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Santana — Europa (Earth's Cry, Heaven's Smile)
Album: Amigos
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Released: 1976
Length: 4:53
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(Instrumental)
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Wow, I thought to myself, listening to this. Flashback 40 odd years to the same reaction when I first heard this. Thanks Bill n Rebecca for jogging great memories. 
I think this album came out when Carlos was exploring Hinduism/Buddhism. 
Gee whiz, the man sets the air on fire. 
 a_genuine_find wrote:
lunar1963 wrote:
My father, who died in 96 HATED this, especially the guitar solo at the end. Now, everytime it plays I think of him, and miss him dearly...
That was a bitter sweet comment, hopefully this may help to ease your pain... Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. If you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king.
 
Proper attribution:  A partial quote from Tao Te-Ching, a Chinese 6th century BC text attributed to sage Laozi (or Lao Tzu).

Preceded by:  
“Empty your mind of all thoughts.
Let your heart be at peace.
Watch the turmoil of beings,
but contemplate their return."

Finished with:
"Immersed in the wonder of the Tao,
you can deal with whatever life brings you,
and when death comes, you are ready.”
God like - want this played at my funeral
 fourwindsbar wrote:
"How this guy sells the same sound with some minor variation " Ok- go listen to any of the Devadip Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin collaborations that you naysayin' clowns never bought or had the attention span to listen to. Then you can get back to us.
 
Right on.  Or for that matter an album he did with Alice Coltrane. Yes, wife of... Or his many Montreux Jazz appearances with McLaughlin, Wayne Shorter, and others. His double live album, Lotus, recorded at the Budokan, in his late '70s heyday. A height of improv playing.  How about the double LP The Swing of Delight, with Shorter, Tony Williams and Ron Carter? (Not quite slackers, I gotta say, so pardon me for assuming they wouldn't play and record with one.)  Ever even hear of it?  And the hard-to-find CD Oneness: Silver Dreams Golden Reality, during his late '70s Sri Chinmoy phase.  The Carlos "minor variation" dudes wouldn't be quite so set on that bias after a few jaw-drop listens to Song for Devadip, the last track on the collection. And worldwide concert appearances and recording with Clapton, DiMeola, Beck and numerous others. 
Brilliant but Gato Barbieri’s cover is a 10.
When we were 15, this song was always the last one on school dance. Ah, how romantic mood was in the air that time :-).
This is just true feelin grit to me. As with anything ymmv,
All I can say is he's come a long way from the streets of Tijuana.
I know I wouldn't have made it. Are you talented enough? Doubt it.
 d48m02h wrote:
Oh man....you people are SO funny with your comments about this song.  I must have laughed out loud at least 5 or 6 times.  One reason why I love RP.  

About this song....I confess, I didn't realize it was from 1969, possibly the finest year for music in our existence.  Yes, it's schlocky, but some damn fine giter-playin', don't you think? {#Jump}

 
This cut is not from 1969. It's from 1976. 
All - that word you're looking for is "exquisite".
{#Notworthy}
Oh man....you people are SO funny with your comments about this song.  I must have laughed out loud at least 5 or 6 times.  One reason why I love RP.  

About this song....I confess, I didn't realize it was from 1969, possibly the finest year for music in our existence.  Yes, it's schlocky, but some damn fine giter-playin', don't you think? {#Jump}
 black321 wrote:
Well, is Carlos the Best guitarist the rock world has ever produced? No. But the guy has chops and is certainly inspired when he plays. He's produced many fine songs, although admittedly he's produced a few too many redundant "instrumentals". Nevertheless, to those who rock n' roll, he deserves a little respect. Those who don't, go pound sand.

p.s. I blame Zappa for most of the Carlos bashing. And who hasn't Zappa bashed?
 
That should be more than a little respect, thanks. And yes, they should go pound sand. I don't think that a goodly portion of other great axe men -- Buddy Guy, Clapton, Beck, Robert Randolph, BB, Kurt Hammet, Metheny, John McLaughlin, Al DiMeola, and many more, plus ex-Miles and Coltrane and other elite jazz players, plus Stevie Winwood and classic rockers far and wide -- are going to be on the marquee with someone who is pretending to play. Get real.  
 tiggers wrote:
Just painful, a 1
 
Pooh & Piglet say you're a tosser! 
Yeah, takes me back to my shag-anything-that-moves-days - good times  {#Wink}
Just painful, a 1
no comment  -  10.
Nice

Europa


GChevy410 wrote:
So how is Scientology working out for you? Have you gotten to the level where everyone says "Surprise! Its a joke! Now help us make more money."? It all sounds wonderful, but it works on the idea of the Placebo Affect. Just like Wiccan...by the way I am a Christian, and understand the huge obvious contradiction. So I guess more power to the both of us in our dellusional ways!
Ummm, what in the world does Scientology have to do with the Tao Te Ching?
black321 wrote:
p.s. I blame Zappa for most of the Carlos bashing. And who hasn't Zappa bashed?
I LOVE Zappa! If you go where the huskies go, don't you eat the yellow snow! :jump:
...which came first, this or stevie ray vaughan's riviera paradise?..
thewiseking wrote:
last dance at a cheeseball catering hall reception?
sounds like. wait, don't toss the celery sticks. they're just a little dry at the ends.
Well, is Carlos the Best guitarist the rock world has ever produced? No. But the guy has chops and is certainly inspired when he plays. He's produced many fine songs, although admittedly he's produced a few too many redundant "instrumentals". Nevertheless, to those who rock n' roll, he deserves a little respect. Those who don't, go pound sand. p.s. I blame Zappa for most of the Carlos bashing. And who hasn't Zappa bashed?
a_genuine_find wrote:
That was a bitter sweet comment, hopefully this may help to ease your pain... Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. If you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king.
So how is Scientology working out for you? Have you gotten to the level where everyone says "Surprise! Its a joke! Now help us make more money."? It all sounds wonderful, but it works on the idea of the Placebo Affect. Just like Wiccan...by the way I am a Christian, and understand the huge obvious contradiction. So I guess more power to the both of us in our dellusional ways!
"How this guy sells the same sound with some minor variation " Ok- go listen to any of the Devadip Carlos Santana & Mahavishnu John McLaughlin collaborations that you naysayin' clowns never bought or had the attention span to listen to. Then you can get back to us.
MinMan wrote:
How this guy sells the same sound with some minor variation every 6-10 years is beyond me... if only I could... well... uh... there you have it.
B B King sells records with just one note! :lol: Kidding--I love BB!
last dance at a cheeseball catering hall reception?
artless and cliched yet we keep on hearin him.
Always loved listening to this song, especially over a nice glass of red wine.
MsJudi wrote:
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes...
oh no, oh no, oh no ....
Oh yes, oh yes, oh yes...
How this guy sells the same sound with some minor variation every 6-10 years is beyond me... if only I could... well... uh... there you have it.
...and here i thought merkin was slang for someone hailing from the united states...
I think I can hear Rob Thomas kissing his butt in the background.....
Carlos always works for me....... highly distictive.
EssexTex wrote:
What the hell is this?....I feel like I'm in an elevator at the mall!
Press each button and enjoy your lift. :cheesygrin:
lunar1963 wrote:
My father, who died in 96 HATED this, especially the guitar solo at the end. Now, everytime it plays I think of him, and miss him dearly...
