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Shape Shifter

SantanaAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (May 15, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Starfaith
  • ASIN: B007MJ9LA2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,780 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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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68 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars joyful guitar workouts May 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD
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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82 of 98 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Shape Shifter May 15, 2012
Format:Audio CD
"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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43 of 52 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Competent but sleepy zzzzz May 15, 2012
Format:MP3 Music
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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Better Than Anything Since "Supernatural" May 28, 2012
By Saxman
Format:Audio CD
I've followed Santana since the 1970s, starting with "Festival" (1977). I was really impressed with that album, bought the band's previous release, "Amigos" and again was extremely impressed. When the band toured behind "Festival," I saw Santana on that tour, with Tower of Power opening for them and became an even bigger fan even though TOP blew them off the stage. I continued to move backwards through the Santana catalog with "Greatest Hits" and found I liked that material even better. I dipped into the original fusion trio of "Caravanserai," "Welcome" and "Borboletta" and found that music challenging but superior to "Festival" and "Amigos." A Latino high school pal (I was 17 at the time!) told me that if I wanted all the Santana I ever needed, grab the first three Santana studio albums, "Santana," "Abraxas" and "Santana III." I did and found it a mixed blessing: this music was FAR superior to my ears than anything the band had (to date) released since then. The fiery percussion, smooth lead vocals and keyboards of Greg Rolie and most of all, the impassioned and innovative guitar work of Carlos Santana were a whole league above what "Santana" was putting out at the time.

Although I continued to follow the band and see them live from 1977-1983, I never felt the band matched the "Woodstock era" lineup of those first three albums. I still feel that way, even though we know from around 1978 on following the departure of keyboardist/arranger Tom Coster (who took Rolie's place on keys, but not vocals in late 1972/early 1973), "Santana" meant Carlos and whatever backing band he threw together for the album.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By Steve
Format:Audio CD
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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Shape shifter Indeed June 16, 2012
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album
Very good Santana album. I listen to it in the car all the time. if you like Santana, and if you like his works from early 70's, I would recommend this album.
Published 26 days ago by Max
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of Santana's best, this is one not to miss in your colection

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Published 1 month ago by DR Smith
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Hybrid ill,
Published 3 months ago by fender fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
5 star!
Published 3 months ago by corinne montgomerie
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Most of the songs are really mesmerizing
Published 3 months ago by J. Herbruck
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
One of Santana's best albums, Santana never fails, some albums stand out more then others but I would rate this amongst the top 5.
Published 3 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost Vintage Santana w/a modern sound...
Immensely enjoying this collection of tunes by the Great Guitarist Santana. He's ascending with soaring leads backed by CT's marvelous keys. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Doug Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Listen
This album is classic Santana. No doubt if you enjoyed his early stuff this CD will please you. As a heads-up, the first track starts with American Indian style sounds, I'm... Read more
Published 5 months ago by W. R. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars santana shapeshifter
great new music! just what i would expect from santana. i plan to buy more of the same.everybody should hear this albumn.
Published 6 months ago by judith taylor
4.0 out of 5 stars The Legend Continues!
Carlos Santana is truly one of the defining artists of his generation. He is not only a survivor but a messenger. With Shape Shifter he has returned to his artistic roots.
Published 7 months ago by Tyrone Hill
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I have a debatge with a friend: I say Carlos Santa, rarely if ever sings...
You are correct, sir.
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santana vs di meola
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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the rance hood cover is the best thing about the album
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