El Farol

El Farol

Supernatural
Santana
Released June 15, 1999
(see release history)
Recorded 1998–1999
Record Plant, Sausalito, California, U.S.
Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California
Genre Rock en Español, alternative rock, Latin rock, hard rock, blues rock, pop rock, R&B
Length 74:59
Label Arista
Producer Clive Davis, Jerry 'Wonder' Duplessis, The Dust Brothers, Alex González, Charles Goodan, Lauryn Hill, Art Hodge, Wyclef Jean, Fher Olvera, K.C. Porter, Dante Ross, Matt Serletic
Santana chronology

Live At The Fillmore 1968
(1997)
Supernatural
(1999)
The Essential Santana
(2002)
Singles from Supernatural
  1. "Smooth"
    Released: June 29, 1999
  2. "Maria Maria"
    Released: November 23, 1999
  3. "Put Your Lights On"
    Released: March 28, 2000
  4. "Love of My Life"
    Released: 2000
  5. "Corazón Espinado"
    Released: June 13, 2000
  6. "Primavera"
    Released: 2001

Supernatural is the seventeenth album by Santana, released in 1999. It went 15 times platinum in the US and won nine Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year as well as three Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year.[1]

The album, conceived by Clive Davis and A&R'd by Pete Ganbarg, was a big global hit, eventually selling more than 30 million copies.[2] It is the most successful album by Santana, hitting the number one spot in ten countries, including the United States.

Supernatural debuted at number nineteen on the Billboard 200 on July 3, 1999 but topped (after 18 weeks) the chart on October 30, 1999 and stayed there for 12 non-consecutive weeks. It included the hit single "Smooth", which featured Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas on vocals, and was number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks. The follow-up single, "Maria Maria" (which featured The Product G&B), was number one on the same chart for 10 weeks. Santana and Rob Thomas won three Grammys for their collaboration on the song "Smooth" while Santana and Everlast won another for the song "Put Your Lights On". Santana also won a Grammy for "Maria Maria".

Among the other guest artists are Eric Clapton, Eagle-Eye Cherry, Lauryn Hill, Dave Matthews, Maná and Cee-Lo Green.

Reception

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly B+[4]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[5]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[6]
Piero Scaruffi (5/10)[7]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of Allmusic noted that "there doesn't seem to be a track that doesn't have a guest star, which brings up the primary problem with the album [...] it never develops a consistent voice that holds the album together." He added that the album is "directionless" but concluded by saying "the peak moments of Supernatural are some of Santana's best music of the '90s, which does make it a successful comeback."[3] Rolling Stone writer, David Wild, also noted the amount of featured artists on the album. He goes on to say "Not everything is quite so appealing", mentioning the song, "Do You Like The Way" featuring Lauryn Hill and Cee Lo Green, saying that it "seems a bit more forced."[6]

Commercial reception

The album has since sold over 30 million copies worldwide,[8] making it the best-selling album by a Hispanic artist,[9] peaking at number 1 in many countries. According to Guinness Book Of World Records in 2005, it was the band's first album to peak at number 1 on the Billboard 200 since Santana in 1971, making it the longest gap between two number 1 albums, 28 years in total.[9]

The album debuted at number 19 on the US Billboard 200 but after three months, the album would peak at number 1 in October 1999 and stayed there for 12 non-consecutive weeks. In Australia, the album debuted at number 48 and would peak at number 1 on March 6, 2000. In the UK, the album peaked at number 1 for two weeks starting on April 1. It was ranked on Billboard's top 200 albums of the decade as the ninth best selling album of the 2000s.[10]

Singles

"Smooth"
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Sample from "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas

"Maria Maria"
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sample of "Maria Maria" performed by Santana featuring The Product G&B

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The first single released from the album was "Smooth", which featured Rob Thomas on vocals and would peak at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 12 weeks while it went to number 3 in the UK and number 4 in Australia. The next single was "Maria Maria" which featured The Product G&B as the single peaked at number 1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks, number 6 in the UK and number 49 in Australia. The third single, "Put Your Lights On", only peaked at number 18 on the US Bubbling Under Hot 100 singles, a poor number 97 in the UK, and was a minor hit in Australia at number 32. The single "Corazon Espinado", which featured Maná, was a hit in Spanish-speaking countries.

