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The Long Haul
Santana, Steve Miller Band, Chicago
Beacon Theater, NYC 1975 [Seagull, 2CD]
Live at the Beacon Theater, NYC, April 11, 12, 13, 1975.

Woodstock had morphed into the self-destructive Altamont but worse still was the ennui that set in after the Vietnam War ended [shall we all agree to April 30, 1975?]. A generation that had grown up under the influence of Aquarius had to figure which way to go? Follow in their fathers' footsteps or carry on and make their own road.

This set of three shows are all taken from three nights at the Beacon Theatre in New York City, a three night stand by Santana, Chicago and the Steve Miller Band on April 11-13, 1975, two weeks before the fall of Saigon to North Vietnam's Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

What would you play? Chicago sound the most lifeless. Having spent a greater part of their recording career writing political songs, they had just released Chicago VIII, and by then Chicago were cruising as a pop-rock band following single after single on the hit formula they hit on with Saturday In The Park in 1972. Since then, Chicago have never looked back on their earlier, harder albums. Terry Kath accidentally killed himself in 1978. The only rocker in the band was permanently removed.

Santana was probably the bigger draw in 1975 but by then had the heavy Latino-rock reputation to carry. Although Carlos was a very modern and forward looking musician, his fans were not. Albums like Caravanserai and Borboletta were released and ignored by the fans. Whenever he toured, all the fans wanted to hear were songs from the first three albums. Santana unable to convince his fans of his new music, did not disappoint. To his credit, Carlos went solo and made many beautiful albums after that. All were ignored by Santana fans.

The Steve Miller Band are the joker in the pack. Steve Miller, best known for his hits The Joker and Jet Airliner, was a dedicated musician who was taught by Les Paul. His first few albums all followed in the vein of '60s albums, psychedelic and socially aware - Children Of The Future and Brave New World. But by 1973, he tasted chart success with the single, The Joker, number 1 in the US. After that, all else was put on hold as Miller tried hard to follow on that success.

This collection of three shows offer a snapshot of just how far the socially relevant roar of late '60s rock had been transformed. Bands were all at the crossroads undecided which way to go. It wasn't until Peter Frampton's Frampton Comes Alive released January 6, 1976 that the choice was made.

That album sold millions and convinced the record company guy that he needed to hire rock bands with fresh-faced handsome guitarists with long blonde hair and a Colgate smile. Punk, indie and grunge have never been able to kill this corporate beast. But it looks like MP3s have brought music back to the crossroads again.
- Professor Red

Santana

1 Black Magic Woman
2 Oye Como Va
3 Blues Prelude
4 Time Waits For No One
5 Give and Take
6 Incident At Neshabur
7 Instrumental
8 Soul Sacrifice

Lineup

Carlos Santana - gtr, vcls
Leon Chancler - drms
Jose Chepito Areas - perc
Tom Coster - keyboards, vcls
Armando Peraza - congos
Leon Patillo - vocals
David Brown - bs


Santana were a greatest hits band by 1975. They hardly ever played the tracks off their recent albums like 1974's Borboletta. You can get a gist of this incarnation of the band by buying their Greatest Hits album.

Steve Miller Band

1 Fly Like An Eagle
2 Wild Mountain Honey
3 Come On In My Kitchen
4 Goin' To The Country
5 Nothin' Lasts
6 Goin' To Mexico
7 The Joker
8 Take The Money And Run
9 Gangster Of Love
10 Your Cast Ain't Nothin' But Trash
11 Shu Ba Da Ma Ma Ma Ma

Lineup

Steve Miller - gtr, vcls
Gary Mallaber - drms
Lonnie Turner - bs
Norton Buffalo - harmonica
Joachim Young - keyboards
David Denny - gtr



While this preformance predates the release of 1976's Fly Like An Eagle, three of the songs on that album are previewed at this show. You can buy Steve Miller's Fly Like An Eagle here.

Chicago

1 Call On Me
2 Saturday In The Park
3 Beginnings
4 Ballet For A Girl In Buchannan
5 Make Me Smile
6 So Much To Say, So Much To Give
7 Anxiety's Moment
8 West Virginia Fantasies
9 Color My World
10 To Be Free
11 Now More Than Ever
12 Just You 'n Me
13 [I've Been] Searchin' For So Long
14 25 Or 6 To 4
15 Feelin' Stronger Everyday

Lineup

Peter Cetera - bs, vcls
Robert Lamm - keyboards, vcls
Terry Kath - gtr, vcls
James Pankow - trombone
Lee Loughnane - trumpet, vcls
Walter Parazeider - flute
Danny Seraphine - drms



You can buy the album Chicago were promoting in 1975, Chicago V, here.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality, stereo MP3s - sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released.

Note: As some of the songs have been officially released, these tracks are now no longer available for download.

 
Disc 1
  Santana
Track 101 Black Magic Woman (9.1MB)
Track 102 Oye Como Va (5.5MB)
Track 103 Blues Prelude (2.5MB)
Track 104 Time Waits For No One (5.4MB)
Track 105 Give and Take (7.0MB)
Track 106 Incident At Neshabur (10.4MB)
Track 107 Instrumental (5.7MB)
Track 108 Soul Sacrifice (22.1MB)
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  The Steve Miller Band
Track 109 Fly Like An Eagle (10.0MB)
Track 110 Wild Mountain Honey (5.6MB)
Track 111 Come On In My Kitchen (4.6MB)
Track 112 Goin' To The Country (4.2MB)
Track 113 Nothin' Lasts (5.2MB)
Track 114 Goin' To Mexico (4.9MB)

 
Disc 2
  The Steve Miller Band (cont'd)
Track 201 The Joker (7.6MB)
Track 202 Take The Money And Run (6.1MB)
Track 203 Gangster Of Love (3.8MB)
Track 204 Your Cast Ain't Nothin' But Trash (5.0MB)
Track 205 Shu Ba Da Ma Ma Ma Ma (8.9MB)
  Chicago
Track 206 Call On Me (6.8MB)
Track 207 Saturday In The Park (5.2MB)
Track 208 Beginnings (3.9MB)
Track 209 Ballet For A Girl In Buchannan (4.0MB)
Track 210 Make Me Smile (4.4MB)
Track 211 So Much To Say, So Much To Give (1.6MB)
Track 212 Anxiety's Moment (973k)
Track 213 West Virginia Fantasies (2.4MB)
Track 214 Color My World (4.3MB)
Track 215 To Be Free (1.5MB)
Track 216 Now More Than Ever (3.8MB)
Track 217 Just You 'n Me (7.3MB)
Track 218 [I've Been] Searchin' For So Long (6.5MB)
Track 219 25 Or 6 To 4 (8.2MB)
Track 220 Feelin' Stronger Everyday (6.4MB)




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