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FESTIVAL

Santana

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

2.57 | 62 ratings

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Lieven Van Paemel
3 stars Since "Amigos" came BEFORE this one, this one came shortly AFTER "Amigos"... I believe there is NO Dave Brown. If I'm right he was gone after Amigos and the bass player here is Pablo Telez. There also is NO Armando Perazza... He would return after this album.

What to say about this one... returning singer Leon Patillo has a great voice but is on some real stinkers here like "The river"... Returning Jose "Chepito" Areas is one of the percussionists and I believe a very young Raul Rekow is the other one and the drummer is Gaylord Byrch.

Some real beauty here; "Revelations" is one of the finest moments of the Carlos Santana/Tom Coster partnership. Another beauty is Verao Vermehlo with the Costers strings leading to a grand finale... The acoustic guitar is just grand!!!

The Carnaval/Let the children play/Jugando suite is great music too. The latin feel is back but without the rawness of the first albums. It's all much more playfull. Let the music set you free is rightly stated and another great track.

Stinkers??? Yep! The river, Reach up, Give me love... No thanks.

Try a little harder now and Maria Caracoles are ok.

Overall, some real fine moments but also the first sign of decline... Amigos still received a four star, this a three star for the real good pieces.

Lieven Van Paemel | 3/5 |

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