May 27, 2010 – 11:29 am

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Angels Camp 1987 [no label, 2CD]

Live at the Mountain Aire II Festival, Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, CA, August 23, 1987. Very good soundboard. Some fans feel it’s from an “internal FM feed”.

Santana may have laid his claim on Latin rock but in the ’80s and ’90s, music fans had already drifted off his samba rhythms. They would, however, return in a big way to embrace the Supernatural album in 1999. Till then, Santana even tried pop - Beyond Appearances (1985) - before returning to his roots in Freedom (1987).

Live, Santana was and is still a force. And together with the Grateful Dead… According to, Mountain Aire was discontinued for a decade after the August 1987 show inundated Angels Camp with 30,000 people who came to see the Grateful Dead and Santana. One man who overdosed on drugs at the concert was shot to death after he struggled with law officers at a hospital. Hundreds of festival-goers that year camped in adjacent fields without sanitation or along Highway 49.

This is what graymatter remembered of the event:

I was 20 at the time, this was a few days following the Harmonic Convergence (The Harmonic Convergence was a loosely organized new age spiritual event which occurred on August 16 and August 17, 1987, when groups of people gathered in various sacred sites and “mystical” places all over the world to usher in a new era, a date based primarily on the Maya calendar, but also on interpretations of European and Asian astrology. The Harmonic Convergence was supposed to be a global awakening to love and unity through divine transformation.) Little did folks know it was to come together at the Mt Aire Festival of 1987.

On Wednesday the 19, my friend Cody and I piled into this young woman’s VW bug. It was quite cramped with all the backpacks not to mention her 6’4” cousin. I had to sit sideways for the entire four-hour drive from the Bay Area. We camped that week in the granite plains above Yosemite. Our tent was attacked by a bear because someone had left a cinnamon apple in one corner by mistake.

On Friday night we arrived at the long line of cars that stretched for miles leading into Angels Camp of Calaveras, where Mark Twain’s famous Frog Jumping story had once taken place. We had to park next to the road and make the best of it. All night there was this really high dude who greeted each car harsh expletives.

And as if that wasn’t enough, a bunch of Hell’s Angels set up a P.A. and cranked Grateful Dead songs at the top of a hill where they raced their Harleys all night long. Yes there would be no sleeping for anyone that weekend. (The next morning was H-O-T. Liquid “Vitamin A” and Fun-Guy was readily available to all in copious amounts. The summer of ’87 melted.)

David Lindley and his legendary band “El Rayo-X” opened. With 90 degree heat, Mr. Dave in his finest polyester announced that he was playing with the best drummer he had performed with in his life. At first I laughed, and then they ripped into a fire blazing Crazy Bout a Mercury.

What would follow would be a near three-hour scorching set by Santana. The heat, the planes, the ambulances, the parachuting acrobats, the dust, Jerry on a golf cart, Bill Graham rushing around on his scooter desperately attempting to escort a carload of freaked out suits, threatening to 86 anyone who looked at him funny. There was NO escape, we were in for the full ride.

The Dead didn’t hit the stage until well after the sun had gone down. That blazing afternoon gave way to Jerry’s incredible way of connecting to the song “Friend of the Devil” that seemed to put context to all we had been through leading up to that magical weekend. Damn what a great time to be young.

Thanks to HermanLR for sharing the lossless tracks on the Dime site.

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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Disc 1
Track 101. Beat Of My Drum (3.1MB)
Track 102. Primera Invasion (3.1MB)
Track 103. One (8.4MB)
Track 104. Healer (7.1MB)
Track 105. She’s Not There (7.7MB)
Track 106. Incident (12.1MB)
Track 107. Super Boogie (6.4MB)
Track 108. Goodness and Mercy (5.7MB)
Track 109. Savor (Peraza/Rekow/Vilato) (17.1MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 110. Cavatina (14.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (9.1MB)
Track 202. Oye como va/Evil Ways/Jingo (10.0MB)
Track 203. Once It’s Gotcha (8.1MB)
Track 204. Soul Sacrifice/Aranjuez (23.6MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 205. By The Pool/Europa (10.7MB)

Grateful Dead with Santana, Angels Camp, August 23, 1987
Track 206. Iko Iko (8.7MB)
Track 207. All Along The Watchtower (7.6MB)

Santana band:
Carlos Santana - guitar
Alphonso Johnson - bass
Graham Lear - drums
Alex Ligertwood - vocals
Armando Peraza - percussion, conga
Raul Rekow - congas
Chester Thompson - keyboards
Orestes Vilato - percussion

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  1. 19 Responses to “SANTANA - ANGELS CAMP 1987”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! this is probably pretty good cause i didn’t lose interest with santana till ten years later on supernatural and the hit smooth with rob thomas. still sucks.

    i like every santana show i’ve gotten from bigo! i was playing boston music hall not too long ago.


