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Santana Reunites Classic ’70s Lineup, Release Long-Awaited Album

Santana IV

Picking up from where they left off in 1971, American Latin-rock band Santana brings back its notorious ’70s lineup and release their much-anticipated new album.

Santana IV brought together lead guitarist Carlos Santana, guitarist Neal Schon, keyboardist Gregg Rolie, percussionist Michael Carabello and drummer Michael Shrieve once again. This arrangement of band members was last heard on the 1971 hit Santana III.

After 45 years, the band remarkably picks up where they left off in the early ’70s. Once past the cover image–which harkens back to a more psychedelic era–and into the opening track, the sense of nostalgia will step aside and it will be clear the band is back to its original sound. “Yambu,” which opens the album, features rhythmic bassline and a conga-style chant the band is known for.

Santana is one of the most widely known bands in the world. Their rise to prominence began after their 1969 performance at Woodstock. Classic singles include “Evil Ways,” “Oye Como Va” and their cover of “Black Magic Woman.”

Santana IV is out now and available for streaming on Spotify.

Juan Siliezar
the authorJuan Siliezar
Juan is a Providence, R.I.-based writer who contributes to the modern rock section. Juan is an avid writer, reader and lover of simple things. Besides music, his interest lies in education. He writes grant proposals for a Boston education nonprofit and was a contributing writer at Noodle Education.

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