Top Picks: Santana's 'Guitar Heaven,' Carlos the Jackal miniseries, 'The Queen' on DVD, and more
Santana's new 'Guitar Heaven' CD, Sundance Channel's dramatization of terrorist Carlos the Jackal in 'Carlos,' British TV's miniseries 'The Queen' on DVD, and more recommendations.
Santana's guitar heaven
What sounds like a pretty cheesy idea – "Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time" – turns out to be a hot idea after all. All credit goes to guitar hero Carlos Santana (who plays with taste and fire) and guest vocalists Joe Cocker, Chris Daughtry, and the criminally underrated India.Arie, whose quiet take on George Harrison's "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" transforms the classic into something soulful and intimate. Other stellar tracks include "Bang A Gong," "Little Wing," and "Sunshine of Your Love."
Clapton finds his groove
It's great to hear from another guitar virtuoso, Eric Clapton, who has nearly abandoned his famous Fender guitar this time to show off his honeyed vocal chops. The eponymous album title "Clapton" indicates that he's comfortable with the results. Old buds J.J. Cale and Steve Winwood guest star, but it's the relaxed, nearly acoustic production and Clapton's audible delight that really define this collection of old country blues, Hoagy Carmichael's delightful "Rockin' Chair," and standards "Autumn Leaves" and "How Deep Is the Ocean."