Santana - Shaman

Year of Release: 2002
Label: Arista
Catalog Number: 14737
Format: CD
Total Time: 72:12:00

As so eloquently written in the liner notes of Carlos Santana's new album Shaman, "A shaman is a person that is a spiritual healer who brings balance to mind and body, heart and spirit with colors and sound, herbs and song, creating unity and harmony in the world." Santana unmistakably defines that description. His music is a worldly universal healer for thousands, and it has been for over three decades. The enormous success of the album Supernatural gave Carlos the kind of acceptance and acknowledgements he so longingly deserved. His new release has the same energy and consistency that will enable it to enjoy the same success.

This recording picks up were the previous album left off. With a melting pot of artists contributing their talents to blend with Santana's all-world sound that is made up of parts Latin rhythms, rock, pop, blues and jazz, this is music for everyone. My eight-year-old son and six-year-old daughter could not stop moving while listening to these fantastic songs and neither could I. At one point, my son said- "This is really good music dad." That about says it all, this is all of that and so much more. Undoubtedly, this kind of music will thrive in the Latino community, reach out far beyond that culture, and find its way into many more lifestyles as its predecessor did. I am certain that this album will be the recipient of several Grammy awards and it may outsell Supernatural. As Santana continues with the formula that has been so successful, he becomes more comfortable with it and creates music that touches your soul that has a collective appeal that goes far beyond the music itself.

"The Game of Love" with guest vocalist Michelle Branch is the first single to permeate the airwaves, and by the looks of the reception that it is receiving, it will be one of many blockbuster hits to come from this eclectic album. Carlos outdoes himself with a scorching guitar solo on the instrumental "Victory Is Won" were he paints a beautiful and graceful musical landscape of emotion. To say that this is a victory is putting it mildly. He uses his talents and everyone surrounding him so well that he likened it to a human synchronicity. "America" is the heaviest rocker on the album, it features Carlos with P.O.D., who introduces Santana on guitar as if it were a live event and then the song kicks in. Each track has a generous of amount running time; there is not one song under four minutes long. The 16 tracks of prime Latin rock will get you into a groove that does not stop for a moment from beginning to end.

Other notable talents that make this a musical event to treasure are Seal, Musiq, Macy Gray, Citizen Cope, Placido Domingo, Dido, Chad Krueger, former band mate Michael Shrieve, Ozomatili, P.O.D., Alejandro Lerner, Melkie Jean, and Govenor Washington. Very few artists have the ability to combine their talents as successfully with such a diverse group of people as Santana has. Once again, he has spun his web of magic to capture the imaginations of his captive audience around the world that hangs on every note coming from his guitar.

This music moves you, rocks your soul, and keeps your mind and body in motion. It accomplishes so much all at the same time that it makes you wonder how anyone could play music with such love and reverence for humankind. There is only one person that is capable of pulling it off; his name is Carlos Devadip Santana.

Adouma (4:16) / Nothing At All (4:28) / The Game Of Love (4:15) / You Are My Kind (4:20) / Amoré (3:51) / Foo Foo (6:29) / Victory Is Won (5:21) / Since Supernatural (4:32) / America (4:35) / Sideways (4:42) / Why Don't You And I (4:34) / Feels Like Fire (4:40) / Aye Aye Aye (4:48) / Hoy Es Adios (4:37) / One Of These Days (5:52) / Novus (4:12)

Carlos Santana - guitars
Chester Thompson - keyboards
Raul Rekow - congas, percussion
Karl Perazzo - timbales, percussion
Tony Lindsay - vocals
Andy Vargas - vocals
Benny Rieveld - bass
Dennis Chambers - drums and percussion
Jeff Cressman - trombone
Bill Ortiz - trumpet
Myron Dove - rhythm guitar, piccolo bass
Musiq - vocals (2)
Michelle Branch - vocals (3)
Seal - vocals (4)
Macy Gray - vocals (5)
Governor Washington - vocals (8)
Melkie Jean - vocals (8)
P.O.D. (9)
Citizen Cope - rhythm guitar, keyboards, vocals (10)
Chad Kroeger - vocals (11)
Dido - vocals (12)
Alejandro Learner - vocals (13)
Ozomatli (14)
Placido Domingo - vocals (15)

