The longest-running, most successful partnership in the history of rock takes flight anew, as legendary Rock And Roll Hall of Fame inductees Carlos Santana and Clive Davis, Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment, collaborate on the brand new concept album, GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME, arriving in stores September 21st on Arista Records. The album was co-produced by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis with tracks produced by Matt Serletic and Howard Benson.
Working from their collective encyclopedic knowledge of rock, Carlos Santana and Clive Davis devised a list of guitar-centric titles â€“ and then invited a Whoâ€™s Who of guest vocalists to perform on every track. Singers range from Chris Cornell (on Led Zeppelinâ€™s â€œWhole Lotta Loveâ€), Pat Monahan (on Van Halenâ€™s â€œDance the Night Awayâ€), Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (on The Doorsâ€™ â€œRiders on the Stormâ€), Rob Thomas (on Creamâ€™s â€œSunshine Of Your Love), Scott Weiland (on the Rolling Stonesâ€™ â€œCanâ€™t You Hear Me Knockinâ€™â€), Chris Daughtry (on Def Leppardâ€™s â€œPhotographâ€), Gavin Rossdale (on T. Rexâ€™s â€œBang A Gongâ€) to rapper Nas (on AC/DCâ€™s â€œBack In Blackâ€), veteran Joe Cocker (on Jimi Hendrixâ€™s â€œLittle Wingâ€), and more.
A very special dedication to George Harrison comes together on GUITAR HEAVENâ€¦, with â€œWhile My Guitar Gently Weeps,â€ featuring singer india.arie and master cellist Yo-Yo Ma. â€œListening to the song,â€ Olivia Harrison told Carlos, â€œit made me jump for joy and cry at the same time.â€ (Please see below for a working track listing.)
Along with these stars, Carlos offers â€œsupreme validation and complimentâ€ to his full-time band for their work on GUITAR HEAVENâ€¦, their first entire full-length studio album recording together. Band members who join him on the album include Dennis Chambers (drums), Benny Rietveld (bass), Karl Perrazo (timbales), Tommy Anthony (rhythm guitar), Freddie Ravel (keyboards), Andy Vargas (background vocals), and Raul Rekow (Congas). Bill Ortiz (trumpet) and Jeff Cressman (trombone) also appear on the record.
â€œTo create these songs,â€ said Carlos, â€œit took an incredible amount of trust â€“ from Matt Serletic, and from Howard Benson, and all these incredible singers, all these incredible musicians, they had to trust me, and I trusted Clive, so itâ€™s a chain reaction of love, because thatâ€™s the highest form of love that there is on this planet: Trust.â€
â€œThe cuts are special and the guest stars are special,â€ said Clive Davis. â€œBut what is unique and why this album stands for more than just the individual songs or titles, is that they were indeed chosen because theyâ€™re guitar classics. And they celebrate the guitar because of the performance of Carlos Santana.â€
GUITAR HEAVENâ€¦ is the first new studio album by Santana since their trilogy of consecutive blockbuster Arista releases: Supernatural (1999), Shaman (2002), and All That I Am (2005). All three albums were produced by Carlos Santana and Clive Davis. They represented a warm and well-received reunion with the executive who first signed Santana to Columbia Records (after seeing them at San Franciscoâ€™s Fillmore West over Christmas week, 1968, at Bill Grahamâ€™s request). Clive oversaw their formative years on the path to international superstardom starting in 1969, with the release of their debut album on August 18th, the Monday after their historic Saturday performance at the Woodstock Music & Art Fair.
Three decades later in 1999, Supernatural became â€“ and remains â€“ an unsurpassed industry phenom, 15-times RIAA platinum in the U.S. alone, nearly double that number of sales globally, the #6 best-selling album in Soundscan history. Supernatural spent 102 weeks on the Billboard chart including 12 weeks at #1. Its success was fueled by the #1 singles â€œSmoothâ€ (co-written by and feat ur ing Rob Thomas of Matchbox Twenty) and â€œMaria Mariaâ€ (featur ing Product G&B).
Most significantly, Supernatural generated nine GRAMMY awards, an all-time record for a single album project, including Album Of the Year and Best Rock Album, as well as Record Of the Year, Song of the Year, and Best Pop Collaboration, all for â€œSmoothâ€; plus Best Pop Performance by a Duo/Group for â€œMaria Maria.â€ There were also premiere Latin GRAMMY Award wins (the showâ€™s first year) for Record Of The Year and Best Rock Performance by a Duo/Group.
Supernatural was a hard act to follow â€“ but 2002â€™s Shaman gave Santana a second consecutive #1 multi-platinum album, propelled by the GRAMMY-winning Top 5 single â€œThe Game of Loveâ€ featuring Michelle Branch; and Top 10 â€œWhy Donâ€™t You and Iâ€ with Chad Kroeger of Nickelback. Third in this series of collaborative albums was 2005â€™s All That I Am, which entered Soundscan at #2, highlighted by the anthemic rocker â€œJust Feel Better,â€ featuring Steven Tyler of Aerosmith.
Ultimate Santana was released in 2007, the first career-spanning anthology to include touchstone tracks from the bandâ€™s earliest hitmaking years on Columbia Records (â€œEvil Ways,â€ â€œBlack Magic Woman,â€ â€œOye Como Va,â€ â€œSamba Pa Ti,â€ â€œEverybodyâ€™s Everything,â€ â€œNo One To Depend On,â€ â€œEuropaâ€) â€“ alongside material from the three Arista albums, the groundbreaking collaborations plus new and previously unreleased tracks.
It has been more than 40 years since the original Santana Blues Band played its first shows at Bill Grahamâ€™s Fillmore West in San Francisco, opening for The Who in October 1967. Santana is unique among all the first generation Bay Area bands for sustaining its success on the charts and on the road as a sold-out stadium attraction. Their track record boasts 20 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums (including their first 14 consecutive certifications) and lifetime sales of more than 90 million albums worldwide. GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME carries the continuum to the next generation.
GUITAR HEAVEN: THE GREATEST GUITAR CLASSICS OF ALL TIME (working track listing):
â€œWhole Lotta Loveâ€ featuring Chris Cornell (Led Zeppelin)
â€œSunshine Of Your Loveâ€ featuring Rob Thomas (Cream)
â€œCanâ€™t You Hear Me Knockinâ€™â€ featuring Scott Weiland (The Rolling Stones)
â€œDance the Night Awayâ€ featuring Pat Monahan (Van Halen)
â€œWhile My Guitar Gently Weepsâ€ featuring india.arie and Yo-Yo Ma (The Beatles)
â€œBang A Gongâ€ featuring Gavin Rossdale (T. Rex)
â€œSmoke On the Waterâ€ featuring Jacoby Shaddix (Deep Purple)
â€œPhotographâ€ featuring Chris Daughtry (Def Leppard)
â€œBack In Blackâ€ featuring Nas (AC/DC)
â€œLittle Wingâ€ featuring Joe Cocker (Jimi Hendrix)
â€œRiders On the Stormâ€ featuring Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
â€œI Ainâ€™t Superstitiousâ€ featuring Jonny Lang (Howlinâ€™ Wolf, Jeff Beck Group)
â€œFortunate Sonâ€ featuring Scott Stapp (Creedence Clearwater Revival)