Dance of the Rainbow Serpent

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Dance of the Rainbow Serpent
Dance of the Rainbow Serpent.jpg
Box set by
ReleasedJanuary 1995
GenreBlues rock, hard rock, latin rock
LabelSony Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars [1]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars [2]

Dance of the Rainbow Serpent is a 1995 three-CD retrospective box set by Santana that also covers Carlos Santana solo projects and appearances with other artists. Unless noted, all tracks are studio recordings, with some of them previously unreleased (all are on the third disc). The individual discs are sub-titled Heart, Soul, and Spirit. It includes a 60-page booklet with detailed track listing, song comments by Carlos Santana, musician credits, biographical essay and a poem by Hal Miller, a list of touring band members through the years, and a band/solo discography up to 1995. The cover art was done by Michael Rios and Anthony Machado.

Track listing[edit]

Disc 1 - Heart[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."Evil Ways"Clarence "Sonny" HenrySantana, 19693:58
2."Soul Sacrifice" (Live at the Woodstock Festival, Bethel, New York, Saturday, August 16, 1969; edited version)Carlos Santana, Gregg Rolie, David Brown, Marcus MaloneViva Santana!, 1988; originally from Santana8:50
3."Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen"Peter Green/Gábor SzabóAbraxas, 19705:17
4."Oye Como Va"Tito PuenteAbraxas4:18
5."Samba Pa Ti" (Instrumental)SantanaAbraxas4:45
6."Everybody's Everything"Santana, Milton Brown, Tyrone MossSantana III, 19713:31
7."Song of the Wind"Rolie, Santana, Neal SchonCaravanserai, 19726:10
8."Toussaint L'Overture" (Live at the Osaka Koseinenkin Hall, Osaka, Japan, July, 1973)José Areas, Brown, Michael Carabello, Rolie, Santana, Schon, Michael ShrieveLotus, 1974; originally from Santana III7:33
9."In a Silent Way" (Live at the Fillmore West, San Francisco, California, July 4, 1971)Joe ZawinulFillmore: The Last Days, 19727:54
10."Waves Within"Doug Rauch, RolieCaravanserai3:54
11."Flame - Sky"Rauch, Santana, John McLaughlinWelcome, 197311:31
12."Naima"John ColtraneLove Devotion Surrender, 19733:12

Disc 2 - Soul[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Original albumLength
1."I Love You Much Too Much"Alexander Olshanetsky, Don Raye, Chaim TowberZebop!, 19814:45
2."Blues for Salvador"Santana, Chester D. ThompsonBlues for Salvador, 19875:57
3."Aqua Marine"Alan Pasqua, SantanaMarathon, 19795:38
4."Bella"Sterling Crew, Santana, ThompsonBlues for Salvador4:30
5."The River"Leon Patillo, SantanaFestivál, 19764:52
6."I'll Be Waiting"SantanaMoonflower, 19775:20
7."Love Is You"Santana, ThompsonFreedom, 19874:00
8."Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)"Tom Coster, SantanaAmigos, 19765:05
9."Move On"Santana, Chris RhyneInner Secrets, 19784:27
10."Somewhere in Heaven"Alex Ligertwood, SantanaMilagro, 19923:26
11."Open Invitation"Dennis Lambert, David Margen, Brian Potter, Santana, Greg WalkerInner Secrets4:46

Disc 3 - Spirit[edit]

1."All I Ever Wanted"Ligertwood, Santana, Chris SolbergMarathon4:02
2."Hannibal"Ligertwood, Alan Pasqua, Raul Rékow, SantanaBlues for Salvador4:29
3."Brightest Star"Ligertwood, SantanaZebop!4:51
4."Wings of Grace" (Live in Mexico City, May 22 or 23, 1993)Santana, ThompsonSacred Fire: Live in Mexico (video), 19935:27
5."Se Eni a Fe L'Amo-Kere Kere" (with Babatunde Olatunji)OlatunjiDance to the Beat of My Drum, 19869:14
6."Mudbone"SantanaHavana Moon, 19835:52
7."The Healer" (with John Lee Hooker)Hooker, Roy Rogers, Santana, ThompsonThe Healer, 19895:38
8."Chill Out (Things Gonna Change)" (with John Lee Hooker)Hooker, Santana, ThompsonChill Out, 19954:46
9."Sweet Black Cherry Pie" (with Larry Graham)Santana, Thompson, LigertwoodPreviously unissued outtake from Spirits Dancing in the Flesh, 19903:00
10."Every Now and Then" (with Vernon Reid)ReidPreviously unissued; recorded 19905:06
11."This Is This" (with Weather Report)ZawinulThis Is This, 19867:09


  1. ^ Parisian, Roch. Dance of the Rainbow Serpent at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Santana: Album Guide". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-04-15.