Carlos Santana & John McLaughlin - A Love Supreme (2CD)


Classic 1973 Broadcast Recording From The Love, Devotion, Surrender Tour

1973 was a transformative year for both Carlos Santana and John McLaughlin, as they each entered periods of musical and spiritual change. Santana, following the enormous success that his ensemble achieved in the wake of their breakthrough performance at the Woodstock Festival in 1969, now wanted his recently found interest in the philosophy of Guru Sri Chinmoy, to be reflected in his music. Likewise, McLaughlin, a devotee of Chinmoy's too, wished for similar results. In a joint attempt to reflect their desires, in July '73 the pair released Love, Devotion, Surrender, an album inspired by Chimroy's teachings, dedicated to John Coltrane. The record peaked at number seven on the UK album chart and at 14 on the Billboard 200, impressive feats considering its challenging nature. The album consisted of two John Coltrane covers, a traditional folk song, and a pair of McLaughlin originals. The duo subsequently toured together across the USA and Canada in 1973 and 1974, accompanied by a handful of world class musicians, including Billy Cobham on drums and the pioneering organist Larry Young, both of whom had appeared on the LP. On 1st September '74 the band played The International Amphitheater, Chicago, IL, a show which was recorded for a live FM broadcast in the United States. Featuring numbers from Love, Devotion, Surrender, plus a couple of rarities, in completion this performance provides for a veritable masterclass in improvisation and musicianship.

Track Listing

Disc 1:

The Life Divine
A Love Supreme
I'm Aware Of You
Band Introductions
Disc 2:

Taurian Matador
Armando Peraza Solo
Billy Cobham Solo
Taurian Matador (Reprise)
Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord