Santana plans covers album with Slash-style contributors

The ever-enigmatic Carlos Santana is still (relatively) fresh from the reissue of his seminal 90s hit album ‘Supernatural´, but he´s already lining up a new covers album.

According to Billboard, the guitarist plans to cover classic rock hits with a variety of collaborators; some new, some old friends.

Apparently the new full length will feature collaborations with Rob Thomas (the Matchbox Twenty singer who appeared on Santana´s hit ‘Smooth´) on a cover of Cream´s ‘Sunshine Of Your Love´, India.Arie on Beatles´ tune ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps´, JoeCocker on Hendrix´s ‘Little Wing´ and Scott Weiland (of Stone Temple Pilots) on ‘Can´t You Hear Me Knocking´ (originally by The Rolling Stones).

It´s also thought Santana has designs on Deep Purple´s ‘Smoke On The Water´ and Creedence Clearwater Revival´s ‘Fortunate Son´, though he doesn´t appear to have chosen collaborators for those songs yet and it´s not clear if he will.

Santana says, “We're not comparing or competing with those artists - we're complementing them.”

No release date yet, for now you'll have to make do with this video of another Santana cover, Fleetwood Mac's 'Black Magic Woman'.

Matthew Parker

Matt is a freelance journalist who has spent the last decade interviewing musicians for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar,, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.