For me, Santana had two great periods, the first three ground breaking Latin Rock albums and then into the Jazz Fusion era culminating in this great album - Borboletta.
Here great artists , including Airto and Stanley Clarke join the line up adding the "Light as a Feather" Brazil influence to the original Chicano Santana sound. Carlos is a serious Miles Davis inspired musician and the albums of this period are a testimony to that. At the time of release this album was not a huge commercial success, in fact perhaps it wasn;t meant to be, great musicians play what they want to play and if the public like it then thats great, John McLaughlin quoted something similar recently.
What this album gives you is great guitar solo's and arrangements, telling stories note by note , the whole album has arguably the masters greatest guitar playing. The intro to Practice What You Preach is up there with the greatest guitar intro's of all time. The playing has pure beauty and passion.Cafe1511Small Hours