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.
by Sean Westergaard