Epic Cover Album: Carlos Santana is El Fuego
Absolutely no guitarist but Carlos Santana has that combo of having played vintage Woodstock and having those much envied magical latin fingers. Santana got to work and play gigs with some of the world’s most treasured older musicians including Jeff Beck,Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page. Now Santana is working with new artists such as Nas, India.Arie, and Chris Daughtry while covering some of his old friends: Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, andDeep Purple.
The amount of musical mastery set to happen on this album will be intense and most likely fantastic. It’s basically like going toWoodstock 1969, Lollapalooza, and Coachella on one compact disc. Check out who else is coming along for the mind-blowing musical journey after the break!
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“I was like, No, I don’t know if I want to do this one, Clive. This one’s a little challenging. And he would stay on the phone for at least 45 minutes to an hour, three times in one year, and I was like, ‘Oh, lord…’ But then I started realizing that someone with that intense passion of commitment couldn’t be wrong, so I had to trust him. And it was incredible.”
Some of the incredible-ness includes Rob Thomas onCream‘s “Sunshine of Your Love” , Joe Cocker on Jimi Hendrix‘s “Little Wing,” Scott Weiland on the Rolling Stones’‘ “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking,” Chris Daughtryon Def Leppard‘s “Photograph,” Soundgarden‘s Chris Cornellon Led Zeppelin ‘s”Whole Lotta Love,” Papa Roach“s Jacoby Shaddix on Deep Purple‘s “Smoke on the Water” and Nas onAC/DC‘s “Back in Black.”
We know. We are trying to wrap our heads around it too.
Part of the reason that recording the song was so powerful to him was how George Harrison‘s widow reacted when she heard the song:
“I sent the song to George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and I got back an email that says, ‘Carlos, I listened to the song and I started crying and jumping with joy at the same time. And I want you to know that George really loved you, because he understood your passion for compassion.’ And I was like, ‘Bam!’ that’s like George Harrison himself, through his beautiful wife, validating my existence and what I did with that song.”
For Carlos Santana, that is what is most important. Making an album that conveys his love of music, his passion, his intensity, and the beauty of what he has inside his heart:
What I brought to the table is my heart, knowing that I complement, I don’t compete. I brought my heart, trusting that there’s enough in me of purity and innocence and genuineness that I couldn’t possible, excuse the expression, f— it up. I know Eric (Clapton). I know Jeff Beck. I know Jimmy Page. And they know me. I have supreme certainty and confidence that they’re going to say, ‘Hey man, I love what you did with my song.”
We look forward to having a little Woodstock 1969 lovefest in our eardrum too, Santana.
“Smooth” with Rob Thomas brought the venerable guitarist back to remind us of his lovely latin rock fusion stylings:
Santana’s awesome cover album is now untitled but is set to come out in September.