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#1 angusyoungfan

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Posted 28 June 2003 - 12:00 PM

Hello and welcome to Legends number 14 this week it is the legendary Latin jazz rock blues guitarist Carlos Santana

Biography

While this is a Carlos Santana biography you can't do a biography on him without saying some about the band Santana after all this important US group pioneered Afro-Latin rock and because of this remains head and shoulders above all pretenders to their throne. Formed in 1966, they rapidly transcended the late 60s San Francisco new wave scene from which they emerged, and, over the past 25 years, guitarist Carlos Santana born 20 July 1947, Autlan de Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico) has introduced jazz and funk into their unique blend of polyrhythmic music. Carlos owns the name, and has maintained his role as leader through a constant change of personnel, while fully maintaining the Santana sound of 1967. The original line-up comprised Gregg Rolie (b. 1948; keyboards, vocals), Michael Shrieve (drums), David Brown (b. 15 February 1947, New York, USA), Marcus Malone and Mike Carabello. Later important members were Neal Schon (b. 27 February 1954, San Mateo, California, USA; guitar), José Chepito Areas, Tom Coster, Armando Peraza, Raul Rekow, Graham Lear, Orestes Vilató and Coke Escovedo.

But lets not go straight into the band lets first have a brief look at why the man picked up the guitar.
Carlos as previously said was born on the 20th of July 1947 in Autlan De Navarro, Jalisco, Mexico and his father a mariachi violinist first got Carlos involved in music and by the age of five his father had already started teaching him hoping that one day his son would follow in his footsteps but this was not to be . The Family moved when Carlos was just eight to a location that escapes me at the moment but it's not too important what happened when he moved is . When Carlos's family moved Carlos met the blues and Carlos was so moved and touched by the sounds of B.B King John Lee Hooker etc that he immediately made the decision to pick up the guitar and so he was hooked. Carlos later moved to San Francisco in his late teens where he became ever more consumed by music and he would try his hardest to see EVERY band play at the local halls. It was by chance that one day when he was at one of the many shows he went to an all star jam took place and Carlos's friend volunteers Carlos to take part and Carlos was invited onto stage to jam with them too . Carlos played rhythm for the most of it until one of the stars said to him to play a solo and that's where Carlos was taken notice of . After the jam the same Star whose name is lost in the memory of Carlos asked him if he had a band Carlos did not at that time but he said yes anyway it was with th9is then that the star said that his band could open for them and so Carlos started recruiting and the Santana Blues Band was formed.

By 1969 Santana were regional favourites, and Carlos had made a prominent guest appearance on Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield's The Live Adventures of Al Kooper and Mike Bloomfield. That year's groundbreaking Woodstock Festival was the group's major breakthrough. Their performance gave rock fans a first taste of "Cubano rock", with "Soul Sacrifice" a tour de force highlight. Signed to Columbia Records, their first three albums were outstanding examples of the genre. Santana, Abraxas and Santana III spent several months near the top of the US charts, the latter two staying at number 1 for many weeks. These albums included numerous memorable and fiery tracks including "Jingo", "Evil Ways" (US number 9, January 1970), a definitive version of Peter Green's "Black Magic Woman" (US number 4, November 1970), Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va" (US number 13, February 1971), "Everybody's Everything" (US number 12, October 1971) and possibly the most sensual rock instrumental of all time, "Samba Pa Ti". On the latter track, Carlos plays a solo that oozes sexuality over an irresistible slow Latin beat that builds to the inevitable climax. Caravanserai marked a change of style following the demise of the original line-up (Rolie and Schon departed to form Journey). This important album is almost a single suite showing a move towards jazz in the mode of Miles Davis' In A Silent Way. At that time Carlos became a disciple of Sri Chimnoy and, after befriending fellow guitarist John McLaughlin, he released the glorious Love Devotion And Surrender. The same year he released a live album with soul/funk drummer Buddy Miles. Welcome (featuring vocalist Leon Thomas and guest McLaughlin) and Borboletta (with guests Flora Purim and Stanley Clarke) were lesser albums. He returned to hard Latin rock with the excellent Amigos in 1977, while a version of the Zombies' "She's Not There" reached UK number 11 in October.

In his parallel world Carlos maintained a jazz-fusion path with a series of fine albums, the most notable of which was The Swing Of Delight with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter. Zebop! in 1981 was a tour de force, with Carlos' guitar playing exhibiting a clarity not heard since the earlier albums. The hit single from this collection was the admirable Russ Ballard song "Winning". The solo Havana Moon featured guests Willie Nelson and Booker T. Jones, although the difference between what is solo Santana and band Santana had become almost irrelevant as Carlos is such an iconoclastic leader. Beyond Appearances in 1985 maintained his considerable recorded output. The same year he toured with Bob Dylan to ecstatic audiences. He scored the music for La Bamba in 1986 and reunited with Buddy Miles in 1987 to record Freedom. In 1989 Santana's contribution to the title track of John Lee Hooker's excellent album The Healer was arguably the highlight of the set. This featured one of his most sparse, yet breathtaking, guitar solos. During the summer of 1993 the band toured South America and a live album, Sacred Fire, was released. At the same time Carlos also put his own record company, Guts And Grace, onto the market, beginning with a compilation of classic live performances from original artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Bob Marley and Marvin Gaye. In 1994 Santana appeared at Woodstock II, rekindling memories of their incendiary performance at the original festival. The line-up in 1995 featured Tony Lindsay as vocalist.

