Shape Shifter (album)

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Shape Shifter
Studio album by Santana
Released May 14, 2012
Genre Rock, Latin rock
Length 57:22
Label Starfaith[1]
Santana chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone Brasil 3/5 stars[2]

Shape Shifter is the twenty-first studio album (thirty-sixth album overall) by Santana. It was released on May 14, 2012. This album is the first from his new record label Starfaith Records,[3] which is distributed by Sony Music Entertainment, owners of most of Santana's albums (except those recorded for Polydor Records which are owned by Universal Music Group).[4] It is also the first album since 1992's Milagro that does not feature guest singers in any of the songs, a style that characterized Santana's albums since Supernatural. The album contains only one song with vocals ("Eres La Luz").[5] The track "Mr. Szabo" is a homage to the Hungarian guitarist Gábor Szabó, who released a series of 8 albums for Impulse Records between 1966 and 1967, and one of Carlos Santana's early idols, and features a similar rhythmical and harmonic structure to "Gypsy Queen", a Szabó hit from 1966 covered by Santana in 1970 as a medley with Fleetwood Mac's Black Magic Woman.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Shape Shifter"   Carlos Santana 6:16
2. "Dom"   Hamidou Touré, Ousmane Touré, Ismaila Touré, Tidiane Sixu Touré 3:51
3. "Nomad"   Carlos Santana 4:49
4. "Metatron"   Carlos Santana 2:39
5. "Angelica Faith"   Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson 5:03
6. "Never the Same Again"   Carlos Santana, Eric Bazilian 5:01
7. "In the Light of a New Day"   Carlos Santana, Narada Michael Walden 5:06
8. "Spark of the Divine"   Carlos Santana 1:03
9. "Macumba in Budapest"   Carlos Santana, Walter Afanasieff 4:01
10. "Mr. Szabo"   Carlos Santana 6:20
11. "Eres La Luz"   Carlos Santana, Walter Afanasieff, Andy Vargas, Karl Perazzo 4:51
12. "Canela"   Carlos Santana, Salvador Santana 5:22
13. "Ah, Sweet Dancer"   Micheal O Suilleabhain 3:08
Total length:


  • Carlos Santana – guitar
  • Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay – vocals
  • Chester Thompson – keyboards
  • Dennis Chambers – drums
  • Benny Rietveld – bass
  • Salvador Santana – keyboards
  • Raul Rekow – congas
  • Karl Perazzo – percussion


Chart (2012) Peak
Austrian Albums Chart[6] 29
Canadian Albums Chart[7] 46
Belgian Albums Chart (Vlaanderen)[6] 82
Belgian Albums Chart (Wallonie)[6] 27
Dutch Albums Chart[6] 63
French Albums Chart[6] 71
Hungarian Albums Chart[8] 2
Italian Albums Chart[6] 19
Spanish Albums Chart[6] 75
Swiss Albums Chart[6] 8

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2012) Position
Hungarian Albums Chart[9] 69


  1. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Shape Shifter - Santana | AllMusic". Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Lima, Carlos Eduardo (6 July 2012). "36º disco marca o retorno de Santana ao formato que caracterizou sua carreira". Rolling Stone Brasil (in Portuguese). Retrieved 13 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Santana's 36th Album, 'Shape Shifter,' Set For May 15 Release". GuitarPlayer. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ "Interview: Carlos Santana on his new album, Shape Shifter". 2012-04-27. Retrieved 2012-05-20. 
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h " Die Offizielle Schweizer Hitparade". Hung Medien. Retrieved 26 August 2013. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "MAHASZ – Magyar Hanglemezkiadók Szövetsége". Retrieved 2012-06-21. 
  9. ^ "Best selling albums of Hungary in 2012". Mahasz. Retrieved February 7, 2012. 
  • All information from CD release booklet (Copyright © 2012 Starfaith Records, catalog #76692-99966-2).

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