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Santana's Greatest Hits
Santana's Greatest Hits
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
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If you only want the essentials, this is the package to get. Greatest Hits is an early collection, dating back to 1974, and it does a good job of skimming the cream from the band's classic 1969-71 period, which yielded the...  more »


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All Artists: Santana
Title: Santana's Greatest Hits
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 16
Label: Columbia
Original Release Date: 1/1/2000
Re-Release Date: 10/25/1990
Genres: Pop, Rock, Classic Rock, Metal
Styles: Blues Rock, Rock Guitarists, Psychedelic Rock, Album-Oriented Rock (AOR)
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 074643305020

If you only want the essentials, this is the package to get. Greatest Hits is an early collection, dating back to 1974, and it does a good job of skimming the cream from the band's classic 1969-71 period, which yielded the first three albums, Santana, Abraxas, and Santana III. It also avoids the great, sprawling mass of ephemera and second-line material that pads Santana's later catalog: The peaks after '71 are far more thinly spread--and are seldom as lofty. On the other hand, if you're an enthusiast, you might want to take a step up to the grander Best of Santana or Viva Santana collections, each of which covers more ground. --Gavin McNett

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Lesa C. (4fabfelines) from SHELBYVILLE, TN
Reviewed on 8/5/2012...
Love Carlo Santana. He is so amazing how he fuses latino and rock sounds together. Amazing album. Perfect for chilling out or parties on the patio.
0 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Karen J. (rhyta) from W VALLEY CITY, UT
Reviewed on 6/3/2012...
If you want a nice sampling of Santana's hits, this has most of them. It is limited to 60's and 70's hits but this is a joyful explosion of funk,soul and killer guitar licks.
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.

CD Reviews

What a tease.
K. D. Meyer | Tulsa, OK USA | 10/16/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)

"To echo the sentiments of some of the other reviewers, this CD is a gyp. Many of the most important songs have been shortened. This might as well be a demo CD. I want my $8.97 back."
Typical Early CD Version Of A Vinyl Album
pinkfloyd | 08/11/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The original Columbia LP came out in 1974 and, with the advent of the CD age, the suits at Colombia naturally thought that the buying public, in order to satisfy their curiosity about the new format, would rush out to purchase equally-skimpy CDs. And they were right. At least until faced with competition from the likes of Rhino, Ace of London, Bear Family, Eric Records, Collectables, Collector's Choice, Jasmine, Disky, etc.

Within a few short years, these and other outlets, were giving us 20- to 30-track CDs AND with substantial liner notes to provide background information on the artist or artists concerned, as well as contents discographies, something entirely lacking in releases such as this one.

Such wimpy offerings should have been retired years ago, or expanded and re-released, and to expect anyone to pay the amount being asked when, for about $3.00 more you can get a multi-track compilation of most, if not all, of Santana's hits - well, maybe they should be trying to sell the Brooklyn Bridge.

Having said that, since it originally came out in 1974, it more or less fills the bill insofar as their greatest hits were TO THAT POINT. And it provides some of the B-sides as well. beginning with their first, late in 1969, when Jingo reached # 56 Billboard Pop Hot 100 b/w Persuasion. Next up was Evil Ways, a # 9 Hot 100 and # 19 Adult Contemporary (AC) early in 1970, but the album omitted its flipside, Waiting.

Their best hit until Smooth in 1999 [which was their only # 1] came next when the cover of the Fleetwood Mac album cut, Black Magic Woman, topped out at # 4 Hot 100 and # 29 AC in December 1970 b/w Hope You're Feeling Better, followed by Oye Como Va early in 1971 which reached # 11 AC/# 13 Hot 100 b/w Samba Pa Ti. That fall, Everbody's Everything hit the # 12 Hot 100 slot b/w Guajira.

So far so good. But whoever put this album together originally under the title "greatest hits" decided to throw in tracks 8 and 9, which were NOT among their greatest hits [they weren't even hits in that sense of the word for Santana or anyone else], instead of including either the missing B-sides mentioned or, perhaps, No One To Depend On, which made it to # 36 Hot 100 in April 1972. Of course, from that point on they would add another 14 hit singles up to, and including, the afore-mentioned Smooth which, incidentally, spent 12 weeks at # 1 Hot 100.

As other reviewers point out, avoid this - force them to either give it away at rock bottom prices or simply withdraw it from circulation. No R&R Hall of Fame inductee [1998] should have this kind of skimpy offering still circulating."