Santana Recruits Chris Cornell, Nas, More for Classic Rock Covers Album

June 3, 2010  |  11:00am

With all the collaborations guitar legend Carlos Santana has done, he could very well be rock’s answer to Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon.

Spinner reports that Santana, who has jammed with everyone from Eric Clapton to will.i.am on his triptych of collab-heavy albums—Supernatural, Shaman and All That I Am—will be cutting another guest star-packed album. This time, though, he’ll be doing classic-rock covers.

The tracks appear to be mostly classic rock-radio standards, including Jimi Hendrix’s “Little Wing” (featuring vocals from Mr. Joe Cocker) and Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell taking Robert Plant’s role on Zep’s “Whole Lotta Love.” Ray Manzarek, former keyboardist from The Doors, will join Santana for a reworking of his band’s classic jam “Riders on the Storm.”

One of the more surprising collabs is between Santana and rapper Nas, who will appear on a cover of AC/DC’s “Back in Black.” The resulting mental image of Nas and Santana in schoolboy gear is jarring enough in and of itself, so we’ll just leave you with that.

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