At last after 40 plus years in the waiting the “Santana IV” album was released on Friday, April 15. Prior to its release the nearly complete Woodstock era reunion lineup, minus two members and a new addition later added, came together for a concert, along with Journey, at Madison Square Garden on April 13. Media coverage of the event and Santana’s new album was featured in USA Today, NPR (National Public Radio), and AOL. Reviews of “Santana IV” are out and seem to receive it with nostalgic favor. These are some highlights from the concert and whirlwind media coverage the band has received:
Madison Square Garden concert:
A majority of Santana’s original members were back for an extraordinary concert at New York’s famed Madison Square Garden. The set list included opening with Soul Sacrifice, along with their greatest hits – “Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen,” and “Oye Como Va” (in that order). From “Santana IV” was their latest single release “Anywhere You Want to Go” and closing out their show was “Supernatural’s” “Smooth.” The encore number was “Toussaint L’Ouverture” from “Santana III.”
The article mentions Neal Schon’s 60th birthday back in 2014 as the impetus for bringing back old band together. According to Schon, the original band mates will continue to make some more appearances. As far as future albums and concert dates, they’re just taking baby steps for now.
NPR interview with Felix Contreras
Carlos Santana and original Santana drummer Michael Shrieve were interviewed along with NPR’s Alt.Latino host Felix Contreras taking listeners back in time when the band members were all living together in one house in the late 1960s. This was the genesis of their unique musical collaboration of rock, Latin and Afro-Cuban sounds. Shrieve vocalized the Latin drum rhythm played in “Black Magic Woman.” Carlos wanted to find something that Jimi Hendrix didn’t know or how to play and he did…
NPR takes you down memory lane to their second classic rock album masterpiece “Abraxas.” All tracks on this iconic LP are solely based on Afro-Caribbean music. It was a treat hearing the original versions of songs and then Santana making it all their own. Shrieve was responsible for merging the Latin and rock rhythms together and does so brilliantly.
In this live intimate interview setting conducted by David Fricke, the AOL Build is a web series featuring an array of celebrities, musicians, and other noted personalities. The reunited members of Santana took questions directly from the studio audience.
Rolling Stone gave “Santana IV” three-and-a-half stars out of five respectfully. Music critic David Fricke compares a number of tracks with some of Santana’s earlier works. Take for instance “Fillmore East,” “Forgiveness” and “Love Makes the World Go Round” (feat. Ronald Isley) has the feel of their 1971 release “Everybody’s Everything.” NPR’s Felix Contreras likens the new album as them leaving off where they were 45 years earlier and coming back refreshed. USA Today gave it three stars out of four for recapturing the nostalgia into the 21st century.