One of the best live recordings I own is the 1972 Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles Live album. I guess Carlos Santana was in a transition period of switching from his band that he started with and had just done Abraxas with. Part of this new band were two brothers playing percussion. The drumming on this record was stellar, especially with Buddy Miles holding court from behind the trap set, but it is the Latin percussion that has always made Santana unique; Pete and Coke Escovedo smashed fucking faces back their with those timbales, woodblocks, and cowbells. I don’t know if it was the fact that it was 1972 and people got into the magic powder a bit back then, or if it was the fact that they were playing live in an amphtehtre built in the crater of a dormant volcano, but this recording starts heavy and keeps smashing face right through; many of the songs are played with a furious tempo, and I fucking love it. It’s the best thing I’ve heard Santana do, better than Abraxas, and I’m super stoked to have a copy of this rare gem in my vinyl collection.