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Album Review

Recorded in Japan in July 1973, this massive, three-LP live album was available outside the United States in 1974 but held back from domestic release in the U.S. It features the same "New Santana Band" that recorded Welcome, and combines that group's jazz and spiritual influences with performances of earlier Latin rock favorites like "Oye Como Va."

Customer Reviews

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.

One of the Best Hidden Gems

This is quite frankly Carlos at his very best. He's about 26 and playing absolutely incredible. Furthermore the musicianship of the band he is playing with is astounding. And lol they keep Carlos in check. If one has seen him life in the late 70's, they would notice that he would get out of control, play his hits really fast and use distortion and pedals WAY TOO MUCH! On "Lotus" he uses various sound effects just as an accent. He let's his intense guitar playing do the talking. Overall this album is terrific, Carlos is not just the showcase and is still part of the band, luckily many key members of the original band are still here to back him up. Mike Shrieve and Chepito Areas (Original Santana members) anchored Carlos' sound and kept him in rhythm. And the legendary Armando Peraza was way better on the congas then Mike Carabello. The keyboardists Tom Coster and Ricard Kermode also compliment the guitarist and percussion sections. For those of us who weren't alive (I'm 19 by the by) to see this amazing tour de force in 1973, this album is a gem and should be considered as such by the entire Rock community. It's Jazz fusion, it's latin, it's rock, it's blues, it's funk, it's Santana.


Formed: 1966 in San Francisco, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Santana is the primary exponent of Latin-tinged rock, particularly due to its combination of Latin percussion (congas, timbales, etc.) with bandleader Carlos Santana's distinctive, high-pitched lead guitar playing. The group was the last major act to emerge from the psychedelic San Francisco music scene of the 1960s and it enjoyed massive success at the end of the decade and into the early '70s. The musical direction then changed to a more contemplative and jazzy style as the band's early personnel...
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