September 29, 2009 – 4:01 am

That informal gathering of rock stars to show off and fool around - the jam session.

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San Francisco 1970 [Mid Valley Records, 1CD]

“Village And Recorders Tapes”, Village Recorder Studio, San Francisco, CA, October 18, 1970, very good soundboard.

And so the story goes…

“By the time the Dominos arrived in Berkeley in October 1970, Eric [Clapton] had heard about a young teenage kid called Neil Schon, who was creating quite a stir on the local scene. He was recording with Santana at the Village Recorder in San Francisco and Eric and some of the Dominos went down to check him out. Before long the Santana band and Eric and company were jamming away.

“What you’ll hear here is the result of that informal meeting. Eric was certainly impressed and invited young Neil to play with him and the Dominos at their Berkeley shows. The shows were so good that Eric asked him to join the band. He declined and went on to be a key member in Santana and later formed Journey. He remains one of the world’s most inventive guitarists.”

This session has been circulating since 2002 when Mid Valley put it out. While the jam did take place, some fans felt that November 18 might be the correct date since Neal Schon played with the Dominos on the 19th. Another fan mentioned that the session involved the Santana band and only Clapton and not the rest of the Dominos (in spite of what the title says). Listening to the disc, one is likely to agree that this was probably the case.

By October or November 1970, Santana (the band) were in superb form - they already had two hit albums under their belt and, though untitled here, Jam #3 is an instrumental version of Everything’s Coming Our Way, which would appear on Santana III (1971). And even then, Santana was already trying out jazz - Jam #6 sounds like free form jazz led by a blistering trumpet attack. And Clapton, who was on top of the game, had Layla in the can - the album would be released by the December 1970.

If only someone had thought of filming the session…

Thanks to wharfratpat and HYM for sharing the tracks on the internet.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Track 01. Jam #1 (189k)
Track 02. Jam #2 (8.1MB)
Track 03. Jam #3 [Everything’s Coming Our Way] (4.7MB)
Track 04. Jam #4 (8.6MB)
Track 05. Jam #5 (12.7MB)
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Track 06. Jam #6 [Compared to What?, by Eugene McDaniels] (18.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 07. Jam #7 (7.6MB)
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Probable lineup:
Carlos Santana - guitar
Gregg Rolie - keys, vocals
Neal Schon - guitar
David Brown (or Tom Rutley) - bass
José “Chepito” Areas - timbales
Mike Carabello (or Marcus Malone) - congas
Michael Shrieve - drums
Eric Clapton - guitar

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This is what BluesFan noted on the Dime site (with tracklist update by goody):

Okay, now there are a lot of stories on this session. I’ve been researching this since 2002, when I got this bootleg when it was released. It is commonly referred to as Santana with Derek & The Dominos. It’s not. It’s Clapton sitting in with the Santana band as they were rehearsing. It is referred to as the Village Recorders tape. It’s not. 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 to October 18, 1970. Wrong again. Both bands were on the East Coast, Santana in Miami on the 17th and D&D in Philadelphia on the 17th. It’s known that it happened during D&D’s 2 night stand in Berkeley, which took place on November 18th and 19th. Take your choice. I chose the 18th.

What you have is some loose jams from rehearsals, with Clapton sitting in.

01. Jam
02. Just Like You (or Shades of Time?)
03. Everything is Coming Our Way
04. Batuka
05. Gumbo
06. Try To Make It Real Compared To What
07. Blues Shuffle Jam

  1. 8 Responses to “KICK OUT THE JAMS”

  2. its actually 10-28-70. the date works more accurately with the tour schedule. someone made a mistake with the 2 and made it a 1.

    By darth on Sep 29, 2009

  3. hey bigo, thanks! i need to fix the tags. thanks, darth! i will put the correct date. i’ll probably just put santana for artist, since i already have a folder made.

    if one likes extreme avant like brotzmann, sun ra, etc., check out weasel walter-firestorm. it’s brutal. i got it yesterday. marshall allen of sun ra fame on alto. other weasel albums i have that are good too are opulence with mary halvorson and plane crash with damon smith and henry kaiser. you can get a free album by if you go to i forget the name of the link on his site, but it’s the sept download. reuben’s cool. he sent me a batch a week ago.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 29, 2009

  4. oh yeah, others who are on the free rueben download are damon smith, nate wooley, reuben radding and weasel walter. i walk around and play it on my ipod.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 29, 2009

  5. Hello darth
    Thanks for the feedback. Any reader with a different suggestion?

    By bigozine2 on Sep 29, 2009

  6. One more note for the tags — Track #6 is “Compared to What?” by Eugene McDaniels. That’s the only one I have listened to so far — if I can get names for the others I’ll post them on here as well…

    By Jerry Dunaway on Oct 1, 2009

  7. Hello Jerry
    Thanks for the feedback. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Oct 1, 2009

  8. Where is Eric………. Clapton, I hope he’s OK!!
    But some other one…… Last time I heard of him, he was about to make a move/departure from Delaware — Tons of shit fell on him. Again. He never learns.
    Where is that Eric……..
    Allez, il s’en tire pas trop mal, va, ça pourrait être pire!!

    By serge zéni on Nov 21, 2017

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