Moonflower [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Moonflower was a bit of a strange deal in that the sprawling double album mixed live material from a 1976 London concert with studio tracks from 1977. The mixture also meant that several different lineups were involved, though there was an omnipresent core in Carlos Santana and keyboardist Tom Coster; the pair also wrote most of the original material. Inevitably, perhaps, the live tracks outshone the studio ones, if only because the live selections included reworkings of the tried-and-true crowd-pleasing classics "Black Magic Woman," "Dance Sister Dance Baila Mi Hermana," "Europa Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile," and "Soul Sacrifice." Yet the studio material wasn't ...
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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Moonflower was a bit of a strange deal in that the sprawling double album mixed live material from a 1976 London concert with studio tracks from 1977. The mixture also meant that several different lineups were involved, though there was an omnipresent core in Carlos Santana and keyboardist Tom Coster; the pair also wrote most of the original material. Inevitably, perhaps, the live tracks outshone the studio ones, if only because the live selections included reworkings of the tried-and-true crowd-pleasing classics "Black Magic Woman," "Dance Sister Dance Baila Mi Hermana," "Europa Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile," and "Soul Sacrifice." Yet the studio material wasn't superfluous, yielding a hit single in the Santana-fied cover of the Zombies' "She's Not There," as well as Coster's delicately haunting instrumental "Flor D'Luna Moonflower." Most of the studio and, for that matter, concert stuff wasn't as concise or pop-friendly as "She's Not There," but the studio tracks in particular saw the band toning down the more experimental jazz-rock fusion directions they had explored in previous albums, though they were still prone to meander for too long. Commercially, the stew certainly worked: Moonflower was a Top Ten, million-selling album, their best-seller in about five years. The 2003 CD reissue adds the shorter single versions of "Black Magic Woman," "I'll Be Waiting," and "She's Not There" as bonus tracks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2003
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074646359426
  • Catalog Number: 63594
  • Sales rank: 1,697

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Santana Primary Artist
Tom Coster Strings, Marimbas, Hammond Organ, Background Vocals, Vibes, fender rhodes, Soloist, Mini Moog, Piano (Grand), Analogue Synthesizer, Arp Odyssey, Arp Omni, Arp Strings
Pete Escovedo Maracas, Timbales, Guiro
Greg Walker Vocals, Background Vocals
José Chepitó Areas Conga, Timbales, Bell-tree
Graham Lear Percussion, Drums
David Margen Electric Bass
Raul Rekow Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Background Vocals, Surdo, cowbell
Pablo Tellez Electric Bass
Carlos Santana Guitar, Percussion, Conga, Timbales, Background Vocals
Tom Coster Jr. Soloist
Technical Credits
Tom Coster Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, String Ensemble, Music Direction
Gabor Szabo Composer
José Chepitó Areas Composer
Rod Argent Composer
Leon Patillo Composer
Sri Chinmoy Author
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Composer
George Engfer Engineer
Bill Graham Producer, Engineering
Peter Green Composer
Herbert Greene Art Direction
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Glen Kolotkin Producer, Engineer
Graham Lear Composer
David Rubinson Composer
Rod Thear Engineer
Tommy Vicari Engineer
Hal Miller Liner Notes
D. Brown Composer
Bob Irwin Producer
Carlos Santana Composer
Howard Fritzson Art Direction
Vic Anesini Mastering
Tom Coster Jr. Programming
Ray Etzler Engineering
Russ Anderson Graphic Design
Peter Crumb Engineer
Dan Ichimoto Graphic Design
Glen Knolotkin Producer, Engineer
Abe Vélez Packaging Manager, Package Manager
David Rubinson & Friends Producer, Live Recording
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  • Posted January 28, 2012

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    Starting To Slip

    This is not a bad album. However, I notice that the live cuts seem to lack the intensity of the best ones on Fillmore 68 and almost everything on the classic Lotus. This is still very good Latin-tinged fusion. Carlos probably was the best rock musician among those who attempted to bridge the gap. If you have a phobia about drum solos, take note that there are two on Disc 2. Santana's strength was in music, not words. There is an best of instrumental CD that looks very interesting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great mix of studio and live records, Carlos!!!!!!!!!!!

    This 1977, double set, features soaring guitar work by Carlos Santana, Great vocals by Greg Walker, especially on She's Not There, the old Zombies' classic. The extended jams, Savor /Toussaint L'Overture and Soul Sacrifice/Head, Hands, and Feet, feature some fine guitar work and solid drummer work. Despite what the critics might say, fans of Santana, like me are glad to see this double cd, and the remastering doesn't hurt either. Get it. Ignore the freakin' critics, what do they know. It's a great introduction for new fans and like welcoming an old friend to seasoned fans, like me.

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