This song features the Tower of Power horn section, which was the first time Santana used guest musicians (they're credited in the album sleeve, as opposed to being on the album like his Supernatural and Shaman albums).
This song, like most of the others on this album, does not have the song title in the lyrics. People refer it as "Time for you to all get down."
Suggestion credit: Jim - Oxnard, CA, for above 2
The guitar solo was performed by Neal Schon, not Carlos Santana. Neal joined Santana for this album, and formed Journey two years later.
AnonymousFor fifty years I knew that this thunderous thunderclap WAS Karate, but I laid low until I really checked the credits. Today, my hat's off to you, Carlos, and you, the Mighty Emperors from Harrisburg.
Ty from Gavilan Hills, CaThanks to those that remember the Mighty Emperors from Harrisburg, PA. I was the drummer and co-writer on KARATE aka Everybody's Everything....Carlos has been very respectful to Milton and I with credit for the song on his albums and it appears on a few of his recordings. YouTube has many versions of the song from many bands and orchestras around the world...we are grateful for the recognition.
Hugh from State College, PaDave (from Scottsdale), for years I also thought this was a ripoff of 'Karate". Then I recently read an article from a writer at the Pittsburgh Post Gazette who said Carlos Santana requested and received permission from Brown and Moss (members of the Emperors who wrote the song) to rework the song. They do receive credit on the album and apparently did receive royalties.
Gary from Los Angeles, CaIn the liner notes for "Viva Santana," Carlos Santana says that he couldn't get the groove from "Karate" out of his head, but he didn't want to do a song about karate, so he called the writers, and asked for PERMISSION to change the lyrics. They liked his idea, and gave him the okay...If you look at the credits on the label, it's credited to Santana, M. Brown and T. Moss. Milton Brown and Tirone Moss wrote "Karate" for The Emperors. SO, it isn't REALLY a "rip-off."
Doug from Harrisburg, PaDave, How did you know about the Emperors? I saw them numerous times in the 60's growing up in Harrisburg.
Jim from Schenectady, NyAs the song opens up, you can hear someone (Carlos?) in the background coaching the band to really get into it,saying "Now balls, man, balls"
Steven Mcguire from Whittier, CaGuitarist Steven McGuire points out the fact that Neal Schon played the guitar solo on Everybody's Everything! Not Carlos! Neal did not receive credit for this solo on the album.
Dave from Scottsdale, AzA great rocker from a great album. This song, however, is a direct note-for-note rip-off of a song called "Karate" released in 1967 by The Emperors. The words have been changed except for "time for you to all get down" and "yeah, do it". I'm not sure who got the composer credits, but it is pretty shameful.