    By Ed Saad on May 27, 2010

  3. GREAT stuff. Many thanx… This is the exact festival & location where Weir & Lesh are performing this Memorial Day weekend, 2010.

    By Timmy on May 28, 2010

  4. hey bigo, thanks! i got disc 2. i’ll play it walking shortly.


    By Ed Saad on May 28, 2010

  5. hey bigo, pretty sure it’s incident at neshabur and europa (earth’s cry, heaven’s smile). i key all that in to keep it consistent with my other santana boots. i left the rest the same.

    i still like live from 1969 from the cohen collection. that’s a good one. my favorite is the hartford, ct show with leon thomas.


    By Ed Saad on May 28, 2010

  6. Thank you Big O Amigos. This will definitely be part of this weekend’s Thompson sunset soundtrack. Caravaseri is still my favorite.
    Be well,

    By James on May 28, 2010

  7. Hey guys, it has been a while since i weighed in on a post ( and there have been plenty of great ones lately ) but i had to give a huge shout out of thanks for this set. It is blisteringly good!!! Thanks so much and as always, Keep on keepin’ on!!!! Curios, any chance that the Dead’s set from this date will be available here? Take good care!!!! Peace, Steve

    By Steve on May 28, 2010

  8. If the drummer Lindley was talking about was Walfredo Reyes (time is about right), he went on to play with Santana for a while in the early ’90’s.

    By drkrick on May 30, 2010

  9. I was at this festival the day before on 8-22. It was AWESOME!!!!I was there to see the Dead, but they were completely blown away by Santana. Carlos Jammed with the dead during their set on Good Morning Little Schoolgirl and Midnight Hour! I’ve been looking for a copy of this show for a long time. One day I’ll find August 22 1987 Santana set to accompany my dead tapes. Thanks loads!!!!

    By keith h on May 30, 2010

  10. I was there that week-end, and it was obvious the Dead, Santana, and Lindley were all on top of there game.

    Now, if I could just track down the El Rayo X soundboards, I’d have the soundtrack to my whole week-end…

    Good work, Big O


    By Steve on May 31, 2010

  11. Great Thanks to You Top!!!!!

    By udo on Jun 8, 2010

  12. Hey Now -
    Getting around to putting my Santana cassette collection onto the hard drive - I’ve been looking for this set list and here it is! Thanks so much! Love the artwork and the fill from GD is perfect! - Peace

    By Eric on Jan 11, 2011

  13. i was at these shows sanatana always made jerry play at his best the other day with good maorning little schoolgirl?smokestack with him was just as good if not better

    By rich morsa on Oct 28, 2012

  14. How do you do this to download the track visit the html page to download the track)

    By Steve Yeaton on Nov 9, 2013

  15. Steve: Just click the download page - you should get to 4shared and see the download button… Works for me.

    By Kint on Nov 10, 2013

  16. Thanks for posting this..

    By Tom on Nov 10, 2013

  17. just because santana played woodstock and the who did too and the who played tommy at woodstock i thought i would post this here. haha…

    u can actually enjoy the program (in audio) by clicking 2 links at the above site.
    there is also a new story of tommy sort of program that has been on this week on tv that has never been on before. if u can catch it i highly recommend it. i guess since theyre releasing this 4 cd collection on the 44th anniversary of it… theyre promoting it in all sorts of ways.

    By darth on Nov 14, 2013

  18. tommy sort of program that has been on this week on tv that has never been on before. if u can catch it i highly recommend it

    its never been seen before but you highly recommend it ?
    you own shares or something there cowboy?

    By swappers on Nov 14, 2013

  19. just without brain posts daily on music site.
    An anonymous poster who goes by the name “darth” has admitted he was born without a brain and enjoys repeating tv listings.

    By weird world news on Nov 14, 2013

  20. i saw it this week and its on a few more times. thats how i recommend it. it has never been on before i had seen it. its first airing was at 4pm sat or sun. they often repeat things like that a bunch of times and for ppl who may think they have seen this or anyone who hasnt i was giving a heads up to people to keep their eyes out for it. i hope that this is clearer for u now.

    By darth on Nov 14, 2013

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