April 15, 2016 marks the release date of Santana IV, the wildly anticipated studio album that
reunites the revered early ‘70s lineup of guitar icon Carlos Santana (guitar, vocals), Gregg
Rolie (keyboards, lead vocals), Neal Schon (guitar, vocals), Michael Carabello (percussion)
and Michael Shrieve (drums). The album signifies the first time in 45 years – since 1971’s
multi-platinum classic Santana III – that the quintet has recorded together.
features 16 all-new tracks written and produced by the band that burst with the
same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force
in world music and a household name across the globe. Joining the core Santana IV
the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo
(percussion) and Benny Rietveld
with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley
guesting on two cuts.
The origins for the reunion go back several years, when Schon suggested that he and Carlos
record together. Santana liked the idea but went one better, proposing that they
recruit Rolie, Shrieve and Carabello for what would be called Santana IV. After initial writing
sessions and rehearsals took place in 2013, the group recorded throughout 2014 and 2015,
amassing 16 spellbinding tracks that combined all their signature elements – Afro-Latin
rhythms, soaring vocals, electrifying blues-psychedelic guitar solos, and irrepressibly jubilant
percussion work – with widescreen hooks and melodies that will lodge themselves in
the thicket of listeners’ senses and stay there.
“It was magical,” Santana says. “We didn’t have to try to force the vibe – it was immense.
From there, we then needed to come up with a balance of songs and jams that people would
immediately identify as Santana.”
The band’s signature sound arrives forcefully on the album opener “Yambu,” a righteously
gritty and soulful stomper teeming with swirling B3 organ hooks and walloping guitar crunch.
The first single, Anywhere You Want to Go, is destined to storm the
pantheon of Santana classics. Written by Gregg Rolie, it’s a sexy, body-shaking winner and an
unmistakable tip of the hat to the inescapable cha-cha/Latin jazz charms of “Oye Como Va.”
Ronald Isley (The Isley Brothers) is a special guest on two tracks. His vocals highlight the
feverishly impassioned Latin-rock workout “Love Makes the World Go Round” and the hard-
edged and funky“Freedom in Your Mind.” Guitar fans expecting fireworks
from Santana and Schon will cherish Santana IV from front to back. “All Aboard” is a no-holds-
barred guitar jam of the highest order, as is the slinky, soulful metal
cruncher “Caminando,” which explodes with tectonic axe force. And on the unabashedly
British blues-tinged “Shake It,” the two go toe to toe on not one but two extended solo runs
that will have lovers of unhinged fretboard work rejoicing.
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