January 14, 2009 – 4:25 am

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Ecuador Sessions [no label, 1CD]

Unreleased album between 1976 and 1979, recorded at the Auttomatt Studios, CA. Good to very good soundboard.

Going by these tracks (which run the gamut from R&B to Latin to jazz), it looks as if apart from albums in the late ’70s such as Amigos, Festival, Inner Secrets and Marathon, Carlos Santana also had another record in mind. He already had tracks such as Oneness and La Llave though Oneness would be the title track of a 1979 Devadip album while La Llave would appear on the Swing Of Delight album in 1980.

Even though the sound varies between good and very good, Santana’s playing is stellar (Love Is Here To Stay is a good example) and Greg Walker’s vocals on I’ve Waited All My Life are mesmerising. And the Unknown Jazzy Instrumental (Track 7) could easily be a drive-time staple.

Thanks to Ricosantana for sharing these tracks on the Dime site. As Ricosantana notes: “Here is an unfinished album by the Santana Band at the end of the ’70s and songs like Oneness, La Llave have been taken for different Santana albums.” He also adds: “It’s very difficult to find information about this record.”

These tracks are no longer available for sharing.Together (4.2MB)
Unknown Instrumental (6.9MB)
I’ve Waited All My Life (5.9MB)
Love Is Here To Stay (9.1MB)
God Made You (For Me) (7.5MB)
Hear My Song (8.0MB)
Unknown Jazzy Instrumental (5.8MB)
Burn Your Desire (similar groove with “Tower Of Power”) (7.2MB)
Unknown Soul Song (7.5MB)
Unknown Latin Instrumental (12.3MB)
Oneness (8.0MB)
La Llave (11.6MB)
Armando Chant (2.8MB)

Carlos Santana - guitar, vocals, percussion
Greg Walker - vocals
David Margen - bass
Tom Coster - keyboards
Armando Peraza - percussion
Raul Rekow - congas
Pete Escovedo - timbales
Graham Lear - drums

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  1. 17 Responses to “RETURN OF THE LOST ALBUMS - SANTANA”

  2. Great post!

    By progged63 on Jan 14, 2009

  3. Very nice sound! Thanks for posting this!!

    By Hulkzilla on Jan 14, 2009

  4. Fantastic!
    Amazing post!

    By Rochacrimson on Jan 15, 2009

  5. This is the kind of lost studio sessions we Santana collectors look for. Thanks for sharing my friend.


    Hermano Scott E

    By Scott E on Jan 16, 2009

  6. Sounds to me round about ‘Moonflower’ sessions.
    Great to hear !



    By Frank on Feb 23, 2009

  7. Roio,
    It seems your site’s been a bit quiet lately. I think im the only geordie (thats a native of newcastle on the tyne man) who has nearly every Santana album since Caravanserai…BUT Moonflower is unsurpassable.Nuff said.
    Now then, where’s me camel?

    By LesH on Nov 1, 2009

  8. unbelieveble!!! thanths very much for post my friend.

    By tony on Apr 10, 2010

  9. is fantastic, sadly it has not released, would a great album.

    ThanX of Brasil


    By Carlos Santana on Jun 12, 2012

  10. fantastic find, can’t wait to share this with other santana heads

    By chris schmitt on Dec 11, 2013

  11. Top!
    Thank you very much.

    By Bob on Apr 18, 2014

  12. Superb album — great find.

    By Nutty on May 5, 2015

  13. Superb Album — mindblowing

    By Nutty on May 5, 2015

  14. Howdy just wanted to give you a quick heads up. The text in your article seem to be running off the screen in Safari. I’m not sure if this is a formatting issue or something to do with internet browser compatibility but I figured I’d post to let you know. The layout look great though! Hope you get the problem solved soon. Kudos|

    By comcast internet offers on Dec 11, 2015

  15. Thank you for sharing.
    I came across “God made you for me” by accident, and further searching brought me to this site. Thank you very much for sharing. I agree it would have been a great album. I cant wait for Santana IV. Pity I wont be able to see the Santana/Journey collaboration live on stage. Love from South Africa

    By Shafick on Apr 10, 2016

  16. having trouble track six tried to refresh page same result how can i fix some great music of late cheers

    By el taco on Apr 11, 2016


    please can you email me the audio

    By JOHN PITFIELD on Sep 26, 2017

  18. please email me the audio or can you advise how i can download the tracks

    By JOHN PITFIELD on Sep 26, 2017

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