Santana Pre-Columbia Recordings-Must Have
This is a 3 disc LP album in a fabulous tri-fold presentation. Very well done. Comes from Italy, a true collectors edition in every sense of the word. All discs are 180 gram pure virgin vinyl and the manufacturing execution is flawless. Virtually non existent surface noise and zero warpage. Heavy duty inner sleeves to protect the discs. Sonics are fabulous,not to be missed.Actual title of this album is "Santana - Soul Sacrifice" on the Get Back label,catalog number "GET618".
This is for the true Santana fan,make no mistake about that. These recordings capture Santana prior to his signing with Columbia(CBS). Most of these were done from 1966 to 1968 in a wide variety of settings. Some were done in studios and appears others were done in some club settings. No they don't have the polish of the Columbia recordings,but clearly show the emerging talent of Santana during this period of time. On many of the selections with careful listening one can hear band members urging other members on to extend themselves,just fantastic.
The Selections Are:
1. Acapulco Sunrise
2. Coconut Grove
3. La Puesta Del Sol
4. Latin Tropical
1. Santana Jam
2. Soul Sacrifice
1. Let's Get Ourselves Together
2. Travellin Blues
4. Hot Tamales
1. As The Years Go Passing By
3. El Corazon Manda
1. Fried Neckbones
2. Everyday I have The Blues
1. Jamin G Minor
2. With A Little Help From My Friends
3. Jammin Home
Some of these selections later on became big hits for Santana such as Soul Sacrifice,Jingo and Fried Neckbones.But the big treat here are the selections that Columbia did not do. Such as Santana jam,Acapulco Sunrise,and Jamin G Minor.
On these LPs you will hear Santana really stretch out,the drive and determination is truly stellar. Most of the selections are undocumented material and are captured here for the first time. All of the selections we know are played here. But the playing time is longer as the band is exploring the music with great verve. This was the beginning were Santana was blending rock,latin,jazz and blues into the signature that was to become Santana. You will also hear Greg Rolie and Neal Schon on these LP's. As you know Greg and Neal left in 70 or 71 to form what would become known as Journey.
So if you consider yourself a Santana fan,this is an absolute must have for your library. The music and the sonics of these LP's is very good indeed. Thankfully these early recordings survived,for this is truly a piece of rock history and captures Santana at his earliest best.
I found this album in a used record store,still in shrink wrap. I am not familiar with the GET BACK label. Although they do have a website [www.abraxas.it]
Like I said if you are a true Santana Fan, this is a must have. To find this is a true joy for me. Hope you can find a copy it is truly worth searching out. For me even more so as it is in the vinyl format. Plus I worked at CBS during those years,I just don't know how we missed some of these selections. But I have them now.