We get the benefit of both with Live Forever. The first release on Carlos' Guts & Grace label, it's also the first in his personally curated anthology series, Sacret Sources. With Live Forever, Carlos decided to compile outstanding concert performances from the last tours of Jimi Hendrix, Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Stevie Ray Vaughan and John Coltrane.
With the exception of Marvin's "Joy", none of this music has ever been released in its entirety. About a minute of "Ogunde" and two minutes of "I don't live today" have been available on CD and video respectively. All the rest is only available on this collection. In several cases, the music was entrusted directly to Carlos by the artists' heirs. In others, fellow collectors sent tapes, which Carlos the cleared with the relevant estates. And finally, in all cases, the artists' record companies gave their gracious permission for this release to occur.
The recording quality is occasionally far from perfect - several selections were mastered from mixing-board cassettes - but the emotional qualities are unassailable throughout.
Since Carlos has more great anthology ideas, there will be more volumes
of Sacred Sources. Live Forever makes a spectacular beginning.
- Davitt Sigerson, Polydor Records [taken from the liner notes]
I'm very grateful to be in a position to present this bouquet of colors and sound. Like a hummingbird's wings, one wing is enthusiasm and the other is vision / imagination.
This endeavor would still be a whim, a wish and a dream if it weren't
for the glorious perseverance of my brother and friend, Bruce Kuhlman.
- Carlos Santana [taken from the liner notes]