March 13, 2010 – 4:23 am

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Live [no label, 1CD]

Unknown venue and date. Very good soundboard.

The artwork states: “This two-record set was professionally recorded at one of the finest concert halls in the nation. Eight microphones were utilized by the sound crew on stage to achieve the flawless quality of sound that is evident throughout the entire album. It captures the peaks of excitement and emotion that accompany a live Santana concert.”

Santana always knew how to throw a party and the Instrumental Introduction is the open invitation to have a good time. From then on, it’s guitar jams, African polyrhythms (before there was World Music) and breathless rock fusion with a solid groove.

Here is Philip Cohen with the rest of the tale:

“Let me take you back to the earliest days of vinyl bootlegs, circa 1970-71. These were the days when most bootleg LPs had blank labels. At 14 to 15 years old, I wrote the song titles onto the labels, never thinking that I was devaluing a collector’s item. At the time, many bootleg LPs were packaged in something more like a portfolio folder than a regular album cover.

“Anyhow, pressing quality in those days was often crude, and the vinyl itself was a harder species of vinyl that was probably not intended for phonograph record manufacturing. The Side One and Two record in this two-LP had dozens of small pimples on the surfaces, and if you saw what the record looks like, you’d be amazed that it plays this well, though there are occasional low-pitched thumps due to the pressing imperfections.

“Fortunately, Side Three and Four are free from this problem, and you get a scorching soundboard by the Santana lineup heard on their debut album. The group plays the entirety of their first album, plus three unreleased selections (Instrumental Introduction, Gumbo and Fried Neckbones).

“Though the recording was recorded from the soundboard to cassette, there is a minor problem that starts during the audience sounds before the final track Soul Sacrifice. Due to either imperfect tape head alignment or a used tape not being perfectly erased, you can hear some backwards leakage of a previous recording. These backwards sounds add unintended psychedelic flavor.”

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

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.

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Track 01. Instrumental Introduction (8.1MB)
Track 02. You Just Don’t Care (7.6MB)
Track 03. Fried Neckbones (10.9MB)
Track 04. Waiting (8.8MB)
Track 05. Treat (13.1MB)
Track 06. Gumbo (6.6MB)
Track 07. Evil Ways (6.3MB)
Track 08. Medley: Shades Of Time/Savor/Jingo (19.8MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 09. Persuasion (4.2MB)
Track 10. Soul Sacrifice (24.2MB - visit the html page to download the track)

Carlos Santana - guitar, vocals
Gregg Rolie - keyboards, lead vocals
Dave Brown - bass
Jose Chepito Areas - timbales, congas, percussion
Mike Carabello - percussion, trumpet
Michael Shrieve - drums

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  2. Thanks a lot of good Music

    By udo on Mar 13, 2010

  3. hey bigo, thanks! all the santana shows i got from bigo are good, but this one and hartford, ct are my favorites. i didn’t get winterland cause it’s missing tracks, but leon thomas is on it so i’m sure it rules.

    that first song sounds like an early version of dance sister dance.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 13, 2010

  4. Ed,

    In many(and maybe most) groups, a song can start off as a one-riff jam, and then later develope into a song. Yes, “Instrumental Introduction” uses a riff that would later become part of the song “Dance Sister Dance”.

    By Philip Cohen on Mar 13, 2010

  5. I think that this concert was from circa’1969 in promoting the 1st album.

    By Rochacrimson on Mar 13, 2010

  6. Always good to hear 1960’s/1970’s Santana. great stuff.

    By Mescalero on Mar 14, 2010

  7. Can’t get 4 Square to open for the 2 tracks, any problems?

    By David Wright on Mar 14, 2010

  8. David, I just got those 2, no problems. You arent the David Wright that went to Cleveland High, by chance? If so, we were friends.

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 14, 2010

  9. hey philip, thanks for writing me back! i played this walking again this morning. it’s a good one.

    i wish i knew how to rip tapes. i have a bunch of boots on tapes. bigo has my e-mail address, if you ever want to talk music. i’m on facebook too.

    i put 69 for year in itunes. it just feels right. i put live for album title. good enough.


    By Ed Saad on Mar 14, 2010

  10. Ed, all you need to rip cassettes to CD-R is a cassette deck and a stand-alone(non-computer) CD-R recorder, both of which I have. If the material is on reel to reel tape, I can’t help, since I no longer have a reel to reel machine. Contact Stephen at Big O, and if you have anything on cassettes that is of interest to him, I’m sure that I could do the transfers to CD-R. Which reminds me that I have several drawers full of cassettes that I haven’t played for many years. I should look at them and see if there’s anything good there.

    By Philip Cohen on Mar 14, 2010

  11. Ed and Philip, don’t forget that CD-R standalones require different blank CDs than that used on PC’s. They must state Music Recordable. Crosley also puts out an all in one LP/cassette player and recordable CD that uses music blank CDs. The ION Turntable has a pass-thru from any miniplug source (cassette, MD)that plugs into PCs thru USB and allows making MP3s from cassettes that way.

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 16, 2010

  12. To 2yrsnojob,

    My standalone CD-R recorder is a professional unit(Fostex CR-200), which uses “data” CD-R blanks, and records without SCMS anti-copy signals. I only use that recorder for dubs from vinyl or cassette. For all other copying(and re-copying of the dubs from vinyl or cassette) I use an iMAC computer.

    By Philip Cohen on Mar 16, 2010

  13. Sorry, Philip I didnt know what equipment you had access to. Most consumers probably can’t afford a pro model. I use a Stanton turntable with my Philips CD recorder from the prior millenium, if I dont use my ION USB turntable with my HP PC. Bless everyone who can still hear music and appreciate it, in whatever form they can get it in. My bro helped perfect the artificial ear the Clarion, that restores or grants (for those born deaf) hearing through radio waves to the auditory nerve, bypassing the hammer, anvil, and “hairs” in the semi-circular canals. Rush Limbaugh got his hearing back that way, and my bro is very good friends with Howard Dean. It’s a funny world!

    By 2yrsnojob on Mar 16, 2010

  14. For those of you scoring at home, the Santanamigos web site lists this show as being from Winterland Arena, San Francisco, CA on 12/18/69 (with the note that it could be any of the 12/18-21/69 run at Winterland) The Instrumental opening the show is Conquistadore Rides Again and the full name of Fried Neckbones is Fried Neckbones and Some Home Fries. Hope this clears up some of the mystery.

    By mike on Mar 16, 2010

  15. I have this on vinyl, haven’t played it in many years.

    By bill in pgh on Mar 17, 2010

  16. “At 14 to 15 years old, I wrote the song titles onto the labels, never thinking that I was devaluing a collector’s item.” - I did the same ;-)) and with great accuracy I also tried to reproduce the band’s logos of that time onto the label.
    But, after all, who cares - I don’t have the intention of ever selling one of those LPs. They might be less precious for some collectors, but they look better for me and I have the informations on the label where they should be. :-)

    By walter on Mar 17, 2010

  17. Thanks.

    By Zappadict on Mar 24, 2012

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