Wikipedia: In Greek mythology, Europa was the mother of King Minos of Crete, a woman with Phoenician origin of high lineage, and after whom the continent of Europe was named. The story of her abduction by Zeus in the form of a white bull was a Cretan story. Most of the love-stories concerning Zeus originated from more ancient tales describing his marriages with goddesses. This can especially be said of the story of Europa.
Carlos Santana is one of my favorite guitarists (and people.) The tone of his guitar is distinctive in that it takes but one or two notes to recognize it. I’ve written before about him and his band here and here and even here at Woodstock. You can talk about jam bands or blues bands and there’s a million of each. But how many Latin-rock bands are there?
In 1976, Santana released their seventh studio album, Amigos. By this time, the only remaining members of the Woodstock-era band were Carlos and bassist David Brown and this would be Brown’s last album with the band. (Sadly, Brown died in 2000 but lived long enough to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.)
Amigos contained their trademark sound while leaning into a trend Carlos had started toward more of a jazz/fusion thing, which was incredibly popular at the time. As to “Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile),” rumor has it that Carlos first wrote it for a girl who was on a bad mescaline trip. (Carlos himself, of course, had by now given up drugs.) He was assisted in writing the music by his keyboardist Tom Coster.
The melody in this song is, I think, one of the most beautiful I’ve ever heard. The song starts off slow and then goes into a nice double-time feel. And Carlos’ guitar has sustain for the ages. Slow dance with your sweetie to this one: