Abraxas [MFSL]

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The San Francisco Bay Area rock scene of the late '60s was one that encouraged radical experimentation and discouraged the type of mindless conformity that's often plagued corporate rock. When one considers just how different Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, and the Grateful Dead sounded, it becomes obvious just how much it was encouraged. In the mid-'90s, an album as eclectic as Abraxas would be considered a marketing exec's worst nightmare. But at the dawn of the 1970s, this unorthodox mix of rock, jazz, salsa, and blues proved quite successful. Whether adding rock elements to salsa king Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," embracing instrumental jazz-rock on "Incident...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
The San Francisco Bay Area rock scene of the late '60s was one that encouraged radical experimentation and discouraged the type of mindless conformity that's often plagued corporate rock. When one considers just how different Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Moby Grape, and the Grateful Dead sounded, it becomes obvious just how much it was encouraged. In the mid-'90s, an album as eclectic as Abraxas would be considered a marketing exec's worst nightmare. But at the dawn of the 1970s, this unorthodox mix of rock, jazz, salsa, and blues proved quite successful. Whether adding rock elements to salsa king Tito Puente's "Oye Como Va," embracing instrumental jazz-rock on "Incident at Neshabur" and "Samba Pa Ti," or tackling moody blues-rock on Fleetwood Mac's "Black Magic Woman," the band keeps things unpredictable yet cohesive. Many of the Santana albums that came out in the '70s are worth acquiring, but for novices, Abraxas is an excellent place to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/25/2008
  • Label: Sundazed Music Inc.
  • UPC: 090771526410
  • Catalog Number: 5264
  • Sales rank: 28,243

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Santana Primary Artist, Guitar, Vocals
Michael Shrieve Drums
José Chepitó Areas Percussion, Conga, Timbales
Gregg Rolie Keyboards, Vocals
David Brown Bass, Bass Guitar
Mike Carabello Percussion, Conga
Alberto Gianquinto Piano
Rico Reyes Percussion, Vocals
Carlos Santana Guitar, Vocals
Dave Brown Bass Guitar
Dave Brown Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Santana Audio Production
Gregg Rolie Arranger
David Brown Engineer
Mike Carabello Arranger
Fred Catero Producer, Audio Production
John Fiore Engineer
Alberto Gianquinto Composer
Joel Contributor
Mati Klarwein Illustrations
Rico Reyes Arranger
Carlos Santana Arranger, Composer, Producer
Joan Chase Insert Photography
Bob Venosa Artwork, Graphic Design
Shawn R. Britton Mastering
Dave Brown Engineer
Hermann Hesse Author
Annie Rudder Continuity
Marianne Schmidt Cover Photo
Rob LoVerde Mastering
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