The BBCR 92.7FM Album of the month for October is ’Supernatural’ by Santana which was first released back in June 1999. The pop/Latin rock and very radio-friendly album was the 18th studio album by American Rock Band Santana and features collaborations with several contemporary guest artists, including Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton, Eagle-Eye Cherry & Lauryn Hill.
Supernatural was a huge commercial success worldwide, generating renewed interest in Santana’s music. It reached number one in 11 countries, including the US for 12 non-consecutive weeks. Matchbox Twenty singer Rob Thomas received three Grammy awards for co-writing & singing on the hit track ’Smooth’ from this Album.
Supernatural is Santana’s best-selling album to date, the best-selling album by a Hispanic artist in music history, and one of the best-selling Albums of all time, selling an estimated 30 million copies worldwide.
Supernatural won nine Grammy Awards in 2000, breaking the record held by Michael Jackson’s Thriller for the most honoured album. These included Album of the Year, making Carlos Santana the first Hispanic to win it, and Best Rock Album. Santana also won three Latin Grammy Awards including Record of the Year
The Calling Track features guitarist Eric Clapton who had attended the 1999 Grammy Awards ceremony which featured Santana performing with Lauryn Hill and asked Santana to call him if there was room for him on a future Santana track.
Love of My Life is a reworking of the third movement of Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 in F major, which Carlos Santana called a “glorious piece of music”. Santana means ‘Holy’ or followers of Saint Anne.