Santana III

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Santana III is an album that undeservingly stands in the shadows behind the towering legend that is the band's second album, Abraxas. This was also the album that brought guitarist Neal Schon -- who was 17 years old -- into the original core lineup of Santana. Percussionist Thomas "Coke" Escovedo was brought in to replace temporarily José Chepitó Areas, who had suffered a brain aneurysm, yet who recovered quickly and rejoined the band. The rest were Carlos, organist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Schrieve, bassist David Brown, and conguero Michael Carabello. "Batuka" is the powerful first evidence of something being very different. The band was rawer, darker, and more powerful...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Santana III is an album that undeservingly stands in the shadows behind the towering legend that is the band's second album, Abraxas. This was also the album that brought guitarist Neal Schon -- who was 17 years old -- into the original core lineup of Santana. Percussionist Thomas "Coke" Escovedo was brought in to replace temporarily José Chepitó Areas, who had suffered a brain aneurysm, yet who recovered quickly and rejoined the band. The rest were Carlos, organist Gregg Rolie, drummer Michael Schrieve, bassist David Brown, and conguero Michael Carabello. "Batuka" is the powerful first evidence of something being very different. The band was rawer, darker, and more powerful with twin leads and Schon's harder, edgier rock & roll sound paired with Carlos' blend of ecstatic high notes and soulful fills. It cooks -- funky, mean, and tough. "Batuka" immediately transforms itself into "No One to Depend On," by Escovedo, Carabello, and Rolie. The middle section is highlighted by frantic handclaps, call-and-response lines between Schon and Rolie, and Carlos joining the fray until the entire track explodes into a frenzied finale. And what's most remarkable is that the set just keeps on cooking, from the subtle slow burn of "Taboo" to the percussive jam workout that is "Toussaint l'Overture," a live staple in the band's set list recorded here for the first time and featuring some cooking Rolie organ work at its beginning. "Everybody's Everything" is here, as is "Guajira" and "Jungle Strut" -- tunes that are still part of Santana's live show. With acoustic guitars, gorgeous hand percussion, and Santana's fragile lead vocal, "Everything's Coming Our Way" is the only "feel good" track here, but it's a fitting way to begin winding the album down with its Schon and Santana guitar breaks. The album ends with a completely transformed reading of Tito Puente's "Para los Rumberos," complete with horns and frantic, almost insanely fast hand drumming and cowbell playing. It's an album that has aged extremely well due to its spare production by Carlos and the band and its live sound. This is essential Santana, a record that deserves to be reconsidered in light of its lasting abundance and vision.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • Label: Imports
  • UPC: 886973524626
  • Catalog Number: 915894
  • Sales rank: 63,439

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Batuka (3:34)
  2. 2 No One to Depend On (5:31)
  3. 3 Taboo (5:34)
  4. 4 Toussaint l'Overture (5:57)
  5. 5 Everybody's Everything (3:33)
  6. 6 Guajira (5:45)
  7. 7 Jungle Strut (5:23)
  8. 8 Everything's Coming Our Way (3:15)
  9. 9 Para los Rumberos (2:56)
  10. 10 Batuka (3:41)
  11. 11 Jungle Strut (5:58)
  12. 12 Gumbo (5:26)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Santana Primary Artist
Michael Shrieve Percussion, Drums, Vibes
Linda Tillery Background Vocals
Neal Schon Guitar
Luis Gasca Trumpet
José Chepitó Areas Percussion, Conga, Drums, Flugelhorn, Timbales, Vocals, Rums
Gregg Rolie Organ, Piano, Vocals
Coke Escovedo Percussion, Timbales, Background Vocals
David Brown Bass
Mike Carabello Percussion, Conga, Tambourine, Vocals, Background Vocals
Greg Errico Tambourine, Tamboura
Mario Ochoa Piano, Soloist
Rico Reyes Vocals, Background Vocals
Carlos Santana Guitar, Vocals
Tower of Power Horn Section Group
Tower Of Power Horns Horn
Technical Credits
Michael Shrieve Composer, Producer
Neal Schon Composer, Producer
Gene Ammons Composer
Santana Audio Production
José Chepitó Areas Composer, Producer
Danny Joe Brown Composer
Gregg Rolie Composer, Producer
Milton Brown Composer
Coke Escovedo Percussion Assistant
David Brown Composer, Producer, Engineer
Mike Carabello Composer, Producer
Glen Kolotkin Engineer
Mike Larner Engineer
Rico Reyes Composer
D. Brown Composer, Engineer
Carlos Santana Composer, Producer
Vic Anesini Mastering
Josh Cheuse Art Direction
Teddy Moss Composer
Elizabeth Calleja Graphic Design
Santana Musicians Producer
Tyrone Moss Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    The Original Santana Band's Last Hurrah

    SANTANA III is the last album by the group to feature all of the original members, in addition to introducing new guitarist Neal Schon. Schon added his own guitar style, which complimented Carlos Santana's perfectly. Carlos himself sang lead on the ballad "Everything's Coming Our Way", which proved that he could sing as well as play great guitar in the mold of B.B. King and Otis Rush. As great as this CD is, you can't help but wish that this lineup had stayed together longer.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Expanding greatness

    Santana begins to reach beyond his first two albums and does so with wonderful results. This one has a couple of well known radio hits but it also has some excellent musical adventures that don't get the airplay that they really deserve. Even after all these years, I play this one a lot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    two guitarists/horn section

    Two elements not reenacted often in the many Santana line-ups exist in this album: - Neal Schon's guitar adds such dimension to this album, an actual dialog between the two guitarists can be imagined. Their reference to "Toussaint Loverture" is a good example of it. - and the addition of Tower of Power awesome horn section in (only) one track: "Everybody's Everything". Not for the faint-hearted but still one of the best albums of the band, especially if you like drums and percussions.

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