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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.
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The album does, for me, have a bit of a feel of a an album of various songs that have Carlos Santana guesting on them as opposed to the other way round.
1. (De La) Yaleo
2. Love of My Life
3. Put Your Lights On
4. Africa Bamba
6. Do You Like The Way
7. Maria Maria
9. Corazón Espinado
10. Wishing It Was
11. El Farol
13. The Calling
14. Day Of Celebration
"(De La) Yaleo" is a lively Latin groove, full of rhythm, bass, funky organ and, of course Carlos Santana's trademark guitar. Some excellent piano on it too. "Love Of My Life" is a laid-back, bassy, contemporary "r'n'b" number that ends with some delicious Santana guitar and percussion interplay. Some lovely salsa rhythms underpin it too. "Put Your Lights On" is a bluesy r'n'b grinder with a gruff vocal and some seriously heavy guitar riffs. "Africa Bamba" features some delicious Spanish guitar in its intro and a catchy Spanish vocal, despite its opening line about dancing with a Portuguese girl.
"Smooth" was a hit single (I think, or of not it was certainly played on the radio a lot). It is a muscular but melodic, insistent and pumping Latin soul groove. "Do You Like The Way" is a hip/hop thumper with Lauryn Hill and CeeLo Green on vocals. Green's vocals are excellent. It has moved into being a soul song by now, after Hill's hip/hop opening. The "shoo-be-doo-ba-ba" vocal bit brings to mind The Style Council's "Long Hot Summer".
"Maria Maria" was the album's other big hit with Santana memorably being name checked in the lyrics before his guitar parts. It is full of contemporary hip/hop beats. Its huge bass part, though, is way too pounding, slightly distorting the sound of the song (and I love bass). The Spanish guitar parts are superb, however, as are the West African-influenced vocals. "Migra" is great, with a magnificent rolling drum sound, handclaps and a captivating, tribal-style rhythm. Santana's guitar swirls and soars all over the place and some Mexican-sounding brass enhances it even more. It is an underrated number on the album.
"Corazón Espinado" is a classic slice of salsa-influenced rock with more authentic Spanish lyrics. "Wishing It Was" is a slow burning dance-ish groover, a bit Prince-like. "El Farol" is a beautiful guitar-led instrumental. "Primavera" is a sumptuous laid-back, soulful Latin number with the by now obligatory Spanish vocals. "The Calling" is (nominally) the final track, and features Eric Clapton trading guitar licks over a solid hip-hop-ish beat and a gospelly vocal. After a ten-second break, at eight minutes, the "hidden" track, "Day Of Celebration", comes in. It is a grinding, industrial funky type of number with English lyrics, completely different from anything else on the album.
The album is a long listen, one that you can dip into, to be honest, but the quality is there throughout. It certainly had something about it. Its mass appeal would seem to back that up.
The Group Has Been Around Since The 60s ( Carlos Santana's Brother Was In The Band " MALO " )
Long-Term COLUMBIA Records Artists, The Label Was Always Willing To Re-Sign The Group When The Time Came For Re-Negotiation ( And They Weren't Relegated To EPIC )
" COLUMBIA Always Was Partial To The Band - What Label Wouldn't Want A Consistent-Selling Album Group ? "
" Considering COLUMBIA Was Very Slow Off-The-Mark For Signing Later-Day Bands ( Mainly Because Then Chief Of A&R Mitch Miller, Hated Rock Bands ) And Of Course, Then-President Clive Davis Took All The Credit For Signing Acts Such As Big Brother And The Holding Company ( With Janis Joplin ) And Santana.
" Clive ( Davis ) Had A Good Team At COLUMBIA, But He'd Show-Up At A Concert, Then Take The Credit For " Signing " A Band, When Most Of The Time, The Artist(s) Or Their Representatives Had Already Been In Contact With COLUMBIA "
" Carlos Is Always Willing To Experiment, And He Often Has Guests On His Recordings "
This Outing Is No Exception. - 5 Stars.
Good but not brilliant for me though CS 's guitar playing is still lovely to listen to.
I purchased again just because my brother managed to lose the CD after borrowing my car?!
This, to my ears, is Santana's "pop" album and loses nothing for being that bit trendeeee.
Good tunes, fine playing, a bit of cheesy listening here and there (Maria...) but
I absolutely adore this album. The hi-light - for me - has to be Everlast's vocal putting the lights on. Your mileage may vary if you ain't not got no soul.
My kid calls this "Dad-rock" but she loves it too.