In August of 1988 Santana released an album celebrating his first 20 years as a recording artist containing greatest hits, live material, and other oddities. Before hitting the road with the original Santana band in support of this release, he sat down with Scott Muni to co-host a World of Rock radio show. Their casual chat covers the entirety of Santana's illustrious career including his earliest musical influences, his recollections of Woodstock, and his plans to become a musical ambassador of good will.
As part of his duties as DJ, Santana also introduces some of the tracks from Viva Santana, mentioning that Bill Graham was responsible for some of his biggest hits. Check the time stamps below if you'd like to hear a particular song introduction, or celebrate the past 20 years of Santana by immersing yourself in his positive attitutde for a whole half hour.
00:00 - Intro by Scott Muni
00:18 - New album (Viva Santana, 20 years celebration)
00:58 - Doesn't seem like it's been 20 years
01:55 - Line-up for new tour - same as the original band
02:28 - How the original band ended up getting back together / still having the chemistry
03:58 - Happy to have the group back together / Jacques Cousteau
05:14 - First interest in music / moving to Tijuana / first instrument / rock influences
06:59 - "Johnny B. Goode"
08:19 - "Brotherhood" / Miles Davis
10:04 - A good will ambassador tour with Miles Davis
11:52 - Covering an old big band song
13:27 - Viva Santana - capturing the music when it's more than music
14:25 - "Aqua Marine"
15:00 - "Everybody's Everything" / "Karate" by The Emperors
16:11 - Tour supporting the new album
16:37 - Performing in Mexico
18:25 - American tour / a typical show to expect
19:30 - "She's Not There" / Bill Graham
20:56 - Working with other musicians / doing different styles / learning from water
22:31 - What it meant / means to Santana
23:19 - Disaster area / accidentally playing while on psychedelic drugs
24:17 - The sound of Woodstock
24:51 - Changing America forever
25:20 - Lack of violence
26:35 - Finally getting tickets
27:02 - The merging of the music / bringing it all back home
28:38 - "Oye Come Va" / Tito Puente
31:18 - "Evil Ways" / Willie Bobo, Bill Graham
32:08 - Outro