Carlos Santana goes to 'Guitar Heaven' with help from Rob Thomas, Chris Daughtry, Nas, and more: Full tracklist revealed

Carlos-SantanaImage Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotoSince 1999’s megasmash Supernatural, Carlos Santana has mostly stuck with that album’s eclectic, guest-heavy format for his subsequent releases. Now he’s taking the collaborative spirit one step further. On Sept. 21’s Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time, the famed guitarist enlisted at least one famous friend to perform on each of 13 covers.

The full line-up for Guitar Heaven was finalized via press release today. You can check it out after the jump. As you’ll see, Santana brought back his “Smooth” pal Rob Thomas for Cream’s “Sunshine of Your Love.” Grungy growlers dominate the rest of the track list, including Chris Cornell on Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love,” Scott Weiland on the Rolling Stones’ “Can’t You Hear Me Knockin’,” Gavin Rossdale on T. Rex’s “Bang a Gong,” Chris Daughtry on Def Leppard’s “Photograph,” and Scott Stapp on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son.” Then there’s Santana’s take on AC/DC’s “Back in Black,” which will feature rapping from Queensbridge’s own Nas.

Some of those pairings could work quite well. I’d definitely like to hear what Nas can do over those crunchy power chords. Gavin Rossdale going glam sounds intriguing. Anyone who’s heard a Stone Temple Pilots album knows Scott Weiland can do a solid Mick Jagger impression. And Joe Cocker gnashing his way through Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” should be well worth hearing. As for the turgid Scott Stapp attempting Creedence’s protest anthem? Yeah, that one’s an instant skip for me.

But what do you think? Take a look at the full track list for Carlos Santana’s Guitar Heaven after the jump and let us know which of these covers you’d like to hear.

Guitar Heaven track list:
“Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin) feat. Chris Cornell
“Sunshine Of Your Love” (Cream) feat. Rob Thomas
“Can’t You Hear Me Knockin'” (The Rolling Stones) feat. Scott Weiland
“Dance the Night Away” (Van Halen) feat. Pat Monahan
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (The Beatles) feat. india.arie and Yo-Yo Ma
“Bang A Gong” (T. Rex) feat. Gavin Rossdale
“Smoke On the Water” (Deep Purple) feat. Jacoby Shaddix
“Photograph” (Def Leppard) feat. Chris Daughtry
“Back In Black” (AC/DC) feat. Nas
“Little Wing” (Jimi Hendrix) feat. Joe Cocker
“Riders On the Storm” (The Doors) feat. Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek
“I Ain’t Superstitious” (Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck Group) feat. Jonny Lang
“Fortunate Son” (Creedence Clearwater Revival) feat. Scott Stapp

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Comments (15 total) Add your comment
  • Carla

    Sounds like a GREAT album! Can’t wait!

  • Anna

    The only bad thing on here is Stapp doing “Fortunate Son.” There are so many things wrong with that!

    • Jason

      I think Jacoby Shaddix is worse. Papa Roach? Are you kidding me….

  • Jess

    Wow I’m definitely picking this album

  • Ben

    I have full faith in Cornell and Weiland. Rossdale should be great too. However, I’m most excited to see what Nas does.

    ‘Eh’ on the other ones though…. I mean seriously? The guy from Crazy Town? Creed? The guy from Linkin Park doing The Doors?

    • Ben

      Excuse me the guy from Crazy Town, not Papa Roach. Not much better though…

      • Ben

        Other way around again. Oh, brother it’s a long day already.

  • Doug

    Santana can slay it, this will be a cool album. Looking forward to it.

  • Kenny

    Saw Rob Thomas singing Sunshine of Your Love with Carlos – absolutely fantastic! Hope it’s the first single!

  • Jason Tippitt

    Mighty nice to put the Scott Stapp track at the end — just pretend it ends with the Howlin’ Wolf cover, and you’ll be fine. :)

  • Janet Driscoll

    Just heard on 89.7 WUWM “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” (The Beatles) feat. india.arie and Yo-Yo Ma.
    What a great recording by 3 talented artists; amazing!

  • arag

    when does the album comes out?
    i love chester & i love linkin park & can’t wait for their new album and this song with santana!!

  • Sara

    Scott Stapp, I love him!! I’m sure that’ll be a good track. :D WOOHOOO

  • Preston

    I can’t wait to hear how Chris Daughtry sounds on his and Santana’s version of Def Leppard’s Photograph! But Nas over AC/DC’s Back in Black? People don’t know that AC/DC’s song has that hip-hop beat thing going on that song even if they’re mainly rock and roll. I’m sure that rappers have rapped over that beat for years and Nas was one of the first to rap over it for the Santana song! It’s more grunge rockers but you can tell where their rock band influences come from. Not crazy about Scott Stapp doing CCR–he should have covered a Beatles song instead with Santana.

  • Abdul

    i am a santana fan for over 30 years.
    i always look forward for his new releases.great album.
    i listen to santana’s music with my heart and soul.
    long live CARLOS SANTANA

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