Lotus

Lotus

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by Santana
     
 

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Much jazz-rock fusion failed in the '70s because it was made by jazz musicians attempting to find the key to rock 'and' roll's vast popularity. Carlos Santana, however, was a rock musician with the soul of a jazzman. By the time this double CD was recorded live in Japan in 1973, he had created a true jazz-rock fusion -- with an effervescent Latin groove that updated

Overview

Much jazz-rock fusion failed in the '70s because it was made by jazz musicians attempting to find the key to rock 'and' roll's vast popularity. Carlos Santana, however, was a rock musician with the soul of a jazzman. By the time this double CD was recorded live in Japan in 1973, he had created a true jazz-rock fusion -- with an effervescent Latin groove that updated Willie Bobo and a virtuosic style of improvising on guitar that often achieved a John Coltrane level of intensity. This great lost fusion album took more than 15 years to be released in America, but with vocal help from Leon Thomas, an arrangement by Alice Coltrane, a smashing set of tunes (including Chick Corea's "Castillos de Arena" and a roof-raising jam that includes renditions of Santana signatures "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va"), and a skin tight rhythm section at its peak, LOTUS gives jazz-rock, or rock-jazz, a good name.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Recorded in Japan in July 1973, this massive live album, originally on three LPs and now on two compact discs, was available outside the United States in 1974 but held back from domestic release until long into the CD age. 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."

Product Details

Release Date:
02/26/1991
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644676426
catalogNumber:
46764
Rank:
45617

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Santana   Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve   Drums
Tom Coster   Organ,Percussion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals
Leon Thomas   Percussion,Maracas,Vocals
Armando Peraza   Percussion,Bongos,Conga,Vocals
José Chepitó Areas   Percussion,Conga,Timbales,Vocals
Richard Kermode   Percussion,Keyboards,Hammond Organ,Electric Piano,Vocals
Doug Rauch   Bass,Guitar
Carlos Santana   Guitar,Percussion,Vocals

Technical Credits

Michael Shrieve   Composer,Producer
Neal Schon   Composer
Tom Coster   Composer,Producer
Leon Thomas   Sound Effects
Armando Peraza   Composer,Producer
Santana   Arranger,Producer
José Chepitó Areas   Composer,Producer
Gregg Rolie   Composer
David Brown   Composer
Mike Carabello   Composer
Alice Coltrane   Arranger
Alberto Gianquinto   Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim   Composer
Richard Kermode   Composer,Producer
Doug Rauch   Composer,Producer
Tamoo Suzuki   Engineer
Peter Fletcher   Adaptation to CD
D. Brown   Composer
Carlos Santana   Composer,Echoplex,Producer,Contributor,Adaptation to CD
Yoshio Kokubo   Engineer
Soroku Sakakibara   Engineer
Naojii Tomori   Illustrations
Tadanori Yokoo   Art Direction
Takashi Abe   Engineer
Airto   Composer
Joaquim Young   Composer

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Lotus 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
glauver More than 1 year ago
I always have had doubts about Carlos Santana's ranking among the greats of electric guitar. This CD showed me that, at the time it was recorded, he and his band were almost the equal of the Duane-Dickey Allman Brothers when it came to jamming. His playing is far more varied than you would suspect after hearing his hits. Only a few vocals interrupt the instrumental firestorm of organ, guitar, and percussion. The only low point is a drum solo during Kyoto, a curio of the 70s era. I am afraid I will be disappointed by other live Santana efforts after listening to this set. There is nowhere to go but down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this album to pieces. My dad had it on record and I played it a lot. Somebody was nice enough to order a deluxe 2 CD box set from Japan of it, and it became my heart's delight. I've enjoyed it and played it so many times, that I need to get disc 2 repaired. I love the album. Listening to a live recording makes you feel as if you were there.