February 17, 2010 – 4:12 am

The return of Santana as Latin rock was heralded by a Rolling Stone cover story “Santana comes home”.

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King Biscuit Flower Hour 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the Beacon Theatre, New York City, May 7, 1976 and broadcast on June 13, 1976. Ex FM stereo. From Phil Cohen’s master reel.

I recorded this off the radio onto 2-track/2-channel reel at 7.5 IPS. The group performed in New York while touring behind its album “Amigos”. - Philip Cohen

The sound quality of this original broadcast in 1976 is astounding. Especially as this was recorded onto reel tape. This show has since been rebroadcast, the most recent was by the BBC’s Music 6 In Concert program on Oct 9, 2007 where Oya Como Va was replaced by the lenghty first encore, Incident At Neshabur. The BBC’s digital broadcasts are lossy. The version on Wolfgang’s Vault has even more tracks but the lack of any notation leaves us wondering whether all those songs were played at the Beacon that night.

The year 1976 was a big one for Carlos Santana. Previous years had seen him diversify - first with the spiritual album with John McLaughlin and then avant garde adventures with John Coltrane’s wife Alice (Iluminations), and then a less successful Borboletta with a revised Santana band. But falling album sales must have shaken Carlos. It was decided by new manager Bill Graham that Santana should return to his Latin roots. The album Amigos boasted a handful of tuneful rhythms in Gitano, and even funk in Dance Sister Dance and Europa.

The band started the year with an Asian tour covering Australia and Japan, where the exclusive Japan live album Lotus had cemented his fame. Then from April to July, Santana roamed Canada and the United States. It was during this U.S. tour that this recording was made at the Beacon Theatre in New York. There are many highlights but the biggest cheers were for the familiar - Black Magic Woman, Oye Como Va and the extended lounge-y Samba Pa Ti. And Santana did really know how to throw a samba party, starting with the swinging Gitano; slowed the pace down with the ballad Europa, got the folks to cha-cha to Oye Como Va (Santana is fiery hot); and added the celebratory Brazil and bits of Never Can Say Goodbye to Samba Pa Ti.

The European leg of the 1976 tour was recorded and would appear as the Moonflower album in 1977. However, that double LP was flabby compared to this one-hour show. This is one Santana live concert that begs a release.
- The Little Chicken

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

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.

Due to the size of some of the files, please be very patient when downloading the tracks. It could be that the server was very busy. Please try again later. Kindly email us at [email protected] if you encounter persistent problems downloading the files.

Track 01. Gitano* (8.6MB)
Track 02. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (10.0MB)
Track 03. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)* (9.4MB)
Track 04. Europa (Earth’s Cry, Heaven’s Smile)* (7.9MB)
Track 05. Oye Como Va (5.6MB)
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Track 06. Samba Pa Ti/Brazil [extended jam] (13.2MB)
Track 07. Let Me* (8.0MB)
Track 08. Evil Ways (5.8MB)
Track 07b. Incident At Neshabur (13.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)

* tracks from the then new album, Amigos.
Phil Cohen’s version is missing the first encore, Incident At Neshabur. However, it is offered as a bonus track (taken from another FM source).

Carlos Santana (g/perc/vo)
Greg Walker (vo)
Tom Coster (kbd/vo)
Byron Miller (b)
“Ndugu” Leon Chancler (ds)
Armando Peraza (perc/vo)

The 1976 Amigos album was a return to Santana’s roots but with a new smoothness brought to the band by Tom Coster, Ndugu Leon Chancler and Greg Walker. Click on the link to order Amigos and other Santana albums.


  2. hey bigo, first comment! i will download this and put incident before evil ways and see how it sounds. if it doesn’t right, i can change it to track 9. i have other boots where tracks came from different sources. free still rules.


    By Ed Saad on Feb 17, 2010

  3. hey bigo and phil, thanks for this one! it’s a good one. yeah, i just fixed it. it does sound better leaving incident as a bonus track or track 9. i just put it back on my ipod and put genre on. then i put yes-circus of heaven. i looked at the tags. i got this 5.29.09. i don’t get every single boot bigo offers, but i get probably 95% of them. i also have santana/mclaughlin a live supreme remastered on my ipod. i may play it walking later.

    keep the great shows coming!!! more avant!!! speaking of avant, i got a batch from mike pride yesterday. check out his trio disc called sleep cells. it’s real good. i’ve had 4 years come june. mary sent it to me on my b-day. pride sent me two of his avant jazz bands called from bacteria to boys and evil eye. both are good. i still need to play dynamite club.


