Santana - Supernatural Live (2000)
Genre: Rock, latin | PAL 720x576
Audio:Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS | 7.76 GB (DVD9) | 5% Recovery
Length: 88 mins | Links are interchangable
Like the hit album that inspires its name, Supernatural Live brings journeyman guitarist Carlos Santana back into the mainstream by surrounding him with younger superstars eager to bask in his formidable musical presence. Resuscitating stardom through sheer proximity can translate to forced pairings or superfluous music making, but credit Santana himself with minimizing such missteps. A fusion artist before the term was coined, the erstwhile Mexican street musician long ago extended his technical reach and broadened his stylistic palette by hungrily assimilating different styles of music. Accordingly, he shifts gears easily, whether soloing behind Dave Matthews, trading lines with legendary saxophonist Wayne Shorter, or spicing up a hip-hop excursion with Lauryn Hill.
Santana justifiably taps into the late '90s' breakout for Latin pop, hardly surprising in light of his early identification with Latin-rock via his 1968 recording debut. His early reworking of Tito Puente's classic "Oye Como Va" thus pops up as the set closer, while the concert kicks off with a frenetic, horn-powered "(Da Le) Yaleo," given added spectacle by a swaying corps of lissome female dancers in feathered headgear. Elsewhere, the guitarist hosts a procession of the stars that added their marquee value to the Supernatural album, including Rob Thomas (the massive hit, "Smooth," here performed as a medley with "Dame Tu Amor") and Everlast. But a duet with label colleague Sarah McLachlan on "Angel" yields the concert's only anticlimax--on a ballad built from spare piano and a poignant lyric, Santana's innate taste leaves him little to contribute beyond a delicate tracery of classical guitar.
Production values are excellent, with crisp camera work and sound mixing. A special remote camera, mounted on the neck of Santana's guitar, presents his intricate fretwork in nifty close-ups that are wisely held to just a few songs. --Sam Sutherland
Features more than 55 minutes of bonus material. Fox TV concert, taped on 4/8/2000, featuring Sarah McLachlan, Dave Matthews, Rob Thomas, Lauryn Hill, Everlast, Cee-Lo, The Product G&B, Carter Beauford and Wayne Shorter. Features live performances and music videos of hits "Smooth" and "Maria Maria." Includes a rendition of "Angel" with Carlos Santana & Sarah McLachlan and the encore, "Make Somebody Happy/Right On Be Free" with Santana, Cee-Lo, Everlast, Dave Matthews, Sarah McLachlan, The Product G&B, Rob Thomas, Carter Beauford & Wayne Shorter.
1. (Da Le) Yaleo (Santana Band w/horns)
2. Love of My Lite (Santana Band w/Dave Matthews & Carter Beauford)
3. Angel (Carlos Santana w/ Sarah McLachlan)
4. Put Your Lights On (Santana Band w/ Everlast)
5. Africa Bamba (Santana Band w/ horns)
6. Do You Like The Way (Santana Band w/Lauryn Hill and Cee-Lo & horns)
7. Migra (Santana Band w/ horns)
8. Day of Celebration (Santana Band)
9. Victory Is Won (Santana Band)
10. Maria Maria (Santana Band w/ The Product G&B)
11. Apache (Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson & Wayne Shorter)
12. Smooth/Dame Tu Amor (Santana Band w/ Rob Thomas & horns)
13. Gypsy Gueen/Oye Ccmo Va (Santana Band)
14. ENCORE: Make Somebody Happy/Right On Be Free (Santana Band w/ Cee-Lo, Everlast, Dave Matthews, Sarah Mdachlan, The Product 6&B, Rob Thomas, Carter Beauford and Wayne Shorter)