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3 stars Embarking on a fresh Journey

Confusingly, Santana's third album title is actually once again eponymous, the LP sleeve bearing a sticker declaring it to be "The third album". Indeed the sticker is the only indication on the sleeve, apart from a "Santana" notation on the spine of the gatefold, of who the album is by.

Some line up changes have taken place since "Abraxas", notably Neal Schon (who would go on to form Journey) comes in on second lead guitar. There is however a continuity to the music in terms of the previous albums.

After a spirited instrumental opener "Batuka", the ethnic influences come to the fore on "No one to depend on". This piece is a strange mixture of tribal chant and improvised lead guitar jamming. "Taboo" is a Clapton like blues ballad which allows Greg Rolie to take centre stage. His vocals here are particularly emotive, and although lead guitar is once again the instrument of choice for the soloing, his keyboard playing provides a wonderful basis for the track.

The ethnic side of the band's music is represented most strongly by the tracks which close each side, "Toussaint L'Overture" and "Para los rumberos". These largely improvised pieces have the dominant percussion roots which are strongly associated with Santana's music. Even here though, the guitar work is noticeably of a rock orientation. "Jungle strut" is in a similar vein, although here guitar and organ alternate as lead instrument.

For me, the weakest track is the rather anonymous "Everybody's everything", which was released as a single. While there is a degree of energy to the song, it is largely superficial, redeemed only by the wailing lead guitar. "Everything is coming our way" also has overt pop leanings, but the laid back vocals and dreamy organ make for a pleasant if unchallenging track.

As with most Santana albums, a liberal amount of tolerance is required to classify this album as truly prog. The track structures are largely simplistic, but they are fully developed into lavishly appealing works. The twin lead guitars add an extra depth to the overall sound, resulting in some of most rock orientated moods Santana have ever created. Those who enjoy the music of Santana should ensure that this album is part of their collection.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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