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Shape Shifter

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2012 release from the guitar legend. Shape Shifter is Carlos Santana's 36th album and is a 13-song instrumental tour de force featuring tracks spanning from the late 1990's to the present and comprises mostly original compositions that have been stashed away for such an instrumental project
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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Starfaith
  • ASIN: B007MJ9LA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (158 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The surprise mega succes of "Supernatural" proved to be a double edged sword for the illustrious Carlos Santana. At one hand giving him a vastly enlarged fanbase after some meager years commercially on the other hand it seemed to stiffen his creative output. Leading to a series of rather lame follow up albums. Albums that was a far cry from his engaging and creative concerts.

So it's wonderful with a Santana record focused on the guitar magic of the maestro and the instrumental power of his more than competent band. The tracks written over a number of years cover lots of ground: jazz, smooth jazz, rock and ofc lots of latin. Some tracks might be rather sketchy but there are also some real beauties all featuring the trademark melodic, fiery lead of Senor C.S., both on electric and acoustic. And occasionally even some intense jamming.

It's nice to hear his yearlong collaborator Chester 'C.T.' Thompson again, Dennis Chambers is ofc a drum legend, Raul Rekow the master of percussion, these people know how to make the complex sound simple and easy. The album closes with two tracks featuring Carlos' son Salvadore Santana - a true master on the keyboards.

This is NOT a return to the visonary creativity of the 70s, "Caravanserai", "Illumination", "Love, Devotion, Surrender" but an enjoyable, sunshine filled collection of guitar music from one of the musical giants of our time.
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"Shape Shifter" Santana's latest album is the best thing he's released since "Milagro" in 1992... but considering how bad some of his albums have been since then, remember "Guitar Heaven"? that's not saying much. "Shape Shifter" is good but not great. Compared to "Milagro" and everything released before 1992 it doesn't hold a candle, but compared to "Supernatural", "Shaman", "All That I Am", and the new tracks from "Ultimate Santana" as well as the afore mentioned "Guitar Heaven" it's fantastic. I've listened to it three times already today, and I find it to be just OK. Pleasant, but unremarkable is how I would describe it. Carlos's guitar solos start to sound the same after a while, and none of the other musicians really stand out either. "Shape Shifter" has some nice moments on it, but I don't think it'll be in my top ten list of favorite Santana albums of all time. HTH
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There is nothing here to suggest it isn't first rate. Just about every song feels at home, then again nothing here beyond the title track is particularly memorable.. Canela, Nomad, & Metatron would be great building blocks for a heavier album but I guess they'll have to linger here with this sleepy disc. Great artwork, production, and again competent playing but there's very little spark and almost no fire..still at least he ditched the random roundtable of guests, that's a step forward.
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I had tired of the endless parade of guest artists and wanted to hear Santana for what he is known for, playing his guitar and with that this record delivers. It has upbeat songs, and more chill melodies and each song takes you through a journey! If you've been waiting to hear Carlos on his guitar then you will be pleasantly surprised.
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I have been a Santana fan since 1969. This is indeed his best album since 1973, where all the fusion was at his best. YOU want a great Santana album. This is THE ONE.
Smooth Jazz, Smooth Santana. Smooth Rock.
For those who gave this rating less than 5 stars. Full respect, however, gentlemen, listen to this album again and again and tell me if it does not grow on you 100%. Santana at his best. Finally. 1973. 2012
Highly recommended
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This record is a true return to form, just like it is advertised. If you love the earlier recordings of Carlos getting inside the note and melodies that take you on a journey, then this record is for you. The upbeat songs are driving and great for any mix or workout and the mellow grooves are just perfect for intimate moments and setting a great mood. I love the peaks and valleys of this record. I recommend this album to anyone who loves Santana, Jeff Beck, SRV, Henrdix, etc.. Music from the heart for the heart.
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Shape Shifter is a very melodious recording.All "First-Takes" too apparently.In reading other reviews on here regarding Santana I'm always stunned that people either compare what's new to the first 3 albums (from 40 years ago!),or say his playing is repetitive,or think this music is too mellow or jazzy.Carlos is almost 65 and may be the most versatile guitarist on the planet-playing with everyone and anyone and any style of music.None of the musicians from his era play as rowdy as he does on "Nomad" or as soulful as on "In The Light Of A New Day".His music is full of Love,Reverence for God,and care for Humanity.All you need to enjoy and appreciate this music is an Open Heart-sadly we are living in a time when most music has almost no heart and soul anymore.Every song on this album is great music by great musicians,and even though they were recorded at different times over the years they flow nicely together.It's actually really a Carlos Santana solo album.Anyone who buys a copy of this recording,can just let it in their heart,say a prayer,and let some of the ice and pain start melting away...
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I have a debatge with a friend: I say Carlos Santa, rarely if ever sings...
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Al Dimeola, No doubt. Carlos has been running from me for years and now he runs from Dimeola. De lucia and even Buckethead.
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