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The Splendiferous playlist features songs from six different post-2000 Santana albums — nine tracks each from 2002’s Shaman and 2005’s All That I Am, three from 2007’s Ultimate Santana compilation, one from 2012’s Shapeshifter, six from the 2014 Spanish-language collection Corazón and two from 2019’s Africa Speaks.
“I always felt that [1970’s] Abraxas [album] and Supernatural got a lot of deep, hands-on hug[s], but…songs [from] these other albums not as much,” Carlos explains to ABC Audio. “So I wanted to gather them together and put ’em in a certain sequence, because when I listen to them…they give me courage, they give me joy, they give me hope, and they give me…[the] ingredients to have a delicious life.”
Carlos says he hopes that when people hear the playlist, they go, “This music makes me feel very grateful and happy to be alive.”
Among the songs Carlos chose are collaborations with an eclectic variety of singers and musicians, including Plácido Domingo, will.i.am, Macy Gray, Seal, Nickelback’s Chad Kroeger, Metallica’s Kirk Hammett, Tina Turner, Gloria Estefan and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler.
Reflecting on getting to work with such a diverse array of artists, Santana says, “I’m very, very grateful…At this point, I [look] at myself like one of those Swiss [Army knives]…In other words, with clarity, I am not a one trick pony.”