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    Santana's 1982 album, Shango, features the return of original keyboardist Gregg Rolie in the producer/songwriter's chair. The Eagles' producer Bill Szymczyk also plays a role in shaping the album's AM-rock sound, and vocalist Alex Ligertwood makes a hit out of Santana's Ian Thomas cover, "Hold On." Shango is in fact full of covers: Russ Ballard's "Nowhere to Run," the 1969 Jr. Walker hit "What Does It Take (To Win Your Love)," Paul Brady's blues rocker "Night Hunting Time." Album highlight "Nueva York" is an instrumental reminiscent of the classic Santana sound, which features Rolie on organ. It's a considerably more percussive track with a conga intro and Carlos Santana's rare use of the whammy bar. Another of the album's percussive tracks, the syncopated "Oxun (Oshun)" features a reverb-filled guitar solo (also rare for Santana), and "Body Surfing" has a reggae feel. All in all, Shango is one of Santana's most poppy albums.

    Shango Catalog Number:  Columbia FC38122

    Shango Track Listing:

    Side One

    1. Hold On - 4:54

    2. Night Hunting Time - 4:42

    3. Nowhere to Run - 3:58

    4. Nueva York - 4:57

    Side Two

    1. Oxun (Oshun) - 4:12

    2. Body Surfing - 4:25

    3. What Does It Take (To Win Your Love) - 3:24

    4. Let Me Inside - 3:31

    5. Warrior - 4:21

    6. Shango - 1:41

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