First Listen: Santana IV
April 8, 2016 2:36 PM   Subscribe

Carlos Santana and his band Santana release their 24th album Santana IV next week. NPR offers up a first listen. It reunites most of the Woodstock-era band for the first time in 45 years.
posted by hippybear (31 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite
 
Should I give it my heart?
posted by sparklemotion at 2:37 PM on April 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


Should I give it my heart?

I can't comment on what you do with your heart, but you should lend it your ears for an hour or so.
posted by hippybear at 2:53 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Indeed, I intend to make it real (or else my only other option would be to forget about it).
posted by sparklemotion at 2:56 PM on April 8, 2016 [15 favorites]


Smooth, sparklemotion
posted by beerperson at 3:03 PM on April 8, 2016 [8 favorites]


"Got an anti-vax woman..."
posted by rhizome at 3:27 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


The world needs more electric organ. Thanks!
posted by msalt at 3:39 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Which one is Rolie? I can't recognize him without his hairdo. The one with the sunglasses?
posted by bukvich at 3:49 PM on April 8, 2016


Google Image Search tells me he's the guy with the goatee 3rd in from the left.
posted by hippybear at 3:52 PM on April 8, 2016


Oh, my. This is good.
posted by Thorzdad at 3:54 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Holy shit! Neil Schon is granted a reprieve from musical purgatory that is Journey to once again rock!
posted by KingEdRa at 4:19 PM on April 8, 2016 [3 favorites]


But that was released years ago.

Oh. Never mind.
posted by ChurchHatesTucker at 5:02 PM on April 8, 2016


Listening now. So great to hear Schon back in Santana. As a guitar player who does not like Journey, I always have an instinctive desire to dismiss him as overrated. But then every time I hear him play, in any context, I'm reminded that it's probably not possible to underrate him as a guitarist. He has technical skills matched with a melodic instinct that is just remarkable. In short, this is cool, and Schon and Santana back together on an album is such a good thing.
posted by The World Famous at 5:09 PM on April 8, 2016 [4 favorites]


the first Journey album or two were pretty much fusion records, very different from their big-haired, earnest power ballad sound, as despised by yours truly in his high school snob years
posted by thelonius at 5:11 PM on April 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


I didn't despise Journey... I just didn't get all the hype about them. I still don't. I mean, they played good music, and their hits remain classics, and I am sure they are not easy to perform. But were they really worthy of two video games and all this (to me bewildering) entirely consuming hyperfandom that was going on during the years of Escape and Frontiers? I saw this kind of enthusiasm happening from both guys and girls in my middle school and high school years, so I don't think it was a "wow he's sexy" thing unless a LOT more guys in my school were gay than I knew about.

I will say, I listened to this preview and then immediately put the album on preorder at Amazon. Looking forward to hearing this off of physical media!
posted by hippybear at 5:17 PM on April 8, 2016


Do any of the songs have that little "scrape the fish" instrument? That thing is bizarre, rad, and sounds awesome high. Kind of like Santana itself.
posted by Abehammerb Lincoln at 5:37 PM on April 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


Hooray!
posted by BlueHorse at 5:39 PM on April 8, 2016


Abehammerb Lincoln: I promise you will not be disappointed. I hope you live in a legal pot state.
posted by hippybear at 5:41 PM on April 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


I like Journey. I like Santana, too. Schon was Carlos' handpicked protege, and Shrieve was a pretty damned good drummer. I don't see Chepito mentioned, however.
posted by jonmc at 5:45 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Seems like kind of a missed opportunity that the fourth track on Santana IV isn't called "Stairway to Havana."
posted by wabbittwax at 5:50 PM on April 8, 2016


David Brown, original bass player died in 2000. Chepito recorded with most of these guys (except one) for Abraxas Pool
posted by hal9k at 5:54 PM on April 8, 2016


Aaand I'm back just to say how amazing this is. Wow.
posted by The World Famous at 6:07 PM on April 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


The World Famous: I know! I started listening thinking "oh, this will be a thing to listen to" but then was quickly blown away. It completely pushes so many buttons for me and it is so entirely positive and infectious and holy crap it's like it is straight out of the late 60s only it is from now and it feels current and new and it is wonderful and and and and and
posted by hippybear at 6:16 PM on April 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


Do any of the songs have that little "scrape the fish" instrument?

Guiro...or maybe the lizard one?
posted by rhizome at 6:32 PM on April 8, 2016 [2 favorites]


You know who was an interesting bass player? The under-rated Doug Rauch, who did some great work with Santana
posted by thelonius at 6:34 PM on April 8, 2016


That first cut, Yombu, sounds like an Omar Sosa collab, which is a compliment. And as a native San Franciscian, Fillmore East hit me right in the feels as the kids used to say; very nostalgic and kinda sad. Great album and nice to hear that not only is he and his band still kicking around, but they're still kicking ass.
posted by smirkette at 9:07 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


This is magic.
posted by MexicanYenta at 10:21 PM on April 8, 2016 [1 favorite]


Fantastic, thanks for pointing this out...
posted by HuronBob at 4:45 AM on April 9, 2016


Even the album cover mimics the first one with the tiger thing. Carlos is up to his old tricks again, even the acoustic tracks sound just right. I wonder of this was recorded in analog (ADD), since the NPR sound even sounds a bit old-fashioned, unless that's just their site's transmission of the audio data itself. Great stuff!
posted by Seekerofsplendor at 9:55 AM on April 9, 2016


The making of Santana IV [7m]
posted by hippybear at 10:02 AM on April 9, 2016


Is Metatron back writing again too?
posted by cmoj at 10:40 AM on April 9, 2016


They got Ron Isley to sing on this album? Nice!
posted by hippybear at 11:20 AM on April 9, 2016


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