Any association with the name Santana continues to be a positive one; whether with the band or as a solo artist, Carlos Santana is an outstanding figure in rock music and has influenced countless aspiring guitarists. Recent compilations such as Dance Of The Rainbow Serpent and Live At The Fillmore emphasize his steady influence and consistency over four decades. He received the Billboard lifetime achievement award in 1996.

After almost 30 years with Columbia, the guitarist relocated to Arista Records for 1999's highly acclaimed Supernatural, which included the US number 1 hit single "Smooth" (featuring Matchbox 20 singer Rob Thomas who wrote the song about his wife) it stayed at the top of the Billboard chart for 12 weeks and "Put Your Lights On" (with Everlast). Supernatural had sold over 11 million copies in the USA by the start of the new millennium, and over 25 million worldwide. "Maria Maria", featuring The Product G&B, followed "Smooth" to the top of the US singles chart the following April. This unprecedented success resulted in him winning a staggering nine Grammy awards in 2000. The long awaited follow-up album featured another star-studded line-up of guest musicians and vocalists, including Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Dido, P.O.D., Macy Gray, and Michelle Branch. The album carries his name but is more of a commercial enterprise than a true Santana record. However, Shaman debuted at the top of the US charts in November 2002. It showed that the legend that is Carlos Santana ain't finished yet :smile: .



Discography


Santana:1969


Abraxas:1970


Santana III:1971


Caravanserai:1972


Welcome:1973


Borboletta:1974

Santana's Greatest Hits:1974


Lotus:1975


Amigos:1976


Festival:1977


Moonflower:1977


Inner Secrets:1978


Marathon:1979


Zebop:1981


Shango:1982


Beyond Apperances:1985


Freedom:1987


Viva Santana!:1988


Milagro:1992


Sacred Fire:Live In South America:1993

Dance Of The Rainbow Serpant(Box Set):1995

Live At The Filmore 1968:1997

The Best Of Santana:1998


Supernatural:1999

Shaman:2002

And there you have it another legends submitted and some more info that you guys have soaked up :smile: so until next time I bid you farewell.

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Posted 28 June 2003 - 12:27 PM

Nice read :grin: Good work.

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Posted 28 June 2003 - 12:56 PM

Another good piece of well presented information.
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Posted 28 June 2003 - 12:59 PM

Great stuff Zak. ripping good read. I still got the first Santana album, and still think its one of Santana`s best.
Also got Abraxas, both first issue originals


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Posted 28 June 2003 - 01:09 PM

bloody hell, hes made almost an album a year since 1969 :eek:
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Posted 28 June 2003 - 03:37 PM

i HAVE SANTANA TICKETS
for wembley arena in september
and YOU KNOW WHAT!?!?!
I CANT F*CKING GO!!

sorry :sad: but its very annoying

anyway good post

sparkster - he cheated a bit tho in that 93 to 98 are all live or compilations

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Posted 28 June 2003 - 03:52 PM

i love santana. i wish for the woodstock movie they had chosen a song where he played more. ah well....great read!

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Posted 28 June 2003 - 05:45 PM

That was some good stuff. Keep up the great work.

#9 angusyoungfan

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Posted 29 June 2003 - 06:32 AM

Thanks for the comments guys this one was a little bit hard to do cos when i tried to gather information about just carlos i could hardly find any because most info was just on the band itself but as you can see i managed toi do ok :smile:

Oh why do / <these appera every time i someone does a quote with the " < some type of fault .

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Posted 29 June 2003 - 06:44 AM

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On 2003-06-29 09:32, angusyoungfan wrote:
Thanks for the comments guys this one was a little bit hard to do cos when i tried to gather information about just carlos i could hardly find any because most info was just on the band itself but as you can see i managed toi do ok :smile:

Oh why do / <these appera every time i someone does a quote with the " < some type of fault .

Z :smile:


Dude Cameron Diaz is WAY hotter than Drew Barymore! :cough: DamN!

#11 angusyoungfan

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Posted 29 June 2003 - 07:05 AM

QUOTE
On 2003-06-29 09:44, turbulence13 wrote:
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On 2003-06-29 09:32, angusyoungfan wrote:
Thanks for the comments guys this one was a little bit hard to do cos when i tried to gather information about just carlos i could hardly find any because most info was just on the band itself but as you can see i managed toi do ok :smile:

Oh why do / <these appera every time i someone does a quote with the " < some type of fault .

Z :smile:


Dude Cameron Diaz is WAY hotter than Drew Barymore! :cough: DamN!



That may be your personal opinion but i happen to fidn Drew Barrymore to be a lot hotter not just he body and overall look but her personality is very sexy aswell .

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Posted 09 May 2005 - 06:27 PM

good job angus
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 06:28 PM

nicely done couldnt have said any better my self
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Posted 09 May 2005 - 06:29 PM

nicely done couldnt have said any better my self
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Posted 26 May 2005 - 04:59 AM

man it was inspiring. tnx for the read.

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Posted 31 May 2005 - 04:47 AM

Santana is amazing he is easily the best guitarist ive ever herd! its just a shame i cant find tab for somewere in heaven cos that is an immense song tongue.gif

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Posted 30 June 2005 - 08:16 PM

Excellent . You do justice to a great musician. Monster classics like Black magic women still make me shiver every time i hear them. Carlos is still a monster guitarist. Up there with the best.
Great job mate

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Posted 17 August 2005 - 03:55 PM

HELL YEAH! I've always loved Santana for his tone and the originality he puts into his songs or rather musical masterpieces should I say.

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Posted 09 October 2005 - 03:04 PM

A true individual. guitar.gif

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Posted 03 November 2005 - 05:09 PM

Deff he is up there on my list.



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