Personnel: Mahavishnu John McLaughlin (guitar, piano); Carlos Santana (guitar); Khalid Yasin (organ); Don Alias, Jan Hammer, Mike Shrieve, Billy Cobham (drums); Armando Peraza (congas).
Released in 2011, Original Album Classics offers three Santana albums from the middle period of his solo career -- 1983's Havana Moon, 1985's Beyond Appearances, and 1990's Spirits Dancing in the Flesh -- for a budget price. The packaging is basic to save costs, with each album in a paper sleeve that replicates the artwork. The albums aren't the most representative of Santana's career -- Havana Moon flirts with Tex-Mex and '50s rock & roll, Beyond Appearances is glossy '80s pop, and Spirits Dancing in the Flesh is a lopsided, transitional record that features covers of Jimi Hendrix, Curtis Mayfield, and the Isley Brothers -- but this is still an easy way for fans to dig deeper into the catalog without spending a lot of money. ~ Jason Lymangrover