May 15, 2013 – 5:30 am

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Third Album Outtakes And Rehearsals [no label, 2CD]

Sessions at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, November 1970; at Columbia Studios, San Francisco, January 24, 1971. Very good to excellent stereo soundboard.

Thanks to the person who shared these tracks on the net in 2005.

On July 4, 1971, the Santana band was the last act on the last night at the Fillmore West as Bill Graham so aptly puts it, “What better way, than to close with the sounds from the streets, Santana!”

Santana 3 or the Third Album, as it is also known, is a primal masterpiece, filled with some of Santana’s best music. The ensemble playing is freer and more fluid and the band embarked on darker, deeper, more mysterious grooves… The third album was given its first airing here [July 4, 1971] and, as the sun set on a generation with the Fillmore’s closing, the Santana band closed the auditorium with a powerful, ragged and passionate show. - Jim McCarthy, liner notes for Santana III (Legacy Extended Edition)

Thanks to Steel Dragon for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco; November 1970
Track 101. Jungle Strut (Alternate Take) (8.6MB)
Track 102. Everybody’s Everything (Inst. Jam) (7.2MB)
Track 103. Ballin (Outtake) (10.4MB)
Track 104. Folsom Street (Outtake) (14.3MB)
Track 105. Fried Neckbones & Home Fries (Outtake) (8.9MB)
Track 106. Guajira (Demo) (9.1MB)
Track 107. Tune In (Rehearsal) (5.5MB)
Track 108. Blues Jam (10.0MB)
Track 109. Everything Is Coming Your Way (Inst) (5.8MB)
Track 110. Batuka (Jam With Blues) (11.3MB)
Track 111. Rehearsal Jam #1A (16.9MB)
Track 112. Rehearsal Jam #1B (21.1MB)

Disc 2
Columbia Studios, San Francisco; January 24, 1971
Track 201. Rehearsal Jam 2 (10.9MB)
Track 202. Fried Neckbones (10.4MB)
Track 203. Ballin (Expanded) (14.5MB)
Track 204. Folsom Street (Expanded) (10.8MB)
Track 205. Gumbo (Alternate Take) (7.6MB)
Track 206. Jungle Strut (Alternate Take) (9.2MB)
Track 207. Toussant L’ Overture (Alternate Take) (7.8MB)

According to Santana fan HermanLR (Thanks!), Disc 1, Tracks 7 to 12 and Disc 2, Track 1 are from another session - The Santana Band with Eric Clapton. “It’s Clapton sitting in with the Santana band as they were rehearsing… While it’s not known for certain, it is most likely to have been at Wally Heider Studios in San Francisco. It’s most commonly dated as October 18, 1970. Wrong again. Both bands were on the East Coast, Santana in Miami on the 17 and Derek & The Dominos in Philadelphia on the 17. It’s known that it happened during D&D’s two-night stand in Berkeley, which took place on November 18 and 19. Take your choice. I chose the 18.”

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  2. Thanks, bigO! Santana AND Clapton…

    By NAMoosedog on May 15, 2013

  3. I have tracks 7-12 on disc 1 and track 1 on disc 2 as being from Village Recorder Studios in San Francisco. Derek and The Dominos played the Community Theatre in Berkeley on 11/19/70 and Neal Schon, I think he was like 16 years old then, sat in with them. Eric Clapton was so impressed with him, he invited Neal to join the Dominos, but he decided to remain with Santana.

    By Mike Cummings on May 15, 2013

  4. So cool!!! Thanks, BigO

    By DanC on May 15, 2013


    By DanC on May 15, 2013

  6. Thank you Big O Amigos, another soundtrack for what will likely be a lonely, but beautiful, Thompson sunset. Be well and keep up the good work.

    By James on May 16, 2013

  7. Rehearsal Jam #1B is their version of the Gene McDaniels song “Compared To What”. It was getting a lot of FM radio play at the time based on the success of the excellent “Swiss Movement” album by Les McCann and Eddie Harris. Also sounds like track 101 “Jungle Strut” is at the wrong (higher) speed when compared to the original release.

    By Johnny Kinkdom on May 16, 2013

  8. Thanks to all for the date info. Is one to assume, however, that disc 1 (1-6) and disc 2 (2-7) are from January 24, 1971?

    By Rick on May 16, 2013

  9. Too bad Taboo’s not included in this. My favorite Santana track. Thanks for the music!

    By Josh on May 16, 2013

  10. Thanks, BigO. This was an interesting time in the musical development of Carlos Santana as the original band was collapsing and he was moving into the more jazz-inflected phase that was my favorite. At least some of this material, with different track boundaries, was posted on BigO in September 2009. I’ll try to match and compare those tracks with these.

    Another version of the Neal Schon story (offered with no strong basis to assert which is accurate) was that Carlos didn’t want a second guitarist in Santana but that the rest of the band was pushing for him to be added. The rumor that Clapton was going to ask him to join the Dominos may have been an invention of the pro-Schon camp to force Carlos’ hand. True or not, it worked.

    By drkrick on May 18, 2013

  11. Listened to a coupla tracks already. This is top rate stuff. Big Santana fan from back in the day (early 70’s). Many thanks.

    By Crazyhorse on May 22, 2013

  12. Anyone know who is channeling Miles Davis on that Compared To What jam?

    By DonInFremont on Jun 18, 2013

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