Divine Light: Reconstructions & Mix Translation - Bill Laswell
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And yet, who is the instrumental party that brings these two full circle?
You guessed it. Miles Davis.
"Divine Light" is more than just a reconstruction of two very challenging Carlos Santana titles, but a definitive shaping of the very best the two originals had to offer. Let me explain...
"Love, Devotion, Surrender", the 1973 duet collaboration between Santana & Mahavishnu Orchestra guitarist John McLaughlin, was kind of a tough one to swallow if not fully prepared. When I first heard it, it was a devastating experience for me, with "Caravanseri" still very fresh and impressionable in my mind (for a six year old). The wild fusion jamming was, I thought, rather self-indulgent and, though it had its moments of beautiful playing, a mess. Even being reunited with it in 1989 with plenty of music aggression under my belt, it still left me cold.
The 1974 Santana/Alice Coltrane collaboration "Illuminations" was an even divide for me as well. The first side's combination of guitar, jazz unit, harps, strings & piano was a beautiful and strange listening experience. It was also one of the very first aural trips (for me) into absolute etherealism. The second side, on the other hand, was another self-indulgent trip, through the musicianship was much better, still, it was a tough pill to swallow.
So how does Bill Laswell do it? Bring these two ambitious yet uneven efforts together as one?Read more ›
Let's take a step back together and look at the "history". After Woodstock, and three "band" albums, the cohesive Santana Band was falling apart. Some blame Carlos, others Shon and Rolie, but the pointed fact remains, they had all begun to tire of each other and were reaching for other creativities. Carlos went on a binge "tour" with the great Buddy Miles, and then discovered The Self Realization Fellowship. I myself was reading The Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda at the very same time that Caravanserai came out. Somehow, Carlos had managed to convince Neil and Greg to hang in there a moment longer before taking off on their Journey, and the result was inescapable to anyone interested in the same inner exploration that Santana brought to the table. Now at this time John McLaughlin was a co-convert with Carlos, as was Alice Coltrane. This set the stage for two projects that would raise the roof on "fusion" music of the period.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This CD is a remix of two Santana releases from the early 70s, Illuminations and Love, Devotion and Surrender. Read morePublished on October 22, 2012 by The Peripatetic Reader
I'm not much of a fan of ambient music but this fusion of "Illiminations"/"Love, Devotion and Surrender" is a joy. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by Le Meilleur-hawthorn
This is a good album, however, I have no idea who's on it. I thought it was Santana, but evidentally it isn't. Read morePublished on November 12, 2011 by tatermusic
Superfluous. The original albums are pure bliss - why the need for this? Can't imagine he made much money. Read morePublished on December 28, 2010 by Victor E
My god! the energy these guitarist (Mclaughlin & Santana) unleashed with their gibsons and fenders during this time is simply overwhelming! Read morePublished on January 16, 2009 by Speedy
The 1973-1974 albums by Carlos Santana (Love, Devotion, Surrender, with John McLaughlin and Illuminations, with Alice Coltrane) were propelled from the heart and soul of the three... Read morePublished on December 9, 2008 by Best Of All
The album pulls together the best tracks from two Carlos Santana joint ventures with John McLaughlin (1973) and Alice Coltrane (1974). Read morePublished on December 5, 2005 by David Lindsay
I didn't think that there was anything one could do with this music to make it better, but it's now been done. Read morePublished on April 24, 2002 by M. Crutcher
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