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In October 1974.

In October 1974, “CBS” label released “Borboletta” (Butterfly in Portuguese), the sixth Santana studio album.  It was recorded in 1974, and was produced by Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve and Tom Coster.


  • Carlos Santana– guitar, percussion, congas, gong, vocals
  • Leon Patillo– vocals, piano, electric piano, organ
  • Flora Purim– vocals
  • Jules Broussard – sopranoand tenor saxophones
  • Tom Coster– piano, Hammond organ, electric piano, organ, Moog synthesizer
  • Stanley Clarke– bass guitar
  • David Brown– bass guitar
  • Michael Shrieve– drums
  • Leon “Ndugu” Chancler– drums
  • Airto Moreira– drums, percussion, sound effects, triangle, vocals
  • Armando Peraza– percussion, congas, bongos, soprano saxophone
  • José Areas– timbales, congas
  • Michael Carpenter – echoplex

Track listing:

  1. Spring Manifestations – Airto Moreira, Flora Purim
  2. Canto de los Flores – Tom Coster, Santana Band
  3. Life is Anew – Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve
  4. Give and Take – Carlos Santana, Tom Coster, Michael Shrieve
  5. One With the Sun – Earlyrin Martini, Jerry Martini
  6. Aspirations – Tom Coster, Carlos Santana
  7. Practice What You Preach – Carlos Santana
  8. Mirage – Leon Patillo
  9. Here and Now – Armando Peraza, Carlos Santana
  10. Flor de Canela – Carlos Santana, Doug Rauch
  11. Promise of a Fisherman – Dorival Caymmi
  12. Borboletta – Airto Moreira

In February 1987.


In February 1987, “Columbia” label released “Freedom”, the fourteenth Santana studio album. It was recorded in 1986, and was produced by Jeffrey Cohen, Carlos Santana, Chester Thompson and Sterling Crew.


  • Carlos Santana– guitar, vocals
  • Tom Coster– keyboards
  • Chester D. Thompson – keyboards
  • Gregg Rolie– synthesizer, keyboards
  • Sterling Crew – keyboards/synths
  • Alphonso Johnson– bass
  • Graham Lear– drums
  • Armando Peraza– percussion, conga
  • Orestes Vilató– percussion, timbales
  • Raul Rekow – percussion, conga, vocals
  • Buddy Miles– vocals

Track listing:

  1. Veracruz – Jeffrey Cohen, Buddy Miles, Gregg Rolie, Carlos Santana
  2. She Can’t Let Go – Jeffrey Cohen, Tom Coster, Alphonso Johnson, Cory Lerios
  3. Once It’s Gotcha – Jeffrey Cohen, Tom Coster, Alphonso Johnson
  4. Love Is You – Carlos Santana, Chester D. Thompson
  5. Songs of Freedom – Tom Coster, Buddy Miles, Carlos Santana
  6. Deeper, Dig Deeper – Sterling Crew, Buddy Miles, Carlos Santana, Chester D.Thompson
  7. Praise – Sterling Crew, Buddy Miles, Carlos Santana, Chester D.Thompson
  8. Mandela – Armando Peraza
  9. Before We Go – Jim Capaldi, Carlos Santana
  10. Victim of Circumstance – Sterling Crew, Buddy Miles, Gary Rashid, Carlos Santana

In January 1977.


In January 1977, “Columbia” label released “Festival”, the eight Santana studio album. It was recorded in 1976, and was produced by David Rubinson & Friends, Inc.


  • Oren Waters– vocals, background vocals
  • Maxine Willard Waters – vocals, background vocals
  • Francisco Zavala – vocals, background vocals
  • Carlos Santana– guitar, bass, percussion, vocals, background vocals
  • Leon Patillo– keyboards, percussion, piano, vocals, background vocals
  • Tom Coster– keyboards, percussion, synthesizer, vocals
  • Pablo Téllez – bass, percussion, vocals, background vocals
  • Paul Jackson– bass
  • Gaylord Birch– drums, percussion, tympani
  • José “Chepitó” Areas– conga, percussion, timbales
  • Raul Rekow – conga, percussion, background vocals
  • Joel Badie – percussion, vocals, background vocals
  • Julia Waters – background vocals
  • Fred Catero– engineer
  • David Rubinson– engineer

Track listing:

  1. Carnaval – Tom Coster, Carlos Santana
  2. Let the Children Play – Leon Patillo, Carlos Santana
  3. Jugando – José Areas, Carlos Santana
  4. Give Me Love – Pablo Téllez
  5. Verão Vermelho – Nonato Buzar
  6. Let the Music Set You Free – Tom Coster, Leon Patillo, David Rubinson, Carlos Santana
  7. Revelations – Tom Coster, Carlos Santana
  8. Reach Up – Tom Coster, Leon Patillo, David Rubinson, Carlos Santana
  9. The River – Leon Patillo, Carlos Santana
  10. Try a Little Harder – Leon Patillo
  11. María Caracóles – Traditional

On March 26, 1975.