That was a bitter sweet comment, hopefully this may help to ease your pain... Each separate being in the universe returns to the common source. Returning to the source is serenity. If you don't realize the source, you stumble in confusion and sorrow. When you realize where you come from, you naturally become tolerant, disinterested, amused, kindhearted as a grandmother, dignified as a king.
My father, who died in 96 HATED this, especially the guitar solo at the end. Now, everytime it plays I think of him, and miss him dearly...
cc_rider wrote:
Okay okay, all you snipers: Santana HAS been re-using the same licks for awhile. So what? So has Phillip Glass. Jackson Pollack had one trick too. He may just have one trick, but that trick is really freakin' good. Most of us never even have that. c.
Good point. If the passion comes through, it's still good art. However, it can get boring. Also, Jackson Pollack and Philip Glass were both original, groundbreaking and influential pioneers of style in what they created. I would not say that about Santana.
What the hell is this?....I feel like I'm in an elevator at the mall!
cc_rider wrote:
Okay okay, all you snipers: Santana HAS been re-using the same licks for awhile. So what? So has Phillip Glass. Jackson Pollack had one trick too. He may just have one trick, but that trick is really freakin' good. Most of us never even have that. c.
THANK YOU!! Those who can, do. Those who can't, sit around and criticize those who can.
Santana is like no other. He sure could (and still can) make that guitar sing so beautifully.
A trip back in time, sans the blotter. Thanks RP!
drtjdel wrote:
Isn't that a SRV tune? Gimme back my merkin?
What's a merkin? Oh wait, thanks wiki.....got it.
Okay okay, all you snipers: Santana HAS been re-using the same licks for awhile. So what? So has Phillip Glass. Jackson Pollack had one trick too. He may just have one trick, but that trick is really freakin' good. Most of us never even have that. c.
Gets tedious toward the end, or what I hope is the end.
healyf52 wrote:
It wasn't a toupee, it was a merkin, and I want it back!
Isn't that a SRV tune? Gimme back my merkin?
is there any sound more cliched than Carlos Santana's guitar?
Bad porno movie music...he even has the mustache.
healyf52 wrote:
It wasn't a toupee, it was a merkin, and I want it back!
It crawled off under it's own power... c.
and those are the worst really. I mean for something you sit on all day, you'd think your ass wouldn't be so sensitive, but go ahead and pop one of those sometime, hurts like hell. LowPhreak wrote:
And unfortunately for you, agnes, you wouldn't make a pimple on Carlos' ass.
LowPhreak wrote:
And unfortunately for you, agnes, you wouldn't make a pimple on Carlos' ass.
now now, don't be nasty. Santana in general is not my cuppa tea, either.
agnes wrote:
Attention customers: If you are enjoying this song, that probably means you're the one who lost your toupee in the lingerie department. Please come to customer service to claim it. Have a nice day, and as always, thank you for shopping at Big Lots.
:lol:
agnes wrote:
Attention customers: If you are enjoying this song, that probably means you're the one who lost your toupee in the lingerie department. Please come to customer service to claim it. Have a nice day, and as always, thank you for shopping at Big Lots.
You are a duuummmmmmmy
:puke:
I thought it got better at the end and I hope I never hear it again, I'd hate to ruin my memory of it.
agnes wrote:
Attention customers: If you are enjoying this song, that probably means you're the one who lost your toupee in the lingerie department. Please come to customer service to claim it. Have a nice day, and as always, thank you for shopping at Big Lots.
It wasn't a toupee, it was a merkin, and I want it back!
agnes wrote:
Attention customers: If you are enjoying this song, that probably means you're the one who lost your toupee in the lingerie department. Please come to customer service to claim it. Have a nice day, and as always, thank you for shopping at Big Lots.

