SANTANA – ” Incident at Neshabur ” Live At The Fillmore West

Posted: June 14, 2022 in MUSIC

One of the band’s finest instrumentals, performed on July 4th, 1971 at the Fillmore West. The footage was released as part of the film “Fillmore: The Last Days” this month in 1972. The movie chronicles the last weekend of performances at the legendary venue before it closed down. For five nights Bill Graham brought on stage San Francisco bands including Santana, It’s a Beautiful Day, Jefferson Airplane, the Grateful Dead, Quicksilver Messenger Service and a poetry reading from Allen Ginsberg.

The film shows extensive footage of Bill Graham, mostly on the phone making arrangements for the concerts. One telling conversation: “What have I said for months and months what’s wrong with this business? That these groups have gotten to be too authoritarian and they have a right to be ‘cause money talks, success controls. Why do you think I want out?”

As for the song featured here, Santana revealed several interesting facts:

Neshabur is where the army of Toussaint Louverture – who was a black revolutionary – defeated Napoleon in Haiti. So that’s what it’s about. I think by writing songs like ‘Incident at Neshabur’ and ‘Toussaint L’Overture,’ we felt we were our own kind of revolutionary. Alberto Gianquinto, our pianist on “Abraxas”, helped us a lot putting it together. The first part of the music is from Horace Silver’s ‘Señor Blues.’ The slow part is from Aretha Franklin’s ‘This Girl’s In Love With You.'”

The Band:

Carlos Santana – guitar, percussion, vocals, Neal Schon – guitar, David Brown – bass guitar, Gregg Rolie – Hammond organ, keyboards, Michael Carabello – congas, José “Chepito” Areas – timbales, bongos, Michael Shrieve – drums, Coke Escovedo – percussion

Watch the full film here:

Fillmore: The Last Days” is a live album, recorded at the Fillmore West in San Francisco, California from June 29th to July 4th, 1971. It contains performances by 14 different bands, mostly from the San Francisco Bay Area, including Santana, the Grateful Dead, Hot Tuna, Quicksilver Messenger Service, and the New Riders of the Purple Sage. It was released by Columbia Records in June 1972 as a three-disc album. It was re-released by Epic Records in 1991 as a two-disc CD.

“Fillmore: The Last Days” documents the final run of concerts at the Fillmore West, which closed after these shows. The concerts were promoted by Bill Graham, who ran the Fillmore West, and before that its predecessor music venue the Fillmore, starting in November 1965.

The original triple LP was packaged as a box set. It included a 7-inch, 33⅓ rpm EP record, containing an interview with Bill Graham. It also included a commemorative booklet with liner notes by Graham, an illustrated essay about the Fillmore concert posters, and a listing of every concert at the Fillmore and Fillmore West. The box set also included a reproduction of the concert poster for the final run of shows, and an actual Fillmore ticket stub

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