September 14, 2011 – 4:35 am

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Dortmund 1976 [no label, 1CD]

Live at Westfalenhalle, Dortmund, Germany; December 12, 1976. Very good to excellent FM broadcast.

This may have been part of the Amigos tour (the album was released in March 1976) but it wasn’t the full line-up of the album. It looked more like Santana experimenting with new members - many of them would go on to record the Festival album the following year. The mood here is playful and the excitement palpable.

Thanks to HermanLR for sharing the tracks on Dime. HermanLR noted: “Radio RTL Luxembourg used to broadcast a lot of great shows back then. Unfortunately most of them were incomplete, just like this one. But since it’s again a great Santana show, I had to share it. This is the lineup that also played the live tracks for the Moonflower album. Super show with great tracks like Dance Sister Dance, Revelations and Maria Caracoles. Samba Pa Ti gets a beautiful, more than 10 minutes, treatment.”

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Track 01. Introduction (254k)
Track 02. Carnaval/Let The Children Play/Jugando (12.3MB)
Track 03. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (10.2MB)
Track 03. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (alternate link)
Track 04. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana) (13.9MB)
Track 05. Revelations (7.9MB)
Track 06. Oye Como Va (7.5MB)
Track 07. Maria Caracoles (7.2MB)
Track 08. Samba Pa Ti (17.2MB)
Track 09. Savor/percussion/Toussaint L’Overture (23.7MB)
Total Time: 60.34

Carlos Santana - guitar, percussion, vocals
Jose “Chepito” Areas  - percussion
Tom Coster - keyboards, vocals
Graham Lear - drums, percussion
Luther Rabb - vocals
Raul Rekow - congas, percussion
Pablo Tellez - bass

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  1. 9 Responses to “SANTANA - DORTMUND 1976”

  2. i suppose i’ll get this show too, bigo. be nice if you could post more shows with leon thomas on vocals. this show reminds me of the beacon theatre show you offered last year that had a song missing from the broadcast, and you included it as a bonus track for an audience source. i got it, and i still remember. then on top of that the artwork was wrong and you posted new artwork that was a picture from a rolling stone magazine cover, i think.


    By Ed Saad on Sep 14, 2011

  3. I saw this tour at Oakland Coliseum at the “Day on the Green” concert series. I think the show was good, but the sound was so bad—and Carlos kept having amplifier problems. I will be nice to actually hear what was played-ish. Thanks for sharing!!

    By DanC on Sep 14, 2011

  4. -loved Luther when he was heading up Ballin’ Jack and later when he was with War.This is an interesting timepiece.Thankx!

    By matt_the_cat on Sep 15, 2011

  5. This one has a sound quality that in many parts of the show is simply outstanding - you all of a sudden hear there is a competent bass player with the band; which is not always heard in many roios. So thanks a lot for this magnificent timepiece

    By Henning2804 on Sep 15, 2011

  6. dead links.

    By john on Apr 17, 2015

  7. Track 3 will not load, please refresh link. T/U

    By HOYA77 on Apr 28, 2015

  8. Hate to be the voice of dissent but a nicely captured show is RUINED by the bands pace…… sounds like they couldn’t wait to get off stage and rushed through every song. Were they on speed? A shame that the performance does not match the sound quality, it coulda been a contenda!!

    By ToeKneeF on Apr 28, 2015

  9. after toe’s posting i decided to check this out. i recorded this when it first was brdcst and it was as best as i recall around 70 mins long. again this is nearly 40 yrs ago but i am pretty positive that it was not a one hour show. i remember that much. so i decided to listen to this and he is right. while i dont have perfect pitch i can hear that this is not right. i think its recorded too slow which accounts for it playing too fast. if it was recorded on a tape deck using batteries that were dying that would account for that problem. i checked out 4 songs that i am very familiar with how they should sound. granted the musicians here are not the standard ones he often played with but still im also going by a little memory too. i remember my tape filling up one side and a small space at the end of side one and flipping it over trying to rewind side 2 slightly and worrying about them starting to play before i could hit record again. i was very very good at this but i did it fabulously so many times including this time. i got it back to nearly the start of the tape on side 2 and hit record and got a touch of the applause before the music started again. i was so proud of myself. had the concert gone over 85 or so mins and i didnt do that little rewind thing.. id have hated myself forever. haha. obviously it didnt but it did go another half hour for sure making the show approx 70mins not an hour.
    compare this show to any other on this tour.. and u will see that i am right. even compare the lengths of each song to other shows and u can see that the songs here are 1-1.5mins shorter than other shows. even that should say something is up. if its under 30 seconds difference then u ignore it but as much as a min or a min and a half? on every song? stop it!

    By darth on Apr 28, 2015

  10. FYI Track 6 “Oye Como Va” seems to be linked to a Chinese site.

    By Jinyei on Feb 9, 2017

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