Carlos Santana knows a bit about classic songs: After all, he’s made a few of them himself, from “Oye Como Va” to the more recent “Smooth.”

But for his latest album, the guitar god took on some timeless songs from others. “Guitar Heaven … The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time,” was created by Santana and music mogul Clive Davis as a collection of covers of some of the best known songs in rock.

“These songs … to me, are like women that belonged to Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton,” said Santana in a recent interview. “I had the courage to take them out on a date. I feel very grateful, and pretty certain that if I take them out they will go out with me again.”

The guitarist paired up with several singers on the album. Chris Daughtry helps provide an updated version of Def Leppard’s “Photograph.” Gavin Rossdale lends energy to T. Rex’s “Bang A Gong” and a soulful India.Arie gives The Beatles’ “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” an earthy vibe.

“Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time” Deluxe Edition CD/DVD Track Listing:

1. Whole Lotta Love featuring Chris Cornell (Led Zeppelin)
2. Can’t You Hear Me Knockin featuring Scott Weiland (The Rolling Stones)
3. Sunshine Of Your Love featuring Rob Thomas (Cream)
4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps featuring india.arie and Yo-Yo Ma (The Beatles)
5. Photograph featuring Chris Daughtry (Def Leppard)
6. Back In Black featuring Nas (AC/DC)
7. Riders On the Storm featuring Chester Bennington and Ray Manzarek (The Doors)
8. Smoke On the Water featuring Jacoby Shaddix (Deep Purple)
9. Dance the Night Away featuring Pat Monahan (Van Halen)
10. Bang A Gong featuring Gavin Rossdale (T. Rex)
11. Little Wing featuring Joe Cocker (Jimi Hendrix)
12. I Ain’t Superstitious featuring Jonny Lang (Howlin’ Wolf, Jeff Beck Group)
13. Fortunate Son featuring Scott Stapp (Credence Clearwater Revival)
*Deluxe Edition Only*
14. Under the Bridge featuring Andy Vargas (Red Hot Chili Peppers)*Deluxe Edition Only*
Deluxe Edition DVD: The Making Of “Guitar Heaven: The Greatest Guitar Classics of All Time”

For more information, visit santana.com

source: The AP via news.yahoo.com

However you feel about cover songs, Carlos rips it up regardless. Here’s the best of the bunch: