Shape Shifter, The New Album From Santana, Debuts At #16 On Billboard's Top-Selling Albums Chart


May 23, 2012, 14:43 ET from Starfaith Records

LOS ANGELES, May 23, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Shape Shifter, the new album from Carlos Santana and the Santana Band, debuted this week at #16 in the Top 20 on the Billboard 200 top-selling albums chart, and at #2 on the indie chart.  It is Santana's 13th Top 20 album debut, and the group's 30th top 200 charting release overall.  It follows up 2010's Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time­, which made Santana the only act in Billboard history, other than the Rolling Stones, to score at least one Top Ten album in each decade from the 1960s through the present. 

Released May 15, 2012, Shape Shifter is the first for Carlos Santana's new label, Starfaith Records. The 13-song set is an instrumental tour de force long awaited by fans (one song has vocals by Santana's lead vocalists Andy Vargas and Tony Lindsay). The album also features Chester Thompson (keyboards), Dennis Chambers (drums), Benny Rietveld (bass), Salvador Santana (keyboards), Raul Rekow (congas), and Karl Perazzo (percussion).

Carlos dedicated the album to Native American Indians, acknowledging Australia's 2008 apology to the Aborigines, and President Obama's signing of the 2009 Native American Apology Resolution.  He says, "I encourage any and all countries (that have not as yet done so) to acknowledge the first people of their land, and make this a collective global effort."

Earlier this month, Santana began a two-year residency at the House of Blues at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.  The first string of dates for An Intimate Evening with Santana: Greatest Hits Live--Yesterday, Today & Tomorrow runs through early June.  Following the May 2 opening, Robin Leach wrote for The Las Vegas Sun, "Carlos puts on such a spectacular show of guitar mastery, and you'd have to be a member of his band to get any closer because his spell of sound wraps over you, around you and gets inside you. Incredible!"

Santana takes to the road this summer, launching the "Shape Shifter Tour 2012" with North American dates beginning July 7.  Later in the month, Santana will perform a special series of shows co-headlining with The Allman Brothers.

Since Santana emerged from the San Francisco Bay Area music scene in the 1960s, the group has sold more than 100 million records, reached more than 100 million fans at concerts worldwide, and been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Santana has won 10 GRAMMYs, including a record-tying nine for a single project, 1999's Supernatural (including Album of the Year and Record of the Year for "Smooth"). Among other honors, Carlos Santana is #20 on Rolling Stone's list of the "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time"—"Santana's crystalline tone and clean arcing sustain make him the rare instrumentalist who can be identified in just one note."

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Shape Shifter tour dates:

July 7

Grand Casino Mille Lacs

Hinckley, MN

July 9

Ravinia Festival

Highland Park, IL

July 10

Fraze Pavilion for the Performing Arts

Kettering, OH

July 11

Toledo Zoo Amphitheater

Toledo, OH

July 13

Soaring Eagle Casino Resort

Mount Pleasant, MI

July 14

Molson Canadian Amphitheatre

West Toronto, ON

July 15

DTE Energy Music Theatre

Clarkston, MI

July 17

Bank of America Pavilion

Boston, MA

July 18

Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion

Gilford, NH

July 20-21

Borgata Spa & Resort Event Center

Atlantic City, NJ


Santana dates with the Allman Brothers (* = Santana closes show):

July 22

Darien Lake Performing Arts Center

Darien Lake, NY

July 24

Nikon at Jones Beach Theater

Wantagh, NY

July 25

PNC Bank Arts Center

Holmdel, NJ*

July 27

Saratoga Performing Arts Center

Saratoga, NY*

July 28

The Comcast Theatre

Hartford, CT

July 30

Merriweather Post Pavilion

Columbia, MD*

For Carlos Santana:
Michael Jensen,  Jensen Communications t: 626-585-9575 or email:

For RED:
Liz Snair, RED t: 212-404-0787 email:

For Stache Media:
Pavla Mikula, t: 212.404.0621  email:

SOURCE Starfaith Records