Carlos Santana – Ultimate Santana

{mosimage}Christmas time is getting closer and compilation albums start to
flourish in the music shops. One good example is the latest of Mexican
guitarist Carlos Santana.

The magician Carlos Santana has some surprises reserved for those of you who decide to pursue this Ultimate Santana album.  Among the big collection of duets with renamed artists, here you will find for first time three unreleased ones: This boy´s fire with Jennifer Lopez and The Game of Love with Tina Turner, plus a very powerful beginning of the compilation with Chad Kroeger, the singer of Nickelback, in Into the Night.

Revered almost as an ancient Aztec king in his native Mexico, Santana has also received critics (me included) of being too monotonous and repetitive with his guitar riffs. In any case, it is undeniable that he has achieved a personal style and it is undeniable that when you listen to one of his songs in the radio, you know when Santana is playing there. Classics like Sampa Pa Ti, Black Magic Woman or Oye Como Va are already classics of music history.

If you add to this excellent songs like Smooth featuring the great voice of Rob Thomas, the singer of Matchbox 20, Corazón Espinado with Mana or Just Feel Better with Steven Tyler (my favourite one, cannot deny my weakness for Aerosmith…) you have in front of you an excellent album for good music lovers (and who is not one of them?) to enjoy 100% Santana at his best.

Rating 4/5