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Greatest Hits - Live At Montreux 2011 [Blu-ray] 
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The Latin rock band Santana perform a selection of songs from their long career at Montreux in 2011. Founded by singer and guitarist Carlos Santana in the late 1960s, Santana remain active to this day and have enjoyed considerable success throughout their career. At a special concert the band play songs ranging from their self-titled 1969 debut album to 2010's 'Guitar Heaven'. Among the hits performed by the band are 'Smooth', 'Oye Com Va' and 'Samba Pa Ti'. The show also features guest appearances from Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Cindy Blackman-Santana.
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The highlight for me this time around is the inclusion in the set of the opening track of Abraxas "Singing Winds, Crying Beasts" - I believe recorded on video for the first time. It is a favourite of mine, and did not disappoint.
This choices for the "Greatest Hits" concert was well balanced in terms of including songs from different phases of Carlos' long career, although shows a bias towards those wonderful early albums. Although the songs are familiar to most fans, they are often played in new and interesting ways, which gives the whole DVD a freshness that adds to the listening pleasure. There are some new to me melodies to be heard here and there, and I particularly liked "Spark of the Divine" which began the concert.
Santana has always been a band which defies categorisation, and there are examples here of music ranging from heavy rock to lilting guitar melodies. All of the musicians play a significant part in making it such an enjoyable experience, and a special mention here for David K Matthews who has the unenviable task of following in the keyboard playing footsteps of the great Chester "CT" Thompson. The brass duo, Bill Ortiz and Jeff Cressman, have been an established part of Santana for some time, and play an important part in adding that "extra little something" to many of the songs.
There is a relatively short yet enjoyable drum interlude from Cindy Blackman Santana, who shares a spot with long serving Santana bassist Benny Rietveld. Equally, two other special guests, guitarist Derek Trucks and guitarist and vocalist Susan Tedeschi, certainly play their part in adding further great musicianship to the evening.
I was lucky to see this in high definition which certainly contributed to the experience. I am sure it will be played for many years to come, although I may use the "skip" option on "Back in Black" - the "Guitar Heaven" album was fine, but not my most favourite of all the Santana offerings. May I cheekily suggest that adding "Flor De Canela/Promise of a Fisherman" from the "Borboletta" album instead, would further strengthen the set!
Carlos Santana's playing is immaculate throughout, and there seems to be a renewed sense of pleasure from all band members in playing together, which bodes well for the future.
My feeling is that anyone who has enjoyed Santana from any phase of their music in the past, would benefit from adding "Live in Montreux 2011" to their DVD collection.
I always think of Santana as melodious but this number is a thundering racket, its horrible
A very good selection of older numbers nicely played is on offer here.
My favorite Samba Pa Ti played beautifully,never tire of this,likewise Black magic women, Jingo,Oye Como Va,
Evil ways etc.
Benny and Cindy solo was toooooo loooong.....and became boring.
Derek Trucks playing is extraordinary in short measure I wouldnt want it for too long though. Whats happened to Chester Thompson? I miss him, but David Mathews takes his place,does a fine job, Hammond sounds great,please Dave its looks like you're catching flies,you might get something you dont want!a Wasp, Bee, Mozzie,and that would put paid to the playing for the evening.....
The interviews were nice I always like to hear what Carlos has to say on the state of the world.
The behind the scenes was very short and showed us nothing really,disappointing.
Nice to see Cindy speaking too,I wish them all the best, Carlos looks very happy.
Overall a good buy for nearly 3 hours of 1st class music.
Greatest Hits: Live at Montreux 2011
Santana were founded in the late sixties and came into the spotlight following their appearance at the Woodstock festival in 1969. Their eponymous debut album was released the same year and became a global success, introducing the public to the band's unique blend of latin rhythms and guitar based rock. With legendary guitarist and band leader Carlos Santana at the helm, hit albums and singles followed through the seventies, eighties, nineties and up to the present day. Both Carlos and the band have been frequent visitors to Montreux over the years and in 2011 they presented a stunning concert of their greatest hits, classic album tracks and brilliant cover versions from their debut album right up to 2010 s Guitar Heaven . This is the ultimate Santana live concert and absolutely not to be missed. / Special Guests include Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks and Cindy Blackman-Santana
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