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Santana: Hymns for Peace - Live at Montreux 2004 [HD DVD] (2007)

Patti Austin , Dennis Chambers  |  NR |  HD DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Patti Austin, Dennis Chambers, Barbara Morrison, Wayne Shorter, Chick Corea
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, HD DVD, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: July 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 181 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000QCS2UM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #352,105 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On July 15, 2004, Santana took to the stage in Montreux accompanied by a stunning line-up of guests to perform a concert of songs about peace and understanding that they dubbed "Hymns For Peace". Joining the regular Santana line-up in the band were Chick Corea, John McLaughlin, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ravi Coltrane and Idrissa Diop with further guest appearances through the night from Angelique Kidjo, Barbara Morrison, Patti Austin, Sylver Sharp, Steve Winwood and Nile Rodgers.

Tracklisting: 1) Afro Blue 2) Adouma 3) Redemption Song 4) Exodus / Get Up Stand Up 5) Blowin' In The Wind / A Place In The Sun 6) Just Like A Woman 7) What's Going On 8) Peace On Earth / Boogie Woman 9) Why Can't We Live Together 10) Light At The Edge Of The World 11) Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord 12) Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) 13) Day Of Celebration 14) Ah Sweet Dancer / In A Silent Way 15) Jingo 16) A Love Supreme 17) Ode To Joy Bonus Features: Additional tracks: 1) One Love / People Get Ready 2) Imagine 3) Give Peace A Chance. Behind The Scenes footage and interview with Santana.

There's some thrilling music happening on Hymns for Peace: Live at Montreux 2004. That's not exactly a bulletin, considering that Carlos Santana and his New Santana Band, a crack outfit to begin with, are joined by several of the greatest jazz musicians of their generation, including saxophonist Wayne Shorter, pianists Herbie Hancock and Chick Corea, and guitarist John McLaughlin--a recipe for brilliance that's fulfilled throughout the two-disc, three-hour show. If there's a mild surprise here, it's that the titular "hymns"--written by John Lennon, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, Bob Dylan, and Stevie Wonder, and described by Santana as "spiritual songs that bring healing and illumination to all of humanity"--do not provide the show's most compelling moments. There's no doubt that "Just Like a Woman," "Imagine," "Redemption Song," "What's Going On," "Exodus," "Get Up, Stand Up," and others are timeless classics; but while the combination of these compositions and the people playing and singing them is certainly intriguing, the actual performances are straightforward and not especially scintillating (vocalists include Angelique Kidjo, Barbara Morrison, Patti Austin, and Santana singer Andy Vargas; Steve Winwood shows up for a version of Timmy Thomas' "Why Can't We Live Together"). Far more exciting are extended versions of Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue," Pharoah Sanders' "Light at the Edge of the World," Miles Davis and Joe Zawinul's "In a Silent Way," and John Coltrane's "A Love Supreme" (one of several tunes featuring the sax legend's son, Ravi). McLaughlin never quite catches fire, but Hancock, Shorter, and Corea are astonishing, turning in solos that are marvelously unpredictable and adventurous models of chops and invention. It's all beautifully shot and recorded, making Hymns for Peace a must-have for fans of these extraordinary musicians, Santana included. --Sam Graham

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spectacular! June 20, 2007
Format:HD DVD
This is what happens when you get a collection of some of the world's best jazz musicians, very talented vocalists, and Carlos Santana on one stage together...just a spectacular performance!

Santana and his band are worth the price of admission alone but add Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, John McLaughlin(Santana's mentor back in the 70's), Wayne Shorter, Ravi Coltrane plus Stevie Winwood from Traffic fame, and a collection of wonderful female vocalists and you have one of the very best concert DVD's in a long time. The people attending this concert at the Montreux Jazz Festival saw a history making performance.

Add to this, the camera work was excellent and the sound spot-on. The selections of songs were very eclectic, with pices ranging from, John Lennon, Bob Marley, Bob Dylan, Marvin Gaye, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Harry Bellafonte, and of course Santana. Often, when you get too many front-line musicians on the stage together, it can sound like a train wreck but that never happens here. There seems to be a real sense of symbiosis, all the pieces fall together perfectly.

If you want to see Santana perform his more popular songs get, "Supernatural Live" or the "Santana Live By Request" DVD's.

However, if you want to see "real performers" performing at the highest level, playing songs that inspire them, while having a great time, get this DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible July 26, 2007
Format:HD DVD|Verified Purchase
Just got my HD DVD version of this, it just came out. the other reveiwers are refering to the DVD version, which is the same sonically at least except for the DTS true HD sound track. Anyway this is an amazing line up for Carlos, everyones here Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Ravi Coltrane, John McLaughlin, Steve Winwood, Nile Rodgers, Omar Hakim, and of course Chester Thomson on drums. What an amazing line up. The video is clear and crisp in HD as it should be, The sound track I used DTS True HD fantastic what else can I say? If you have an HD DVD player and love music this is a MUST BUY! If I was not going to own it on HD DVD I would buy the DVD version. Great disc, great band, great guests ! BUY IT NOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Santana Hymns May 31, 2007
Format:HD DVD
I have been waiting for this album since I read about Carlo's plans to release it shortly after "Supernatural" had hit it big.It has been years and worth every second of the wait.Santana brings his core new band and adds stellar players to the lineup recording songs that are meant to inspire the people of the world to change their reality to one of compassion for the one world.Carlo's shows he can outplay anyone,anytime,anywhere but he is so humble and concerned for the cause he complaments all of the other players.Imagine Carlos,Mahavishnu,Shorter,Coltrane,Corea,Hancock,Winwood and a host of other luminaries playing songs of love completly in the zone.Carlos and Herbie Hancock are particularly outstanding.I consider this double DVD set the finest music video that has yet been created.Mandatory purchase for everybody in the world.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Forget it if you are looking for classic Santana August 24, 2007
Format:HD DVD
I am not a jazz person, but I am a 50 year old head-banger that grew up on 70's rock.

If you like the jazz-phase of Santana, then I cannot comment. However if you were looking for "Evil Woman", "Oyo como va", etc. then you won't find it here. This is not classic Santana. That's what I wanted but this DVD does not deliver that.

Let me point anyone who has a nice hi-def setup and is into classic rock to Heart - Live in Seattle and The Eagles Farewell Tour #1, both 5 star HD productions...and the artists are true to their roots and are perfect and professional.
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1.0 out of 5 stars I was disappointed April 30, 2008
Format:HD DVD
I'm s big Santana fan who was expecting a bit more Santana. The track listing was initially intriguing to me; how would Carlos Santana interpret the banana boat song? He didn't. While the musicians were mostly "on," the vocal performances were flat and on more than one occasion I had to skip to the "NEXT" track. Even drummer Dennis Chambers looked bored at times, while Carlos roamed the stage like a party host looking for a place to be useful.
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