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6/24/07

Carlos Santana


Carlos Augusto Alves Santana (born July 20, 1947), known simply as Carlos Santana or Santana, is a Grammy Award-winning Mexican-born American Latin rock musician and guitarist.

He became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, the Santana Blues Band, going mostly under the title "Santana," which created a highly successful blend of salsa, rock, blues, and jazz fusion. Their sound featured his often high-pitched and distorted guitar lines set against Latin American instrumentation such as timbales and congas. Santana continued to work in these forms over the following decades, and experienced a sudden resurgence of popularity and critical acclaim in the late 1990s.

Carlos Santana guitar tip technique - Samba Pa Ti



Over his career he has sold an estimated 80 million albums worldwide.

Albums

(by the band Santana unless otherwise stated)

* Santana (1969) US: 2x Platinum
* Abraxas (1970) US: 5x Platinum
* Santana, often referred to as Santana III (1971) US: 2x Platinum
* Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles! Live! (1972; C.S. with Buddy Miles) US: Platinum
* Caravanserai (1972) US: Platinum
* Love Devotion Surrender (1973; C.S. with John McLaughlin) US: Gold
* Welcome (1973) US: Gold
* Lotus (live) (1974)
* Illuminations (1974; C.S. with Alice Coltrane)
* Borboletta (1974) US: Gold
* Amigos (1976) US: Gold
* Festival (1977) US: Gold
* Moonflower (1977) US: 2x Platinum
* Inner Secrets (1978) US: Gold
* Oneness: Silver Dreams, Golden Reality (1979; C.S.)
* Marathon (1979) US: Gold
* The Swing of Delight (1980; C.S.)
* Zebop! (1981) US: Platinum
* Shango (1982)
* Havana Moon (1983; C.S. with Booker T & the MGs, Willie Nelson, and The Fabulous Thunderbirds)
* Beyond Appearances (1985)
* Freedom (1987)
* Blues for Salvador (1987; C.S.)
* Spirits Dancing in the Flesh (1990)
* Milagro (1992)
* Sacred Fire: Live in South America (1993) US: Gold
* Santana Brothers (1994; C.S. with Jorge Santana & Carlos Hernandez)
* Santana Live at the Fillmore (1997)
* Supernatural (1999) US: 15x Platinum
* Shaman (2002) US: 2x Platinum
* All That I Am (2005) US: Gold
* Carlos Santana and Wayne Shorter - Live At the Montreux Jazz Festival 1988 (2007)

Official Sony Compilations

* Greatest Hits (1974)
* Viva Santana! (Remixed Hits, Live & Previously Unreleased Collection) (1988)
* Definitive Collection (Import) (1992)
* Dance of the Rainbow Serpent (3-CD Box Set) (1995)
* The Very Best of Santana (Import) (1996)
* The Ultimate Collection (3-CD Import) (1997)
* The Best of Santana (1998)
* Best Instrumentals (Import) (1998)
* Best Instrumentals Vol. 2 (Import) (1999)
* The Best of Santana Vol. 2 (2000)
* The Essential Santana (2-CD 2002)
* Ceremony: Remixes & Rarities (2003)
* Love Songs (Import) (2003)

Unofficial Releases

* Samba Pa Ti (1988)
* Persuasion (1989)
* Latin Tropical (1990)
* Soul Sacrifice (1994)
* Santana Jam (1994)
* With a Little help from My Friends (1994)
* Jin-Go-La-Ba (1995)

Official Santana Management Position On These Releases-

"There are many Santana Bootleg CD’s on the market. Santana Management does not authorize the sale of these CD’s and is therefore not responsible for the quality of the recording. Unless a CD is released by Arista, Sony, Polydor or Guts and Grace Music it is most likely a bootleg and it's a 'buyer beware' situation. Please check the discography page at www.santana.com for any discrepancies."

Official Santana Website

Singles

* 1969: "Jingo" #56 US
* 1970: "Evil Ways" #9 US
* 1971: "Black Magic Woman" #4 US
* 1971: "Everybody's Everything" #12 US
* 1971: "Oye Como Va" #13 US
* 1972: "No One to Depend On" #36 US
* 1974: "Samba Pa Ti" #27 UK
* 1976: "Let It Shine" #77 US
* 1977: "She's Not There" #27 US, #11 UK
* 1978: "Well All Right" #69 US
* 1979: "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)" #59 US
* 1979: "Stormy" #32 US
* 1980: "You Know That I Love You" #35 US
* 1981: "Winning" #17 US
* 1981: "The Sensitive Kind" #56 US
* 1982: "Hold On" #15 US
* 1982: "Nowhere to Run" #66 US
* 1985: "Say It Again" #46 US
* 1999: "Smooth" (feat. Rob Thomas) #1 US, #3 UK (charted in 2000)
* 2000: "Maria Maria" (feat. The Product G&B) #1 US, #6 UK
* 2002: "The Game of Love" (feat. Michelle Branch) #5 US, #16 UK
* 2004: "Why Don't You and I" (feat. Chad Kroeger or Alex Band) #8 US
* 2005: "I'm Feeling You" (feat. The Wreckers are Michelle Branch & Jessica Harp) #55 US
* 2005: "Just Feel Better" (feat. Steven Tyler)
* 2006: "Cry Baby Cry" (feat. Sean Paul & Joss Stone) #71 UK

Ex-members' releases

* Abraxas Pool (1997)

Videos

* Carlos Santana--Influences (video)
* Sacred Fire. Live in Mexico. (video & DVD)
* Supernatural (video & DVD)
* Viva Santana (DVD)

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