Monday, October 19, 2009

Santana - Tanglewood 1970-08-18, Lenox, MA - Repost

Santana - 1970-08-18 - Lenox, MA - Tanglewood (Repost)

"Recorded just over a year to the day that the band played its historic Woodstock Music & Art Fair performance, Santana was fast becoming one of the biggest bands in the world. By August 1970, Carlos Santana had augmented the band with additional percussionists and a teenage Bay Area guitar prodigy named Neal Schon. Schon was getting a buzz as the next big thing among guitar players, and shortly after being asked to join Santana, he was called by Eric Clapton, who invited him to join Derek and the Dominos (both Duane Allman and Dave Mason had already passed on that gig)."
"The mix is full, alive, and simply breathing with the sound of the room (the multiple percussionists in particular sound excellent). Greg Rolie on organ is a real monster throughout and his sound is clear as a bell and up front in the mix. Rolie never really gets enough credit for the huge swashes of sound he brought to the early Santana band. His organ fills and solos, while not the most complex, are always exciting and really flesh out the sound of the band; there are times in the early years where it sounds more like the Greg Rolie Band than just plain ole’ Santana (he burns on this version of “Soul Sacrifice”). Speaking of Santana, Carlos is positively on fire here – his leads are sinuous and biting, weaving in and out of the constantly percolating rhythm section. His playing is out front, loud, and oozing with a confidence sometimes missing from his early band recordings. His guitar sounds huge as it thrashes the stage and at times he fulfills the role of both rhythm and lead at the same time (he would later add second guitarist Neal Schon, who later formed Journey with Rolie, to pick up some of the slack).
"The entire band is playing with an incendiary intensity that is hard to resist; everyone is deep into the groove and they go straight for the head bobbin’ gut. In later years the band would get a little more ethereal (which I love), but here they are out to bring the house down with irresistible latin rhythms, boiling percussion, and killer rock panache. Many people forget just how hot Santana was back in the day (thanks to Carlos’ continuing modern day slew of bland pop tune schlock) but have no fear because this will remind everyone why Santana in 1970 was one of the greatest bands on the planet." (Music Mook Review)

Set List:
01 Se a cabo (7:55)
02 Black magic woman (5:27)
03 Oye como va (4:30)
04 Incident at neshabur (5:39)
05 Toussaint l'overture (5:00)
06 Evil ways (4:31)
07 Hope you're feeling better (4:37)
08 Treat (4:17)
09 Savor (2:14)
10 Jingo (9:15)
11 Soul sacrifice (13:12)
12 Gumbo (4:50)
13 Persuasion (3:42)

Line up
Carlos Santana - guitar, vocals
Gregg Rolie - keyboards, piano, lead vocals
Neal Schon - guitar
David Brown - bass
Michael Shrieve - drums
Jose “Chepito” Areas - percussion, conga, timbales
Mike Carabello - percussion, conga, vocals
Thomas “Coke” Escovedo - percussion