    By Ed Saad on Feb 17, 2010

  4. The material(without “Incident at Neshabur”) was all that was broadcast in my area. It was a “King Biscuit Flower hour”.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 17, 2010

  5. Great many thanks, Phil,

    it’s amazing how much you’ve come to contribute here, you should have a little virtual shrine here at BigO where we can light virtual candles ;-) OK, a little kidding, but with a big grain of truth.

    Thanks also @BigO for creating this here and keeping it alive for such a long time.

    Greetings, Tom

    By Tom in Germany on Feb 18, 2010

  6. Great Santana concert!
    Maybe the great last Santana’s concert!!!
    Thanks Bigo’s team & Phil :)

    By Rochacrimson on Feb 18, 2010

  7. Great music. Phil has done it again!
    I was wondering what happened to the original artwork with this post? I didn’t have a chance to open and view it and it was very nicely done. Thanks

    By Brian on Feb 18, 2010

  8. Hello Brian

    The artwork we first placed was incorrect. That was for a version of this same show but from a different FM broadcast which had the complete show. We decided to do a new artwork for Phil’s show to avoid confusion with the other version we had. Cheers.

    By bigozine2 on Feb 19, 2010

  9. Thanks for clarifying regarding the cover. The show is terrific!

    By Brian on Feb 19, 2010

  10. To Tom in Germany,

    You will see more of my stuff on Big O through the year 2010. There is much,much more.

    By Philip Cohen on Feb 20, 2010

  11. Thanks BigO, and thanks, especially, to Philip Cohen. So many gems!

    By tony on Feb 21, 2010

  12. great show !
    Thanks Philipp and BIGO for all these great concerts

    By juju on Apr 15, 2010

  13. just tried myself paul because i missed this and they don`t work for me either.

    By fast eddy on Aug 1, 2013

  14. Thank you for fixing the dud links

    By PAUL on Aug 2, 2013

  15. Thanks BigO….can never get enough Santana…sunshine music all the way !

    By grunt on Aug 3, 2013

  16. Thanks as always for another great download. The bonus track is on 4 Shared and my McAfee secure search warns that it is “dangerous” per below warning message. Caveat emptor!

    Warning: Dangerous Site
    Whoa! Are you sure you want to go there?

    This site may be risky to visit.

    Why were you redirected to this page?

    When we visited this site, we found it exhibited one or more risky behaviors.

    By Jania on Aug 4, 2013

  17. Thanks - I’ll give Greg Walker another try…

    BTW, it seems like you used to use another share site. 4Share wants me to create an account and I’d rather not do that.

    By Jeremy Shatan on Aug 7, 2013

  18. since this artist (santana) is the only one i see on the home page that played woodstock and therefore makes it easy to post a comment.. i thought i would announce it here that the the singer Richie Havens will receive a musical tribute Aug. 18, the 44th anniversary of the final day of the 1969 Woodstock festival.

    By darth on Aug 8, 2013

  19. darth–if you have to come up with a lameass excuse for posting something…oh, never mind.

    By Innocent Bystander on Aug 8, 2013

  20. “since this artist (santana) is the only one i see on the home page that played woodstock and therefore makes it easy to post a comment.”

    Ya think so darth? I thought your empty life and desperate need for attention is what makes it easy for you to comment here. Oh right, and no moderator.

    By Everyone Else On bigO on Aug 8, 2013

  21. “the singer Richie Havens”

    Thank you so much for clarifying that it’s the SINGER Richie Havens they’re giving a musical tribute to. Otherwise I may have thought it was for NASCAR driver Richie Havens, or pro bowler Richie Havens, or sanitation engineer Richie Havens, or maybe Yellowstone National Park ranger Richie Havens.

    By Dingus on Aug 8, 2013

  22. Thanks for the info darth, and it looks like everyone was waiting on you to post so that they could post something also.

    By blue moon on Aug 8, 2013

  23. Jania and Jeremy, It now looks like 03 Dance Sister Dance works fine. Incident At Neshabur on 4Shared shows a big play button next to the MP3 sign. If you click that, it will stream the whole song. If you have a stream capture like freecorder, you can use it to get the song without having to join.

    By 5yrsnojob on Aug 8, 2013

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