Santana (1969)
Abraxas (1970)
Santana III (1971)
Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! (1972)
Caravanserai (1972)
Love, Devotion and Surrender (1972)
Welcome (1973)
Greatest Hits (1974)
Borboletta (1974)
Lotus [live] (1974)
Illuminations (1974)
Festival (1976)
Amigos (1976)
Moonflower (1977)
Inner Secrets (1978)
Oneness: Silver Dreams Golden Realities (1979)
Marathon (1979)
The Swing of Delight (1980)
Zebop! (1981)
Shango (1982)
Havana Moon (1983)
Beyond Appearances (1985)
Live (1985)
Freedom (1987)
Blues for Salvador (1987)
Viva Santana! (1988)
Spirits Dancing in the Flesh (1990)
Milagro (1992)
Sacred Fire: Santana Live in South America (1993)
Santana Brothers (1994)
Soul Sacrifice [Retro Music] (1995)
Brothers (1995)
Between Good and Evil (1996)
Live at the Fillmore (1968 (1997)
Santana [Japan Bonus Tracks] (1998)
Santana III [Japan Bonus Tracks] (1998)
Jam Live (1998)
Supernatural (1999)
Hot Tamales (1999)
Center Stage: Live (2000)
Jingo-Manic (2000)
Mother Earth (2001)
Nuclei, Vol. 2 (2001)
San Francisco Mission District Live 69 (2001)
Fried Neckbones and Home Fries (2001)
Prologue (2002)
Shaman (2002)
Fillmore Performance: San Francisco (1968) [live] (2002)
Greatest Hits (1974)
The Sound of Carlos (1982)
Viva Santana! [Columbia/Sony] (1988)
Early Magic (1989)
Persuasion [Magnum] (1989)
Best of Santana [2 CD] (1991)
Ballads Collection (1992)
Australian Collection (1992)
Very Best of Santana (1994)
Super Collection (1994)
Ballads (1994)
Santana Jam (1994)
Soul Sacrifice [Onyx Classix] (1994)
Jin-Go-Lo-Ba (1994)
Love Songs (1995)
Dance of the Rainbow Serpent (1995)
25 Hits (1995)
Salsa Samba & Santana (1995)
Samba Pa Ti (1995)
Star Box (1995)
Evolution: Original Recordings (1995)
Best Of [3 Album Box] (1995)
Definitive Collection [2 CD] (1995)
The Best of Santana [Intercontinental] (1995)
Guaranteed Fresh (1996)
Definitive Collection [Single CD] (1996)
Evil Ways [Delta] (1997)
Jingo (1997)
Collector's Edition (1997)
Santana/Abraxas/Santana (1997)
Greatest Hits Live, Vol. 1 (1997)
Greatest Hits Live, Vol. 2 (1997)
Greatest Hits Live, Vol. 3 (1997)
Guitar Hero (1997)
Summerdreams (1997)
The Ultimate Collection (1997)
The Masters [Eagle] (1997)
The Best of Santana [Columbia] (1998)
Between Good and Evil (1998)
Santana/Abraxas/Santana [Remastered] (1998)
Latin Rhythm & Blues (1998)
The Best Instrumentals (1998)
Abraxas [Japan Bonus Tracks] (1998)
Guitar Legends (1998)
Awakening (1998)
Masters [Cleopatra] (1998)
Santana [Compilation] (1998)
Latin Tropical [Magnum] (1998)
Acapulco Sunrise (1999)
Viva Percussion (1999)
Best Instrumentals, Vol. 2 (1999)
Forever Gold (2000)
Profile of Santana (2000)
Forever Gold Live (2000)
Tropical Spirits (2000)
Persuasion [Hallmark] (2000)
High Profile (2000)
Dueling Rock (2000)
Mystical Spirits Parts 1 & 2 [live] (2000)
Evil Ways [Legend] (2000)
Latin Tropical [Dressed to Kill] (2000)
Odyssey [live] (2000)
Viva Santana! [Polygram International] (2000)
The Best of Santana, Vol. 2 (2000)
Nuclei (2000)
As the Years Go By (2001)
Great (2001)
Persuasion/Latin Tropical (2001)
Jam (2001)
The Legends Collection (2001)
Gold Collection (2001)
Selection of Santana (2001)
Acapulco Sunrise/Odyssey (2001)
The Ultimate Collection [Live Bonus CD] (2001)
Legends Collection, Vol. 1 (2001)
Legends Collection, Vol. 2 (2001)
Early Classics (2002)
Black Magic Woman (2002)
San Mateo Sessions (2002)
Classics (2002)
Soul Sacrifice [Get Back] (2002)
The Essential Santana (2002)
Best Instrumentals, Vol. 1 & 2 (2002)
Milagro/Sacred Fire (2002)
Shaman (2002)
The Essential Santana (2002)
Ceremony - Remixes & Rareities (2003)
All That I Am (2005) Acapulco Sunrise: 1968 Demos (2009)
Woodstock Experience (2009)

(plus a "ton" more in compilations)

Genre: Rock

Origin US

Added: November 1st 2002
Reviewer: Keith "Muzikman" Hannaleck
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Hits: 576
Language: english


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