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SANTANA 3

Santana

 

Jazz Rock/Fusion

4.00 | 299 ratings

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10string
5 stars IMHO, "Everybody's everything" is the CULMINATION of the 2 previous albums and the highest point that this particular ensemble ever reached, even though Carlos S. disses this album as the "excess" LP , I think that the "controlled frenzy" displayed in this song is what it's all about. Congas, timbales, cowbells swelling with a bass/Hammond/e gtr and then "Tower of Power" comes in...WHAT A RUSH!!!! Gregg Rollie's voice is perfect in here too... All the way to the rushed version of Tito Puente's "Pa los Rumberos"...

My pal Joetito saw this group in The Hiram Bithorn Stadium in San Juan, PR in 1971 and was NOT impressed with Neal's playing ("Like having a kid pilot a 747"), but Neil's way more obnoxious in Journey hitting those high notes constantly...

I saw Santana in 1982 opening for The Clash and The Who on September 25, 1982 in the JFK Stadium, Philadelphia, PA -the biggest crowd I've ever been in, and one of the coolest concerts ever,like a HUGE keg party- and, although it wasn't the same, it sounded GREAT.

Ahhh, dynamics are lost now in music...

Batuka is a very appropiate intro blending into "No one to depend On"- the ambiance is the same all the way through.

The CD with the extra tracks is a great counterpoint which shows how they sound live (the same) and tells you that it was mostly LIVE performances from where it all stemmed from...We get treated to a song "Gumbo" that they used to play and never got recorded-I guess it was dismissed as "another jam"...

Well, I used to go to my aunt's house when I was 8 years old and play this LP (Abraxas' cover scared the hell out of me!) over & over....that probably explains it all about me ... :=)

The highest point they reached... and the definition of Latin Prog...that's what Prog is about, mixing elements and cooking up some lovin'....

Peace!!!

10string | 5/5 |

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