Black Magic Evil Ways: Live in New York 1970

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An hourlong live Santana concert, in excellent sound quality, is featured on this bootleg of a show at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY, the date of which has been confusingly attributed to either June 13 or October 14, 1970. The fidelity is so good that one almost suspects it was recorded with the intention of possible official release, though unfortunately a brief dropout during "Jingo" prevents it from being flawless in that regard. These are fine performances of material largely drawn from their first three albums, including the favorites "Evil Ways," "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen," "Persuasion," "Jingo," and "Oye Como Va" (no "Soul Sacrifice," though). True, there are few surprises, but it does include the instrumental "Gumbo" (recorded for at the sessions for Santana III but not issued on that LP) and Chico Hamilton's "Conquistadore Rides Again," a part of their live repertoire dating back to their earliest days. As a lot of live Santana from their first few years as a band has been officially released, it's hard to say that this would be an essential addition to their discography. But for fans serious enough to collect bootlegs from the era, it could hardly be better in most respects.