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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Re-Ranking The Great Guitarists: Carlos Santana

Rock music is obviously created as something to be enjoyed. But, as with all creations, it then becomes subject to subjective ratings. Do you like this album? Not like this song? What is this songwriter's best self-penned tune? Who is the better singer? Which is the best band? Some of the most influential ratings in rock come from Rolling Stone magazine. The magazine has rated rock's 100 greatest guitarists.  Not surprisingly, not everyone agrees with the ratings. Here I'll Rock Your Festival's resident guitarist James Gilbert takes issue with a few of the highest placements. 

Carlos Santana - Rolling Stone rating #20

If you have heard one Santana song, you have heard them all. The band was crazy good at the first Woodstock. Santana was something new, something fresh in the music world. But sadly that freshness quickly faded. The raw energy and power the band produced in its early days seemed to disappear more and more with each new album release. Carlos Santana As #20? Maybe #120.

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