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ReleasedOctober 1974
GenreJazz fusion
ProducerCarlos Santana, Michael Shrieve, Tom Coster
Santana chronology
Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]
Rolling Stone(not rated)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[5]

Borboletta is the sixth studio album by the American Latin rock band Santana. It is one of their jazz-funk-fusion oriented albums, along with Caravanserai (1972), and Welcome (1973). Non-band albums by Carlos Santana in this style also include Love Devotion Surrender (1973) with John McLaughlin and Illuminations (1974) with Alice Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Jules Broussard. The guitarist leaves much room to percussion, saxophone and keyboards to set moods ("Spring Manifestations"), as well as lengthy solos by himself ("Promise of a Fisherman") and vocals ("Give and Take", a funky guitar-led song). The record was released in a metallic blue sleeve displaying a butterfly, an allusion to the album Butterfly Dreams (1973) by Brazilian musician Flora Purim and her husband Airto Moreira, whose contributions deeply influenced the sound of Borboletta. In Portuguese, borboleta means "butterfly".

Original bassist David Brown returned to replace Doug Rauch and vocalist/keyboardist Leon Patillo joined. After the album's completion, drummer Michael Shrieve left, to be replaced by Leon "Ndugu" Chancler, who had guested on parts of the album.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

1."Spring Manifestations (Sound Effects)"instrumental — percussion & sound effectsAirto Moreira, Flora Purim1:05
2."Canto de los Flores"instrumentalTom Coster3:45
3."Life Is Anew"Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana, Michael Shrieve4:30
4."Give and Take"Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana, Tom Coster, Michael Shrieve5:46
5."One with the Sun"Earlyrin MartiniJerry Martini4:20
6."Aspirations"instrumentalTom Coster, Carlos Santana5:12

Side two[edit]

7."Practice What You Preach"Carlos SantanaCarlos Santana4:28
8."Mirage"Leon PatilloLeon Patillo4:43
9."Here and Now"instrumentalArmando Peraza, Carlos Santana3:01
10."Flor de Canela"instrumentalCarlos Santana, Doug Rauch2:20
11."Promise of a Fisherman"instrumentalDorival Caymmi8:05
12."Borboletta"instrumentalAirto Moreira2:50


Airto Moreira and Flora Purim appear courtesy of CTI Records


Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Silver 60,000^
United States (RIAA)[7] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: S". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 12, 2019 – via
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  4. ^ Palmer, Bob (20 December 1978). "Santana: Borboletta : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 August 2011.
  5. ^ "Santana: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 28 January 2012. Retrieved 14 April 2012.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Santana – Borboletta". British Phonographic Industry.
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Santana – Borboletta". Recording Industry Association of America.