Santana – “Toussaint L’overture” Live
Santana’s Best Solo Passage Ever!
“Toussaint L’overture” was written by Carlos Santana, Jose Areas, Gregg Rolie, Michael Randall Brown, Michael John Carabello and Michael Shrieve. This powerhouse writers crafted an unforgettable instrumental track for the album, “Abraxas.” This song showcases Santana’s talent and skills — whether its the distinctive vibrato or speed, IT ABSOLUTELY ROCKS. Especially the guitar solo towards the end — it blew my mind!
One need only take a single listen to the notorious ‘Toussaint L’Ouverture’ to fall under the charm of this record: no better hymn to the famous Haiti-liberating hero could be thought of than this piece of flaming rage and anger miraculously transformed into a sonic experience.
The stunning song is so undeniably beautiful that it has that spiritual feel. This can be especially seen during their live performances. Santana manages to always play better and mesmerize the audience with his mastery in guitar playing.
Carlos Santana’s distinctive guitar tone is produced by PRS Santana signature guitars plugged into multiple amplifiers. The amps consist of a Mesa Boogie Mark I, Dumble Overdrive Reverb and more recently a Bludotone amplifier. Santana compares the tonal qualities of each amplifier to that of a singer producing head/nasal tones, chest tones, and belly tones. A three-way amp switcher is employed on Carlos’s pedal board to enable him to switch between amps. Often the unique tones of each amplifier are blended together, complementing each other producing a richer tone.