An album subtitled Santana Performs the Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time has the potential to be a truly limp affair, a guitarist’s version of Rod Stewart Sings the Great American Songbook. The album pairs him with the likes of Chris Cornell, Chris Daughtry, and “Smooth” buddy Rob Thomas, which seems even shakier. Can Santana Plays Nickelback be far behind?
Maybe it can. Our first taste of the album indicates there’s hope yet. On his version of AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” Carlos Santana rocks harder than a 63-year old has any right to. This ain’t classic rock lite. It’s hard, it’s edgy, and it’s got Nas spitting some solid rhymes. Oh, and I guess there’s a guitar solo or two.
Listen to the Santana/Nas cut, then check out the full tracklist below. That India.Arie/Yo-Yo Ma tune holds promise.
Santana ft. Nas – Back in Black (AC/DC cover)
Guitar Heaven: Santana Performs the Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time
01. Whole Lotta Love (ft. Chris Cornell) (Led Zeppelin cover)
02. Can’t You Hear Me Knocking (ft. Scott Weiland) (Rolling Stones cover)
03. Sunshine of Your Love (ft. Rob Thomas) (Cream cover)
04. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (ft. India.Arie & Yo-Yo Ma) (The Beatles cover)
05. Photograph (ft. Chris Daughtry) (Def Leppard cover)
06. Back in Black (ft. Nas) (AC/DC cover)
07. Riders on the Storm (ft. Chester Bennington) (The Doors cover)
08. Smoke on the Water (ft. Jacoby Shaddix) (Deep Purple cover)
09. Dance the Might Away (ft. Pat Monahan) (Van Halen cover)
10. Bang a Gong (ft. Gavin Rossdale) (T. Rex cover)
11. Little Wing (ft. Joe Cocker) (Jimi Hendrix cover)
12. I Ain’t Superstitious (ft. Jonny Lang) (Willie Dixon/Megadeath cover)
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