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Carlos Santana - Carlos Santana And Buddy Miles! Live! CD (album) cover


Carlos Santana


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.16 | 34 ratings

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Chris H
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3 stars Well for those who cry of jam sessions, you wanted it and you got it!

What do you get when you throw together Carlos Santana and half of Buddy Miles' band? Well, I'm not exactly sure but they decided to record it. "Marbles" is the first track played, and although it was written by everybody's favorite McLaughlin, this really isn't a very good track for either performer. "Evil Ways" is a decent rendition of the overly popular Santana track, and really everybody seems to come more alive. The rest of this Side 1 is just a bunch of improvisational horn sections going off with some nice bass, but there is nothing much really happening on top of that. it was only divided into songs for the sake of the record company, I believe.

The real gem of this album is the Side 2 eclipsing "Free Form Funkafide Filth". At just short of 25 minutes, it does get a bit stretchy and overly-improvisational at times, but both musicians are at their peaks of the show here. It may not be the best guitar or the best drums you will ever hear, but they really click together bringing some value to the long-lost idea of musical communication.

The bottom line? By no means is this an essential album. The recording is extremely sketchy with a lot of static and pick-up problems, as no studio touch-ups were done here. The positive side of that is that this does have that raw, authentic feel to it. A nice jam session between two respective greats, but this should not be the top album on your "to buy" list.

Chris H | 3/5 |


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