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SANTANA 3

Santana

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.00 | 299 ratings

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sgtpepper
4 stars Santana III is quite similar to its predecessors although less exploratory and revolutionary. It has a bit more streamlined sound and higher presence of vocals.

The album starts with the heavy but not too memorable "Batuka" with excellent guitar soloing and trademark percussions.

"No one to depend on" is a laid back accessible track having a vocal chorus but remaining largely instrumental. "Taboo" is an emotional piece with a bit untypical Santana soloing that leaves the Latin realm. The higlight of the album comes with "Toussaint L'Overture" that is an impeccable and well delivered Latin instrumental. It will please all guitar and Hammond fans due to extensive space. Vocals are kept more in the background. "Everybody's everything" is interesting because it shows some influence of American soul music.

"Guajira" is a very melodic, salsa based track that will please younger fans of Santana, too, due to its rhythm and playful piano.

"Jungle strut" is an intensive nice instrumental workout. The last track is an untypical folk-rock inspired melodic piece, another highlight, maybe also quite radio friendly.

The last of classic Santana albums and still highly recommended.

sgtpepper | 4/5 |

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