A retrospective Rolling Stone review was more enthusiastic, finding Santana "thrilling Note: Tracks 1—6 are from the original studio sessions for the album recorded January 27—29, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Encyclopedia of Popular Music 5th ed. Omnibus Press. May March 2, Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on They weren't earning free brownie points through shared ethnicity, if you catch my drift, thus they had to work hard for their harvest. And work they did.
The vigorous, aggressive attitude they bring to "Soul Sacrifice" from their debut LP is mind-blowing. First they rev up the tempo and then the percussion section manned by Areas, Tellez and Rekow literally rattles terra firma below.
His WHAT? That'd leave a mark. Devadip's ride is as wild as a free-range filly and Tom tears into his Hammond organ with a vengeance before they enter a serene "bring it down" section that is transcendent via some calming, airy synth strings.
They then proceed to build it back up and toss in a few more tortured bobcat screams on their way to the impossible-to-be-improved-upon climactic ending that brought the Woodstock nation to its feet on Max Yasgur's farm where their legend began. It morphs into a Jeff Beckian rocker in the second half and exits in a jazzy flair. Nice going, amigos. It's a trick. Tom emits an expressive ARP ride and then they jump into double-time for Devadip's shredding extravaganza before the whole shebang collapses for some soulful riffs from Greg's tonsil cavern.
They end with the group on stage again for a performance of "Savor" that storms out of the gate at full gallop with frenetic drums, timbales, and congas in the dust-raising forefront. I've always been a fan of the Hammond organ and Coster gives my hero Brian Augur a run for his money here. A spectacular percussion break follows and all I can say is Holy Maracas, Batman! I LOVE this stuff! They transition seamlessly into "Toussaint L'Overture" for the finale and, while Carlos' doesn't exactly take a nap stage left, Tom once again cranks up his Hemi-powered Hammond and drives it hard, generating the unstoppable inertia of a ton locomotive in the process.
Devadip closes the deal with guitar death screams that leave the audience flabbergasted and begging for more. Still not convinced that Santana's one of the best in all of progdom? Consider this. They're one of the purest groups ever in that they've never once relied on anything but their music.
Yes and Pink Floyd had their dazzling stage shows. Genesis and ELP had their eye- boggling lighting effects. Others had charismatic front men or a to-die-for roster of untouchable virtuosos.
But Santana was just a band of dedicated musicians giving their all every time the microphones were turned on whether in the isolation of the studio or in the presence of tens of thousands. No gimmicks, just undiluted enthusiasm and raw power sprinkled with an occasional touch of grace.
Basic HTML is allowed. Your email address will not be published. Subscribe to this comment feed via RSS. Award winning Japanese photographer particularly well known for his books The Alps and Himalayas , published in and , respectively. Like this: Like Loading Cancel reply Enter your comment here The album reached 10 on the Billboard charts and was eventually certified platinum , neither of which occurred again until the star-studded Supernatural in All tracks written and composed by Tom Coster and Carlos Santana , except where noted;.
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