Amigos (Santana album)

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Studio album by Santana
Released March 26, 1976
Studio Wally Heider Recording Studios, San Francisco
Length 41:14
Label Columbia
Producer David Rubinson
Santana chronology
Singles from Amigos
  1. "Let It Shine"
    Released: 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (B)[2]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]

Amigos is the seventh studio album from Santana. It contained a minor U.S. hit single in "Let It Shine" and was the band's first album to hit the top ten on the Billboard charts (it ultimately reached gold record status) since Caravanserai in 1972. In Europe the song "Europa" was released as a single and became a top ten hit in several countries.

New vocalist Greg Walker joined the group. It would be the last Santana album to include original bassist David Brown.

Romanian band Bosquito included an adapted version of the song "Gitano" on their Cocktail Molotov album in 2003. The song was renamed "Goza como yo". Currently a live version of the song has been performed as a mashup of "Gitano" and Manu Chao's "Clandestino".

This album has been mixed and released in stereo and quadraphonic.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)" (Leon Chancler/Tom Coster/David Rubinson) – 8:15
  2. "Take Me with You" (instrumental) (Chancler/Coster) – 5:27
  3. "Let Me" (Coster/Carlos Santana) – 4:51

Side two[edit]

  1. "Gitano" (Armando Peraza) – 6:13
  2. "Tell Me Are You Tired" (Chancler/Coster) – 5:42
  3. "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" (instrumental) (Coster/Santana) – 5:06
  4. "Let It Shine" (David Brown/Ray Gardner) – 5:43




Year Chart Position
1976 Billboard Pop Albums 10
Billboard Black Albums 10


Year Single Chart Position
1976 "Let It Shine" Billboard Hot 100 77
Billboard Black Singles 78


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[6] 2× Gold 200,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[7] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[8] Gold 500,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: CG: Santana". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Niester, Alan (18 June 1980). "Santana: Amigos : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "Santana: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  5. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Santana – Amigos". Music Canada. 
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Santana – Amigos" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  7. ^ "British album certifications – Santana – Amigos". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Amigos in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Silver in the field By Award. Click Search
  8. ^ "American album certifications – Santana – Amigos". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH