Right now I'm listening to Santana's new CD, "Guitar Heaven, The Greatest Guitar Classics Of All Time". I almost said "album". Old habits die hard. The guy is 63 and still rocks. I haven't listened to all the songs yet, so my opinions may change as I listen to the rest of them, and play all the songs several more times. The edition I have has two extra songs and a DVD. There is a cool hologram on the cover.
It's fun to hear his take on familiar, some favorite, songs from the past. I wasn't sure what to expect when I first ordered the CD. I expected excellent guitar playing, but other than that, I didn't know what the album would be like. I'd heard the quiet "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" with India Arie, so I guess I thought that the rest would be similar. I didn't expect such driving guitar riffs. From the first note, playing Led Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love", I was hooked.
So far, my favorite song is #9, "Dance The Night Away" with Pat Monahan of Train. Santana and Rob Thomas are back together again ("Smooth" is still one of my all-time favorites) doing Cream's "Sunshine of Your Love".
Based on first impressions, I like the CD and I'm glad I bought it, but his versions of the songs won't ever replace the originals, but then, I don't think that they weren't meant to. The music is the same but different. This album(!) is a good one. Great listening for driving down the highway, volume at max, or at home with the headphones on.
Haven't had a chance to check this one out, but it's on my list. Thanks for the review!
I heard some snips on the XM this weekend and it sounded great. Your review confirms it's worth buying. Thanks!
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