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The Best of Santana

SantanaAudio CD
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Delivered with a level of passion and soul equal to the legendary sonic charge of his guitar, the sound of Carlos Santana is one of the world's best-known musical signatures. For more than four decades—from Santana's earliest days as a groundbreaking Afro-Latin-blues-rock fusion outfit in San Francisco—Carlos has been the visionary force behind artistry that transcends ... Read more in Amazon's Santana Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 31, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B0000062FZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (214 customer reviews)
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1. Jingo
2. Evil Ways
3. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
4. Oye Como Va
5. Samba Pa Ti
6. She's Not There
7. No One To Depend On
8. Open Invitation
9. Hold On
10. Bella
11. Winning
12. All I Ever Wanted
13. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)
14. Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)
15. Everybody's Everything
16. Soul Sacrifice

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The definitive single-CD Santana collection, with 16 newly remastered and resplendent tracks taken from their entire career! Includes Evil Ways; Soul Sacrifice; Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen; Oye Como Va; Samba Pa Ti; She's Not There; Jingo; No One to Depend On; Open Invitation; Hold On; Bella; Winning; All I Ever Wanted; Dance Sister Dance; Europa , and Everybody's Everything .

There are a couple of Santana best-of compilations out there, and even a few mastersound gold-plated CDs, but this collection is as good a place as any for a newcomer to explore. It contains the band's three essential charters--"Black Magic Woman," "Evil Ways," and "Oye Como Va"--along with some lesser hits. Santana broke barriers, making ethnic-influenced music palatable to the mainstream, but this set doesn't sound like a history lesson. Few bands have ever made better music for driving on a hot summer day, and this CD is ideal for blasting out the windows of your car on a crowded thoroughfare. --Charles R. Cross

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66 of 69 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
All "greatest hits" and "best of" collections are inherently flawed. Almost universally, such collections leave out a favorite song or include songs that make some fans wonder how "best" or "great" was decided. Lastly, these collections are snapshots in time and will thus neglect later songs. Considering these issues, this collection is an excellent representation of Carlos Santana's career until 1998.

This collection does have two flaws. First, it includes only eight of Santana's 20+ albums. Second, this collection only includes songs that represent Santana's most commercial songs. I suppose the commercialism of this collection is to be expected, given that record companies are most interested in a collection that will sell the most. Thus, there is minimal representation of the jazz fusion music that Santana has performed on so many of his CDs.

Getting past the flaws, the 1969 album "Santana" provides the fast-paced and somewhat psychedelic song "Jingo." This song has a very fast beat with a lot of percussion. "Evil Ways" was also from this album and was a top 10 hit for Santana. The third track from this album is "Soul Sacrifice," a hard driving instrumental that seems to me to be the predecessor to some of Santana's later jazz fusion music. This album hit #4 on the Billboard charts and remained on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for 108 weeks.

Santana's next album, "Abraxas," provides three songs, the phenomenal "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen," which reached #4 on the charts, "Oye Como Va," which reached #13 on the charts, and "Samba Pa Ti," a wonderful instrumental. "Abraxas" has been on several lists of the greatest albums of all time, listed at #85 on VH1's list and #205 on "Rolling Stone's" list.
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53 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Substantial One Volume Anthology August 17, 2002
Format:Audio CD
"The Best of Santana" greatly expands on the band's original Greatest Hits package, which only covered the late 60s and early 70s. Filled to capacity with 16 songs, this collection is about as complete as one can hope for in a single volume. It starts out with early classic rock radio staples like "Black Magic Woman," "Evil Ways," "Oye Como Va," and the cover of the Zombies "She's not There." The disc then moves on to more recent Santana hits like the new wave-ish "Winning," and "Hold On" before returning to the early days for some excellent lengthy jams like "Dance Sister Dance" and "Soul Scrifice." The only thing missing is any material from Santana's recent commercial comeback. The disc gets extra credit for not adding on any inferior "new" material like a lot of such packages do.
Overall, an excellent one volume anthology from one of classic rock's brighter stars.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Discover Santana You Did Not Know May 2, 2000
Format:Audio CD
The Best of Santana released in 1998 served as a premonition something wonderful might happen to a long-careered(more than 30 years)latin rock superstar. Before buying this CD I had known Santana only through the hits Evil Ways and Black Magic Woman."Santana? It's the band which were big thirty years ago". That was the image I had toward Santana. I was wrong. The Best Of Santana told me Santana is a lot more than a collection of 70s hits.
The hits parade Evil Ways, Black Magic Woman and Oye Como Va is great of course. But Santana's allure does not end there. Samba Pa Ti is a great melancholic instrumental. Hold On a great pop music. Winning and All I Ever Wanted. Is It Santana? The band rocks hard! Winning is a very ironic title probably directed toward Neal Schon, who left Santana in 1971 and formed Journey. Europa became superhit in Japan holding the record of the biggest selling single by a non-Japanese artist. If you love Supernatural you will love this band more through this best album.
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52 of 59 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good tracks but terrible remixing! January 29, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This cd represents some of Santana's finest songs, however, the guys who did the remastering/remixing should be fired! they cranked up the bass on every song and left almost no treble or any midrange at all, every song sounds muddy and flat as if you had placed a cardboard box between your ear and the speakers. If you're a new Santana fan do yourself a favour and just buy some of the original albums these tracks are from, in fact most of these tracks are on the 1995 box set called "Dance of the Rainbow Serpent", so spend a few more bucks and get that, then you'll only need about three or four other cd's to get the rest of the tracks from their original albums, all of which have better sound than this best of cd.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A superior upgrade to Santana's Greatest Hits October 1, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
It is very hard to condense all of Santana's well known songs to one disc. True "You Know That I Love You" and "Stormy," as well as "Well..Alright" are missing, and the album Caravanserai seems to always get the shaft. But this does give one most of the best known songs in their full-length versions.
Outstanding is the sequencing: the elusive (elusive to greatest hits) "Nobody to Depend On" has a hard edit into "Open Invitation."
This features "Hold On" and "Winning" which have never appeared on any Santana anthology in the States. The booklet has superior remastering, and a booklet with a family tree.
The import Santana Collection covers more ground, more thoroughly, and hits all the albums including Caravanserai, but just misses by giving the import consumer liner notes in Dutch!!
If you want one CD of great Santana music. This fits the bill!! Saludos!
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