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Year of Release: 1974

track listing
  • Spring Manifestations
  • Canto De Los Flores
  • Life Is Anew
  • Give And Take
  • One With The Sun
  • Aspirations
  • Practice What You Preach
  • Mirage
  • Here And Now
  • Flor De Canela
  • Promise Of A Fisherman
  • Barboletta

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    Santana returns this week, with their album released in 1974, Barboletta. When released, the album was in a metallic blue sleeve displaying a butterfly, an allusion to the album Butterfly Dreams (1973) by Brazilian musician Flora Purim and her husband Airto Moreira, whose contributions deeply influenced the sound of Borboletta. In Portuguese, borboleta means "butterfly". Carlos Santana provided this album as a jazz-funk-fusion styled album, with Latin/Spanish vibes. Some songs can associate with the Smooth Jazz format. It's a great mix of Rock, Smooth Jazz, and Latin music.

    Carlos Santana's guitar is quite impressive, as always. The vocals on this album were (mostly) by Leon Patillo. He also worked with Funkadelic, and Martha & The Vandellas. In 1976, he became a Christian artist, and has recorded many Christian albums throughout the 1980s to the mid-2000s. "Mirage" would be the most popular song from this album, and is one of Santana

    The instrumental combo of "Spring Manifestations" and "Cantos De Los Flores" (meaning: "Songs Of The Flowers") leads off the album, having a tropical/spanish setting. Quite different than from previous Santana albums already released. It does have very good Rock sounds, such as "Life Is Anew." Likewise, "Give And Take" rocks harder than the previous track. This all proves that not only can Carlos Santana perform other sounds than Rock, yet he still rocks it out on other tracks.

    And speaking of "other sounds than Rock," there's definitely the Smooth Jazz sound on "One With The Sun." (Was Smooth Jazz around in 1974?) "Aspirations" also could fit the Smooth Jazz format; it's another great instrumental, having the tropical style, likewise Smooth Jazz.

    "Practice What You Preach" is another nice and smooth tune. It's almost bluesey, in it's opening intro; yet it kicks into another good Rock tune, with vocals. Following next, is the great hit single that most likely every Santana remembers - "Mirage."

    Then there are the next three tracks, that simply blends into one great Santana rock medley: The nice smooth intro of "Here And Now," then kicks into the guitar-driven "Flor De Canela" (meaning: "Cinammon Flower") and following it, "Promise Of A Fisherman." Ending the album is the title track, as it provides tropical sounds, more like tropical sound effects, with vocals similar to African chants.

    In all, Barboletta provides a different sound for Carlos Santana, and in all honesty, it works. The great guitar works of Santana, also the great instrumentations of keyboards/synthesizers. Smooth Jazz may have been ahead of its time on this one, as Santana can fit practically any musical genre. It has it's Rock sounds too. Santana's Barboletta has very impressive tracks here, and for the Santana fan, this album should be well-liked. It's Carlos Santana, recording what he does best, as a great Rock musician, and standing out as a true great guitarist. As he is - he was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, in 1998.

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