It's a very, very interesting recording, one of the most 'out there' of albums for its time, and one of the few that different to actually chart (on Santana's name, no doubt). Not for everyone, and I'm not sure all Santana fans can stand it, but the mix serves it well. An '8' here, not one I play often.
7. A great mix, but an acquired taste. This is one of my least favorite Santana albums. My favorite artists in the '70's were Santana and Loggins & Messina. The musicianship is superb, but the material leaves a bit to be desired. Overall, I'm nuts over Santana's forays into jazz. I own this on SQ and Euro CD. Never released in the US on CD. That might say it all.
I gave it a 7. Music is really great at times. It's really out there, but I like crazy avant-garde stuff like this. Probably not for everyone. The mix isn't ultra adventurous but just about as you are about to fall asleep it hits you with an overly loud horn or guitar blast discreetly from some speaker to wake you up. And it has some obligatory Santana soloing over crazy drums if you forgot you were listening to a Santana record. This is definitely the most experimental of the Santana experimental records!