Moonflower (album)

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Studio album / Live album by Santana
Released October 1977
Recorded December 1976 (live tracks / Europe)
1977 (studio tracks / San Francisco)
Genre Jazz fusion, rock, latin
Length 86:50
Label Columbia
Producer Carlos Santana, Tom Coster
Santana chronology
Inner Secrets
Singles from Moonflower
  1. "She's Not There"
    Released: 1977
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B+[2]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]

Moonflower is a studio and live double album by Santana, released in 1977. The recording features both studio and live tracks, which are interspersed with one another throughout the album. It is perhaps the group's most popular live album, because Lotus did not receive a U.S. domestic release until the early 1990s. It displays a mix between the fusion of Latin and blues-rock styles of the late 1960s and early 1970s, and the much more experimental and spiritual jazz fusion sound that characterized the band's mid-1970s work. The live material was recorded during the supporting tour for the Festival album, which displayed a similar mix of styles, and many of the album's songs are featured here – namely, the three song medley which opens Festival.

A cover version of the Zombies' mid-1960s hit song "She's Not There" was released as a single and peaked at #27. The song was the first Santana recording to hit the Top 40 of the Billboard charts since "No One to Depend On" reached #36 in 1972. The album reached #10 on the Billboard charts and was eventually certified platinum, neither of which occurred again until the star-studded Supernatural in 1999.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Dawn/Go Within" (Tom Coster, Carlos Santana) – 2:44 (Studio)
  2. "Carnaval"* (Coster, Santana) – 2:17 (Live)
  3. "Let the Children Play" (Leon Patillo, Santana) – 2:37 (Live)
  4. "Jugando" (José "Chepito" Areas, Santana) – 2:09 (Live)
  5. "I'll Be Waiting" (Santana) – 5:20 (Studio; also issued on single)
  6. "Zulu" (Coster, Santana) – 3:25 (Studio)

Side two[edit]

  1. "Bahia" (Coster, Santana) – 1:37 (Studio)
  2. "Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen" (Peter Green, Gábor Szabó) – 6:32 (Live)
  3. "Dance Sister Dance (Baila Mi Hermana)" (Leon Chancler, Coster, David Rubinson) – 7:45 (Live)
  4. "Europa (Earth's Cry Heaven's Smile)" (Coster, Santana) – 6:07 (Live)

Side three[edit]

  1. "She's Not There" (Rod Argent) – 4:09 (Studio; also issued on single)
  2. "Flor d'Luna (Moonflower)" (Coster) – 5:01 (Studio)
  3. "Soul Sacrifice/Head, Hands & Feet" (Santana, Gregg Rolie, David Brown, Marcus Malone, Graham Lear) – 14:01 (Live)

Side four[edit]

  1. "El Morocco" (Coster, Santana) – 5:05 (Studio)
  2. "Transcendence" (Santana) – 5:13 (Studio)
  3. "Savor/Toussaint L'Overture" (Santana, Rolie, Brown, Michael Shrieve, Michael Carabello, Areas) – 12:56 (Live)

Bonus tracks on 2003 reissue[edit]

  1. "Black Magic Woman" (Single edit) (Green) – 2:37 (Live)
  2. "I'll Be Waiting" (Single edit) (Santana) – 3:12 (Studio)
  3. "She's Not There" (Single edit) (Argent) – 3:19 (Studio)



Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[5] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[6] Platinum 300,000*
Netherlands (NVPI)[7] Platinum 100,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[8] Gold 150,000^
United States (RIAA)[9] 2× Platinum 2,000,000^

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


  1. ^ Ruhlmann, William (2011). "Moonflower - Santana | AllMusic". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (2011). "Robert Christgau: Album: Santana: Moonflower". Retrieved 28 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Swenson, John (16 December 1981). "Santana: Moonflower : 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 – Moonflower". Music Canada. 
  6. ^ "French album certifications – Santana – Moonflower" (in French). InfoDisc.  Select SANTANA and click OK
  7. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Santana – Moonflower" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. 
  8. ^ "British album certifications – Santana – Moonflower". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Moonflower in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  9. ^ "American album certifications – Santana – Moonflower". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH