This installment of Across The Tracks feature tune with “ONE” in the title. We’ll feature music from Joe Walsh, War, Cher, Nelson, Stevie Nicks, Monroe, Santana, Ed Sheeran, Black Keys, Midnight Oil, Shirelles and much more across the tracks and genres.
Africa Speaks is the twenty-fifth studio album (thirty ninth album overall) by the band Santana, released on Concord Records on June 7, 2019.
The album was produced during a 10-day recording session by Rick Rubin at Rubin’s Shangri La Studios in Malibu, during which they recorded 49 songs. Rubin and Carlos Santana used an eight-piece band (which included Santana’s wife, Cindy Blackman Santana, on drums).
The first track from the album, “Breaking Down the Door”, was released on April 19, 2019. In January 2019, Santana released the EP In Search of Mona Lisa, which served as a preamble to the LP.
1. “Africa Speaks” 4:47 2. “Batonga” 5:43 3. “Oye Este Mi Canto” 5:58 4. “Yo Me Lo Merezco” 6:12 5. “Blue Skies” 9:08 6. “Paraísos Quemados” 5:59 7. “Breaking Down the Door” 4:30 8. “Los Invisibles” 5:54 9. “Luna Hechicera” 4:47 10. “Bambele” 5:51 11. “Candombe Cumbele” 5:36
Santana’s debut for Concord records is pretty low key: an EP containing three new songs, along with edits of two of those tracks. It’s intended as an amuse bouche before Global Revelation, an album he recorded with Rick Rubin, but this EP contains none of Rubin’s signature back-to-basics moves. Recorded with producer Narada Michael Walden, it’s slick and shimmering, existing just on the margins of jazz fusion. The presence of bassist Ron Carter on “Lovers from Another Time” underscores this connection, but the EP opens with “Do You Remember Me,” ten minutes of jamming that’s too mellow to be called epic. Santana picks up a bit with “In Search of Mona Lisa,” which bops to a Bo Diddley beat and contains the only sung narrative of the three songs. It sticks out a bit like a sore thumb compared to the grace of “Lovers from Another Time,” which benefits from its glossiness, making Santana and Carter appear to glide. For this track alone, In Search of Mona Lisa is worth a listen, but the other two songs are amiable enough to not be a distraction.
AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine
1 Do You Remember Me 9:50 2 In Search of Mona Lisa 5:11 3 Lovers From Another Time 4:46 4 Do You Remember Me [Edit Version] 3:30 5 In Search of Mona Lisa [Edit Version] 3:52
2 classic albums – complete – tonight at 10pm (US East Coast Time) on The LP Lounge – right off the original vinyl, with mixes you can only hear – if you have these LPs (or listen to this show) – Mixed for quadraphonic sound, for people with 4 ears – Santana’s Abraxas and Steely Dan’s Can’t Buy A Thrill…on RadioMaxMusic.com (and the TuneIn app)…
Can’t Buy a Thrill is the debut studio album by the American rock band Steely Dan, released in November 1972 by ABC Records. It was produced by Gary Katz and written by band members Donald Fagen and Walter Becker. The album was recorded at The Village Recorder in Los Angeles.
Abraxas is the second studio album by Latin rock band Santana, released in September 1970.
Santana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1966 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana. The band first came to widespread public attention when their performance of “Soul Sacrifice” at Woodstock in 1969 provided a contrast to other acts on the bill. This exposure helped propel their first album, also named Santana, into a hit, followed in the next two years by the successful Abraxas and Santana III.
In the years that followed, lineup changes were common. Carlos Santana’s increasing involvement with guru Sri Chinmoy took the band into more esoteric music, though never quite losing its initial Latin influence.
In 1998, Santana was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, with Carlos Santana, Jose “Chepito” Areas, David Brown, Gregg Rolie, Mike Carabello and Michael Shrieve being honored.
The band has earned nine Grammy Awards and three Latin Grammy Awards, the latter all in 2000. Carlos also won a Grammy Award as a solo artist in 1988. Santana has sold more than 90 million records worldwide, making them one of the world’s best-selling groups of all time. In 2013, Santana announced a reunion of the classic line-up for a new record, Santana IV, which was released in April 2016. They are tied for having the most won Grammys in one night. – Wikipedia
This evening on the playlist will be: War, Santana, Isaac Hayes, the Spaniels, LaBelle, Wilson Picket & the Falcons, Johnnie Taylor, the Dells, Tommy Hunt, Blue Magic, the Intruders, the Magnificent Men; (Live in Concert at the Uptown Theatre), and more. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. The link to hear the show again until next Monday is: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsplisten.html. I’ll see you later for “Great Soul Performances” at the home for the “Greatest Hits of the 60s, 70s & 80s,” RadioMaxMusic.Com.