Having read a pretty nice piece on Santana and his mid 70’s albums over the weekend. I decided today was going to be explore the back catalog day on Spotify – and the quality of some of the stuff blew me away. Soul Sacrifice we all know. If you don’t check out this seminal performance from Woodstock (I’ve put it at the bottom of this post) But the Love Devotion Surrender album from 1972 really takes the cake. A collaboration between ‘Devadip’ (His spiritual name) Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin (of  the Mahavishnu Orchestra) it is 5 songs varying from contemplative and beautiful mood pieces to whacked out, stunning guitar cosmic jams. The sort of stuff that you either find the height of musicianship, or total and utter nonsense. Well I fall into the first group on this one. There is something so relentless about this music that you just get caught up in it’s complexity it sort of actually takes you somewhere, and is the antithesis of muzak Intense, spiritual and the sort of shit you could only get away with at this time. If you don’t believe me, then this allmusic review might help explain it. Otherwise, here’s there interpretation of the John Coltrane classic ‘A Love Supreme’ . Enjoy.

Here’s the magical ‘Soul Sacrifice’ from Woodstock 1969. The drummer was just 19. Check it.

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