Havana Moon

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Havana Moon
Studio album by Carlos Santana
Released April 1
Length 46:08
Label CBS
Producer Jerry Wexler, Barry Beckett
Carlos Santana chronology
Havana Moon
Beyond Appearances

Havana Moon is a 1983 album by Carlos Santana released as a solo project.

It features covers of Bo Diddley and Chuck Berry songs and performances by Booker T & the MGs, Willie Nelson and the Fabulous Thunderbirds, and also Carlos' father Jose singing "Vereda Tropical", a song Carlos had first heard when his father was serenading his mother following an argument.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]

J. D. Considine of Rolling Stone deemed Carlos Santana recording Tex-Mex music to be a natural fit, and felt that the Fabulous Thunderbirds were ideal collaborators for such a project. He particularly praised the renditions of "Who Do you Love" and "Havana Moon" for throwing in inspired Tex-Mex elements while staying true to the appeal of the original recordings. However, he found the album's roaming to other styles on the six cuts recorded without the Fabulous Thunderbirds to be dissatisfying, remarking, "It's not so much that Havana Moon is inconsistent — although it's that, too — as it is confusing, jumping from style to style as if Carlos Santana weren't sure what he wanted to do. It's nice to see that he's eager to expand his horizons, but it's disappointing that he undercuts his efforts by attempting to cover all the bases."[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Watch Your Step" (Phil Belmonte, Bobby Parker) – 4:01
  2. "Lightnin'" (Booker T. Jones, Carlos Santana) – 3:51
  3. "Who Do You Love?" (Ellas McDaniel) – 2:55
  4. "Mudbone" (Santana) – 5:51
  5. "One with You" (Jones) – 5:14

Side two[edit]

  1. "Ecuador" (Santana) – 1:10
  2. "Tales of Kilimanjaro" (Alan Pasqua, Armando Peraza, Raul Rekow, Santana) – 4:50
  3. "Havana Moon" (Chuck Berry) – 4:09
  4. "Daughter of the Night" (Hasse Huss, Mikael Rickfors) – 4:18
  5. "They All Went to Mexico" (Greg Brown) – 4:47
  6. "Vereda Tropical" (Gonzalo Curiel) – 4:57



  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William. Havana Moon at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau: Album: Carlos Santana: Havana Moon". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Considine, J. D. (June 9, 1983). "Havana Moon". Rolling Stone (397): 57–58. Archived from the original on 2007-12-28. 

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