And unfortunately for you, agnes, you wouldn't make a pimple on Carlos' ass.
also heard on late night cinemax movies. :hug:
Always loved this song - the Santana way!
Attention customers: If you are enjoying this song, that probably means you're the one who lost your toupee in the lingerie department. Please come to customer service to claim it. Have a nice day, and as always, thank you for shopping at Big Lots.
Mangoman wrote:
I've never seen the "Love Boat"— So I don't get it. Maybe that makes me lucky?
Never seen the Love Boat? Get thee to Netflicks and Gopherize yourself before it's too late. Doc will take your temp and I'm sure Isaac has a nice Pina Colada waiting. Watch out for Julie, though, she's the Lindsay Lohan of the 80s (or was that the 70s?) And this song still reminds me of 8th grade dances, along with Free Bird and Stairway to Heaven. Wait, I have something stuck in my braces...
dogpound wrote:
couples only, this skate is for couples only
Ha! Anybody out there ever go to Levittown Roller Rink next to Jan's Ice Cream Parlor? Of course, I don't think they ever played anything as hip as Santana, but they definitely did the couples only thing!
dogpound wrote:
couples only, this skate is for couples only
:lol: :lol: :lol:
Forget the song for a moment - this is one of the most entertaining song comments pages I have yet seen. Bravo RPeeps! Idea for a new feature, Bill: "Rate the comments on this song 1-10"
couples only, this skate is for couples only
Love Santana, hate this. I can feel my mind splitting into two opposing camps, and lobbing volleys of grey matter at one another.
I've never seen the "Love Boat"— So I don't get it. Maybe that makes me lucky?
hujoppi wrote:
"The Love Boat.. soon will be making another run....The Love Boat.. promises something for everyone... Set a course for adventure, Your mind on a new romance..."
Cruel, but very funny...
hujoppi wrote:
"The Love Boat.. soon will be making another run....The Love Boat.. promises something for everyone... Set a course for adventure, Your mind on a new romance..."
I love this song, but still - that post was hilarious!!
Tarindel wrote:
My ears hurt. And not in a good way. If there is even a good way for your ears to hurt.
We tried to warn you: never,ever stick those q-tips inside the ear canal! I had forgotten this Santana song. Even better in live form on the Moonflower album! :music: :guitarist:
"The Love Boat.. soon will be making another run....The Love Boat.. promises something for everyone... Set a course for adventure, Your mind on a new romance..."
Is there anything higher than a 10?
:guitarist: :notworthy:
My ears hurt. And not in a good way. If there is even a good way for your ears to hurt.
masterhead wrote:
New licks..old licks..it is all relative Ploaf
Relative to what? Is there substance to what you said, or is that a way of blowing off a slam to an artist that you may like? When I say he needs to learn some new licks it's because he uses the same 15 structures when he solos (which is all the time). I think the man learned to play a few things on the guitar and asked his rhythm section to have fun doing what they wanted to while he played his same tired lead over the top of it.
ploafmaster wrote:
I think Frank Zappa summed it up best with his song, "Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression." I mean, this song isn't of that tempo, but geez man. This guy needs to learn some NEW LICKS.
New licks..old licks..it is all relative Ploaf
OK, well atleast this licks LESS!, I think the DJ is off his meds! My co-worker just asked me to dance!, ...this song is making him GAY!
I think Frank Zappa summed it up best with his song, "Variations on the Carlos Santana Secret Chord Progression." I mean, this song isn't of that tempo, but geez man. This guy needs to learn some NEW LICKS.
KevDog wrote:
This song always reminds me of a wedding reception winding down. Time's running out on hitting on that blonde bridesmaid.
That is hilarious. Hurry up, If she has another tequila sunrise, she's going to hurl right there behind the busboy station. Great tune though. Heavily played, but rarely wears thin. Although now I will always think of Kev's blonde bridesmaid.
All time favorite...Carlos is a God!!! And this song is even better when you are in the front row and you can see into Carlos' eyes when he is playing it and you can see his passion for the music up close and personal. :notworthy: Everytime that this song is played by anyone, all I can hope for is that somewhere in the world, there is a couple exploring a state of rature together!! :twisted:
