Santana are back. No – really, they are back tomorrow!
We have been waiting for this one a hell of a long time, from long before it was even officially announced, today’s #TrackOfTheDay comes from rock legends Santana. Our track today Blues Magic is wedged right in the middle of their latest album Santana IV, due for release tomorrow (April 15th 2016). This track is pure Santana – and yet the most blues oriented track on the album – it’s fair to say we are buzzing!
The album is a reunion of the Woodstock-era band, and is the first time in 45 years that the quintet have recorded together. Their last album together was 1971’s Santana III which reached No.1 in the US album charts and featured the track No One To Depend On. The legendary quintet consists of Gregg Rolie on lead vocals and keyboards, Carlos Santana on lead guitar, Neal Schon on guitar, Michael Shrieve on drums and Mike Carabello on percussion. They are also joined by current Santana regulars Karl Perazzo on percussion and Benny Rietveld on bass.
The track and the album as a whole are real classic Santana, with the perfect sound and pristine production that is easy on the ear like the old albums. You feel Carlos as the lead guitarist but it’s Latin feel really shines through with that street music vibe. Blues Magic starts with a nice bluesy solo intro before Rolie’s vocals enter into this textbook slow-blues track. Tune in tomorrow for another #TrackOfTheDay – whether it will propel the band to legendary blues-rock status like this crowd – well we will wait and see.
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Santana - Blues Magic
Well the track lived up to the hype, as I am sure the rest of the album will when it drops. It has bags of the magic material that made Santana famous first time round and promises to be another legendary album for them alongside Abraxas, Santana III and Caravanserai.