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October 14, 2016

Santana – Inner Secrets (1978) – Lp

by Record Facts

Santana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1967 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana. The band first came to widespread public attention when their performance of “Soul Sacrifice” at Woodstock in 1969 provided a contrast to other acts on the bill.

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Artist:  Santana
Title:  Inner Secrets
Year:  1978
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  86075

Inner Secrets is the ninth studio album by Santana. It was released in 1978 and marks the start of the phase of Santana’s career where he moved away from the fusion of Latin, jazz, rock and blues that marked his previous records and began to move towards an album-oriented rock direction. As such, the album’s quality is widely disputed among fans.

Since he had joined Santana in 1972, keyboard player Tom Coster had been Carlos Santana‘s right-hand man, playing, co-writing, co-producing, and generally taking the place of founding member Greg Rolie. But Coster left the band in the spring of 1978, to be replaced by keyboardist/guitarist Chris Solberg and keyboardist Chris Rhyme. Despite the change, the band soldiered on, and with Inner Secrets, they scored three chart singles: the disco-ish “One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison)”, “Stormy”, and a cover of Buddy Holly‘s “Well All Right”, done in the Blind Faith arrangement. (There seems to be a Steve Winwood fixation here. The album also featured a cover of Traffic‘s “Dealer.”)

Several of the album’s tracks are covers:

  • The “Dealer” portion of “Dealer/Spanish Rose” is a cover of the song “Dealer” by Traffic appearing on their 1967 album, Mr. Fantasy.
  • “One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison)” is a cover of a Four Tops song “One Chain Don’t Make No Prison” appearing on their 1974 album Meeting of the Minds, and as a single on the same year.
  • Well All Right” is a cover of the Buddy Holly song “Well… All Right” (appearing as B-side of Holly’s 1958 single “Heartbeat“) and it was covered earlier by Blind Faith on their 1969 self-titled and only studio album Blind Faith.
  • Stormy” is a cover of the Classics IV‘s 1968 top-10 hit and included on their 1968 album Mamas and Papas/Soul Train, and 1970 album Stormy.

 

Side one
1.  Dealer/Spanish Rose  (5:51)
2.  Move On  (4:26)
3.  One Chain (Don’t Make No Prison)  (7:13)
4.  Stormy  (4:46)

Side two
1.  Well All Right  (4:11)
2.  Open Invitation  (4:47)
3.  Life Is a Lady/Holiday  (3:48)
4.  The Facts of Love  (5:32)
5.  Wham!  (3:28)

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