great, beautiful tune, how can you complain, but we have all heard this a gazillion times - there is that fine line between a great old friend and a track worn thin by AOR radio. . . boy is this track close to that line. There are other tasty choices from the tracks less travelled though . .
Man, I was about to give up and change the station, having heard too many songs I hated in a row, for the first time ever on RP. Thanks, Carlos. Thanks, Bill. I'm still here.
Gotta love those sweet sustains...
Well since his comment was May 16th 2002, and he is obviously a charter member of the AARP, perhaps he is having to much fun with his Levitra (i mean people of his ilk for sure need it) to listen to RP - Idiot. JohnMac wrote:
Are you kidding me? Is RonH still around? Bad comment, I guess I shouldn't listen to any music that came before I was in college. And you do the same, ok?
RonH wrote:
Honestly, If you are under 40 years of age, don't even bother rating this band. This is a great instrumental, guitar solo tune. Carlos at some of his finest. Dickey Betts learned from this man.
"RonH?" "Yes?" "Your fellow posters at RP would like to present you with this T-shirt which has the word 'DUMBASS' printed across the chest." "What for?" "A post you made in 2002." "Well, that's ridiculous. I mean, I don't even listen to RP anymore." "No? Well in that case, can we have the shirt back? We're running out, and there's a long list left who need these shirts." "Sure, here." "Thanks. Bye." "Bye."
Originally Posted by JohnMac:
Are you kidding me? Is RonH still around? Bad comment, I guess I shouldn't listen to any music that came before I was in college. And you do the same, ok?
Originally Posted by RonH: Honestly, If you are under 40 years of age, don't even bother rating this band. This is a great instrumental, guitar solo tune. Carlos at some of his finest. Dickey Betts learned from this man.
Quote: -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Originally Posted by RonH: Honestly, If you are under 40 years of age, don\'t even bother rating this band. This is a great instrumental, guitar solo tune. Carlos at some of his finest. Dickey Betts learned from this man. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Dicky Betts? Really now? Didnt he play along side one of the foremost slide guitarists of his time (Duane Allman) until Duane\'s unfortunate demise? At what point in Dicky Betts career was he learning from Carlos? Totally different musical styles and influences it seems. Same era of course but that\'s about where the similarity stops. :??:
Santana was good... Long ago... This song sucks. :??: It\'s about money not about soul. Sounds like Gary Moore => shit. :evil:
Originally Posted by polecat: I totally agree with RonH and I would like to add that until you see Santana in concert you just can't fathom how amazing he really is. He is one of the very best there is - period. Once you see him live, you're hooked!
No you're not. I've seen him in several situations and always wished he was someone —anyone— else. Saw him in a tiny room with about 100 people. Colin Hay (remember him? Men at Work?) opened the show on acoustic. By the time Carlos got onstage, no one in the room cared at all. Colin might not be the artistic talent that Carlos is, but he is an entertainer. Carlos seems so cold compared to someone who actually tries to connect with his audience, like Colin. I did see Carlos and Neil Young onstage together one time, and as they were playing, Carlos went over and grabbed Neil's guitar and showed him the chord. That was pretty funny.
Originally Posted by madfoot: Did you know carlos santana has a line of shoe-wear available at bergdorf goodman? and it's actually kind of nice shoes that I'll probably buy when I am un-downsized? God bless the guy for finally getting to cash in.
"God bless the guy for finally getting to cash in"?!? That thought makes me want to puke! Unabashed acceptance of an artist truely selling out! And you actually WANT to eventually un-downsize? You are a poor wondering soul far from your self perceved enlightenment.
Yes! Yes! Please play more classic Santana. No! No! Please don\'t play ANY Santana off his last two CDs.
Love this song but definitely prefer the live version off of \"Moonflower\"...it may sound passe\' now but just try to find passion and emotion this strong in any guitar work today...
Wonderful! Such feeling! Santana can\'t be rated like other guitar players. IMO, he doesn\'t have the same technical chops as many, but his emotion and the way he plays what he plays is what makes it incredible.
