Santana - Santana IV

Double Album 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl + Digital Download

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Santana IV is the twenty-third studio album by American (Latin) rock band Santana, released in April 2016 via Santana IV Records.

Santana IV reunites the early 1970s classic lineup of Carlos Santana, organist/lead vocalist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Neal Schon, conguero Mike Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve and marks the first time in 45 years that the quintet has recorded together, since 1971's multi-platinum classic Santana III. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.

The origins for the reunion go back several years, when Schon suggested that he and Carlos Santana record together. Santana liked the idea but went on to suggest that they recruit Rolie, Shrieve and Carabello for what would be called Santana IV (picking up where they left off on Santana III). After initial writing sessions and rehearsals took place in 2013, the group recorded throughout 2014 and 2015, amassing 16 new tracks that combined all their signature elements - Afro-Latin rhythms, vocals, blues-psychedelic guitar solos, and percussion work.

About the Santana IV team, Santana stated: "It was magical, we didn't have to try to force the vibe - it was immense. From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would immediately identify as classic Santana.”

Unlike the reunions of most classic rockers, this one proves its musical mettle. The interplay between the guitarists is fiery, while Rolie and Shrieve have never been less than inspiring. The former is a far better (more expressive) vocalist than he was in his youth.

This output runs the stylistic gamut without compromising Santana's core sound. Opener "Yambu" is a cooking meld of cumbia, funk, and hard rock. The screaming blues-rock of "Shake It" is the first - but not only - place where Peter Green's Fleetwood Mac is referenced, albeit with percolating Afro-Cuban grooves and salsa chants. In "Blues Magic", they reference Mac again in a slow, brooding two-chord blues vamp. It would have made a perfect B-side for "Black Magic Woman".

First single "Anywhere You Want To Go" recalls the strutting, swelling toughness of III and Abraxas. "Fillmore East" commences with a silvery nocturnal feel, then evolves into a seven-minute instrumental jam that lets the front line players stretch out. Schon, always a rock technician, makes Carlos work harder than he has in years.

"Love Makes The World Go Round" and "Freedom Is In Your Mind" are changes of pace with Ronald Isley on vocals. The former is an R&B-inspired rock jam with cooking percussive layers; the latter a scorching meld of raucous funk and jazz-rock with Yoruban polyrhythms.

The instrumental ballad "Sueños" revisits the feel of "Samba Pa Ti", while "Echizo" touches on the transcendent tropical, melodic jazz fusion as both guitarists soar. The album should have ended with "Come As You Are", a celebratory, tropically inspired rocker, but closes instead with "Forgiveness", a beautiful but long, slow blues that should have been sequenced earlier in the mix.

At over 75 minutes, Santana IV would have benefitted greatly from judicious editing. There remains a real musical connection and shared joy between these players. They may not sound young, radical, or reckless, but they do come off as if they never stopped playing and discovering together.

Check out the tracks: “Anywhere You Want To Go”; “Shake It”; “Fillmore East”; and “Come As You Are”.

This double LP on 180 gram heavyweight vinyl housed in a gatefold sleeve with embossed cover, includes a digital download of the album and is pressed in France.

 

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Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Yambu

3:27

A2

Shake It

4:45

A3

Anywhere You Want To Go

5:05

A4

Fillmore East

7:44

B1

Love Makes The World Go Round (Feat. Ronald Isley)

4:20

B2

Freedon In Your Mind (Feat. Ronald Isley)

5:30

B3

Choo Choo

4:10

B4

All Aboard

2:03

C1

Sueños

5:15

C2

Caminando

4:21

C3

Blues Magic

4:26

C4

Echizo

3:54

D1

Leave Me Alone

4:01

D2

You And I

4:20

D3

Come As You Are

4:52

D4

Forgiveness

7:22

SKU 696859969669
Record Label Santana IV Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number S4007-1
Country FR - France
Release Date (Year) 15 April 2016
Original Release Date (Year) 15 April 2016
Barcode # 696859969669
Shipping Weight 0.5450kg
Shipping Width 0.009m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000887m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition Double Album 2LP Records, 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl, Gatefold Sleeve, Embossed Cover, Digital Download Card, The Original Santana for the First Time Since 1973!
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Blues Rock
Genre Latin Rock
Format VINYL LP

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