Inner Secrets

Inner Secrets

Inner Secrets
Studio album by Santana
Released October 1978
Recorded July - August 1978 at Western Recorders, Los Angeles, California
Genre Rock
Length 42:48
Label Columbia
Producer Brian Potter
Dennis Lambert[1]
Santana chronology
Inner Secrets
Singles from Inner Secrets
  1. "Well All Right"
    Released: 1978[2]
  2. "Move On"
    Released: 1979[3]
  3. "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)"
    Released: 1979[4]
  4. "Life Is a Lady/Holiday (as "Life Is A Lady")"
    Released: 1979[5]
  5. "Open Invitation"
    Released: 1979[6]
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[7]
Robert Christgau C+[8]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[10]

Inner Secrets is the ninth studio album by Santana. It marks the start of the phase of Santana's career where he moved away from the fusion of Latin, jazz, rock and blues that marked his previous records and began to move towards an album-oriented rock direction. As such, the album's quality is widely disputed among fans. "Stormy" and "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)" were both hit singles. In The Netherlands "Well All Right" was released as a single and reached #22 in the top 40.

Most CD releases of Inner Secrets use a different version of track 3, "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)", than the one that appeared on the original LP, Columbia FC 35600. The version used on most CD releases is an extended disco mix (running time 7:10), that appeared on a 12” single (Columbia 23-10957).[4] The original album version of the track is available on CD in a Japanese Mini LP sleeve, Sony Music SICP 2875, released in 2010 (running time 6:13).

Some of the album's tracks are covers. For example, the "Dealer" portion of "Dealer/Spanish Rose" is a cover of "Dealer" by Traffic. "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)" is a cover of a Four Tops song by the same name. "Well All Right" is a cover of the Buddy Holly song of the same name.

Oddly enough, the only two tracks on the album that were not released on a single are "Dealer/Spanish Rose" and "The Facts Of Love".

Track listing

Side one

  1. "Dealer/Spanish Rose" (Jim Capaldi/Carlos Santana) - 5:50
  2. "Move On" (Santana, Chris Rhyne) - 4:27
  3. "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)" (Dennis Lambert, Brian Potter) - 7:13
  4. "Stormy" (Buddy Buie, James Cobb) – 4:45

Side two

  1. "Well... All Right" (Norman Petty, Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, Joe B. Mauldin) - 4:09
  2. "Open Invitation" (Santana, Lambert, Potter, Greg Walker, David Margen) - 4:45
  3. "Life Is a Lady/Holiday" (Lambert/Santana) - 3:47
  4. "The Facts of Love" (Lambert, Potter) - 5:28
  5. "Wham!" (Santana, Graham Lear, Armando Peraza, Raul Rekow, Pete Escovedo) - 3:24

CD Reissue

  1. "Dealer/Spanish Rose" (Capaldi/Santana) - 5:50
  2. "Move On" (Santana, Rhyne) - 4:27
  3. "One Chain (Don't Make No Prison)" (Extended disco version) (Lambert, Potter) - 7:13
  4. "Stormy" (Buie, Cobb) – 4:45
  5. "Well... All Right" (Petty, Holly, Allison, Mauldin) - 4:09
  6. "Open Invitation" (Santana, Lambert, Potter, Walker, Margen) - 4:45
  7. "Life Is a Lady/Holiday" (Lambert/Santana) - 3:47
  8. "The Facts of Love" (Lambert, Potter) - 5:28
  9. "Wham!" (Santana, Lear, Peraza, Rekow, Escovedo) - 3:24


  • Greg Walker – lead vocals
  • Carlos Santana – guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Solberg – guitar, backing vocals
  • Chris Rhyne – keyboards
  • David Margen – bass
  • Graham Lear – drums
  • Armando Peraza – percussion, backing vocals
  • Raul Rekow – percussion, backing vocals
  • Pete Escovedo – percussion
  • Norman Seeff – design, art director & photography


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Gold 50,000^
France (SNEP)[12] Gold 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[13] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[14] Gold 500,000^

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