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  posted on 10/29/2005 at 11:05 AM
ARTIST: CARLOS SANTANA

ALBUM: ALL THAT I AM

NEW YORK (Billboard) - On "All That I Am," guitar legend Carlos Santana jams again with an all-star cast, while sneaking in fiery instrumentals and Latin grooves. His trademark guitar wraps around vocal offerings by Michelle Branch, Mary J. Blige and Sean Paul, to name a few. The familiar recipe works best on the lovelorn power ballad "Just Feel Better," where Santana's warm, bluesy cascades meet with Aerosmith frontman Steven Tyler's deliciously rugged voice. Other highlights: the Spanglish hookfest "I Don't Wanna Lose Your Love" (with Los Lonely Boys) and "Twisted," a groovy slow-burner with neo-soul man Anthony Hamilton. But like its two predecessors, "All" relies on a hybrid hit formula to feed most radio formats, and too often Santana sounds like a guest on his own show. What is unforgivable: No one in the room stopped "American Idol" Bo Bice from joining the cameo parade ("Brown Skinned Girl").


 
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  posted on 10/29/2005 at 11:22 AM
Sounds good to me..Hell,I like Bo Bice....much more than Michelle Branch, Mary J. Blige or Sean Paul ...

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  posted on 10/29/2005 at 11:28 AM
I kinda liked BO's deep manly voice. I got a real kick when he sang Whippin Post on that wanna be a star show.
Branch has teamed up with gifted Kansas City songwiter and singer Jessica Harp and will release an CD titled " The Wreckers"...stand still and look pretty. Early 2006 release according to Maverick Records.
Jess is very gifted. Yes, Jess named after that song.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2005 at 12:10 PM
The new Santana CD has had a bad review this side of the pond.. havent heard it myself but I yhink Carlos should drop the idea of using "guest stars" and just play as Santana!

 

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  posted on 10/29/2005 at 12:43 PM
Kinda like a sophomore release.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2005 at 01:55 PM
Well, Supernatural and Shaman got positive reviews and they had star studded special guest lineups, so I'm pretty sure this'll be huge.

 

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  posted on 10/29/2005 at 11:02 PM
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The new Santana CD has had a bad review this side of the pond.. havent heard it myself but I yhink Carlos should drop the idea of using "guest stars" and just play as Santana!



The man can only sing with his guitar. I think it's cool that he uses a different vocalist on ever song instead of one vocalist for the whole album. Not too many people can get away with doing that.

 

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  posted on 10/31/2005 at 03:06 PM
Carlos has the right to do what he wants, not to mention he is very generous with his money, giving alot to worthy causes. I'll buy it just to support him in his efforts. He and his wife are truly good people.

 

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  posted on 10/31/2005 at 03:33 PM
I love Santana even though some of his work I could live without. Obviously his days of the '68 jam sessions that made him a rock n roll icon are over. They've been over for quite some time. However, the man can't live in the past and at least he is still putting out quality work. His guitar work on his newer albums is very good, but it is like he has become a studio session player instead of Carlos Santana. Either way, the music he is making now at least appeals to a younger audience who might otherwise never listen to this legend. Maybe a few will dig it enough to look back at his earlier work and be turned on to what made him great. Who knows, maybe some of the MTV generation may change their ways and start listening to music that has some resemblence of relevance.

