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April 27, 2017

Carlos Santana – Havana Moon (1983)

by Record Facts

Carlos Santana  (born July 20, 1947) is a Mexican and American musician who first became famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s with his band, Santana, which pioneered a fusion of rock and Latin American music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Artist:  Carlos Santana
Title:  Havana Moon
Year:  1983
Format:  LP
Label:  CBS Records
Catalog#  25350

Havana Moon is a 1983 album by Carlos Santana released as a solo project.

The third Carlos Santana solo album marks a surprising turn toward 1950s rock & roll and Tex-Mex, with covers such as Bo Diddley‘s “Who Do You Love” and Chuck Berry‘s title song. Produced by veteran R&B producers Jerry Wexler and Barry Beckett, the album features an eclectic mix of sidemen, including Booker T. Jones of Booker T & the MG’s, Willie Nelson, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds. Havana Moon is a light effort, but it’s one of Santana‘s most enjoyable albums.

Carlos Santana recording Tex-Mex music to be a natural fit, and felt that the Fabulous Thunderbirds were ideal collaborators for such a project. He particularly praised the renditions of “Who Do you Love” and “Havana Moon” for throwing in inspired Tex-Mex elements while staying true to the appeal of the original recordings. However, he found the album’s roaming to other styles on the six cuts recorded without the Fabulous Thunderbirds to be dissatisfying, remarking, “It’s not so much that Havana Moon is inconsistent — although it’s that, too — as it is confusing, jumping from style to style as if Carlos Santana weren’t sure what he wanted to do. It’s nice to see that he’s eager to expand his horizons, but it’s disappointing that he undercuts his efforts by attempting to cover all the bases.

 

Side one
1.  Watch Your Step  (3:49)
2.  Lightnin’  (3:50)
3.  Who Do You Love  (2:54)
4.  Mudbone  (5:50)
5.  One With You  (5:17)

Side two
1.  Ecuador  (1:10)
2.  Tales Of Kilimanjaro  (4:51)
3.  Havana Moon  (4:11)
4.  Daughter Of The Night  (4:18)
5.  They All Went To Mexico  (4:59)
6.  Vereda Tropical  (4:58)

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