Picks and Pans Review: Carlos Santana Looks Back

UPDATED 11/05/2007 at 01:00 AM EST Originally published 11/05/2007 at 01:00 AM EST

• With a new retrospective, Ultimate Santana, the guitar god, 60, reflects on his hits.

"EVIL WAYS" (1969) It's one of our first children. I consider all of my songs to be children. That way when I play them it's like getting a hug from your daughter or son. It's very personal.

"BLACK MAGIC WOMAN" (1970) The first time we played it in Fresno, we knew something was eternal about it. When we were recording it in San Francisco, the phone rang and someone said, "Hey, Miles Davis wants to talk to you." My bandmates were looking at me like, "What's so special about him?" I've been wondering that ever since.

"EVERYBODY'S EVERYTHING" (1971) All I kept picturing was Aretha Franklin for this song. I was inspired. I grew up listening to ladies, and that's who I try to emulate [with] my guitar.

"SMOOTH" (1999) That was the last song that Clive [Davis] presented me for Supernatural. I said, "I'm not sure about that song." We recorded at the same time with Rob Thomas, and it only took one take. I got chills.

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