Santana...Tom Coster is to Carlos Santana as Jan Hammer is to Jeff Beck....Moonflower is imo a damn good album. Admittedly it is the only Santana album with which I have familiarity as an album. At roughly 14-15 years old, a bit off the beaten path when I bought it upon release(77-78?), then again around that period I also discovered Reggae before it came to consciousness at large. Moonflower, a partial live album, the transition from Carnival to Let the Children Play is among favorites of all time.
It may not be a popular opinion, and possibly could touch a tad on the overrated category, Stevie Ray Vaughan is/was a powerhouse, yet to an extent a one trick pony. 10 minutes in and you've pretty much heard all there was to offer. Not so with Carlos Santana. That Moonflower album, there are so many colors, so to speak. On some of the extended solos Carlos is on Blues mode, then a quick flourish of whoa, what the hell was that, a totally different mode, or color. I've played the album for my guitarist nephew as an example of adding color to guitar work. I'm not sure if he got it, or if the album was his cup of tea, but the idea is in his head which he may draw from, perhaps without even remembering, Santana. I've long wanted to do Dance Sister Dance in a band, so far unsuccessful, voted down.
Perhaps a bit "adult contemporary" and not really bluesy at all, Transcendance, I love the colors in the guitar work. Back in the day a go-to for shall we say intimacy with the opposite sex. I love the way it opens up around the 3:50 mark, optimistic, like the clouds opened up to a brand new day. Beautiful.
I'd never heard this before; thanks for sharing.
I can't say I really like it - although I do love the sounds and feel of the rhythm tracks - but I did hear him do a few things I hadn't heard before, which was refreshing. It still sounded very "aimlessly noodling" to me overall, with no real purpose or direction, but again ... different strokes!