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© Arista Records
Year of Release: 1999
(Da Le) Yalleo
Love Of My Life
Put Your Lights On
Do You Like The Way
Wishing It Was
Day Of Celebration
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"When he was 52... It was a very good year..." ("A Very Good Year";
Frank Sinatra -- "When I was 17, 21, 35, it was a very good year...")
1999 truly was the year of the comeback kid, known as Carlos Santana.
His Arista release, Supernatural would become his most popular album
to date. In the early 1970s, he accomplished 2 Number One albums
(Abraxas ; Santana 3 ). Not only would he accomplish
another #1 album in 1999, Supernatual gave him 2 Number One hits in his
long career: "Smooth" and "Maria Maria". Also making
Supernatural the smash hit album it would become, Santana featured
many popular artists to participate with him: Dave Matthews, Everlast,
Rob Thomas, Cee-Lo, Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean, Mana, Eagle-Eye Cherry, and
Santana highlights himself on five tracks. The first is the opener,
"(Da Le) Yalleo". Listening to the guitar work easily identifies
Santana's traditional Latin style. Dave Matthews sings lead on the radio
favorite, "Love Of My Life," one of many great tracks on this release.
Everlast's cool and easy vocals makes "Put Your Lights On" another easy
The Latin style is truly entertaining on the Carlos Santana vocal'd
"Africa Bamba." Rob Thomas sings lead on what would be Santana's first
#1 song of his career, "Smooth." Unless you were born yesterday, this
song was truly a standout and very popular song, as it remained at #1 for many
For Rap fans. Cee-Lo & Lauryn Hill provide the vocals on "Do You Like
The Way." As much as the Latin-styled songs stand out far better than the
Rap tunes, you have to give Carlos Santana credit for satisfying today's current
music for those who enjoy Rap music. "Maria Maria" (the second #1 song
from this release) has Wyclef Jean providing the vocals in a more Reggae flavor.
Santana himself returns with "Migra," as it has a more harder rock
Latin style. Mana provides the vocals on "Corazon Espinado"; as, like
"Smooth" is a very cool and grooving Latino-styled number, as it could
be second best to "Smooth" (although "Maria Maria" would accomplish
that). Another cool Latino-styled song has Eagle-Eye Cherry providing the
vocals -- "Wishing It Was."
"El Farol" showcases what Carlos Santana does best -- his instrumental
guitar. This song could easily get the nod for Smooth Jazz formats -- very cool.
The cool rock Latin rhythms returns on another Carlos Santana number,
"Primavera." Is it Latin, or is it Blues? Eric Clapton and Carlos
Santana battle it out on the guitar instrumental, "The Calling."
There is an untitled/bonus track -- "Day Of Celebration" is another
rock-driven instrumental, having some jazz inspirations as well.
Supernatural definitely has the right title -- it would become Carlos
Santana's most successful album of his career. His next release was Shaman,
released in 2002. Like Supernatural it would become another #1 album, and
having guest stars helping him out on various tracks. Shaman didn't
exactly accomplish the same length in popularity as Supernatural, yet
Santana once again duplicated his "with a little help from my friends"
approach, and it may have given ideas to other "older" rockers to attempt the
same accomplishments (ZZ Top was rumored to have had guest stars help them out
on a future release, but it never became a reality.)
Age does go well with Carlos Santana, as he proved that you're never too old
to rock, and he does just that with his Latin sounds. And, getting some help
from his fellow musical friends surely does help in the long run.
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