Friday, January 24, 2014

"The Sensitive Kind" by Santana

Song#:  0692
Date:  08/01/1981
Debut:  85
Peak:  56
Weeks:  8
Genre:  Rock

Pop Bits:  Santana had returned to the Top 20 for the first time in 10 years with "Winning" (#17) from the album "Zebop!" This follow-up tune, sung by Alex Ligertwood, didn't do as well but did almost make it halfway up the chart. These singles helped the LP become their first Top 10 in four years and returned them to platinum status.

ReduxReview:   This is kind of a dull song for a single. It incorporates more of a blues flavor than the rock of "Winning," but I don't think it's something that would burn up any chart. It kind of sounds like a cut from an Eric Clapton disc (which, as you may know, is not very interesting to me). The vocals and Santana's solo are pretty sweet, but overall I find it kind of a snooze. I much prefer the original (see below) which is a dark, smooth ballad that features some tasty horns and strings.

ReduxRating:  4/10

Trivia:  This song was written by J.J. Cale who was one of the folks responsible for the "Tulsa Sound," a style of music based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma that was a combo of blues, rockabilly, and country. He had four chart singles the best of which was the #22  "Crazy Mama" in 1972. Cale is mainly famous for penning two major Eric Clapton songs, "Cocaine" and "After Midnight." This song was originally recorded by Cale on is 1979 album "5."


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