The Essential Santana

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The Essential Santana
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Greatest hits album by
ReleasedOctober 22, 2002
Recorded1969 - 1989
GenreRock
LabelColumbia
ProducerVarious
Santana chronology
The Best of Santana Vol. 2
(2000)
The Essential Santana
(2002)
Shaman
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau(not rated)[2]
Rolling Stone2/5 stars[3]

The Essential Santana is a compilation album by Santana, released on 22 October 2002. The collection is part of a series of Essential sets released by Columbia Records.

Uniquely among Santana compilations, "Soul Sacrifice" is included in the studio version from their first album, not the live performance from Woodstock.

The compilation contains no songs from the highly successful Supernatural album, despite it being released 3 years before this album. This is because Columbia and Santana's current label Arista Records were not under common ownership at the time. In 2013, Sony issued another "Essential Santana" 2-CD set which truncates the original's repertoire and does include music from the Arista era, as well as the live Woodstock version of "Soul Sacrifice".

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Jingo" (Babatunde Olatunji) – 4:22
  2. "Evil Ways" (Clarence "Sonny" Henry) – 3:56
  3. "Soul Sacrifice" (Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, David Brown, Marcus Malone) – 6:36
  4. "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" (Peter Green/Gábor Szabó) – 5:19
  5. "Oye Como Va" (Tito Puente) – 4:17
  6. "Samba Pa Ti" (Santana) – 4:46
  7. "Everybody's Everything" (Brown, Tyrone Moss, Santana) – 3:32
  8. "No One to Depend On" (Michael Carabello, Coke Escovedo, Rolie) – 5:24
  9. "Toussaint l'Overture" (José Areas, Brown, Carabello, Rolie, Santana, Michael Shrieve) – 5:56
  10. "Guajira" (Areas, Brown, Rico Reyes) – 5:44
  11. "La Fuente del Ritmo" (Mingo Lewis) – 4:33
  12. "In a Silent Way" (Joe Zawinul, Miles Davis) – 7:58
  13. "Love, Devotion and Surrender" (Richard Kermode, Santana) – 3:38
  14. "Mirage" (Leon Patillo) – 4:43
  15. "Carnaval" (Tom Coster, Santana) – 2:15
  16. "Let the Children Play" (Patillo, Santana) – 3:28
  17. "Jugando" (Areas, Santana) – 2:12

Disc two[edit]

  1. "She's Not There" (Rod Argent) – 4:09
  2. "Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)" – (Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, Coster, David Rubinson) – 8:00
    • Live from Moonflower; originally from Amigos, 1976
  3. "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" (Coster, Santana) – 5:05
    • from Amigos, 1976
  4. "Stormy" (Buddy Buie, James Cobb) – 4:47
  5. "Well...All Right" (Jerry Allison, Buddy Holly, Joe B. Mauldin, Norman Petty) – 4:09
  6. "Open Invitation" (Dennis Lambert, David Margen, Brian Potter, Santana, Greg Walker) – 4:45
  7. "Aqua Marine" (Alan Pasqua, Santana) – 5:35
  8. "You Know That I Love You" (Alex Ligertwood, Pasqua, Santana, Chris Solberg) – 3:57
  9. "All I Ever Wanted" (Ligertwood, Santana, Solberg) – 3:35
  10. "Winning" (Russ Ballard) – 3:29
  11. "Hold On" (Ian Thomas) – 4:36
  12. "Nowhere to Run" (Ballard) – 2:53
  13. "Say It Again" (Val Garay, Steve Goldstein, Anthony LaPeau) – 3:28
  14. "Veracruz" (Jeffrey Cohen, Buddy Miles, Rolie, Santana, Chester D. Thompson) – 3:46
  15. "Blues for Salvador" (Santana, Thompson) – 5:57
  16. "The Healer" (John Lee Hooker, Roy Rogers, Santana, Thompson) – 5:38

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United States (RIAA)[4] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ Unterberger, Richie. The Essential Santana at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: Recyclables: The Essential Santana". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 4 September 2011.
  3. ^ Kemp, Mark (2008-05-07). "Santana: The Essential Santana : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2008-05-07. Retrieved 4 September 2011. Check date values in: |year= / |date= mismatch (help)
  4. ^ "American album certifications – Santana – The Essential Santana". Recording Industry Association of America. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.