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Jam Review

by Sean Westergaard

With Carlos Santana's star back on the rise in the late '90's, budget labels checked their vaults hoping to cash in on the newfound popularity. Jam is Hallmark's entry, repackaging a set that's been available in at least a few different forms before. Recording information is non-existent, but this is almost certainly a late '60's or early '70's show. Only two of the six tunes are significantly shorter than ten minutes long, which places it a long way from the pop sound of "Smooth." The fact is, if you're a serious Santana fan, you're likely to have heard this material, and there's far better Santana out there; and if you're coming from the perspective of Supernatural, this is unlikely to be a satisfying purchase because it's not really pop at all, it's more of a Latin-jazz-fusion, heavy on the instrumental jamming. The budget price does make this more attractive, just probably not attractive enough.

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