Reading the comments I get the feeling that some think Santana is a little full of himself. To that I say, maybe so, but he\'s got the goods to back it up. As a wanna be guitar player and (closet air-guitar player) I thouroughly respect and enjoy this!
This sounds like it should have been included in his \"ABRAXAS\" album, (on VINYL, kiddies,) back in 1970; wait a minute ! I think it WAS -- oops,no, sorry, that was \"Samba pa Ti\" I love his sound, but, like Bruce Springsteen, he is a LEGEND IN HIS OWN MIND :lol:
played this song at my wedding :cry: played pearl jam\'s \"Alive\" when i got divorced :D
Did you know carlos santana has a line of shoe-wear available at bergdorf goodman? and it\'s actually kind of nice shoes that I\'ll probably buy when I am un-downsized? God bless the guy for finally getting to cash in.
RP should add an alert feature so that you can be notified to turn the sound back up when songs like this are over... :(
Riding the steel breeze with love. Awesome.
It smells like sacred cow in here. :roll: It is pointless to discuss the merits (or lack of them) concerning this song. Obviously some think Carlos can do no wrong.... Do not dare question the gods. :evil:
Originally Posted by tlem: This is another song proving that Santana is way overrated. Please follow this song with something energetic to help me wake up.
Energetic? This tune is flying! If you could see his hands they'd be blurs. Cut back on the coke or something.
Originally Posted by GF: Yuck! Santana's the *only* one who thinks this sounds soulful! Sounds like tuneless muzak!!!!
Your momma must have dropped you on your head when you were a baby :lol: ;)
Originally Posted by RonH: Honestly, If you are under 40 years of age, don't even bother rating this band. This is a great instrumental, guitar solo tune. Carlos at some of his finest. Dickey Betts learned from this man.
I disagree. You don't have to be 40 to appreciate good guitar work. Speed and emotion in a guitarist. There was never that many guitarists that had both. Kevin
won-der-ful. better than that commercialized sh*t they bring on lately.
This song always reminds me of a wedding reception winding down. Time\'s running out on hitting on that blonde bridesmaid.
god this is terrible!
I totally agree with RonH and I would like to add that until you see Santana in concert you just can\'t fathom how amazing he really is. He is one of the very best there is - period. Once you see him live, you\'re hooked!
Honestly, If you are under 40 years of age, don\'t even bother rating this band. This is a great instrumental, guitar solo tune. Carlos at some of his finest. Dickey Betts learned from this man.
I like Santana but this is a serious nails on the chalk board kind of song. I had to tune out for a few to keep from coming right out of my skin!
Originally Posted by GF: Yuck! Santana's the *only* one who thinks this sounds soulful!
No, not true, here's someone else.... I can see why someone would classify this as "muzak" and I agree that in a sense this tune might be a bit cheesy. But you just have to not let it bother you too much and dig the whole Santana thing. When I approach it this way I *really* enjoy this tune, and that's what counts. Santana's band btw is one of the tightest playing bands I know.
Yuck! Santana\'s the *only* one who thinks this sounds soulful! Sounds like tuneless muzak!!!!
This is another song proving that Santana is way overrated. Please follow this song with something energetic to help me wake up.
I\'m sorry, but Santana in general, and this track in particular, are tasteless wanking. That and I can\'t stand the tone he scrapes out of his guitar.
In general I love Santana, but this track is just too schmaltzy for me.
This and Stevie Ray Vaughan's Riviera Paradise are the two most expressive guitar instrumentals I've ever heard. Maybe it's because both were conscious and heartfelt attempts to create music that could bring healing to the listener. Sure makes me feel good. I never get tired of either one and can rarely put one on without hitting repeat at least once.
Originally Posted by markisevil: I keep thinking this is Thin Lizzy's "Still In Love With You" when it comes around. But, it's not, and once again Santana gives me warts.
Thin Lizzy, not even close dude, take the cotton out of your ears.
I keep thinking this is Thin Lizzy\'s \"Still In Love With You\" when it comes around. But, it\'s not, and once again Santana gives me warts.