Track listing

Standard edition

No. TitleWriter(s)Producer(s) Length
1. "(Da Le) Yaleo"  Carlos Santana, Ra, PolloniCarlos Santana 5:53
2. "Love of My Life" (featuring Dave Matthews and Carter Beauford)Santana, Dave MatthewsStephen Harris, Carlos Santana 5:47
3. "Put Your Lights On" (featuring Everlast)Erik SchrodyDante Ross, John Gamble 4:45
4. "Africa Bamba"  Santana, Ismaïla Toure, Sixu Tidiane Touré, Karl PerazzoCarlos Santana Hold on 4:42
5. "Smooth" (featuring Rob Thomas)Itaal Shur, Rob ThomasMatt Serletic 4:58
6. "Do You Like the Way" (featuring Lauryn Hill and Cee Lo Green)Lauryn HillLauryn Hill 5:54
7. "Maria Maria" (featuring The Product G&B)Santana, Perazzo, Raul Rekow, Wyclef Jean, Jerry DuplessisJerry "Wonder" Duplessis, Wyclef Jean 4:22
8. "Migra"  Santana, Rachid Taha, Tony LindsayK.C. Porter, Carlos Santana 5:28
9. "Corazón Espinado" (featuring Maná)Fher OlveraFher Olvera, K.C. Porter, *Alex González 4:36
10. "Wishing It Was" (featuring Eagle-Eye Cherry)Eagle-Eye Cherry, Michael Simpson, John King, NishitaThe Dust Brothers, *Charles Goodan, *Art Hodge 4:52
11. "El Farol"  Santana, Karl PorterK.C. Porter 4:51
12. "Primavera"  Porter, J. B. Eckl, Cheín García AlonsoK.C. Porter 6:18
13. "The Calling" (featuring Eric Clapton)Santana, Chester Thompson, Freddie Stone, Linda GrahamCarlos Santana 12:28
Notes
  • "The Calling" includes hidden track "Day of Celebration" starting at 8:00.
  • (*) Asterisk notes co-producer.

Legacy Edition Disc 2

A "Legacy Edition" of Supernatural was released on February 16, 2010, with a new Santana-supervised remastering.[11]

  1. "Bacalao Con Pan"
  2. "Angel Love (Come for Me)"
  3. "Rain Down on Me"
  4. "Corazon Espinado (Spanish Dance Remix)"
    • Featuring Maná
  5. "One Fine Morning" (Lighthouse Cover)
  6. "Exodus/Get Up Stand Up (Bob Marley cover)"
  7. "Ya Yo Me Cure"
  8. "Maria Maria (Pumpin' Dolls Club Mix)"
    • Featuring The Product G&B
  9. "Smooth (Instrumental)"
  10. "The Calling Jam"
  11. "Olympic Festival"

Personnel

  • "(Da Le) Yaleo"
    • Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Keyboards – Chester Thompson
    • Bass – Benny Rietveld
    • Drums – Billy Johnson
    • Percussion – Karl Perazzo
    • Congas – Raul Rekow
    • Vocals – Carlos Santana, Karl Perazzo, Tony Lindsay
    • Trombone – Jose Abel Figueroa, Mic Gillette
    • Trumpet – Marvin McFadden, Mic Gillette
  • "Love of My Life"

This song's main melody is very similar to Brahms' symphony No .3 in F Major Op 90 Movement #3

    • Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Lead Vocal – Dave Matthews
    • Keyboards – George Whitty
    • Bass – Benny Rietveld
    • Drums – Carter Beauford
    • Congas & Percussion – Karl Perazzo
  • "Put Your Lights On"
    • Lead Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Rhythm Guitar & Lead Vocal – Everlast
    • Keyboards – Chester Thompson
    • Programming – John Gamble
    • Congas & Percussion – Carlos Santana
    • Bass – Benny Rietveld
  • "Africa Bamba"
    • Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Keyboards – Chester Thompson
    • Bass – Benny Rietveld
    • Drums – Horacio Hernandez
    • Percussion – Karl Perazzo
    • Congas – Raul Rekow
    • Lead Vocal – Carlos Santana
    • Vamp Out Vocal – Karl Perazzo
    • Background Vocals – Carlos Santana, Karl Perazzo, Tony Lindsay
  • "Smooth"
    • Lead Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Lead Vocal – Rob Thomas
    • Keyboards – Chester Thompson
    • Bass – Benny Rietveld
    • Drums – Rodney Holmes
    • Percussion – Karl Perazzo
    • Congas – Raul Rekow
    • Trombone – Jeff Cressman, Jose Abel Figueroa
    • Trumpet – Javier Melendez, William Ortiz
  • "Do You Like The Way"
    • Lead Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Lead Vocals – Lauryn Hill, Cee-Lo
    • Rhythm Guitar – Francis Dunnery, Al Anderson
    • Keyboards – Loris Holland
    • Programming – Kobie Brown, Che Pope
    • Bass – Tom Barney
    • Background Vocals – Lenesha Randolph, Lauryn Hill
    • Saxophone & Flute – Danny Wilensky
    • Trombone – Steve Toure
    • Trumpet & Flugelhorn – Earl Gardner
    • Tuba – Joseph Daley
  • "Maria Maria"
    • Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Lead Vocal – The Product G&B
    • Additional Vocal – Carlos Santana
    • Cello – Joseph Herbert
    • Viola – Daniel Seidenberg, Hari Balakrisnan
    • Violin – Jeremy Cohen
  • "Migra"
    • Guitar & Sleigh Bells – Carlos Santana
    • Keyboards – Chester Thompson
    • Programming & Accordion – K. C. Porter
    • Bass – Benny Rietveld
    • Drums – Rodney Holmes
    • Percussion – Karl Perazzo
    • Congas – Raul Rekow
    • Vocals – Tony Lindsay, Karl Perazzo, K. C. Porter
    • Trombone – Ramon Flores, Mic Gillette
    • Trumpet – Jose Abel Figueroa, Marvin McFadden, Mic Gillette
  • "Corazón Espinado"
    • Lead Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Lead Vocal – Fher Olvera
    • Rhythm Guitar – Sergio Vallín
    • Keyboards – Alberto Salas, Chester Thompson
    • Bass – Juan Calleros
    • Drums – Alex González
    • Timbales & Percussion – Karl Perazzo
    • Congas – Raul Rekow
    • Background Vocals – Gonzalo Chomat, Alex González
    • Vocal Direction – Jose Quintana
  • "Wishing It Was"
    • Lead & Rhythm Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Lead Vocal – Eagle-Eye Cherry
    • Background Vocals – Chad & Earl
    • Keyboards – Chester Thompson
    • Bass – Benny Rietveld
    • Drums – Rodney Holmes
    • Timbales & Percussion – Karl Perazzo
    • Congas & Percussion – Raul Rekow
    • Additional Percussion – Humberto Hernandez
  • "El Farol"
    • Lead Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Rhythm Guitar & Percussion – Raul Pacheco
    • Keyboards & Programming – K. C. Porter, Chester Thompson
    • Bass – Benny Rietveld
    • Drums – Gregg Bissonette
    • Timbales – Karl Perazzo
    • Congas – Raul Rekow
  • "Primavera"
    • Lead Guitar – Carlos Santana
    • Rhythm Guitar – J. B. Eckl
    • Keyboards – K.C. Porter, Chester Thompson
    • Programming – K. C. Porter
    • Bass – Mike Porcaro
    • Drums – Jimmy Keegan
    • Timbales & Percussion – Karl Perazzo
    • Congas & Percussion – Luis Conte
    • Lead Vocal – K. C. Porter
    • Background Vocals – K. C. Porter, Fher, Tony Lindsay, Carlos Santana, Karl Perazzo
    • Spanish Translation – Chein Garcia Alonso
  • "The Calling"
    • Lead & Rhythm Guitar – Eric Clapton, Carlos Santana
    • Keyboards – Chester Thompson
    • Programming – Mike Mani
    • Percussion – Carlos Santana
    • Vocals – Tony Lindsay, Jeanie Tracy
    • Pro Tools Editing – Andre for Screaming Lizard

Charts

Peak positions

Charts (1999) Peak
position
UK Albums Chart[12] 1
US Billboard 200[13] 1
US Billboard Top Latin Albums[14] 1
Charts (2000) Peak
position
Australian Albums Chart[15] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[16] 1
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[17] 2
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[18] 2
Canadian Albums Chart[19] 1
Finnish Albums Chart[20] 2
French Albums Chart[21] 1
Italian Albums Chart[22] 1
New Zealand Albums Chart[23] 1
Norwegian Albums Chart[24] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[25] 1
Swiss Albums Chart[26] 1

Sales and certifications

See also

Release history

Region Date Label Edition
United States June 15, 1999[27] Arista Standard
Canada[28] Sony Music Canada
France June 21, 1999 Arista International
United Kingdom July 12, 1999[29] Arista
United States February 16, 2010[30] Sony Legacy Deluxe

References