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3.26 | 151 ratings

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Lieven Van Paemel
4 stars First of all: This album came BEFORE "Festival" and there is no "Chepito" Areas on it!!!!!

Drummer "Ndugu" Leon Chancler was still present from part of the "Borboletta" sessions. Armando Perazza was also still on board from that line up, returning bassist Brown also played on parts of the "Borboletta" sessions if I am not mistaking. Introducing Greg Walker... not too bad a singer, at least not too bad on this one.

The fantastic Tom Coster really had a chance here to show his skills. He was a much more accomplished keyboardist than Rolie or any other that took that seat with the band Santana.

I never really was much impressed with "Europa"... Still prefer "Samba pa ti" and especially "Song of the wind" far better but... OK.

Dance sister dance is just awesome. The finale with Costers strings and an impression of parts from "Borboletta" where Jules Broussard played saxes...

"Take me with you" has indeed a very similar feel to Incident at Neshabur from "Abraxas" but I don't mind. It's a bloody good piece of music.

"Let me" starts off a bit like Se a cabo but changes completely. One I learned to love!

Armando's Gitano is another real gem on this album!!! One of Santana's finest moments.

Tell me are you tired never was a fave nor Let it stine, but both have continued to grow on me ever since...

Actually, I now love "Amigos" better than "Abraxas" or "3" but "Caravanserai", "Welcome" and "Borboletta" will always be my best loved albums. And I was only 15 when this one was all over the record shops in town.

Lieven Van Paemel | 4/5 |


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