Beyond Appearances

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Beyond Appearances
Studio album by Santana
Released February 1985
Genre Rock
Length 44:39
Label Columbia
Producer Val Garay
Santana chronology
Shangó
(1982)
Beyond Appearances
(1985)
Freedom
(1987)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (unfavorable)[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[3]

Beyond Appearances is the thirteenth studio album by Santana, released in 1985 (see 1985 in music).

The album took seven months to make, and (apart from Carlos Santana himself) involved a completely different line-up from Santana's previous album (released two and a half years earlier). It was firmly in the style of the 1980s, making much use of synthesizers and drum machines. Beyond Appearances performed relatively poorly, reaching only fifty on the Billboard album chart; one of its tracks, "Say It Again", reached number 46 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart (though it performed better on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, reaching number fifteen).[4]

Track listing[edit]

Original vinyl release side one[edit]

  1. "Breaking Out" (Johnson, Ligertwood) – 4:30
  2. "Written in Sand" (Mitchell Froom, Jerry Stahl) – 3:49
  3. "How Long" (Patton) – 4:00
  4. "Brotherhood" (Sancious, Santana, Thompson) – 2:26
  5. "Spirit" (Johnson, Ligertwood, Rekow) – 5:04

Original vinyl release side two[edit]

  1. "Say It Again" (Garay, Goldstein, Lapeau) – 3:27
  2. "Who Loves You" (Santana, Thompson, Vilato) – 4:06
  3. "I'm the One Who Loves You" (Curtis Mayfield) – 3:17
  4. "Touchdown Raiders" (Santana) – 3:08
  5. "Right Now" (Ligertwood, Santana) – 5:58

CD release[edit]

  1. "Breaking Out" (Johnson, Ligertwood) – 4:30
  2. "Written in Sand" (Mitchell Froom, Jerry Stahl) – 3:49
  3. "Brotherhood" (Sancious, Santana, Thompson) – 2:26
  4. "Spirit" (Johnson, Ligertwood, Rekow) – 5:04
  5. "Right Now" (Ligertwood, Santana) – 5:58
  6. "Who Loves You" (Santana, Thompson, Vilato) – 4:06
  7. "I'm the One Who Loves You" (Curtis Mayfield) – 3:17
  8. "Say It Again" (Garay, Goldstein, Lapeau) – 3:27
  9. "Two Points of View" (Ligertwood, Santana) – 4:54
  10. "How Long" (Patton) – 4:00
  11. "Touchdown Raiders" (Santana) – 3:08

Personnel[edit]

  • Carlos Santana – guitar, acoustic 12-string guitar, vocals
  • Alphonso Johnson – bass
  • Chester D. Thompson – synthesizer, bass, keyboards, organ
  • David Sancious – rhythm guitar, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar
  • Chester Cortez Thompson – drums, bass pedals
  • Greg Walker – lead and background vocals
  • Alex Ligertwood - rhythm guitar, lead and background vocals, harmony
  • Bryan Garofalo - bass
  • Steve Goldstein - synthesizer, keyboards
  • Craig Krampf - drums, DMX drum machine
  • Armando Peraza - bongos, percussion, shakers, congas
  • Orestes Vilato - bells, timbales, percussion, cymbals, woodblocks, vocals
  • Mitchell Froom - string synthesizer
  • Raul Rekow - chekere, congas, shakers, vocals
  • David Adelstein - synthesizer, DMX drum machine, synthesizer bass
  • John Woodhead - guitar
  • Anthony LaPeau - background vocals
  • Craig Hull - guitar
  • F. Bob Getter - string bass

Credits[edit]

  • "How Long" arrangement: Robbie Patton, David Adelstein
  • "Say It Again" associate producer: Steve Goldstein
  • Mitchell Froom appears courtesy of Slash Records
  • Recorded by Val Garay & Richard Bosworth at Record One, Los Angeles
  • Assisted by Duane Saykora
  • Mixed by Val Garay at Record One
  • Additional recording: Plant Studios, Sausalito
  • Assistant engineer: Wayne Lewis
  • "Right Now" mixed by Jim Gaines
  • All information gathered from back cover of vinyl release.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Beyond Appearances at AllMusic
  2. ^ Considine, J.D. (1985-06-20). "Santana: Beyond Appearances : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-12. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  3. ^ "Santana: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Beyond Appearances - Santana | Awards | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 26 November 2013.