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  posted on 10/31/2005 at 07:12 PM



Late Show with David Letterman
Thursday, November 3
All-New Show
Bruce Willis {always a good guest; sets up a funny bit beforehand}
Santana (CD, All That I Am)

 

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  posted on 11/3/2005 at 06:03 PM
Bump as a Santana viewing reminder but also to give this link to a very interesting thread Rydethwind started today:
http://www.allmanbrothersband.com/modules.php?op=modload&name=XForum&file=v iewthread&tid=35719
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Late Show with David Letterman
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Santana (CD, All That I Am)

 

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  posted on 11/3/2005 at 10:02 PM
i love watching carlos play.i also like it when warren thows in a santana lick.would love to see him do SAMBA PA TI,like for an encore.MAINELUVSTHEMULE
 

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  posted on 11/3/2005 at 10:16 PM
Saw him play a song on Late Night a couple of weeks ago, good but not the Santana I wasnted to hear.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2005 at 01:18 AM
The song tonight was so-so. It was midtempo with a soulful singer named something Hamilton. Carlos was playing short, almost B.B.-like fills during the vocals. His solo was pretty standard, and it ended as at least half of his solos always do anymore: that thing where he's strumming fast while his one-finger barre goes higher and higher up the neck.

 

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  posted on 11/4/2005 at 10:11 AM
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The song tonight was so-so. It was midtempo with a soulful singer named something Hamilton. Carlos was playing short, almost B.B.-like fills during the vocals. His solo was pretty standard, and it ended as at least half of his solos always do anymore: that thing where he's strumming fast while his one-finger barre goes higher and higher up the neck.


I dig Carlos, but nearly every solo sounds the same. In fact, nowadays I find his music to be very repetitive. He doesn't seem to push the evelope anymore.

 

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The song tonight was so-so. It was midtempo with a soulful singer named something Hamilton. Carlos was playing short, almost B.B.-like fills during the vocals. His solo was pretty standard, and it ended as at least half of his solos always do anymore: that thing where he's strumming fast while his one-finger barre goes higher and higher up the neck.


I dig Carlos, but nearly every solo sounds the same. In fact, nowadays I find his music to be very repetitive. He doesn't seem to push the evelope anymore.
heh... he may not be able to....

 

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The song tonight was so-so. It was midtempo with a soulful singer named something Hamilton. Carlos was playing short, almost B.B.-like fills during the vocals. His solo was pretty standard, and it ended as at least half of his solos always do anymore: that thing where he's strumming fast while his one-finger barre goes higher and higher up the neck.
I've seen a lot of people pull that move... it only doesn't work for me when it's in every solo...

 

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  posted on 11/4/2005 at 10:38 AM
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"I dig Carlos"

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for a funny moment, me and the wife caught Santana a few years ago. I went to get a soda, and lost my place, the wife began to yell my name, and a bunch of the audience thought he was walking around....much dissappointed looks on their faces when they saw me

 

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  posted on 11/4/2005 at 04:30 PM
i read in a interview carlos did with "guitar player" that following this album would be an instrumental album....mybe we'll finally hear some licks that'll make us think back to the days of "lotus" "amigos" "moonflower" or "caravanserai"....
 

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  posted on 11/4/2005 at 05:55 PM
I had also heard Santana was working on an album of instrumentals, and I had hoped it would be this one. Whatever you think of his recent collaborations with the likes of Michelle Branch, the band has done some great instrumentals lately like "Victory Is Won."

I saw Dave last night and thought it was pretty good. The song was pretty poppy, but the singer Anthony Hamilton had a soulful voice, and by the end of the song I felt he and Carlos had a good rapport going on. I agree the solo wasn't Carlos' best work, but did you catch that sustained note at the beginning? Again, it's one of his tried-and-true things, but nobody on the face of this Earth holds a note better than Carlos. At a show at Jazz Fest a few years ago, a friend of mine timed a note in "Jingo" at TWO MINUTES!

 
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  posted on 11/4/2005 at 07:57 PM
I hope an album of instrumentals is on the way. I've loved Santana since the first album but thought that some of his biggest commercial successes ("She's Not There") seemed too calculated for FM radio acceptance. I loved "Supernatural" and felt from the first listening it was going to be a huge hit and I was very happy for Carlos that this proved to be true. I love the charity work that he does, but the "Supernatural" formula is wearing thin for me by now. It seems that mostly what he does is put fills over pop songs. Looking forward to some fire again.
 
 


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