest Hits Live Vol. 1
Galaxy Music
02/26/1999

Greatest Hits Live Vol. 2
Galaxy Music
02/26/1999

Greatest Hits Live Vol. 3
Galaxy Music
02/26/1999

The Best Of (Galaxy)
Galaxy Music
02/26/1999

Jingo
Laserlight
03/01/1997

Mystical Spirits
Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
08/29/2000

Latin Tropical (Metro)
Metro (Import -England)
08/22/2000

Best Of Santana Vol. 2
Legacy Recordings
11/21/2000

Odyssey
Magnum (UK)
08/20/2002

Evil Ways/Jingo [Box]
Laserlight
08/19/2000

As The Years Go By
Legacy Entertainment
2000

Nuclei
Thunderbolt (UK)
12/12/2000

Forever Gold: Live
St. Clair
01/18/2000

Forever Gold
St. Clair
01/18/2000

Abraxas [SACD]
Legacy Recordings
03/06/2001

Maximum Santana
Griffin Music
12/12/2000

In Conversation
Baktabak - (import)
04/10/2001

Persuasion/Latin Tropical
Thunderbolt (UK)
04/10/2001

The Legends Collection
Dressed To Kill - (import)
04/24/2001

Jam
St. Clair
07/14/1995

Jin-Go-Lo-Ba
St. Clair
07/14/1995

The Gold Collection
Fine Tune
05/08/2001

Abraxas [DTS]
DTS Entertainment
09/11/2001

The Best Of Santana [Box]
St. Clair
08/01/1995

Forever Gold [Box]
St. Clair
10/31/2000

Santana: Guaranteed Fresh [Box]
St. Clair
02/14/1996

Nuclei Vol. 2
Thunderbolt (UK)
07/10/2001

Mother Earth
Akarma Records
07/17/2001

Acapulco Sunrise/Odyssey
Thunderbolt (UK)
09/11/2001

Fried Neckbones & Home Fries
Almafame Records
01/15/2002

S.F. Mission District Live '69
Akarma Records
09/25/2001

The Ultimate Collection
SM Records
10/09/2001

Santana Jams: Early Classics
Park South Records
01/29/2002

Black Magic Woman
Collectables
04/16/2002

San Mateo Sessions: Deluxe Edition
Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
06/11/2002

Classics
Traditional Line (Import)
07/23/2002

The Essential Santana
Legacy Recordings
10/22/2002

Shaman
Arista Records
10/22/2002

The Fillmore Performance..: Deluxe Edition
Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
11/05/2002

Prologue
Thunderbolt (UK)
10/08/2002

Jams: Early Classics
Orpheus Records
02/25/2003

Birth Of Santana: The Complete Early Years
Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
04/29/2003

Magic Rhythms
Prism Entertainment
04/29/2003

Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities
Arista Records
12/16/2003

Evil Ways
Mojo Music (Independent)
2004

Supernatural [DVD-Audio]
Arista Records
11/25/2003

Shaman [DVD-Audio]
Arista Records
11/25/2003

Jammin' Home [DVD-Audio]
BCI Eclipse Records
2004

Santana (1st LP): Legacy Edition [Digipak]
Legacy Recordings
10/19/2004

Timeless Classics: Santana
St. Clair
09/07/2004

The Best Of Santana (Essentials)
Essentials
10/27/2004

Acapulco Sunrise (Pazzazz) *
Pazzazz (England)
12/07/2004

 
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