In 1998, Carlos Santana was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Most artists at this point in their career are oldies acts or content to live off their past laurels. Not Carlos, he reemerged into the spotlight with his biggest selling album of all-time, Supernatural. It was 28 years between #1 albums for Carlos, a record included in the Guiness Book of World Records. The album sold 30 million copies worldwide and artists as diverse as Rob Thomas, Eric Clapton, Cee-Lo Green, and Dave Matthews joined him on the album.
When it came time for the follow-up record, Shaman, Carlos once again called upon heavyweights in the music industry to join him on the CD. Chad Kroeger of Nickelback, Seal, Musiq, Macy Gray, Dido, and P.O.D. He invited Tina Turner to sing on the lead single, “The Game Of Love”. Clive Davis and the Arista label executives wanted to go with a younger, hipper singer on the track and chose Michelle Branch to sing the duet. The song went straight to #1 and won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals in 2002.
As great as Michelle Branch’s version was, Carlos always love Tina’s version better. He described it like this, “Queens come and go — there’s only one Tina Turner, I love Michelle, and she did a great interpretation of it. It’s just that with all honor and respect to Michelle, there’s the girl and there’s the woman, and Michelle is unfolding into a woman. … but it takes time to go from a girl to a woman.” Carlos released Tina’s version in 2007 on his greatest hits album. What do you think? Which version do you prefer?
TINA’S VERSION on Ultimate Santana
MICHELLE’S VERSION on Shaman