Credit here to fellow blogger Melody Calls who reminded me of late ’70s era, Santana, by posting about the fine album Moonflower. It reminded me that I spent a fair amount of time listening to some of those albums and Borboletta in particular.
Borboletta actually (to my great surprise) was released in 1974. I recall driving around after I got to the Boston area listening to this and Physical Grafitti on cassette. If you’re looking for the “Oye Coma Va” Santana here, forget it. This album had some of the same band members but was heading decidedly in a jazz fusion direction.
Santana’s great original drummer Michael Shrieve of Woodstock drum hero fame split the band after this album. Featured on this and the earlier Welcome album are Brazilian singer Flora Purim and her husband Airto Moreira who I swear were on every fucking fusion album recorded in the ’70s.
Wikipedia: “In 1972, Santana became interested in the pioneering fusion band the Mahavishnu Orchestra and its guitarist, John McLaughlin. Aware of Santana’s interest in meditation, McLaughlin introduced Santana, and his wife Deborah, to his guru, Sri Chinmoy. Chinmoy accepted them as disciples in 1973.
Santana was given the name Devadip, meaning “The lamp, light, and eye of God.” (That’s how ME thinks of himself but OK.) Santana and McLaughlin recorded an album together, Love, Devotion, Surrender (1973) with members of Santana and the Mahavishnu Orchestra, along with percussionist Don Alias and organist Larry Young, both of whom had made appearances, along with McLaughlin, on Miles Davis’ classic 1970 album Bitches Brew.”
I listened to the album today for the first time in a long time and I find that despite some hokey “we are all one” lyrics it holds up well.
Let’s kick this thing off with a great Carlos guitar solo that evolves into a tune called “Practice What You Preach.”
But I know from just being around
It’s easy to go downhill
Starting from today
I’ll seek only my Lord’s way
So I’ll be happy, free and unafraid from today
The Santana band always had a great facility and great chops to do instrumentals. This tune, “Aspirations,” features saxman Jules Broussard and bass whiz Stanley Clarke. (And no Carlos.)
The last tune I’ll do here is called “Give and Take.” It’s got a smooth, funky beat and you can – should you choose – dance to it. IF you dig what you heard, give the album a spin. It’s good for what ails ya.