Carlos Santana Talks 'Corazon' & Reuniting With Original Band For 'Santana IV'

Carlos Santana

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Ahead of Santana's "Corazon," due May 6, Carlos Santana sat down for a video interview with Billboard to discuss the new album, saying, "the goal was to make a 'Supernatural' type of CD, with special, soulful guests [and] with that kind of vibration of el barrio." Watch it below!


The cover of Santana's new album, "Corazon."

Forty-years after their third studio album, "Santana III," the original members of Santana - who performed a legendary set at Woodstock 1969  – are reuniting to record "Santana IV."

"We're doing 'Santana IV' 'cause we stopped at 'III.' We went into the studio [and] we [did] some vocals. We are going to record some more," Carlos Santana tells Billboard. "To be in the same studio as Greg Rolie, Michael Shrieve, and Michael Carabello… it's really incredible to make that circle complete."

Aside from the group's studio reunion, Carlos Santana is prepping for the release of his upcoming album, "Corazón" (May 6). "The goal was to make a 'Supernatural' type of CD, with special, soulful guests [and] with that kind of vibration of el barrio… I love that we resonate with the street. If you have street credibitliy then it's really happening."

"The songs would come first. The songs would be like glass slippers and then you look for Cinder-fella or Cinderella," he continued to say of the recording process.

"The songs would be like glass slippers" -Carlos Santana on making new album "Corazon"
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"Corazón" is a celebraiton of Latin heritage and its musical influence, with guests as Miguel, Gloria Estefan, Juanes and more.

In December, Santana went back to his hometown of Guadalajara in Jalisco, Mexico for a special concert. The show, "Corazón, Live from Mexico: Live It To Believe It" – at which Santana performed majority of "Corazón" alongside the album's featured guests – will be broadcast on HBO Latino and HBO Latin America tomorrow, Saturday (May 3) 8:00 p.m. ET/7:00 p.m. CT.

"It felt like the energy was all pointing towards it (Guadalajara). The whip cream and the cherry on top was my son Salvador playing keyboard and Cindy, my wife, playing drums."