Santana‘s latest studio album, Blessings and Miracles, gets its release today.
The 15-track collection follows a similar template to the band’s massively successful 1999 album, Supernatural, with guitar legend Carlos Santana and his group collaborating with guest artists from various musical genres.
Like Supernatural, Blessings and Miracles finds Santana teaming up with Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas — this time on song called “Move” that, like its predecessor “Smooth,” blends melodic pop and rock with a Latin groove.
“This song…makes me realize energy is very welcome in our hearts, because it makes you feel like you’re 17 years old, with a lot of thirst for adventure,” Carlos said at a recent New York City press event.
Another standout track from Blessings and Miracles is a cover of the Procol Harum classic “A Whiter Shade of Pale” featuring Steve Winwood.
Carlos revealed that he asked Winwood to record the cover with him a few years ago when they were both playing a concert at London’s Hyde Park.
“I said, ‘Hey, man, I want to do ‘Whiter Shade of Pale’ with you. You play Hammond organ and singing it,"” Carlos recalled, “‘but I want to do it ‘Spanish Harlem’ style…you know, put some real sex in it."”
Carlos said the track was one of his favorites on the album, “because [Winwood’s] voice is so iconic.”
Blessings and Miracles also includes “America for Sale,” a politically charged song featuring Metallica guitarist Kirk Hammett and singer Mark Osegueda of the thrash-metal band Death Angel.
While much of the album was recorded remotely, Santana noted that he and Hammett laid down dueling guitar parts on the song together.
“We’re looking at each other’s eyes and fingers, and we had fun having a conversation,” he recalled.
Here’s Blessings and Miracles full track list:
“Ghost of Future Pull”/”New Light”
“Rumbalero” (featuring Salvador Santana & Asdru Sierra)
“Joy” (Carlos Santana & Chris Stapleton)
“Move” (Carlos Santana, Rob Thomas, Zac Barnett & American Authors)
“A Whiter Shade of Pale” (featuring Steve Winwood)
“Break” (featuring Ally Brooke)
“She’s Fire” (Diane Warren, G-Eazy & Carlos Santana)
“Peace Power” (featuring Corey Glover)
“America for Sale” (featuring Kirk Hammett & Mark Osegueda)
“Breathing Underwater” (featuring Stella Santana, Avi Snow, MVCA)
“Song for Cindy”
“Angel Choir” (featuring Gayle Moran Corea)/”All Together” (featuring Chick Corea)
“Ghost of Future Pull II”
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