November 11, 2015 – 1:09 pm

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The Santana Secret Tape 1975-1980 [no label, 2CD]

Demos and outtakes. Very good soundboard.

Thanks to the person who shared this on the net.

Santana himself is an avid music collector who is said to have a vault of music for all his favorite artists. In the tape trader community, there is a tape called the “Bob Marley Santana Tape,” which is full of rare 7-inch and b-side singles of Bob and the Wailers.

What is known about this is that it contains many rare Roger Steffens-produced tracks and takes, including a couple live ones, dates unknown aside from 1975-1980.

Rastamon commented at The Traders’ Den: “Note that Waiting In Vain is not really “Live”, just has crowd noise added in. I understand Santana wanted a live version, but none existed, so Roger made this version for him.”

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January 14, 2008
Ask Santana
By Jack Low /

Despite a mutual respect for one another’s music, Bob Marley and Carlos Santana never recorded together.
Q: “Is it true that Bob Marley and Santana did some recordings together in 1979? If so what happened to those tapes?”
- Ben Kramer

It’s true that Bob Marley and Mexican guitarist Carlos Santana were fans of one another’s music. The artists often played many of the same venues in the process of demanding tour circuits on which they aimed to grow their audiences in Europe and the United States during the 1970s and the early 1980s. The first documented example of Bob’s interest in the guitarist’s powerful brand of rock is a 1973 home movie where Bob and other members of the Wailers are hanging out at a waterfall in Jamaica, listening to Santana’s music.

Although Santana and Bob never embarked on a recording session in the studio together, Bob once came close to recording a live number with Santana and his band. In the summer of 1980, during the European leg of Bob’s Uprising tour, the pair met up in Germany because of coinciding schedules. Bob was to play at Dortmund, Germany Friday the June 13. The day before, Santana was in town to play at the same club. It was one of the only days off for Bob and the band during the tour, which carried them all over Europe.

Bob attended the Santana show with the rest of the Wailers. It was sold out, and Bob and the Wailers where backstage watching the show. Santana offered Bob Marley and the Wailers to perform with his band onstage during the third and final encore. Al Anderson and Tyrone Downie of he Wailers took Santana up on his offer and came on stage and played with Santana on his classic tune “Evil Ways,” from Santana’s eponymous 1969 debut album. Because Bob did not join his bandmates onstage that night, today there is no recording of the two greats playing together.

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CD1 and 2 > EAC > 1 track wave > CD WAVe split > Frontend Flac

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
Track 101. Keep On Moving (Dub Take 1) 7:22 (12.4MB)
Track 102. Keep On Moving (Dub Take 2) 7:18 (12.3MB)
Track 103. Marcia Got To Lead The West 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 104. Waiting In Vain (live) 5:06 (8.6MB)
Track 105. Rebel Music (live) 5:45 (9.7MB)
Track 106. Instrumental 4:08 (6.9MB)
Track 107. Revolution (Take 1) 4:31 (7.6MB)
Track 108. Revolution (Take 2) 4:31 (7.6MB)
43 mins

Disc 2
Track 201. Pimpers Paradise (Dub) 3:18 (5.5MB)
Track 202. So Much Trouble (Instrumental) 3:51 (6.5MB)
Track 203. Forever Loving Jah (Instrumental) 3:07 (5.2MB)
Track 204. Bad Card (Version) 3:04 (5.2MB)
Track 205. Real Situation (Alternate) 5:26 (9.1MB)
Track 206. Crisis (Version) 3:53 (6.5MB)
Track 207. Buffalo Soldier (Dub) 4:26 (7.4MB)
Track 208. Rebel Music (Instrumental Take 3) 7:14 (12.2MB)
Track 209. Buffalo Soldier (Dub Mix 2) 2:55 (4.9MB)
Track 210. One Love (Dub Take 2) 2:56 (4.9MB)
Track 211. One Love (Dub Take 3) 3:50 (6.5MB)
44 mins

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  1. 3 Responses to “BOB MARLEY - SANTANA SECRET TAPE 1975-1980”

  2. The shows in Germany which they are talking about were not played in a “club” but in the Westfalenhalle in Dortmund, which was in 1980 one of the biggest concert venues in Germany (if not the biggest). Both shows were televised in the famous Rockpalast Show in German TV and you can watch them both on YouTube in full length. Both were absolutely great shows !

    By Michael Hess on Nov 11, 2015

  3. wow..big o has outdone itself this time!
    thanks guys!

    By sluggo on Nov 11, 2015

  4. Amazing Collection. Thank you very much.

    By John Q on Nov 21, 2015

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