Santana IV is the twenty-fourth studio album (thirty eighth album overall) by American rock band Santana, released in April 2016.
Distributed By – Thirty Tigers. Distributed By – RED Distribution. Santana IV features all-new tracks written and produced by the band that burst with the same unparalleled energy and superlative musicianship that made Santana a pioneering force in world music and a household name across the globe. Joining the core Santana IV band in the studio are current Santana members Karl Perazzo (percussion) and Benny Rietveld (bass), with the legendary vocalist Ronald Isley guesting on two cuts.
There is filler here: the classic rock-styled blues raveup in "Choo Choo," the horn-drenched boogie of "Caiminando," the tired, Shaman-esque "Leave Me Alone," all feel like they are ideas rather than finished songs. Flaws aside, IV is quite enjoyable - especially split over a couple of listens.
Santana IV is an album released on April 15, 2016 by Latin rock band Santana. It is their 23rd studio album and the first to feature almost the entire classic Woodstock-era lineup since 1971’s Santana III. Unlike many of their earlier hit albums, Santana IV features tracks that were completely self-written and composed, as opposed to containing covers. It also has far less songs with guest acts than in later albums such as Corazon in 2014, a sign that the band has gone back to their roots
Album, 1969, Columbia Records. Reissue in 1998 with bonus tracks. Album, 1970, Columbia Records. 1. Singing Winds, Crying Beasts. 2. Black Magic Woman, Gypsy Queen. 3. Oye Como Va. 4. Incident at Neshabur. 6. Mother's Daughter.
Santana eventually find their way home: "Leave Me Alone" leads the group back to that hip-wagging "Oye Como Va" groove, while the instrumental "Fillmore East" ends up as a nostalgic remembrance of their earliest days when Bill Graham was their manager. Meanwhile, "Suenos" boasts the suave atmospherics of 1972's Caravanserai, the last project to feature Rolie and Schon. It's all held together on IV by the kind of chemistry that comes when deep friendships are renewed
Such is the case of Santana and its latest album, Santana IV. To many, Santana is just one guy: the guitar player Carlos Santana. But that wasn’t always the case. Back in the ’60s and into the early ’70s, Santana was a full band that featured Gregg Rolie on keys and lead vocals - that’s his voice on the classic Black Magic Woman - Neal Schon on guitar, David Brown on bass, and Michael Shrieve on drums. Carlos Santana hasn’t had the greatest run of albums throughout the 2010s, beginning with the abysmal covers record Guitar Heaven that kicked off the decade, and running through his Shape Shifter in 2012 and Corazón in 2014.