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February 17, 2017

Santana – Freedom (1987) – Lp

by Record Facts

Santana is an American Latin rock band formed in San Francisco, California in 1966 by Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana.

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Artist:  Santana
Title:  Freedom
Year:  1987
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  450394 1

“Freedom” is the fourteenth studio album by Santana.
By this recording, Santana had nine members, some of which had returned after being with the band in previous versions. “Freedom” moved away from the more poppy sound of the previous album, “Beyond Appearances” and back to the band’s original Latin rock.

Freedom” marked several reunions in the Santana band, which was now a nonet. In addition to Carlos, the band consisted of percussionists Armando Pereza, Orestes Vilato, and Raul Rekow; returning drummer Graham Lear; bassist Alphonso Johnson; returning keyboardist Tom Coster, keyboardist Chester Thompson, and, on lead vocals, Buddy Miles, who had made a duet album with Santana 15 years before. Credited as an “additional musician” was keyboard player Greg Rolie, an original member. The music also marked a return from the hyper-pop sound of Val Garay on Beyond Appearances to a more traditional Santana Latin rock style. Thus, “Freedom” was a literal return to form, but, unfortunately, not to the quality of early Santana albums. And the group’s commercial decline continued, with the LP getting to only Number 95.

 

Side one
1.  Veracruz  (4:23)
2.  She Can’t Let Go  (4:45)
3.  Once It’s Gotcha  (5:42)
4.  Love Is You  (3:54)
5.  Songs Of Freedom  (4:28)

Side two
1.  Deeper, Dig Deeper  (4:18)
2.  Praise  (4:36)
3.  Mandela  (5:31)
4.  Before We Go  (3:54)
5.  Victim Of Circumstance  (5:21)

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