Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)
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|"Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)"|
|Instrumental by Santana from the album Amigos|
|Released||March 26, 1976|
|Length||5:06 (Album Version)
3:37 (Radio Edit)
|Writer||Carlos Santana, Tom Coster|
|Amigos track listing|
"Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" is an instrumental from the Santana album Amigos, written by Carlos Santana and Tom Coster. One of Santana's most popular compositions, it is a staple on classic rock radio stations and oldies radio stations.
The 16 bar harmonic composition (chord progression) is that of the jazz standard "Autumn Leaves" (originally Les Feuilles Mortes"), with the first verse ending in the minor, and the last verse ending in the major.
Upon seeing his friend was suffering a bad experience whilst high on mescaline, Santana composed a piece titled "The Mushroom Lady's Coming to Town". This precursor contained the first lick to "Europa". It was put away and not touched for some time.
When Santana was touring with Earth, Wind & Fire in Manchester, England, he played this tune again, this time with Tom Coster who helped him with some of the chords and thus Europa was born. It was renamed as "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)".
A famous rendition was by saxophonist Gato Barbieri off his 1976 from album Caliente!. In 2006, saxophonist Jimmy Sommers covered the song for his Standards album Time Stands Still. Contemporary jazz guitarist Nils released a rendition from his 2009 album Up Close & Personal. Blake Aaron covers the song on his album Soul Stories (2015).
Another famous rendition is the one made by Tuck Andress during the '90s.