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Santana Revisits Supernatural With The Legacy Edition

02/09/2010
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With a chart record that now spans five decades – from the '60s to the '00s – and one of the most consistently best-selling catalogs in modern recording history, Santana's torrid gumbo of blues-rock, rhythm and soul, Afro-Cuban jazz, Mexicano, and world music flavors is an enduring wonder of contemporary popular music. More than 40 summers after their trail-blazing Saturday afternoon performance at the Woodstock Music & Arts Fair on August 16, 1969, and the release of their iconic debut LP three days later, Santana occupies a unique status among surviving American bands.

A decade ago in June 1999, 30 summers after Woodstock, Santana released an album destined to be the biggest of their career. Supernatural brought fresh collaborations with (in alphabetical order) Cee-Lo, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Eric Clapton, Everlast, Lauryn Hill, Mexican supergroup Maná, Dave Matthews and bandmate Carter Beauford, producers the Dust Brothers, KC Porter, Wyclef Jean, and others. The album spun off two huge RIAA platinum #1 hits – "Smooth" featuring Rob Thomas of Match¬box Twenty, and "Maria Maria," produced by Wyclef Jean, featuring his hip-hop protégés the Product G&B – the first Hot 100 #1 hits of Santana's career. They spent a cumulative half-year at #1 and paved the way for the album to amass chart honors and generate Grammy Awards beyond anyone's imaginations or expectations.

In commemoration, Supernatural: Legacy Edition presents the album's first new remastering – personally supervised by Carlos – since its original release. In the tradition of the prestigious Legacy Edition series, the new package adds a second disc of rarities – 11 tracks, eight of them songs that were not contained on the album, seven of them previously unissued, including outtakes, dance club mixes, and instrumental material.

A 24-page full-color booklet includes rare photo¬graphy and memo¬rabilia from the Santana archives. The specially-designed double-CD package, encased in the distinctive Legacy Edition mylar slipcase, will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets starting February 16th through Arista/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT. On February 3rd, Santana will kick off 11 of the "Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits" residency show concert dates at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, running through February 21st.

The bonus content on disc two of SUPERNATURAL: LEGACY EDITION will amaze Santana fans as if hearing a new album. The bulk of the outtakes that "didn't make the cut" on the original album are Santana band tracks: "Angel Love (Come For Me)"; "Ya Yo Me Cure"; a cover of Cuban band Irakere's classic "Bacalao Con Pan" by Chucho Valdes; a cover of Lighthouse's 1971 hit "One Fine Morning"; the medley of Bob Marley & the Wailers "Exodus/Get Up Stand Up," all previously unissued; and "Olympic Festival" (from the Girlfight movie soundtrack, 2000).

The only collaboration that "didn't make the cut" features Dave Matthews and Carter Beauford, "Rain Down On Me." There are dance club mixes of "Corazon Espinado" featuring Maná, and "Maria Maria" featuring the Product G&B. "Smooth" is heard in an instrumental version, without vocal. Likewise, "The Calling Jam" featuring Eric Clapton is an instrumental version, without vocals.

Featured in the SUPERNATURAL: LEGACY EDITION booklet is a 2,000-word liner notes essay written by veteran Albany music journalist Hal Miller, who has annotated previous Legacy releases by Santana (2004's Santana: Legacy Edition, and 2003's expanded restorations of the fusion-influenced Caravanserai, Love Devotion Surrender, Welcome, and Moonflower), plus numerous Weather Report reissues.

SUPERNATURAL: LEGACY EDITION by SANTANA (Arista/Legacy 88697 48080 2, originally issued June 1999, as Arista 19080) Disc One – Selections: 1. (Da Le) Yaleo • 2. Love Of My Life featuring Dave Matthews & Carter Beauford • 3. Put Your Lights On featuring Everlast • 4. Africa Bamba • 5. Smooth featuring Rob Thomas (1st single, Hot 100 #1, 12 weeks) • 6. Do You Like The Way featuring Lauryn Hill & Cee-Lo • 7. Maria Maria featuring the Product G&B (2nd single, Hot 100 #1, 10 weeks; R&B #1) • 8. Migra • 9. Corazón Espinado featuring Maná • 10. Wishing It Was featuring Eagle-Eye Cherry • 11. El Farol • 12. Primavera • 13. The Calling featuring Eric Clapton.

Disc Two – Selections: 1. Bacalao Con Pan (previously unissued) • 2. Angel Love (Come For Me) (previously unissued) • 3. Rain Down On Me featuring Dave Matthews & Carter Beauford (previously unissued) • 4. Corazon Espinado (Spanish Dance Remix) featuring Maná • 5. One Fine Morning (previously unissued) • 6. Exodus/Get Up Stand Up (previously unissued) • 7. Ya Yo Me Cure (previously unissued) • 8. Maria Maria (Pumpin' Dolls Club Mix) featuring The Product G&B • 9. Smooth (Instrumental) • 10. The Calling Jam featuring Eric Clapton (previously unissued) • 11. Olympic Festival.

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