I don't consider myself a Santana fan; I bought this disc for the same reason I bought a Sugar Ray CD: this stuff is perfectly suited for hot afternoons spent enjoying the pool. This compilation plays like a collection of highlights from Santana's late career comebacks, along with a couple of classic rock oldies. I probably would have been better off with a different compilation disc that focused on the band's earlier releases, but oh well - it ain't gonna matter too much when I'm in the water.
Peak on the US Billboard Top 200 chart: #8
Tracks: Lots of music here - 18 tracks covering 77 minutes (which means we get single edits, not albums cuts). I like the classic rock stuff from 1970's Abraxas album (even my sons know that stuff, mainly from its inclusion in Guitar Hero games) and Everybody's Everything. Of the newer stuff, I like the collaboration with Michelle Branch, The Game Of Love. I wish they would have included the song Winning, which peaked at #17 on the Hot 100 in 1981. Then again, they didn't include any of Santana's Top 40 hits from the late '70s/early '80s. There are three new songs on this compilation and none of them do much for me, but after the chart-topping success of the Supernatural album, you can't blame them for repeating the same formula as long as it was making $.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: The early '70s stuff reminds me of hot, desert nights growing up in Odessa. The late '90s/early '00s collaborations remind me of teaching at a small, rural school around that time.