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Studio album by Santana
Released October 1974
Genre Jazz fusion
Length 49:52
Label CBS
Producer Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve, Tom Coster
Santana chronology
Greatest Hits
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C+)[2]
Džuboks (mixed)[3]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3.5/5 stars[5]

Borboletta is the sixth studio album by Santana. It is one of his jazz-funk-fusion oriented albums, along with Caravanserai (1972), Welcome (1973), Love Devotion Surrender (1973) with John McLaughlin and Illuminations (1974) with Alice Coltrane, Jack DeJohnette and Jules Broussard. The guitarist leaves a lot of 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 shiny 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]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Spring Manifestations (Sound Effects)" instrumental — percussion & sound effects Airto Moreira, Flora Purim 1:05
2. "Canto de los Flores" instrumental Tom Coster & Santana Band 3:45
3. "Life Is Anew" Carlos Santana Carlos Santana, Michael Shrieve 4:30
4. "Give and Take" Carlos Santana Carlos Santana, Tom Coster, Michael Shrieve 5:46
5. "One with the Sun" Earlyrin Martini Jerry Martini 4:20
6. "Aspirations" instrumental Tom Coster, Carlos Santana 5:12

Side two[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Practice What You Preach" Carlos Santana Carlos Santana 4:28
2. "Mirage" Leon Patillo Leon Patillo 4:43
3. "Here and Now" instrumental Armando Peraza, Carlos Santana 3:01
4. "Flor de Canela" instrumental Carlos Santana, Doug Rauch 2:20
5. "Promise of a Fisherman" instrumental Dorival Caymmi 8:05
6. "Borboletta" instrumental Airto Moreira 2:50


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^

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


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Borboletta - Santana | AllMusic". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: Album: Santana: Borboletta". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Santana - Borboletta". Džuboks (in Serbian). Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine (6 (second series)): 23. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Bob (20 December 1978). "Santana: Borboletta : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  5. ^ "Santana: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 14 April 2012. 
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Santana – Borboletta". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Borboletta 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
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Santana – Borboletta". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH