Santana's album Freedom moved away from the more poppy sound of the previous album, "Beyond Appearances" and back to the band's original Latin rock.


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Album Description & Collectors information:


This album "SANTANA - Freedom" includes the original custom inner sleeve with album details, complete lyrics of all songs by and artwork

Music Genre:

Latin Rock 

Album Production Information:


The album: "SANTANA - Freedom" was produced by: Carlos Santana

Sound/Recording Engineer(s): Jim Gaines, Maureen Droney, Robert Missbach, Jim Scott

This album was recorded at: The Plant Studios, Sausalito, CA

Record Label Information:

CBS 450394

Media Format:

12" LP Vinyl Stereo Gramophone Record
Total Album (Cover+Record) weight: 230 gram  

Year & Country:

1987 Made in Holland
Personnel/Band Members and Musicians on: SANTANA - Freedom
    Band-members, Musicians and Performers
  • Carlos Santana – guitar, vocals
  • Tom Coster – keyboards
  • Chester D. Thompson – keyboards
  • Gregg Rolie – synthesizer, keyboards
  • Alphonso Johnson – bass
  • Graham Lear – drums
  • Armando Peraza – percussion, conga
  • Orestes Vilató – percussion, timbales
  • Raul Rekow – percussion, conga, vocals
  • Buddy Miles – vocals
Complete Track-listing of the album "SANTANA - Freedom"

The detailed tracklist of this record "SANTANA - Freedom" is:

    Track-listing :
  1. "Veracruz" (Cohen, Miles, Rolie, Santana) – 4:23
  2. "She Can't Let Go" (Cohen, Coster, Johnson, Lerios) – 4:45
  3. "Once It's Gotcha" (Cohen, Coster, Johnson) – 5:42
  4. "Love Is You" (Santana, Thompson) – 3:54
  5. "Songs of Freedom" (Coster, Miles, Santana) – 4:28
  6. "Deeper, Dig Deeper" (Crew, Miles, Santana, Thompson) – 4:18
  7. "Praise" (Crew, Miles, Santana, Thompson) – 4:36
  8. "Mandela" (Peraza) – 5:31
  9. "Before We Go" (Capaldi, Santana) – 3:54
  10. "Victim of Circumstance" (Crew, Miles, Rashid, Santana) – 5:21
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Santana: Pushing Boundaries and Defining a Sound in the Iconic Rock Era of the 70s and 80s

SANTANA Band Description:

Santana during the 70s and 80s was a seminal period for the band, with numerous releases and live performances cementing their reputation as one of the most innovative and influential rock groups of the era. In this web-page, we will explore some of the highlights of Santana's career during this period, and examine how they established a unique and enduring musical legacy.

Santana first rose to prominence in the late 1960s with their self-titled debut album, which blended rock, blues, and Latin influences into a distinctive sound. However, it was during the 70s and 80s that they truly came into their own, exploring new directions and incorporating an ever-wider range of musical styles.

One of the most significant albums of this period was 1970's "Abraxas", which spawned the hit singles "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va". This album was a perfect showcase for the band's eclectic approach, with tracks that ranged from Latin-tinged rock to jazz fusion to psychedelic blues. The album also featured some of Carlos Santana's most inventive guitar playing, incorporating a range of effects and techniques to create a unique and deeply expressive sound.

Santana's live performances during this era were also legendary, with the band's high-energy shows earning them a devoted following. One of their most memorable concerts took place at Woodstock in 1969, where they delivered a fiery set that helped to establish their reputation as one of the most dynamic and exciting live acts of the time. Over the years, the band would continue to tour extensively, playing to packed houses around the world and inspiring countless musicians with their electrifying stage presence.

In 1971, Santana released "Santana III", another landmark album that featured the hit single "Everybody's Everything". This album saw the band continuing to push boundaries and experiment with new sounds, incorporating elements of funk, jazz, and even classical music into their already diverse style. Once again, Carlos Santana's guitar work was a highlight, with his emotive playing adding a sense of urgency and passion to the band's already intense sound.

During the late 70s and early 80s, Santana's sound continued to evolve, with the band exploring new genres and collaborating with a range of different artists. In 1976, they released "Amigos", which included the hit single "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)". This album showcased the band's ability to blend rock and jazz influences, creating a sophisticated and melodic sound that was both powerful and accessible.

In the 80s, Santana continued to experiment with different styles, releasing albums that incorporated elements of pop, R&B, and even electronic music. 1981's "Zebop!" featured the hit single