Carlos Santana has a history of unlikely collaborations. Remember Smooth, that 1999 collaboration with Matchbox 20s Rob Thomas that sent Supernatural 15x platinum? Well, Contact Music reports that for his next album, hes recruited someone even less obvious: Nas, who will help him cover AC/DCs Back In Black.
Details are scarce, but the classic rock covers disc also features Chris Cornell singing Led Zeppelins Whole Lotta Love and Joe Cocker tackling Jimi Hendrixs Little Wing. With monster riff songs like these, Santana neednt worry about being upstaged by the singers.
In an interview in the new Rolling Stone, Santana didnt mince words on his motives. “I paid special attention to the groove so the females would get completely aroused, he said. Thats right, ladies; partially or even mostly aroused doesnt sit with Santana.
Also aboard is Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, who will lend his organ swirls to Riders on the Storm. Santana describes their version as “really far out and psychedelic, which sounds about like the original. Too bad they didn’t choose “Craigslist”, Manzareks recent foray into self-parody with Weird Al Yankovic.
No title or release date has been announced. While we wait for more details, enjoy this clip of Santana and Eric Clapton tearing through Little Wing in 1974. These two certainly know their way around a fretboard.