Santana Amigos on 180g Import LP from Speakers Corner
Carlos Santana’s music is like the game of Mikado – a tight bundle of pieces in various styles that is difficult to handle, even for experienced musicians. No whether the sticks are labeled funk, jazz, rock, R&B, or folk: when you try to pick out just one of these, the whole lot vibrates alongside.
It seems relatively simple (and is often attempted) to try and sort out track lists according to more or less commercially oriented compilations. And having fastidiously set up the ranking and astutely discussed it in your circle of friends, you can sit back and enjoy the brilliant guitar sound of such blockbusters as Caravanserai or Welcome – quality rules the day!
On his seventh album, Amigos, the guitar guru is once again surrounded by numerous freshly recruited supporting musicians including David Brown (bass), Tom Coster (keyboards, vocals), Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (drums, percussion), Armando Peraza (percussion, vocals) and Greg Walker (vocals) while star producer David Rubinson watches carefully over the proceedings, which are highly reminiscent of the early Santana sound.
A perceptible infatuation with the vocals, or the wealth of buzzing, pulsating, clattering, clicking rhythms, or yet again the inimitable bubbling, frothy guitar solos: a Santana LP is simply unthinkable without all this. Why then should one try to pick out the various styles, genres or consumer groups when this record belongs to his best and most important six, seven – or maybe even eight? At the end of the day, we all remain Amigos with Santana.
Carlos Santana (vocals, guitar, percussion)
David Brown (bass)
Tom Coster (keyboards, vocals)
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler (drums, percussion)
Armando Peraza (percussion, vocals)
Greg Walker (vocals)
Santana Amigos Track Listing:
1. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)
2. Take Me With You
3. Let Me
5. Tell Me, Are You Tired
6. Europa (Earth's cry Heavens smile)
7. Let It Shine