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Includes (Da Le) Yalleo with Dave Matthews; Love of My Life with Everlast; Put Your Lights On; Africa Bamba; Smooth with Rob Thomas; Do You Like the Way with Lauryn Hill; Maria, Maria; Migra with Mana; Corazon Espinado; Wishing It Was with Eagle-Eye Cherry; El Farol; the Calling with Eric Clapton. 13 tracks.
The Arista debut of Carlos Santana and band gives fans of the soulful guitar vet two albums in one, but it's a decidedly good-news, bad-news proposition. First, there's a fine collection of late-'90s-model Santana--tastefully tooled songs driven by Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban rhythms ("[Da Le] Taleo," "Africa Bamba," "Migra," "Primavera," and the emotionally charged instrumental "El Farol") that allow Carlos plenty of elbowroom for his passionate soloing. Then there's the collection of tracks featuring a lineup of de rigueur alternative and hip-hop stars, including Dave Matthews, Everlast, Rob Thomas, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, and Eagle Eye Cherry. To their credit, Matthews ("Love of My Life") and Eagle Eye Cherry ("Wishing It Was") muster enough chemistry to make the fusion work. But the rest of the collaborations feel like an unnecessary stretch to reach out to a younger demographic that El Jefe has little trouble attracting on his own terms. --Jerry McCulley
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A beautiful CD.
The album fearures such incredible hit songs as "Smooth," "Maria, Maria" and "Corazon Espinada" each of which are just totally entrancing and beautifully melodic. The song "Corazon Espinada" is particularly Santana at his most creative. "Corazon Espinada" literally means "Spined or Stabbed Heart." Clearly, Santana is talking about his Heart being stabbed and all the 'Pain that LOVE brings!" Truly all audiophiles should own a copy of "Supernatural" by Santana.
Your collection is just NOT COMPLETE without it! I highly recommend you buy it if you do not have it already. Also, this remastered version has ALL the lyrics of all the songs. So if your smartphone supports this function, as does the Amazon Fire Phone,you can watch the lyrics as Santana sings the songs. Do not delay any longer. Buy a copy of this album and complete yourself!
If you havent tried Santana on for size this is a great place to start. It is also easy to miss a compilation tune with John Lee Hooker called The Healer. It is a stellar guitar perormance, Afro/Cuban beat, and the tense, raw and gritty vocals of the timeless Mr. Hooker.
Supernatural has a wide variety of grooves, Spanish Harlem, spacey slow evolving instrumentals, sexy lyrics and so much passion. Five Star, all the way. Enjoy.
I won't go into each song individually as some reviewers have done here. I personally believe you already know the songs you're getting when you're buying in this format... perhaps you own the CD / have heard the songs before, and you want to hear it in a new light.
Well, overall the songs are great. They really are. Santana brought in great talent to accompany him, and I do NOT see it as a sell-out album, like some people have said here. True, this makes this album more "poppish" than previous works, but there are still many tracks that are true to his old style.
That said, I was expecting a little more from this DVD surround mix. The sound quality itself is great - something we demand from these type of discs. And you DO get the sense that you're being enveloped by sound better than the CD. But it's the mixing itself seems like it was lazily done. The rear channels weren't utilized for much more than accentuating the occasional piano track or reverb.
Would I still recommend this disc? Yes, I would. Would I recommend this format? I would, solely based on the fact that it sounds cleaner and crisper than the audio CD version. Just know that the "surround" that's being advertised is more from reverb than anything else.
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Happy to be able to get this Supernatural. I think
It is one of his best won so many Grammys