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The longest-running, most successful partnership in the history of rock takes flight anew, as legendary Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Carlos Santana and Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, collaborate on the brand new concept album, GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME, released September 20th on Arista Records. The album was co-produced ... Read more in Amazon's Santana Store

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  • Audio CD (14 May 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Sony CMG
  • ASIN: B007MJ9LA2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 29,242 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen10. Mr. Szabo 6:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Shape Shifter is Carlos Santana's 36th album and the 13-song set is an instrumental tour de force featuring tracks spanning from the late 1990's to the present. It's powered throughout by Carlos' instantly recognizable virtuoso lead guitar and the Santana Band's world-class musicianship (with one song featuring vocals from Santana's lead vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay). Shape Shifter comprises mostly original compositions that have been stashed away for such an instrumental project and Carlos conceived the album's sequence as thoughtfully as the track selection.
Since Santana emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the 1960s, the group has sold more than 100 million records, reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Santana has won 10 GRAMMYs. With the 2010 release of Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, Santana joined the Rolling Stones as one of only two music acts in Billboard history to score at least ine top ten album in each decade from the 1960s. Among other honors, Carlos Santana is no.20 on Rolling Stone's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Andrew R on 16 May 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I received this CD, on the (broken!) CD case is a sticker proclaiming that the album has been 20 years in the making.
I have been waiting much longer than that for this!

One Amazon reviewer has shared his opinion that Santana fans are not waiting for an album like this. I could not disagree more.

Granted, if a Santana album means to you an endless supply of guest artists, radio edits and ego boosting name checks every 30 seconds, then maybe this album is not for you. Never mind, if you quickly turn on MTV something will be along in the next 5 minutes that will be the next big thing.

If you longed for a Santana album of old, maybe your wait is now over. Granted, there may nothing of the quality of Samba Pa Ti, Europa or Toussaint L'Overture, to name but 3, however there is much to love here.

Only one track has vocals, but years ago, when I first started listening to Santana, instrumentals seemed to be more common than vocals anyway.
So sit back and enjoy the music!

I would agree that the album art is not great, and it would be nice to know which musicians played on which track, but that is a small complaint.

This album might not win 10 Grammys or be as commercially successful as Supernatural, but for me it is a great return to form. Is it a retrograde step? No. It is a brave move to turn away from a proven format (although less successful for each successive album)back to just him and the band.

Santana albums at times seem to go in 3's-( the Latin rock influenced Santana, Abraxas, Santana 3; Jazz fusion Caravanserai, Borboletta and Welcome; guest artist led Supernatural, Shamen, All That I Am ). If this is the case here, then I will be a very happy fan for the next few years. Who knows, he may even turn his back on London's o2 and return to the Hammersmith Odeon!
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An instrumental record only so we don't have any of those soul/funk/jazz vocals that have marred many of the recent records, at long last we have a Santana record with the guitar taking centre stage. There's no 'Incident at Neshabur' or 'Song Of the Wind' but it's better than any Santana record of the last 30 years. The songs date back a few years and whilst we still have some of that synthesiser keyboard sound at long last Santana has allowed the guitar to have some room & breath.

I've had the record a week or so and I can see why there are some negative reviews as there's far too much synthesier/keyboard fill but when left on his own Carlos manages to conjure up mid 70s Santana (Festival) but not the dizzy heights of the first 4 records. On the title track, Nomad, Canela & on Macumba in Budapest there's much to like this could be from III if not for that dreadful keyboard noise - but the stand out track is the superb Mr Szabo.

The sleeve notes are odd, hardly any mention of the musicians with much space given over to the plght of the Native American Indian, the record is dedicated to Davy Crockett. There's also some words about the devil from Carlos - all a little schmaltzy. Carlos give Greg & Neil a call next time.

But if you do see this in the local charity shop buy it !
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Bodhi Heeren TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 May 2012
Format: Audio CD
The surprise mega succes of "Supernatural" proved to be a double edged sword for the illustrious Carlos Santana. At one hand giving him a vastly enlarged fanbase after some meager years commercially on the other hand it seemed to stiffen his creative output. Leading to a series of rather lame follow up albums. Albums that was a far cry from his engaging and creative concerts.

So it's wonderful with a Santana record focused on the guitar magic of the maestro and the instrumental power of his more than competent band. The tracks written over a number of years cover lots of ground: jazz, smooth jazz, rock and ofc lots of latin. Some tracks might be rather sketchy but there are also some real beauties all featuring the trademark melodic, fiery lead of Senor C.S., both on electric and acoustic. And occasionally even some intense jamming.

It's nice to hear his yearlong collaborator Chester 'C.T.' Thompson again, Dennis Chambers is ofc a drum legend, Raul Rekow the master of percussion, these people know how to make the complex sound simple and easy. The album closes with two tracks featuring Carlos' son Salvadore Santana - a true master on the keyboards.

This is NOT a return to the visonary creativity of the 70s, "Caravanserai", "Illumination", "Love, Devotion, Surrender" but an enjoyable, sunshine filled collection of guitar music from one of the musical giants of our time.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Cunliffe on 28 May 2012
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I must admit to feeling some misgivings when I read about this album, wondering whether it was really a collection of leftovers that weren't good enough for previous albums. On first listen, I wasn't convinced that I was wrong. But after several plays, it's really grown on me and I like it a lot.

As you would expect, there's some fantastic guitar from the man himself and the band is as tight as they are live. I'm not entirely convinced of the concept of a "wholly instrumental" album and the single track with vocals, Eres La Luz, is one of the best on the album. A few more (preferably Spanish) vocals elsewhere would have improved several of the tracks.

I really like the first three tracks, Metraton is a bit of a clunker, Angelica Faith is a bit cabaret but, though no Samba Pa Ti (I curse thy name, Marks & Spencers!), has a lovely laid back riff. In The Light of A New Day is very similar but even better. Macumba in Budapest (odd title) is a great bit of Santana Latin rock (love the timbales!) that will have me on my feet if he plays it live - when is he coming back to the UK to promote this album?!

One thing is for sure, this is a million times better album that Guitar Hell: Carlos Sells Out. It's not up there with his first four albums but then I'd have been surprised if it had been. But, if you're a fan, it's well worth buying. Never mind the Vegas pension plan, Carlos, please return to London & Manchester soon and play some of this stuff!
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