Amigos is the seventh studio album by Santana. It generated a minor U.S. hit single in “Let It Shine” and was the band’s first album to hit the top ten on the Billboard charts since Caravanserai in 1972 (it ultimately reached gold record status). In Europe, the song “Europa” was released as a single and became a top ten hit in several countries.
New vocalist Greg Walker joined the group. It would be the last Santana album to include original bassist David Brown.
This album has been mixed and released in stereo and quadraphonic.^(by wikipedia)
By the release of Amigos, the Santana band’s seventh album, only Carlos Santana and David Brown remained from the band that conquered Woodstock, and only Carlos had been in the band continuously since. Meanwhile, the group had made some effort to arrest its commercial slide, hiring an outside producer, David Rubinson, and taking a tighter, more up-tempo, and more vocal approach to its music. The overt jazz influences were replaced by strains of R&B/funk and Mexican folk music. The result was an album more dynamic than any since Santana III in 1971. “Let It Shine” (number 77), an R&B-tinged tune, became the group’s first chart single in four years, and the album returned Santana to Top Ten status. by William Ruhlmann)
Amigos is the first Santana album that doesn’t attempt to break new ground. The several styles Carlos Santana has delved into over the past decade have been consolidated into a varied, multidimensional album. The early days of happy Latin rhythms, congas and catchy vocal hooks and choruses are represented not only by the not-quite-hidden picture of the band’s first album on the cover, but also by the very first strains of “Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana),” which opens the album. If you’re more taken by the harder, brasher rock of Abraxas and Santana, “Take Me with You” and “Let Me” will suit you better. And the dreamlike, moody intensity of Caravanserai is evoked by “Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile).”
Throughout, Carlos Santana’s guitar wizardry remains as impressive as ever. He constantly darts in, out and through the dense rhythm section, displaying a mastery of lean rock, hot jazz and an occasional dash of quiet beauty. Most guitarists are hard pressed to come up with a single style; Carlos Santana has at least three of which he is master.
I hesitate to call this a safe album, but in a way, that’s what it is. Amigos is Santana at its most consistent — perhaps in an effort to win back listeners disaffected by the long delay between albums. For fans, it is indispensable. For new listeners, a treat. (by Alan Niester)
David Brown (bass)
Leon “Ndugu” Chancler (drums, percussion, background vocals)
Tom Coster (keyboards, synthesizer, background vocals)
Armando Peraza (percussion, background vocals, vocal on 04.)
Carlos Santana (guitar, background vocals, percussion)
Greg Walker (vocals)
Ivory Stone – Julia Tillman Waters – Maxine Willard Waters
01. Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana) (Chancler/Coster/Rubinson) 8.15
02. Take Me With You (Chancler/Coster) 5.27
03. Let Me (Coster/C.Santana) 4.51
04. Gitano (Peraza) 6.13
05. Tell Me Are You Tired (Chancler/Coster) 5.42
06. Europa (Earth’s Cry Heaven’s Smile) (Coster(C.Santana) 5.06
07. Let It Shine (Brown/Gardner) 5.43
This was tha last album with David Brown on bass:
David Brown (February 15, 1947 – September 4, 2000)
He died on due to liver and kidney failure.