22 Songs, 1 Hour 58 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
38 Ratings
38 Ratings

Out of Control

This Double Disc Live Album is absolutely out of control. It encompasses the definition of the music of Santana in the late 60's and early 70's. This time period is the greatest of Santana's career (in my opinion of course). The wild and explosive jams are amazing. For example, on one of the tracks Santana even breaks free into a brief interlude of coltrane. This album is not only for Santana fans but for any rock fan that understands that music is at it's purist on stage, not in the studio.

Bush Monkey

Pure Live Santana-Great Unknown Live Album of the 70's

Sometimes it is where you first hear an album, I heard this camping as it drifted in from another's tent. Compelled, I asked what Santana is this, Lotus! Back in the 70's you had to order this album as an import. But enough nostalgia...I also saw Santana at this time, it was not just about guitar, but that the band just belted out the music in sort of a magical pure frenzy of guitar, keyboards and percussion. Thanks to Japanese recording engineers, the album was flawlessly recorded. The sound of Santana's guitar is totally intense on songs like Toussaint L'Overture and Free Angela. The keyboards play back and forth with Carlos' guitar work. One of the best unknown live albums of all time. Get it!


Lotus vs moonflower?

I think Carlos Santana is one of the greatest musicians of the millenium. That being said, let me say these remarks.Lotus is a must for a serious Santana fan. Carlos helped block the release in the USA because it wasn't up to his standards. Carlos is humble and not about money.There are a few sort of "sloppy tracks" and the recording even for live 70's standards is not impressive. THIS was the dress rehersal for Moonflower, which is one of the finest albums ever made. Carlos has played with the Grateful Dead and this is the "let it go jam" sort of thing he can do in Japan. I cherish all the notes good and bad. If you don't love Moonflower then this is for later.

About Santana

After his peers like Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton ushered the blues into the psychedelic era, Mexico-born Carlos Santana emerged from the San Francisco scene to bring a pronounced Latin flavor to the late-’60s rock revolution. And thanks to his revelatory performance at Woodstock, he become the first Hispanic guitar god in the process. With his rich, highly expressive tone serving as his eponymous band’s guiding light, Santana updated mambo standards like “Oye Como Va” into gritty funk workouts while reimagining Fleetwood Mac’s bluesy signature “Black Magic Woman” as a congo-powered Latin-jazz odyssey. Santana burrowed deeper into that spiritual potential on a series of meditative, largely instrumental albums in the ’70s, inspired by the philosophies of Indian guru Sri Chinmoy and the exploratory ethos of John Coltrane; then he reverted to the sleek soft rock of early-’80s mainstays like “Hold On.” This stylistic and pan-cultural fluidity attracted an all-star, genre-spanning guest list—Clapton and Lauryn Hill included—to Santana’s 1999 blockbuster Supernatural. If that album’s Rob Thomas–assisted summer jam “Smooth” reinvented Santana as a 21st-century pop star, his 2014 Spanish-language LP, Corazón, showed that his Latin roots are always in his heart.

San Francisco, CA




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