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...and though I tried to change the world,
This review is from: Borboletta (Audio CD)
Described by some as a transition album, Borboletta, is actually the last of the albums Carlos Santana would make which were primarily the fusion of West Coast and Latin rhythms. It is also the first of the albums under the Santana logo as opposed to individual albums where there was an overtly spiritual theme although it would be true to say that there is a spiritual theme running throughout his entire collection of works. It is also an album to consider alongside Lotus, the live album of the period as the two together represent a complete picture of the band at that time.
When the album first appeared I was taken aback by some of the lyrics. As a strong hedonist in those days the devotion to god throughout an album of, shall we say, space music, was a bit of a downer. My anxieties were soon shaken off though by the tremendous music that pervades the entire album. Not as jazzy as Caravanserai, the album begins and ends with the sounds of nature, almost in a wheel of life fashion but to me more like the worm Oroubos representing a complete whole. Like an airplane gathering speed for takeoff the album moves forward slowly before pulling back the throttle and picking up power and speed. Carlos Santana has never been the great technical guitarist such as Jerry Garcia and was often criticised by Francis Vincent Zappa but he nevertheless makes a great contribution in other ways. Captain Beefheart once says to Rockette Morton, 'hit that long leaning note and let it float' and no-one could do that better than Carlos. His skill with the long sustained note is at it's recordeed best on this album but his other great gift too is on display throughout.
My appreciation of Santana as a band was based on that sustain but also in the way that the band coalesced together with the latin rhythms competing against the rock base allowing for solos and breaks to work against and with each other. Borboletta is replete with a great rhythm powerhouse underpinning the band and the fierce latin section of percussion pushing the envelope.
Individual tracks which stand out for me are Mirage, Here and Now and promise of a fisherman although I must confess to having a preference for the entire album. Alas, Borboletta and Lotus were the last two albums where I can honestly say I really liked without hesitation. For a whole variety of reasons the recorded output seemed to miss this pinnacle ever since.
If you have to be selective about which Santan albums to buy make sure you go with this one. You will not be disappointed. Tracks from this album were among the most requested during my tenure as a DJ with Omega Disco in the Coelfrith Arts Centre in Sunderland and at the Ivy House for at least two years. I feel too that this album has more than stood the test of time.
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Initial post: 6 Jul 2012 14:07:09 BDT
Thanks Junglies. Anyone who can mention Rockette Morton - in a Santana review! - is alright with me.
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