The Essential Santana

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The Essential Santana
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Greatest hits album by Santana
Released October 22, 2002
Recorded 1969 - 1989
Genre Rock
Label Columbia
Producer Various
Santana chronology
Supernatural
(1999)
The Essential Santana
(2002)
Shaman
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (not rated)[2]
Rolling Stone 2/5 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; originally from Amigos, 1976
  3. "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" (Coster, Santana) – 5:05
    • from Amigos
  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

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)