She’s Not There: SANTANA

Australian singles chart:
She’s Not There entered the Kent Music Report on 21 November 1977 and peaked at #19.

The song is on the Moonflower double album which entered the Kent Music Report album chart on 21 November 1977 and peaked at #7.

Rod Argent

Record label of Australian release:


LIVE PERFORMANCE from 1989 with Alex Ligertwood on lead vocals:
Ligertwood had 5 different stints as lead vocalist of Santana between 1979 and 1994

She’s Not There is the debut single by British rock band the Zombies, written by keyboardist Rod Argent.
A cover of She’s Not There was a hit for Santana when it appeared on their 1977 album Moonflower. Their version features Greg Walker as the lead vocalist.
Carlos Santana is a Mexican/American guitarist who rose to fame in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock ‘n’ roll and Latin American jazz. Its sound featured his melodic, blues-based lines set against Latin and African rhythms played on percussion instruments.
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Ultimate Santana:
As with many Santana productions, the guitar appears only sparsely as a rhythm instrument. But Carlos’ riffing flows throughout the song, and his guitar melodies form an integral part of the piece. Predictably, his playing stays mostly in the Gm pentatonic scale, with a few notable exceptions that add to the hookiness of his parts.
Also added in Santana’s version of She’s Not There are a series of percussion breaks based around a bluesy riff, and two different guitar solos. The first starts with full-band stops, and the second happens after the percussion breaks. Carlos makes good use of the wah-wah pedal during both solos.
Vocally, Santana’s singer at the time, Greg Walker, had an incredibly powerful, soulful voice.
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