On March 26, 1976, “Columbia” label released “Amigos”, the seventh Santana studio album. It was recorded at “Wally Heider Recording Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by David Rubinson. The album has was released both in stereo and quadraphonic format.


  • Carlos Santana- guitars, background vocals, percussion, congas, jurro
  • Tom Coster- acoustic piano, Rhodes electric piano, Hammond organ, Moog synthesizer, ARP Pro Soloist, ARP Odyssey, ARP String Ensemble, Honner Clavinet D6, background vocals
  • David Brown- bass guitar
  • Leon “Ndugu” Chancler- drums, timbales, Remo roto-tams, percussion, congas, background vocals
  • Armando Peraza- congas, bongos, background vocals, vocal on “Gitano”
  • Greg Walker – vocals
  • Ivory Stone – background vocals
  • Julia Tillman Waters – background vocals
  • Maxine Willard Waters – background vocals

Track listing:

  1. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana) – Leon Chancler, Tom Coster and David Rubinson
  2. Take Me with You – Leon Chancler and Tom Coster
  3. Let Me – Tom Coster and Carlos Santana
  4. Gitano – Armando Peraza
  5. Tell Me Are You Tired – Leon Chancler and Tom Coster
  6. Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile) – Tom Coster and Carlos Santana
  7. Let It Shine – David Brown and Ray Gardner


On November 9, 1973.

santana - Welcome

On November 9, 1973, “Columbia” label released “Welcome”, the fifth Santana studio album.  It was recorded from April to June 1973, and was produced by Tom Coster, Michael Shrieve and Carlos Santana.


  • Carlos Santana– electric and acoustic guitars , bass, kalimba, percussion , vocals
  • Tom Coster- organ, piano , marimba, percussion , strings arrangements
  • Richard Kermode – organ, mellotron, piano, marimba, shekere, percussion
  • Douglas Rauch– guitar
  • Michael Shrieve– drums
  • José “Chepito” Areas– percussion, congas, timbales
  • Armando Peraza– percussion, congas , bongos, cabasa
  • Leon Thomas– lead vocals, whistling
  • Wendy Haas– vocals
  • Flora Purim– lead vocals
  • John McLaughlin– guitar
  • Joe Farrell– flute
  • Bob Yance – flute
  • Mel Martin – flute
  • Douglas Rodriguez – rhythm guitar
  • Tony Smith– drums
  • Jules Broussard – soprano saxophone
  • Greg Adams – strings arrangements

Track listing

  1. Going Home – Spiritualadapted from Antonín Dvořák’s “New World Symphony”; arr. by Alice Coltrane, Santana Band
  2. Love, Devotion and Surrender – Carlos Santana, Richard Kermode
  3. Samba de Sausalito – Jose Areas
  4. When I Look Into Your Eyes – Michael Shrieve, Tom Coster
  5. Yours Is the Light – Richard Kermode
  6. Mother Africa – Herbie Mann
  7. Light of Life – Richard Kermode, Carlos Santana, Tom Coster
  8. Flame – Sky – John McLaughlin, Doug Rauch, Carlos Santana
  9. Welcome – John Coltrane

On October 11, 1972.


On October 11, 1972, “Columbia” label released “Caravanserai”, the fourth Santana studio album. It was recorded February –May, 1972 at “Columbia Studios” in San Francisco, and was produced by Carlos Santana and Mike Shrieve.


  • Carlos Santana– vocals, lead guitar, guitar, percussion
  • Neal Schon– guitar
  • Gregg Rolie– vocals, organ, electric piano, piano
  • Douglas Rauch– bass, guitar
  • Douglas Rodrigues– guitar
  • Wendy Haas– piano
  • Tom Rutley– acoustic bass
  • Michael Shrieve– drums, percussion
  • José “Chepito” Areas– percussion, congas, timbales, bongos
  • James Mingo Lewis– vocals, percussion, congas, bongos, acoustic piano
  • Armando Peraza– percussion, bongos
  • Hadley Caliman– saxophone intro, flute
  • Rico Reyes – vocals
  • Lenny White – castanets
  • Tom Coster– electric piano
  • Tom Harrell– orchestra arrangement

Track listing:

  1. Eternal Caravan of Reincarnation -Tom Rutley, Neal Schon,  Michael Shrieve
  2. Waves Within – Doug Rauch, Greg Rolie, Carlos Santana
  3. Look Up – Doug Rauch, Greg Rolie, Carlos Santana
  4. Just in Time to See the Sun – Greg Rolie, Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve
  5. Song of the Wind – Greg Rolie,Carlos Santana, Neal Schon
  6. All the Love of the Universe – Carlos Santana, Neal Schon
  7. Future Primitive – José Areas, Mingo Lewis
  8. Stone Flower – Antonio Carlos Jobim, Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve
  9. La Fuente del Ritmo – Mingo Lewis
  10. Every Step of the Way – Michael Shrieve