Santana

Santana

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American latin-rock group, formed in the late 1960s, led by guitarist Carlos Santana.
They first came to wide public attention after their performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Their debut promo 45 single for "Jingo" properly credits writer as "Babatunde Olatunji" and later was mistaken for "Aaron Copland". This initial exposure made their first, eponymous album a hit at the time, followed in the next two years by “Abraxas” and “Santana III”.

After three highly acclaimed albums that saw them successfully fuse rock with jazz and Latin music, the band Santana underwent a few changes. Bassist David Brown and percussionist Michael Carabello both left, and during the recording of the fourth album their roles were taken over by various musicians. Meanwhile keyboardist & vocalist Gregg Rolie was starting to fall out with Carlos Santana himself. The end result was a very different album from the first three, not really representing the sound of a unified band. Instead it came across more as a loose jam session between a large cast of musicians, with the band's jazz leanings well to the front, and only three vocal songs among seven instrumentals. It made for a great record, but lacking anything that could be considered for a single release it was unsurprisingly not a commercial success.

Ultimately Caravanserai marked the start of a new chapter in Santana's career, as the band moved away from rock and towards a more experimental and complex sound. Both Gregg Rolie and guitarist Neal Schon left the group after its release - they went on to become founding members of Journey. Over the next few years, lineup changes were common. Although retaining a basis of latin rock, Carlos Santana’s increasing involvement with guru Sri Chinmoy took the band further into more esoteric music, which continued for many years, although never quite losing the initial latin influence.

Santana left Columbia in 1991 and signed with Polydor. Though he ended his association with Sri Chimnoy in 1982, he remained intensely spiritual, especially during his live performances. In 1994, he played at the commemorative concert at Woodstock, 25 years after his band's transformative performance at the original festival. In 1998, the group was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, with Carlos Santana, Jose Chepito Areas, David Brown, Mike Carabello, Gregg Rolie and Michael Shrieve being honored.

Santana has achieved a total of eight Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards which were all awarded in 2000. Carlos also won two Grammy Awards as a solo artist in 1989 and 2003. With the 2014 release of Corazón, Santana surpassed the Rolling Stones and is one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least one Top Ten album for six consecutive decades from the 1960s on. Among other honors, Carlos Santana is #20 on Rolling Stone’s list of the “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time”.

April 15, 2016 marks the release date of Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album that reunites the revered early ’70s lineup. The album signifies the first time in 45 years – since 1971’s multi-platinum classic Santana III – that the quintet has recorded together.
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Santana Discography

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Santana Santana (Album) Columbia Germany 1969 Sell This Version
Santana Abraxas (Album) Columbia UK 1970 Sell This Version
Santana Santana (Album) Columbia US 1971 Sell This Version
Santana Caravanserai (Album) Columbia Japan 1972 Sell This Version
Santana Welcome (Album) Columbia Australia 1973 Sell This Version
Santana Lotus (Album) CBS/Sony Japan 1974 Sell This Version
Santana Borboletta (Album) Columbia US 1974 Sell This Version
Santana Amigos (Album) Columbia Spain 1976 Sell This Version
Santana Moonflower (Album) Columbia Venezuela 1977 Sell This Version
Santana Festivál (Album) Columbia, Columbia Yugoslavia 1976 Sell This Version
Santana Inner Secrets (Album) Columbia US 1978 Sell This Version
Santana Marathon (Album) Columbia Venezuela 1979 Sell This Version
Santana Zebop! (Album) Columbia Japan 1981 Sell This Version
Santana Shango (Album) CBS Brazil 1981 Sell This Version
Santana Beyond Appearances (Album) CBS UK 1985 Sell This Version
Santana Freedom (Album) Columbia Netherlands 1987 Sell This Version
Santana Historic Santana (Comp, Album) Cicadelic Records US 1987 Sell This Version
Santana Viva Santana (Comp, Album) Columbia Brazil 1988 Sell This Version
Santana Spirits Dancing In The Flesh (Album) CBS US 1990 Sell This Version
Santana Latin Tropical (Album) Thunderbolt UK 1990 Sell This Version
Santana Milagro (Album) Polygram Records Netherlands 1992 Sell This Version
Santana Sacred Fire: Santana Live In South America (Album) Polydor Europe 1993 Sell This Version
Santana Live At The Fillmore '68 (Album) Columbia, Legacy US 1997 Sell This Version
Santana Supernatural (Album) Arista, BMG, Arista, BMG Indonesia 1999 Sell This Version
Santana Shaman (Album) Arista Russia 2002 Sell This Version