As 1971 was the original release for this material - makes the music within Santana III all the more amazing. If you are a Santana fan, this is a MUST!!! Self-produced, the Santana Band harnessed emotional elements of many musical sources. The recording is dated but the content is timeless. Neal Schon definitely shines and brings new life to a nucleus that was at it's peak. From 'Batuka' to 'Para Los Rumberos', this material showcases hybrid music at it's best. Uniquely Santana! Outstanding performances on 'Taboo', 'Toussaint L'Overture' and 'Guajira' make this a monumental classic. The live tracks (on the re-release) are just gravy. And, YES! that means it is a worthwhile purchase.