Santana (III)
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Santana (III)

March 31, 1998

  Song Title
No One To Depend On
Toussaint L'Overture
Everybody's Everything
Jungle Strut
Everything's Coming Our Way
Para Los Rumberos
Batuka (Live)
Jungle Strut (Live)
Gumbo (Live)

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: March 31, 1998
  • Release Date: March 31, 1998
  • Label: Columbia/Legacy
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  • Total Length: 56:13
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  • ASIN: B00138EWJI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #45,773 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just Smokin' August 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Based upon the liner notes from the Best of Santana, Carlos was dissappointed with the recording of this record. Totally mind-boggling. This CD is just loaded with memorable moments. Even the song-writing was improving. Both Everything Is Comming Our Way and Taboo feature some subtle hooks and soulful vocals from Greg Rollie. Not too mention some smokin' guitar solos from Carlos and Neal Schon. And what about the wah wah infected solo on Everybody's Everything? Definitely one of my all time favorite guitar solos. Tower of Power contributes nicely here as well. Guajrina offers a nice divergence from the usual heavy handed stylings. Gotta love the trumpet solo. Heck almost everything on here is spectacular. Some may get a little tired of the excessive percussion beats. Those who don't care for excessive isntrumentals may pass as well. However, this is Santana at its best and I would certainly rate this at least on the level of Abraxas if not slightly better.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is true Santana. December 12, 2002
Format:Audio CD
For those of you who listened to "Shaman" and threw it away either have this album or have heard all the songs on it. This is the Santana that we all know and love. The best of all of Santana's releases (there are some good ones too)and probably the most energetic. I could listen to this album a thousand times and not tire of it. It is Santana in top form.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oustanding heavy latin rock September 1, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you really want to hear a master guitar player who defined a style in top form this is the album to buy. His gripping and powerful ("weepingly melodic") style is both exciting and beautiful at the same time. Neal Schon is not half bad either. Taboo is positively thrilling as is the incredible interplay between the two guitar players on Toussaint L'Overture. The band are superb too and the wonderful latin rhythyms are a joy to listen too. This is my favorite Santana album (beating out Abraxus). Any fan of great guitar needs this album. For those who yearn a quieter more middle of the road Santana, then this may be all too much.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible Value! October 25, 2011
By Saxman
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This review pertains to the 2CD Legacy Edition of Santana III, the last hurrah of the Woodstock era Santana Band lineup. Here was a BAND, not Carlos and his backing unit, which is pretty much what Santana has been since keyboardist Tom Coster departed in 1978 (Coster is the keyboardist who replaced the magnificent original keyboardist/lead vocalist Gregg Rolie after "Caravanserai").

Truly, this is a package of amazing goodies. Not only do you get the flawless "Santana III" in beautiful, remastered sound, but the pot is sweetened by the addition of the rare "Gumbo," a dynamo of a studio track slated for "III" but unreleased until now. In addition, there is "Folsum Street," a jam featuring some nice flute interplay with Carlos Santana and Neil Schon's guitar leads, "Banbaye," a hypnotic Latin chant thing with great soloing and the single edit of "No One To Depend On" - and that's just disc one!

Carlos, Neil, Gregg, Chepito Areas and Coke Esovedo (timbales/percussion), Dave Brown (bass), Mike Shrieve (drums) and Mike Carabello (congas/percussion) are absolutely on FIRE on disc two as well, performing most of "III" live at the Fillmore on 7/4/1971, along with such early classics as "Savor," "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" and what I feel is the definitive version of the fusion workout "Incident At Neshabur" from "Abraxas." There is even a "Santana-Style" workout on the Miles Davis/Joe Zawinul fusion classic "In A Silent Way." This was apparently the last concert this lineup of the band played. If so, they really went out in style. In my opinion, Santana was never the same or as good after this.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't get Supernatural, get this February 3, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm a huge Santana fan, and this one is perhaps my favourite. It has all the rythm and magic guitar-playing that early Santana is all about, but has catchy tunes as well. In my opinion, this is better than the debut and Ibraxas. THIS is the real Santana, not the overly commercial Supernatural.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It NEVER Gets Old July 10, 2006
Format:Audio CD
I bought this in 1970, the day I turned 13. I'd heard some Santana because my Spanish teacher would play some earlier (and slightly mellower) Santana in class (in a small town in Indiana). Having never heard anything like it, it took time to grow into, but man, it is a wicked piece of work and one of my absolute favorite albums of all time. Just listen to the rhythm guitar bits and other rhythm section work as you also take in the extraordinary guitar solos ("Taboo," for example). Not to mention the polyrhythms (as in the hand-clapping juxtaposed with the call-and-response guitars in "No One to Depend On"). I consider much of the album a masterpiece -- especially the first three cuts! You HAVE TO listen to this!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Hottest Santana Album! April 26, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Originally, I first heard this on a vinyl album, back in the 70's. I was blown away immediately. This is by far not only the finest Santana album ever released, it is also a listening experience that makes you want to hear it again and again. I just got the disc, after not hearing this album for about 30 years. What can I say? It is the ultimate musical experience with a unique combination of Latino, African, rock and jazz sounds, percussion played with amazing energy, combined with Carlos's wailing guitar...My daughter and I chose this album for our number one album for driving music, and believe me, that means it rates way up there on our list! We listen to it almost everyday, the disc will probably wear thin soon!
This album should be a must-buy in any serious rock-jazz-world music lover's collection.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow! I never owned this Santana album before but it is the band's best
I've owned the first two Santana albums either on vinyl or CD, as well as a few others, including Amigos, Live at the Fillmore '68, Greatest Hits and of course Supernatural, but... Read more
Published 1 month ago by GetBZLivin
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic!
Can't decide which I like more.This or Abraxas.Carlos was certainly on a creative roll when he recorded this.I also like his guitar tone on these early albums. Read more
Published 2 months ago by bosco
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT PURCHASE!
The clarity is so wonderful, I play it everyday. Thank you so much! I would recommend this to friends and family.
Published 3 months ago by myra b rogers
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent version
I have loved this album since it came out in 1971 and especially appreciate the chance to hear a live performance of it on the bonus disc. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert Giuffrida Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Double the Fun
Another Santana classic with additional live tracks
Was worth the wait, worth the purchase
Oh, before I forget: excellent sound
and great music. Read more
Published 3 months ago by JDUBS
5.0 out of 5 stars Santana 111 Rocks!
I have always loved Santana throughout the years and if you love them too, then you will simply love this Cd!
Published 4 months ago by Carolyn Brown
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful
Simply put ,this album opens a door where the band found its deepest music. Following is Caravan Serai then Welcome and Borbolleta. Amigos marked a shift towards mainstream music. Read more
Published 5 months ago by tfw58/53
5.0 out of 5 stars SANTANA III is Awesome !!
I thoroughly enjoy listening to the recording of SANTANA III. It takes back to my younger days when I was introduced to the music of SANTANA !!
Published 7 months ago by Simon Say's
5.0 out of 5 stars Santana III Great album..
I remember listening to this LP when I was a young teen while at my Aunt and Uncle's home. I would simply put his headphones on and escape the ghetto and domestic violence that... Read more
Published 7 months ago by A '7souls'
5.0 out of 5 stars Love it
Pros: Gorgeous cover art, fantastic music, outstanding musicians, cultural explosion
Cons: none
Comment: It's hard to live up to Abraxas, but it's stinkin close.
Published 7 months ago by Charleston
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