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Album · 1978

Filed under Latin Rock/Soul
By SANTANA

Tracklist

A1 Dealer / Spanish Rose 5:50
A2 Move On 4:27
A3 One Chain (Don't Make No Prison) 6:13
A4 Stormy 4:45
B1 Well All Right 4:09
B2 Open Invitation 4:45
B3 Life Is A Lady / Holiday 3:47
B4 The Facts Of Love 5:28
B5 Wham! 3:24

Total Time: 44:02

Line-up/Musicians

Michael Boddicker Keyboards, Synthesizer Programming
Pete Escovedo Percussion, Timbales
Dennis Lambert Clavinet,Keyboards,Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Graham Lear Drums
David Margen Bass
Armando Peraza Bongos,Percussion, Vocals
Raul Rekow Conga,Percussion
Chris Rhyme Keyboards, Synthesizer
Chris Rhyne Keyboards, Synthesizer
Carlos Santana Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Vocals
Chris Solberg Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Keyboards, Organ, Vocals
Greg Walker Vocals, Vocals (Background)

About this release

Columbia – FC 35600 (US)

Recorded at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California. July & August, 1978.

Thanks to snobb for the updates

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Sean Trane
As the decade is drawing near, Santana was moving more out of his pure jazz-rock era, probably realizing the style was starting to exhaust its possibilities. The album does veer a slight bit towards the funky (and even a bit disco) with a typoical Spencer Davis touch with Greg Walker’s Winwood-styled vocals.

While the album starts out surprisingly on a Traffic cover of Dealer (good but not as good as the original) and ending on a cool Spanish outro, Move On is now a typical Santana track that mixes Winwood-souled vocals with that typicvally aerial latin-fusion the group had developped over the last four years. The surprisingly funky (dare I say almost disco-ish) One Chain is hardly insufferable though, but the more calm but still funky Stormy is rather bland.

Side 2 starts out with another Winwood classic followed by a harder Open Invitation reminding a bit the early-days Steve Perry Journey, but nothing infuriating either. The Lady/Holiday couple is bringing us back towards Amigos, while the funky Facts Of love is again flirting with a funky Winwood influence.. The closing percussive Wham! is almost a return to the first three albums albeit slightly modernized, and might just be my fave on the album.

By then end of the album, one can only be a tad irritated at the too-numerous Winwood references from Spencer Davis to Traffic, but this is clearly due to Dennis Lambert’s production also as he collaborated to three songs also, earning a co-credit for each. Not one of Santana’s most original album, not one of his worst either. Only really flawed by the heavily-slanted singing, this remains a good Santana album, just not an essential one.

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